Wednesday, August 25, 2021

N.T.S. Faux Pilsner (Batch 295)

As you know if you read Shoddy Pale Ale Take II (Batch 294), I had a problem with my Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast and had to pick up a pack of dry LalBrew Voss - Kveik Ale Yeast to ferment the beer.

I fermented out that batch of Shoddy, and harvested some of it to brew again.

This past Sunday, I decided to brew up a beer with it.

I have to take advantage of the hot August days.

One of the things I see people talk about online quite a bit, is using Kveik yeast for "Pseudo-Lagers". 

To be honest, I'm not sure I believe that Kveik yeast ferments out that clean, and actually Voss is not a strain that is supposed to produce a lager-like profile.

Even so, I thought I'd give that concept a try, and came up with a recipe very similar to some of my real lagers.

N.T.S. stands for "Noble Tettnang and Saaz", which are the flavoring hops I used in the recipe. 

I got started on Sunday morning. Usually, I prepare the water the night before brew day and set the Anvil's timer to be ready to go when I get up.

Saturday, I never prepped the water, so I had to do it Sunday morning.

My brew day was a little slower than usual as a result.

But the mash went well. The boil went well.

I only had to chill to the mid 80's. I pitched the yeast and was cleaned up before 10AM. Less than 5 hour brew day.

The yeast took off by late-morning / early afternoon. 

Fermentation should be done by mid-week, and I hope to keg by the weekend. 

I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out.

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