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N.T.S. Faux Pilsner (previous recipes)

  This is the archive of the N.T.S. Faux Pilsner beer. For the most recent recipe see N.T.S. Faux Pilsner.

Summer of 2021.

NTS.jpgI brewed my 2nd Shoddy Pale Ale. The plan was to use my Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast that I got from a local brewery.

However, somehow I killed off that yeast and it wouldn't take off. (see Shoddy Pale Ale Take II (Batch 294) )

I had been seeing on lots of forums and podcasts people claiming that you could use Kveik yeast fermented hot to make lager-like beers.

I didn't really believe it, and since I had the yeast, I decided to give it a try.

What does N.T.S. Stand for?
Noble. Tettnang. Saaz?
Nocturnal Tired Spider?
Napping Troll Saint?
Night Time Sleep?
Never Try Slime?
Not Too Special?
Nachos Take Slop?
Nefarious Taco Soup?
Naval Troublesome Snake?
Nepotism Tributes Socialism?
Nuclear Training System?
Napoleon Tried Sheep?
Northern Telescope Snow>
Not The Same?
Nothing To Say?  
Not To Scale?
Needless To Say?
Note To Self?
Number the stars?
Not Too Shabby?
Norad Tracks Santa?
Note the Sarcasm?

For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: NTS.

For more information about Kveik yeast, see Sheppy's Blog: Kveik

NTS Faux Pilsner --- Batch 1 (295)

StyleExperimental BeerBatch Size5.50 gal
TypeAll GrainBoil Size 6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency 68.00 Boil Time 60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity1.046 SGEstimated FG1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness26.0 IBUs (Rager)Alcohol by Volume4.8 %
BU : GU 0.567    
Recipe Color3.6 SRM
Measured OG: 1.045  Measured FG: 1.009 
ADF: 79.4  Measured ABV:  4.7


7.83 galDenver, ColoradoWater1--
6.00 gGypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash)Water Agent2--
2.00 gCalcium Chloride (Mash)Water Agent3--
1.50 tspLactic Acid (Mash)Water Agent4--
9 lbsPilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain590.0 %0.70 gal
1 lbsVienna Malt (3.5 SRM)Grain610.0 %0.08 gal
0.500 ozMagnum [10.90 %] - Boil 50.0 minHop721.0 IBUs-
1.00 ItemsWhirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining8--
1.000 ozSaaz [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop92.4 IBUs-
1.000 ozTettnang, U.S. [3.90 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop102.7 IBUs-
1.0 pkgVoss Kveik Ale Yeast (Lallemand #- ) [50.28 ml]Yeast11--
0.50 tspGelatin (Bottling 1.0 days)Fining12--

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
SaccharificationAdd 31.33 qt of water at 155.8 F150.0 F45 min
HeatHeat to 156.0 F over 10 min156.0 F20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Nobel Tettnang and Saaz. Lager - like recipe fermented with Voss Kveik yeast.
If harvesting yeast from previous batch, make 6 cup starter a day or two before brew day.
Brewing salts in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Acid addition based on BeerSmith predicted pH. Should lower from 5.7 to 5.4.
Mash and boil as directed
"Chill" to around 85 degrees. Rack to fermentor and add Kveik yeast. Keep warm for 2 to 3 days.
Keg. Dry hop in keg. Add geletin after a day or two in the refridgerator.
Carbonate and drink.

Brewing Record

Brew Date: Strike Temp: 
Mash Temps: 
Pre-boil OG (1.042 SG) Pre-boil Vol (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency Pitch Temp  
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
08/22/2021 esheppy
Brew day. Started at 5am. Did the water this morning rather than last night. Forgot the acid until about halfway through mash. 1.040 pre boil. 1.045 OG. Chilled to 86 at 9. In fermentor by 9:15. Cleaned up before 9:45. 
08/23/2021 esheppy
Fermentation took off by late morning yesterday. Still going today. Temp strip says 84 this morning. I'm sure it will rise over the afternoon. 
08/24/2021 esheppy
Put in tilt last night. It was already down to 1.010 at 89 degrees. This morning 1.008 at 84. Still lots of kraussen, but slowing down considerably. 
08/25/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.005 at 83. Not much bubbling at all now. Still a thin layer of kraussen. Not sure when I'll keg this. Would like to see a little more clarity. 
08/26/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.004 at 81 degrees. Fermentation seems done. Might have to keg soon. 
08/26/2021 esheppy
Blew the keg of Hail Storm, so I could keg NTS. 1.009 FG is right on target. Not as clear as I would like going into the keg, but not bad. Really like the sample flavor. Not really lager-like, but would make a nice pale ale. Need to taste when it's cold and carbed. 
08/29/2021 esheppy
Carbonation not quite ready, but close. I like the flavor. Maybe a bit more citrus on the finish than you'd expect from a pilsner, but honestly pretty close to how I like to brew some of my pilsner. Clarity no where close, but I have no added gelatin yet. 
09/23/2021 esheppy
Been drinking quite a lot. Really happy with how it turned out. Never added the gelatin,and you can tell. But flavor is awesome. Nice light drinkable beer. 
10/07/2021 esheppy
Killed the keg. Nice beer while it lasted. 

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