We just said goodbye to Cornelius Faust, the Head brewer of Faust Brewery (Brauhaus) in Miltenberg Germany. When Tod was in Germany he brewed with Cornelius at Brauhaus Faust, so we thought we would return the favor. Luckily, Horst Dornbush, a brewer turned journalist and long time friend of Tod, was showing Cornelius around New England before he had to head back to Germany. Cornelius spoke really great English, but some brewing terms didn't translate that well. So Horst helped with that plus was one more head in the mix for Thursdays brew. Which was helpful.
But first, on Tuesday Cornelius brewed his first IPA ever when he helped us brew the 5 C's IPA. He loved the smells coming out of the kettle and hop back. They were totally different then the traditional German hop aromas he is used to. He took copious notes and I wouldn't be surprised if you see and IPA style coming out of Brauhaus Faust soon.
Then on Thursday we got to brew one of his recipes. The Faust Pilsner. This gave us the challenge of doing an upwards infusion mash, on a system that really wasn't set up for it. But with the four heads working, of brewers from both sides the the Atlantic, we were successful. We made a very traditional German Style Pils that is just starting fermentation now but should come out to be around 4-4.5% ABV. Yes, it is a lager, so you all are going to have to wait about 7-9 weeks for this one. But it will be worth the wait.