In my various brewing forums, lots of people say they make "pseudo-lagers" with various Kveik yeasts at higher temperatures.
The N.T.S. Faux Pilsner was a nice beer, but it was not very lager-like in my opinion.
The Voss - Kveik Ale Yeast imparts a very ale-like character. It is great for Pale Ales and IPA's. I even tried it out in my McShepardSons "Irish" Ale.
I just wouldn't consider it for "lager" beers.
Regardless, I liked the N.T.S. Faux Pilsner, and wanted to brew it again. I brewed it last Sunday.
I've gotten to a point where I'm low-ish on beer, so I thought it would be a good opportunity to brew a double batch to help get my beer supply back to normal levels.
Since I was doing a double batch, I decided to ferment half with lager yeast so the I could compare the N.T.S. Faux Pilsner with an actual Pilsner.
My Anvil Foundry doesn't have the capacity for a double / 10 gallon batch of beer, so I pulled out my old gott-cooler mash tun and the propane.
I did use the Foundry to pre-heat the strike water overnight, which is really nice.
I got started in the morning around 4AM. I had forgotten the brewing salts and acid the night before so I added it in the morning.
Apparently I planned the strike temperature well, because the mash temperature was perfect.
While doing the mash, I used the Foundry to heat up sparge water. The timing was perfect to get the sparge water ready by the time I needed it.
My mash efficiency was better than expected, and my pre-boil gravity was high enough that I decided to dilute the wort considerably.
My boil kettle was very full. With the help of anti-foam agent, I was able to get to boiling without a boil-over.
And the boil went as planned. Everything got added right on the expected plan.
When the boil was over, I chilled the wort to a temperature between 80 and 90, and transferred (around) half to my Fermonster fermentor.
Then, I chilled the rest of the wort some more.
After I switched to my pond pump and circulating ice-water, when I was adding another block of ice, the ice fell in an unfortunate way that broke the outlet from the pump.
So, I had to move back to hose water down to 70-ish. I had to let the Anvil cooling system in the fermentor to get down to lager temps. I was able to pitch the lager yeast around 11:30AM. The Kveik yeast took off well before the lager yeast was pitched.
Other than having to wait to pitch the lager yeast, I was done with my brew day in about 4 hours.
As I type this, the Kveik yeast batch is probably done, although still very hazy (which is typical of my Kveik yeast fermentations). The lager yeast is fermenting away.
By the time this posts, I suspect I'll have the Voss batch kegged, and the lager batch will be finishing up at room temperature for another week.
I'm really looking forward to comparing these beers. I expect I'll try a triangle test to see if my perception of the Voss yeast imparting an ale-like character is accurate or if my brain has simply fooled me into that perception.
I'm pretty sure I'll easily be able to tell a difference, but it should make for an interesting experiment none-the-less.
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