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James Squire

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Hi all,

Still a newb to brewing at the moment but pretty keen to advance quickly. As a result of this I've just bought my first lot of Hop pellets so i can have my first experiment with designing a nice tasting brew.

Come home with some Hallertau and Saaz pellets and some Light LME. At home i have a Black Rock Export Pilsner can and some Safale K-97 yeast, so i was thinking of throwing something together with the ingredients at hand.

Any thoughts on something like this: (remember i've never done anything like this yet! :blink: )

3 Litres boiling water, throw in LME and 25g Hallertau and boil 15min...
Throw in 15g Saaz and boil 1min...
Into fermenter with Pilsner can and top up to 20Litres...
Pitch K-97....

Any thoughts? Will the K-97 go alright with this mix? Too much hops... not enough???

Tasty brew would you think?

Cheers,

JS.
 

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Assumption:
LME is 1 kg - then add 5 lltrs of water and boil for 20mins.
Add 15gms of Hall at start of boil - remaining 10gms 3 min from end.
Use the Saaz for dry hopping in the secondary.

K-97 is allright.... should taste good.
 

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Sorry,

1.5kg LME!

With the dry hopping, just use 15g of Saaz pellets or more? I take it that this is more for aroma and not bittering?

Cheers,

JS
 

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Be careful with the saaz pellets, I have found they CAN become super grassy tasting for upto 6 months.

I ever add them for aroma, I would use a plug instead.

If you want the saaz aroma from the pellets maybe boil them for 5 mins..

JUST MY EXPERIANCE, Others will probably disagree.

Maybe do it the other way around, saaz then halleratu?
 

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Sorry Slugger,

Excuse my newbness! I don't understand "a plug"?

JS
 

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Whats the difference between a plug and a pellet?

with my "L" plates on!
JS
 

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ABOUT HOPS
--Hops come in three forms: Pellets, Loose Cones, and Compressed Plugs.
--Pellets are the easiest to use: simply add to boil, no straining required. Pellets also store better than loose and compressed plugs.
--Loose hops are the raw form and should be strained out of wort after boil.
--Plugs are simply a version of loose hops that have been compressed into a disc-like form to enhance their storage properties. They are also easy to measure, as all plugs are processed into 1/2 oz. size units. They, too, should be strained out

goggled from here: http://www.defalcos.com/hops.htm
 

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Perhaps i should do a combination of boiling and dry hopping with the Saaz...

Maybe go for 15g Hall @ start of boil... then
10g Saaz with the 10g Hall @ 3 min left to boil
and dry hop in secondary with another 10g Saaz and see how that goes?

Thoughts appreciated....

Sorry for all the Q's,

JS
 

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JS,

Can you make this cold, as a Black Rock Export Pilsner would be good to lager and great to drink on a hot Jan-Feb day?

Just change yeast to SAFLAGER W-34/70 and keep it below 15.

Luke
 

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Hey Luke,

Not yet confident in my ability to keep the brew cool enough to use a lager yeast hence my intention to use an ale yeast with the pils.

Haven't aquired myself a brewing fridge yet... could use water in the bath i guess but its just easier for me to maintain a 20c temp all day than it is to keep it cool. One day....

JS
 
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