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Offline chadchaney97

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Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« on: May 07, 2013, 02:05:55 PM »
I live in a rural area and the nearest LHBS is an hour away and I am out of base malts, except for Pilsner.  I have the urge for a hoppy brew for the nice weather and want to brew on Thursday, can I make a decent IPA-ish brew with Pilsner as the main malt?  I have plenty of specialty malts, some MO, Munich, Crystals, etc to play with as well. 

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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #1 on: May 07, 2013, 02:15:03 PM »
you could use 70% pilsner and 30% munich. or all MO or all Munich (use LOTS of hops in this case as that will be a very malty brew indeed)
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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #2 on: May 07, 2013, 02:33:00 PM »
You mention that you are out of base malt except for pilsner but then mention you have Munich and MO. I assume you don't have enough of those to use as the main base? Depending on how much you have of all the varieties you mentioned, I would think you should be able to formulate a good IPA grain bill.

As Mort mentioned, using a large portion of Munich will require more hops to cut through. I found this out too late...
« Last Edit: May 07, 2013, 02:35:08 PM by goschman »

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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2013, 02:59:39 PM »
You mention that you are out of base malt except for pilsner but then mention you have Munich and MO. I assume you don't have enough of those to use as the main base? Depending on how much you have of all the varieties you mentioned, I would think you should be able to formulate a good IPA grain bill.

As Mort mentioned, using a large portion of Munich will require more hops to cut through. I found this out too late...

My basic IPA recipe is 80% Pilsner, 15% Munich and 5% Crystal 30 to 60L depending on what I want.
You could also make a German Pilsner, which is pretty hoppy on its own.
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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2013, 03:14:44 PM »
i just brewed a dortmunder that is mostly pilsner and quite hoppy also.
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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2013, 07:28:15 PM »
You can definitely make a nice hoppy brew using pils as your base. I've brewed several brews that are basically a cross between a malty continental style and an APA or IPA, and they are some of my favorite brews I've ever done.

What I'd do: 70% Pils, 20% Munich, 5% Carapils and 5% of A) Crystal of your choice in the 20-80L range (if you like crystal in your IPA's) or B) Victory if you don't like Crystal.
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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #6 on: May 08, 2013, 08:38:29 AM »
Could also make a very hoppy saison, tripel, or BGSA.
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Re: Pilsner Malt for hoppy blonde?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2013, 03:55:57 PM »
Thanks for all the input, I should have mentioned that I do NOT have enough MO or Munich to use entirely, I will post back w the recipe!