Barky Pilsner

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Gautam Bagchi of Columbus, OH, member of the Scioto Olentangy and Darby Zymurgists (SODZ), won a gold medal in Category #2: Pilsner during the 2012 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Seattle, WA. Bagchi’s Pilsner was chosen as the best among 237 final round entries in the category.

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Barky Pilsner | Pilsner

Ingredients

  • For 5 Gallons (20.82 L)
    • 10.2 lb (4.99 kg) Pilsner malt
    • 8.0 oz (227 g) pale two-row malt
    • 0.7 oz (19 g) Magnum pellet hops 14% a.a. (60 min)
    • 1.75 oz (49 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 4% a.a. (15 min)
    • 1.0 oz (28 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 4% a.a. (5 min)
    • 1.75 oz (49 g) Czech Saaz pellet hops, 4% a.a. (0 min)
    • White Labs WLP830 German lager yeast (starter)
    • 7 g gypsum

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.047
    • Final Gravity: 1.005
    • ABV: 5.51%
    • IBU: 36
    • SRM: 3

    Directions

    1. Mash at 147° F (64° C) for 90 minutes.  Boil for 90 minutes starting with 7-gallon pre-boil volume.  Ferment at 50° F (10° C) for three weeks then let it rise gradually for 2-3 days to 65° F (18° C).  lager for four weeks at 35° F (2° C).
    2. Primary fermentation for 3 weeks at 50° F (10° C).
    3. Diacetyl Rest for 2-3 days at 65° F (18° C).
    4. Secondary fermentation for 4 weeks at 35° F (2° C).
    5. Forced CO2 to carbonate (3 vol).