Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Smellyglove » Sat Nov 04, 2017 10:42 pm

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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Ancient Abbey » Sun Nov 05, 2017 4:47 pm

One has to remember that alpha acids don't tell the whole story in the german flavor profile.
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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Weizenberg » Thu Nov 09, 2017 6:19 pm

For the German styles, it really is all about not having off flavours coming from the green matter.

For the base bitterness, high alpha hops are really well suited, and a good armoa hop like Hersbrucker will give you a finish that you may encounter in many northern German styles and a few southern ones.

A 100% Hersbrucker pils is not that great.

Use magnum for base and hersbrucker on the finish (about 33% towards the 15-20 minute mark, pending on your post-boil rest), and it's rather remarkable.

There can be something like too much of the good thing. Our styles are carefully balanced. The nuances are rather subtle indeed. It does depend greatly on method and setup. So it's worth fine-tuning towards one's taste. Alas, there is no blanket formula but there is a mind-set like the one described above.

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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Smellyglove » Sat Nov 18, 2017 11:27 pm

I use Tettnanger. Magnum for main bittering. But still with Tett I have to lager it for several months for the floral thing to go away. I really don't like it. I find it in all noble hops. I've tasted some quick-lager beers, which didn't even taste or feel like helles lagers at all, and the floral thing was all over the place in all of them, just a mud of flowers.
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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Weizenberg » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:09 am

Maybe you added them too late? You have a lot of stuff going on post-boil. Even though some may have a different opinion on this, I always rest the wort for 20-30 minutes before transfer to let things settle out and further aroma development (Narziss). After that I can bring it immediately to pitch temperatures (5 Celsius), so you may need to adjust a bit if your HE + chiller are less efficient.

I always lager for at least 8 weeks.
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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby wobdee » Sun Nov 19, 2017 4:08 pm

I've been liking a FWH and a 20 min addition for my German Pils. I get just the right amount of flavor and aroma out of the Noble hops. When it try 5-10 min it's just not as smooth. Also like this in my Helles but I tone it down a bit.
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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Smellyglove » Sun Dec 03, 2017 8:23 pm

Weizenberg wrote:Maybe you added them too late? You have a lot of stuff going on post-boil. Even though some may have a different opinion on this, I always rest the wort for 20-30 minutes before transfer to let things settle out and further aroma development (Narziss). After that I can bring it immediately to pitch temperatures (5 Celsius), so you may need to adjust a bit if your HE + chiller are less efficient.

I always lager for at least 8 weeks.


Yeah maybe. I chill to about 20C in about 8 minutes, the rest takes a while, haven't timed from 20C and below. Then I usually let it sit for several hours, 2-3 hours before I transfer. I don't get any grassiness of it, just a huge floral thing. Even two months after brewing. It tastes "clean", clean like in no grass and other really off-stuff, but still, that floral thing is pretty off for me. I think I'll just add them earlier, or not add any flavor additions at all. I feel like everything I've added during brewday is kept pretty intact several months later.

I don't know, but when I brewed on my previous system, I did a lot of american hoppy stuff. And after getting wiser, both regards to process and formulation, on the new system I have to dial back on everything of hops, because it got to much. It seems like I'm getting a massive utilization when it comes to preserving hops down the line comparing to my previous system (and knowledge).
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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Weizenberg » Mon Dec 04, 2017 1:59 am

You are probably boiling a bit less intense. That can have a noticeable impact.

Many Helles are hopped like Wheat beers. One early addition only.
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Re: Favorite German Pilsner Hop Combos

Postby Smellyglove » Mon Dec 04, 2017 6:44 am

Weizenberg wrote:You are probably boiling a bit less intense. That can have a noticeable impact.

Many Helles are hopped like Wheat beers. One early addition only.


Right, I didn't think about the boil vigour. Yes I'm boiling so I just see movement in the surface. Going for the wheat-approach next time, thanks.

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