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Offline davidgzach

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Did I Overdo It?
« on: December 16, 2012, 09:37:15 AM »
I wanted to make a hoppy Pilsner.  Wondering if I went too far.  I guess I'll find out in a couple of months but here is what I did:

Hallertau Mittelfruher:3.2%
5 gallons
2 oz at 90
3 oz at 15
3 oz at 5
5 oz at 1

Too crazy?
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #1 on: December 16, 2012, 10:53:07 AM »
YUP.
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2012, 10:58:07 AM »
I bet it'll taste pretty good.  The bitterness will be pretty high but shouldn't be wildly higher than what you'd find in a German Pils.  Let us know how it turns out!
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2012, 12:47:09 PM »
It came in at only 40.5 IBUs on BeerTools.  I'll definitely report back on it.

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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2012, 09:05:19 PM »
What was your OG?  I got around 51 IBUs figuring you were around 1.056.
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #5 on: December 17, 2012, 06:53:49 AM »
What was your OG?  I got around 51 IBUs figuring you were around 1.056.

It came in at 1.059 but I needed to add a gallon of water due to the hop absorbtion and 90 minute boil.  That brought it down to 1.048.  If I take out the gallon it goes to 48.7 IBUs.

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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2012, 07:29:23 AM »
Quite curious about this; please keep us posted. I've never done a massively late-hopped beer using a noble hop variety like this, and I'm curious how it will turn out. I'm planning a "Noble Heritage" IPA using Sterling, Crystal and Ultra, but I'm wondering if the noble hop character is enough to carry an IPA if you really hit it hard with late hops.
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2012, 07:50:12 AM »
Quite curious about this; please keep us posted. I've never done a massively late-hopped beer using a noble hop variety like this, and I'm curious how it will turn out. I'm planning a "Noble Heritage" IPA using Sterling, Crystal and Ultra, but I'm wondering if the noble hop character is enough to carry an IPA if you really hit it hard with late hops.

Same here.  Never done a mass late pitch either so I had to try out the experiment. 

Looks like the yeast I pitched (2633) was a little old and tired.  It was harvested on 9/7 so I pitched all the slurry.  A day later it looks like it's just  starting to get going though. 

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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2012, 07:54:34 AM »
I should also note that I was cleaning out some grain so I also have 1.25# of dark munich in there along with 8.5# of Pilsner and .75# of CaraFoam.  I thought the dark munich should help with a little malt backbone.

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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #9 on: December 18, 2012, 09:42:07 AM »
Holy crap, Dave!  Let us know how it turns out.  I'll bet it's pretty darn hoppy! :o
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #10 on: December 18, 2012, 09:46:49 AM »
Holy crap, Dave!  Let us know how it turns out.  I'll bet it's pretty darn hoppy! :o

Hey Red!  I just remembered that I let it sit overnight as well to get it down to pitching temp.  I racked it and pitched the next morning at 48F.  You should have seen the glob of hop mass in the bottom! 

I'm starting to get a hoppy bad feeling about this!   ::)
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2012, 08:48:52 PM »
I was just wondering today if there were any commercial pilsners with a lot more hop character...curious how this turns out.

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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #12 on: December 27, 2012, 02:54:18 PM »
I think Victory Pils is pretty dang hoppy.
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #13 on: December 28, 2012, 05:46:48 AM »
I think Victory Pils is pretty dang hoppy.

It certainly is one of the better examples IMO.  Firm crisp bitterness with a nice hoppy finish.
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Re: Did I Overdo It?
« Reply #14 on: January 03, 2013, 03:10:25 PM »
I had a bottle of Sierra Nevada's Beer Camp #43 Imperial Pilsner.  It was great and the inspiration for this recipe and experiment.

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