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Domestic Abuse Pilsner

2-C Pilsner - Classic American Pilsner

Min OG: 1.044 Max OG: 1.060   
Min IBU: 25 Max IBU: 40   
Min Clr: 3 Max Clr: 6 Color in SRM, Lovibond

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 5.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 14.0
Anticipated OG: 1.063
Anticipated SRM: 3.5
Anticipated IBU: 36.9
Brewhouse Efficiency: 67%
Wort Boil Time: 60 min

% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
28.6 4.0 lbs. Pale Malt(6-row) USA 1.035 2
42.9 6.0 lbs. Pilsner Malt GER 1.038 2
14.3 2.00 lbs. Flaked Corn (Maize) USA 1.040 1
14.3 2.00 lbs. Flaked Rice USA 1.040 1

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
1.00 oz. Cluster Pellet 7.0 29.4 60 min
1.00 oz. Cluster Pellet 7.0 7.5 30 min
1.00 oz. Cluster Pellet 7.0 .0 0 min

Amount Name Type Time
0.10 Oz Irish Moss Fining 10 Min.(boil)

Yeast - WYeast 2000 Czech Budvar Lager - Nice malty nose, subtle fruit. Rich malt profile on palate. Finishes malty but dry, well balanced, crisp. Hop character comes through in finish.

Flocculation: Medium-High
Attenuation: 71-75%
Temperature Range: 48-56° F, (9-13° C)
Alcohol Tolerance: approximately 9% ABV

A Classic American Pilsner - This is the beer your great-great grandfather enjoyed in the years before the imperial government turned the brewing business over to Al Capon & his gangsters. A classic American beer - a marriage of highly enzymatic American 6-row malt with enzyme-poor corn & rice that cuts the high malt proteins. This is not the insipid macro-brew of today. Rich, with a sweetness cut by a generous addition of Cluster hops, Pre-Prohibition Lager stands proudly as a beer for the discriminating brewer and drinker.

I've wanted to make a classic American Pre-Prohibition Pilsner for a long time. I invited KalenBorg over to brew, but he wanted to go see a cartoon instead (priorities). The beer turned out great, and even won the Reserve Champion award at the Scott County Fair, losing only to a big stout due to a mook judge.

This style was prevalent before prohibition. It shortly died out after repeal, some say to appeal to the women left behind during WWII. Modern American lagers bear little resemblance to this more full flavored cousin.

Today everything from the large producers is so watered down - and they do water it down. They make mass produced crap double strength and water it down allowing them to make twice as much twice as fast.

The Brewers

Brewing Date:  5/30/ 2009
Head Brewer:   Kevin Cotter
Asst Brewer:     Séamus Cotter
Recipe:             Domestic Abuse Pilsner

The Tunes

Water heating music: Talking Heads
Mash music: The Tubes - Outside Inside
Sparge music: The Pigeon Detectives - Wait For Me
Boil music: Frank Zappa - Joe's Garage
Cleanup music: Cheap Trick - Essential