Rasberry Pils

I decided to keg this today.  I made this on 12/09/12 with Wyeast 2278 – Czech Pils.  It’s a simple two grain recipe. I opened up the fermentor and took a big whiff…I got nearly knocked out.  A lot of CO2 compared to others.  I started the transfer between the fermentor and the kegs.

Transfer of Pilsner
Transfer of Pilsner

As the beer dropped into the kegs, I noticed a large head of foam – it was even in the hose.  Apparently after I capped the fermentor, it self carbonated…not all the way, but just enough.

Rocky head of beer
Rocky head of beer
Rocky head of beer
I knew this was gonna taste good

I took a sample of two glasses, hoping that I would get a ‘real’ pilsner (real ale analogue).

Pilsner
Pilsner

It was indeed good – even though light on the carbonation.  I drank one, poured the other back into the keg and filtered them.  Then it was figuring out how much raspberry flavoring I should put in.  I only decided to flavor half of the batch (5 gallons).  I initially put in some, stirred and sampled.  Then a bit more.  It tasted good.

Rasberry beer extract
Rasberry beer extract

I then experimented with some lactose to add some sweetness (which will not ferment out).  I dissolved 0.1 oz in 4oz of beer.  It actually took awhile to all dissolve ~ 15minutes.  It did improve the sweetness.  This would mean I would use nearly a pound of lactose for 5 gallons.

Lactose tests
Lactose tests

If anything, I can try to brew at higher mash temps for more unferementable sugars if we want a little more sweetness.  Maybe use a yeast that has lower RDF’s.

I think I have two excellent beers here.  I cleaned up and put 14lbs of CO2 on them.  They will stay that way for a week and then I’ll see how they taste.

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