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hopping a real bohemian lager

Real Bohemian lagers are traditionally hopped three times but you will always note that there is a great balance of ingredients and the beer is always pleasantly bitter, the bitterness is perfectly balanced. You always feel a delicate bitterness on the palate which quickly disappears so that you the beer drinker instantly wants to have another one.

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  1. Types of hops
  2. More about hopping a real Bohemian lager

Real Bohemian lagers are traditionally hopped three times but you will always note that there is a great balance of ingredients and the beer is always pleasantly bitter, the bitterness is perfectly balanced. You always feel a delicate bitterness on the palate which quickly disappears so that you the beer drinker instantly wants to have another one.

TYPES OF HOPS

  • A NOBLE AROMATIC AGENT with very pleasant oily substances and a delicate bitterness -  these are SAAZ hops (Early medium red variety) with alfa acids 3,5% on average
  • A BALANCING AGENT – which is either Sladek (meaning Masterbrewer because simply Czech masterbrewers love this hop) which is a neutral agent with alfa acids reaching on average 5% or Premiant with more pronounced bitterness (Alfa acids at 7,5% on average) but that one quickly disappears from the palate.
  • Other Czech hops are the following:
    SAAZ LATE – a new product which greatly suits Pilseners
    BOHEMIE – a crossing between Sladek and Saaz – flavouring hops ideal for second hopping
    KAZBEK – Citrusy aroma, great for second hopping or dry hopping. It can also be used in IPA´s.

If a Real Bohemian lager is to be extra hoppy, it would not be achieved by using a very bitter hop variety as this could negatively affect the balance of the beer. Instead, this would be mostly achieved by either hopping more times  (as an example, the extra hopped Kanec 10 is hopped four times.) or by dry hopping which enjoys a very long tradition in Bohemia unlike many other countries where it is a recent fashionable think : Indeed, Saaz hops are perfect for gentle dry hopping.

If a Real Bohemian lager is to be extra hoppy, it would not be achieved by using a very bitter hop variety as this could negatively affect the balance of the beer. Instead, this would be mostly achieved by either hopping more times - as an example, the extra hopped Kanec 10 is hopped four times.

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