My homebrewing misadventures

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Sharing (and enjoying) the Czech Pilsner

My first chance to fill a growler for a friend from my kegerator.
The delicious Czech Pilsner, perfect for a hot August afternoon. From Carboy

Recipe for Czech Pilsner

Bohemian Pilsner, All-Grain

3 gallon batch


2.40 ozs Weyermann Carahell
5.70 lbs Pilsner (2-Row) German

0.60 ozs Pearle, 60 mins
0.60 ozs Saaz, 30 mins
0.60 ozs Saaz, 15 mins

Urquell Lager, Wyeast 2001, with a yeast starter

Original recipe from Northern Brewer.

Mash schedule

Protein Rest: 122° F for 20 minutes
Beta Sacch’ Rest: 149° F for 30 minutes
Alpha Sacch’ Rest: 158 F for 30 minutes
Mashout: 170° F for 10 minutes

Fermentation schedule

Primary 14 days @ 53.0° F
Diacetyl 2 days @ 63.0° F
Lager 42 days @ 43.0° F
Bottle/Keg 14 days @ 58.0° F


  • ABV: 3.49 percent
  • IBU: 51.40
  • Boil Size: 4.26 gals
  • Color: 4.2 SRM
  • Boil Time: 60 minutes
  • OG: 1.036
  • Estimated final gravity: 1.009
  • Efficiency: 70.00 %

Stats by iBrewmaster

Other notes

This was my first batch using a cooler setup for mashing and sparking. As a result, I think I totally botched the step infusions and sparging and my numbers were way off. Time will tell how it affects the taste, but this will be a little bit lower ABV than hoped.

By Tom on 08/08/2015

Stage: Enjoying

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