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    Brewed my first American Pilsner last month before all of the covid lock downs took place. It's had plenty of time to lager but unfortunately my Brewery had a power surge & my glycol unit reset allowing the beer to raise from 38 degrees to 60 degrees. I've reset everything the beer tastes fine with a nice grainy tone but very little to no hop aroma that I was hoping for. I used Chinook, cascade & centennial during the brewing process. It does finish with a slight tinge of bitter note that I can't put my finger on. I'm hoping that drops off with proper cold crashing.

    I personally think a nice hop note would be great but I'm curious what you all think?

    My question is should I dry hop now to try and bring back the hop aroma just so slightly? Or let it be? It's currently in my Brite tank resting & looks/smells incredible but they're is no hop aroma. Typically I don't dry hop on the cold side but what do you all recommend?


  • #2
    I have 3 offerings lagering right now, with Mt Hood, Tettnanger and Willamette hops. Did not see the need to go for any aroma just letting the malt flavors be the focus. If I want a Lager, it's to crush 5 or 6 while doing yard work or eating a fish taco.
    Your choice of Cascade was good. the other two I would have eliminated.
    Excited to see all the lagers that come out of this Virus Thingy.


    • #3
      Unfortunately I don't have any of those hops in my inventory that you mentioned. The amount that I use was so very little on those apps. They definitely do not shine through. I'll probably be back in the brewery on Monday and I'll test it then. I let it sit in the bright tank since Friday with no CO2 on it just to continue lagering for a couple of days. Wanted to get an idea of what I might do to it. If I did dry up it with anything it would probably be a very small amount of Cascade hops but I also don't want to create haze in the beer right now it is really super clear


      • #4
        Personally I don't like a big hop note in a pilsner but I know hops are where it's at these days. My personal feeling is Every beer style is over hopped. Maybe I'll just Release it like a classic style
        Last edited by Abrowne0001; 04-19-2020, 09:00 AM.