This beer was inspired by Victory's Prima Pils and Mikeller's Nelson Sauvin Single Hop IPA. I love the way the hops shine through in Prima and was fascinated by the passion fruit flavor/smell of NS hops in the Mikeller beer. So I decided to blend the two in an Imperial Pils of sorts. When I brew this again, the only change will be making a larger batch - because this one is going too fast!
7 lbs. Pilsner
0.30 lbs. Cara-Pils
0.50 oz. Pacific Gem @ 60 min (42 IBU)
0.50 oz. Nelson Sauvin @ 20 min (19 IBU)
0.50 oz. Nelson Sauvin @ 2 min (3 IBU)
I use a BIAB technique (similar to DeathBrewer's stove-top method). Mashed-in 4 gallons at 150F or 75 minutes. Sparged to get to about 3.7 gallons. Had solid efficiency and after a 90 minute boil I ended up with 3 gallons of wort in the fermenter at 1.078 OG. No starter since I was using dry yeast. Just rehydrated and pitched.
Fermented with S-23 Saflager at 50 degrees. Once primary fermentation ended I did a 3 day d-rest around 60. Then lagered for 6 weeks. Bottled with some fresh S-23 and enough corn sugar to get 2.5 volumes of CO2.
Appearance: Clear, golden. A medium size white head that quickly subsides.
Aroma: Passion fruit, sweet pilsner malt, and passion fruit. The hops dominate
Flavor: The malt provides a smooth background for the NS hops. Smooth bitterness with passion fruit - tropical, tart, and just enough sweetness. Despite the hop flavor and aroma that dominates, the beer is not so bitter and is actually an easy drinker. The 8% abv is covered up nicely.
Mouthfeel: light, crisp, punchy carbonation.
I really enjoy this beer and highly recommend it to anyone looking to stray from the typical styles. I posted this as a pilsner but it could hold its own with IPA's with hop flavor (though its not as sweet). I might send a bottle in to competition but have no idea what category to go with...