Stop Looking for Malt Complexity in Pilsners

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Josh Brengle of Orlando, FL, member of the Central Florida Homebrewers, won a gold medal in Category #2: Pilsner during the 2011 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in San Diego, CA. Brengle’s Pilsner was chosen as the best among 215 final round entries in the category.

To see other winning homebrew recipes from the 2011 National Homebrew Competition, visit our archive of National Homebrew Competition winners.

Stop Looking for Malt Complexity in Pilsners | Bohemian Pilsener

Ingredients

  • For 5 Gallons (18.93 L)
    • 11.0 lb (4.99 kg) Bohemian Pilsner malt
    • 0.5 lb (227 g) Cara-Foam malt
    • 0.5 lb (227 g) Cara-Hell malt
    • 0.5 oz (14 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)
    • Wyeast 2278 Wyeast 2124, and White Labs WLP820 blend, 1 gallon slurry, decanted)
    • 100% reverse osmosis water

    Specifications

    • Original Gravity: 1.055
    • Final Gravity: 1.013
    • ABV: 5.51%

    Directions

    1. Mash at 155° F (68° C). Decoct one-third and boil for 15 minutes. Add back to main mash, which should bring around a mashout temp. Pitch in the low 40s and ferment at 45° F (7° C). Raise toward the end of fermentation. Keg and lager for two weeks.
    2. Primary fermentation for 35 days at 50° F (10° C)
    3. Secondary fermentation for 133 days at 33° F (1° C)
    4. Forced CO2 to carbonate (2.5 vol)