HOMEBREW Digest #5674 Mon 05 April 2010

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  RE:  Bittering a pils ("David Houseman")
  Hops for Pils ("A.J deLange")

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---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 05 Apr 2010 07:21:22 -0400 From: "David Houseman" <david.houseman at verizon.net> Subject: RE: Bittering a pils Rowan, For Pils, I've used Spalt, Hallertau and other noble hops. These are very high alpha but higher than Saaz. I've also used Cluster and Centennial and Northern Brewer since there is little to no hop aroma/flavor from bittering hops. To cut down on tannins/astringency, I've always chosen not to use a lot of low alpha hops for bittering but much less of a high alpha hop instead to achieve the same IBUs. David Houseman Return to table of contents
Date: Mon, 5 Apr 2010 08:57:13 -0400 From: "A.J deLange" <ajdel at cox.net> Subject: Hops for Pils Can I recommend a good bittering hop for a Pils? No. What follows is, of course, my opinion and other respondents may have differing ones. What drives me nuts about many a craft brewed Pils is that they try to do exactly what you apparently want to do and wind up ruining the beer because high alpha hops deliver a harsh, scratchy (a member of my brewing club used that term last Sat. - never heard it before but it's good), gagging bitterness which is just what you don't want in a Pils. There is a reason, of course, that the commercial ops have to do this. If then went 35-45 IBU with Saaz they would have to charge so much for the beer you probably wouldn't buy it. The difference between pro's and us is that we don't have to make a profit. So what I am getting at is don't think about using a high alpha bittering hop in your Pils - use Saaz for bittering and aroma/flavor. I think you'll be glad you did. Now there is one caveat that goes with this: you must control sulfate. Ideally it should be below 10 mg/L. Go much above that and the sulfate will destroy that fine bitterness that noble hops lend. You will have wasted your money on the noble hops in this case and might as well use a higher alpha cultivar. Cheers, A.J. Return to table of contents
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