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Pre-Prohibition Pilsner

Brewer: Christo Email: -
Beer: P^3 Style: American Pilsener
Type: All grain Size: 5 gallons
3 HCU (~3 SRM)
Bitterness: 36 IBU
OG: 1.057 FG: 1.010
Alcohol: 6.1% v/v (4.8% w/w)
Grain: 2 lb. American 6-row
2 lb. Flaked corn
7 lb. American 2-row
Mash: 70% efficiency
Boil: 75 minutes SG 1.046 6.25 gallons
IM at 15 min
Hops: 30g Cluster (6.4% AA, 60 min.)
28.4g Liberty (4.5% AA, 15 min.)
28.4g Liberty (aroma)
Yeast: 34/70 yeast cake from Dortmunder
Log: 20 days primary at 51F, 20 days secondary at 45F. Going to let it sit in keg awhile longer in tertiary.
Carbonation: med-high carbonation
Tasting: After kegging: cluster hops rock! Wasn't sure about them, but I really like - yes, they are "catty", but also a wet hay and green pine and other indescribable herbs come through in both aroma and flavor that's interesting. . . and enjoyable. Beer is a pale yellow with large billowy head. Lots of corny sweetness with the hop nose. Flavor is corn sweet for 2 seconds followed by a balancing bitterness, and then goes to full lingering bitterness in the aftertaste. Med-light finish makes this a real thirst quencher and invites another pour. Whoa! At 6%, two's enough! I'll let this one age in the keg another several weeks and I'm sure it will improve even more.

Recipe posted 07/27/09.