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Pilsners are the best-known beers ever. Start your craft beer journey by tasting a golden Bavarian beverage, its savour won't let you down while providing you a smoother experience than a juicy IPA or a deep-coloured Porter.
Pilsners have the ability to turn an average beer consumer into a craft beer enthusiast. If you generally drink a couple of Lagers on an ordinary Friday night, the taste of a Pilsner can change your mind forever. This specific type of lager is the game-changer of beers, drinking it mindfully unblindfolds the casual drinker's potential desire to pick a well-crafted beverage over a dull flavoured thirst-quencher.
Pour yourself a pint, sit back comfortably, sip and you will understand quickly how this style conquered the world. Also, mark our brewing advice in order to brew a refreshing batch of Pilsner next time when you fancy experimenting with your beer brewing machine!
The Pilsner is originated in the 19th century Czech Republic when it was a part of the German-speaking Austrian Empire when the quality of beer was so poor and distressing in Europe that a kind of mini-revolution rose. Citizens poured 36 kegs of city beer in front of the city hall. This unique style criticism reached its goal and hiring new brewers had a serious impact on the evolution of this beer.
Joseph Groll, one of the two saviors of Bavarian beer introduced the following significant milestones in making. He used:
- kilned malt instead of the standard darker ones (that specific ingredient gave the beverage its golden brew)
- Saaz noble hops
- bottom fermenting lager yeast
- soft artesian water
- cave lagering
His recipe remained almost unchanged nowadays.
The 4th of October in 1842 was the birthday of the first real Pilsner, this was the day when Groll first exposed the drink at St. Martin's Market. Citizens immediately hooked on the golden brew they've never seen nor tasted before. The usage of soft water and Saaz hops have helped the spread of Bohemian Pilsner's recipe in areas that had similar quality water and access to Saaz hop fields.
Like in case of many beers in the ’Know what you drink’ series, Pilsners were introduced to the world by German immigrants. The beverage became popular among Berliners in 1872 and then has started its world-conquering journey in Europe and beyond.
By adding corn to the grain bill, creative American brewers created their European like Pilsner - it was necessary to bridge the differences between the two-row European and the six-row American barley.
Pilsners are easy to drink but hard to brew. You need to make some real effort during the brewing process, so here we are with brewing tips & tricks.
+ the key to this brew is light water (85-90% ion-exchanged water, the rest is regular tap water that should be added manually) - the usage of CG tablets is highly recommended
+ use only European hops like Premiant and Saaz
+ use Lager yeast and age at 0 degrees Celsius for 130 days.
+ use Czech hops
+ instead of Czech hops, use the more citrusy American hops like Simco, Mosaic or Cascade
AMERICAN IMPERIAL PILSNER
+ modify the grain bill by adding corn or rice
+ usage of CG tablet is needed!
+ age it at 0 degrees Celsius for 2 to 3 months.
+ the base should be Vienna and Pilsen malt.
+ it has to be full-bodied so do the mashing at 72 degrees Celsius
+ use German hops only (Magnum, Hallertauer Mittelfrüh or Herschbrücker)