The Great Bottle Opener Giveaway

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Extract Brewing > First Pilsner

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
Old 12-21-2011, 09:14 PM   #1
Goose5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Posts: 88
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default First Pilsner

Tomorrow is brew day. Any tips for this style? I'll be using the Midwest kit. I was so pleased with the last Midwest kit. The kolsch kit came out really light in color for an extract brew, and tasted fantastic. I have read elsewhere on this board that if you wish a lighter color pour half the liquid extract into the wort in the last 15 minutes of the boil. Is this an excepted practice?

__________________
Goose5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-21-2011, 09:25 PM   #2
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,032
Liked 4196 Times on 3055 Posts
Likes Given: 778

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Goose5 View Post
Tomorrow is brew day. Any tips for this style? I'll be using the Midwest kit. I was so pleased with the last Midwest kit. The kolsch kit came out really light in color for an extract brew, and tasted fantastic. I have read elsewhere on this board that if you wish a lighter color pour half the liquid extract into the wort in the last 15 minutes of the boil. Is this an excepted practice?
Yes, you can use at least half of the extract near or at the end of the boil. My preference is do to it at the end of the boil, as it cools the wort a bit and stops the boil when you add it. So, if you add it at the end of the boil, that's no problem at all.

Make sure if you're using lager yeast (a true pilsner) that you make a HUGE starter, or pitch four packages of yeast if using liquid yeast. Chill the wort to 48 degrees, add the yeast and ferment at 50 degrees for 10 days or so. Then you can do the diacetyl rest and proceed to lagering after that. If you're using ale yeast, it won't be a true pilsner, but it will still be a good beer.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-21-2011, 11:19 PM   #3
Goose5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Posts: 88
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

At the end of the boil? Do you stur it a lot to make sure it desolves? Exactly how do you do this? There is no sanitation worries doing this at the very end?

__________________
Goose5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 01:10 AM   #4
Rev2010
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bayonne, NJ
Posts: 1,571
Liked 68 Times on 46 Posts
Likes Given: 157

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Goose5 View Post
At the end of the boil? Do you stur it a lot to make sure it desolves? Exactly how do you do this? There is no sanitation worries doing this at the very end?
You shut off the heat, or you'll get a boil over, and stir it in while pouring - you always stir it in well while pouring... I typically use a whisk. After it's all stirred in you put the heat back on, bring it back to a boil and finish the boil time. No sanitation risk as it's been in boiling wort.


Rev.
__________________
Rev2010 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 04:54 AM   #5
nobody
Registered User
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: no where
Posts: 106
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

the rev is spot on. i have done a pilsner and before springv it will be my last before i brake into my pipeline. i use a wine cooler as a fermenttion chmber. i keep each brew at the perfect temp for the yeast used. a lager is noharder then a pilsner tome. i do them all.

__________________
nobody is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 04:59 AM   #6
Goose5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Posts: 88
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

Okay. I did the starter. I'll have to brew tomorrow. The wife wants it done tomorrow. She doesn't care for the smell. How long should I let the starter go? I could push it back to Friday morning if that would be better?

__________________

Last edited by Goose5; 12-22-2011 at 05:03 AM.
Goose5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 11:50 AM   #7
Yooper
Ale's What Cures You!
HBT_ADMIN.png
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
 
Yooper's Avatar
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Upper Michigan
Posts: 60,032
Liked 4196 Times on 3055 Posts
Likes Given: 778

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by Goose5 View Post
Okay. I did the starter. I'll have to brew tomorrow. The wife wants it done tomorrow. She doesn't care for the smell. How long should I let the starter go? I could push it back to Friday morning if that would be better?
You can let the starter finish up, which might take 18-24 hours. If you've made a big, big starter, though, you may want to decant the spent wort instead of pitching it all. So I make my starters for lagers about a week in advance. If your starter is less than 2 liters or so, though, you can put the whole thing in your wort without any problem.
__________________
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006
Yooper is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 01:41 PM   #8
HomebrewMTB
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Raleigh, NC
Posts: 408
Liked 9 Times on 9 Posts

Default

It sounds like you have this one covered but here is another way to brew a pilsner using Alt yeast so you can get lager taste fermenting in the 60s:

http://cruisenews.net/brewing/partial_mash/index.php

He calls it partial mash but it's really just steeping grains. I'm going to try this for my next pilsner. I can lager no problem but have trouble keeping it in the 50s for fermentation. My basement is frequently in the 60s but the fridge will only go as warm as 46. I have a Czech pils in there now fermenting at 46 so we'll see how that works out. I'll probably try a half batch to work out the process first. Good luck!

__________________
HomebrewMTB is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-22-2011, 02:19 PM   #9
Goose5
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
Recipes 
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Pueblo, Colorado
Posts: 88
Liked 1 Times on 1 Posts

Default

This time of year I have a corner in my basement that is exposed foundation inside a closet. It runs at 55 degrees. I have a fridge downstairs as well that has plenty of room for a carboy. So, temperature is not a problem. But, I will remember the Alt yeast trick if I just have to have this beer year round.

__________________
Goose5 is offline
 
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Reply


Quick Reply
Message:
Options
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rye Pilsner AmusedBystander Extract Brewing 5 06-18-2011 03:16 AM
Pilsner DME Jboggeye Extract Brewing 2 02-12-2011 02:44 PM
Pilsner Extract and DMS? porterpounder Extract Brewing 1 11-16-2010 07:36 PM
pilsner for wife! Gargon Extract Brewing 3 06-06-2009 12:48 AM
a better pilsner okbrewman Extract Brewing 10 03-27-2008 09:43 PM