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Czech Pilsner Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains


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The classic pale lager. Clear, deep golden color, foamy white head, medium-full body with caramelly malt and spicy hop character, firm bitterness giving way to a soft finish. Recommended: 2-stage cold fermentation and yeast starter.

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Czech Pilsner Extract Kit w/ Specialty Grains

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If we had to pick just one style that embodies everything a beer should be, Czech Pilsner might be it: this lager showcases both malt and hops but allows some expression of yeast character; mellow enough to drink a few half-liters but technical enough to demand care in brewing. Clear, deep golden color, foamy white head, medium-full body with caramelly malt and spicy hop character, firm bitterness giving way to a soft finish. Recommended: 2-stage cold fermentation and yeast starter.
Additional Information
Beer Kit Yield5 Gallons
Recipe and InstructionsClick Here for Czech Pilsner Extract Kit Brewing Instructions
Regional StyleGerman/Czech/Continental
Original Gravity1047
Total Time to Make2 months
4.7 / 5.0
10 Reviews
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Great Pilsner. Layered at 35 degrees for 4 weeks. Very clear and clean taste. Excellent for summer!
March 27, 2018
1 month ago
love this beer. took a long time but well worth the wait.
March 20, 2018
1 year ago
Even unlagered it’s awsome.
I don’t have the gear to lager 5 gallons of beer so I let this sit in secondary at 60° or so for a month. I traded one 22oz bottle with the folks at the farmer’s market for a dozen eggs. The next week they offered to up the trade to a pound of bacon. Sadly, I had friends over and there wasn’t any left.
March 12, 2018
4 months ago
Ok beer
Good beer and it's true to style but just not my cup of....Beer.

Used White Labs 802, did a starter and lagered accordingly (10 days primary around 52 degrees, 3 day rest and 5 weeks secondary at give or take 38).
It's very crisp and truly refreshing but feel like something is missing. Have one or two but then I always switch to a different brew and at this point I'm just drinking it to free up bottles without wasting it.
July 7, 2017
1 year ago
Best Extract Kit
I made about 12 extract kits before switching to all grain and this was the best one. It really tastes like real Czech pilsner. I lived in Prague for a year, and it is so hard to find a good Czech pilsner in the US. Try it!

3 weeks primary @ 58 degF
6 weeks secondary @ 38 degF
December 30, 2016
over 2 years ago
I haven't brewed it yet, waiting for cooler temps.
I haven't brewed yet, so please quit bugging me. I purchased many kits this year from you and before. I like your service and people I talk to. Please don't ruin that by harassing me for an opinion. Thanks.
October 5, 2016
Consistently Good Product and Service
The products are always reliable and questions are answered promptly. What more can one ask for. Keep up the good work.
August 24, 2016
Very good
As pilsners go this is one of the best.
June 23, 2016
This was my first attempt at a lager. After spending a year living in Czech, I became extremely fond of Czech pilsners. I had pretty low expectations for this beer as I am a newbie. I was incredibly surprised when I took my first sip of the finished product. It tastes almost exactly like Pilsner urquell on tap in Prague. I used Wyeast urquell yeast in a 1000ml starter. Primary 3 weeks at 58deg then raised to 68 for 3 days, transferred to secondary, lagered at 35deg for 6 weeks, bottle conditioned at 58deg for 3 weeks.
April 23, 2016
Czech pilsner
Was ok but not quite what I was looking for. I used 05 Dry yeast and brewed as a ale at 70 degrees + and minus . spritzy but a little bland after all the other ales I have brewed guess I have developed a taste for hoppy beers.
October 1, 2015
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The instructions for this say that the secondary should be in the range of 35°-40°; is this definitely correct? It seems very low and since I started the secondary, I've had no activity and no krausen.
A shopper on Mar 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I have brewed this kit several times both as an ale (65-70 degrees), but mainly as a lager in 40 degrees. I have an outside workshop attached to my house that is insulated and stays in the 35-40 degree range in Jan. and Feb. I believe the instructions say that you can put it in the secondary stage an finish it as an ale in the warmer range and still get a good finished product. I do believe the smoothness was better lagering in the colder environment. Hope this helps
What would be the result of this recipe using dry lager yeast at normal temperature in primary and secondary and not 2 stage cold fermentation?
A shopper on Feb 22, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Some lager yeast can make good beer at warmer temperatures. Search Brulosophy warm lager.
Is a 90-minute boil time beneficial for extract or is that only for all Grain?
A shopper on Feb 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I'm pretty sure that you'd only need to do 90 min boil for all grain. IIRC pilsner malt needs longer boil time to drive off DMS precursors. The LME has already been boiled though so you wouldnt need to worry about that for an extract kit.
I would like to make a small batch of this Pilsner; can I simply devide the kit and make 5 small batches? Issues?
A shopper on Jul 12, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I had great success with this kit and will brew it again. I'm not quite sure why you want to divide the kit. Since this is a lager yeast I used a digital temperature controller to adjust the temperature of a spare refrigerator and it takes a fair amount of time so if you're dividing to stagger the timing of the batches that might be an issue. In terms of the actual brewing I wouldn't expect any real issue with doing 1 gallon batches. You will have to be a little careful if you are going to use priming sugar since you'll be using smaller amounts and smaller differences in amounts might have bigger effects. But in general I don't see any reason not to try to 5 batches. Good luck.
ThermoStar® Dual-Mode Digital Temperature Controller
ThermoStar® Dual-Mode Digital Temperature Controller
How long should I wait before I transfer the beer to the secondary fermenter? The recipe say 1-2 weeks in primary, but should I do it as soon as the active fermentation slows down, or is best to wait the full two weeks? Sorry, but I am fairly new at this. Should I raise the temprature at the end of primary fermentation, its now at 58dgr.
V A on May 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Two weeks is best to give time for sediment to go to the bottom before moving to secondary .then two weeks or more in secondary will help it to clarify more .age always makes beer in general better. Try to keep a couple beers back from a bottled batch then when you make the same beer again you can compare the new beer with the older aged beer they will be different Czech Pilsner I made turned out lighter and frizzy almost like corona beer I used US-05 yeast I brewed it fairly cold winter in Arkansas 50 to 65 degrees no chiller or refrigeration .
Is it necessary to incorporate a diacetyl rest into the fermentation? And if so, what are the ideal temps to complete this as we're already holding at 58 for the primary fermentation?
K R on Mar 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The directions that came with the kit doesn't mention it . My brew is in the secondary fermenter now , where I have been lowering the temperature a degree every day . I have another 3 weeks before bottling. I am fairly new at this . I tried brewing a few years ago with limited success. I have never liked the tastes of Ales , but understand why most people make Ales instead of Lagers now . I would be glad to let you know how it turns out.
Is it beneficial to have a diacetyl rest with this recipe?
Lynne R on Sep 26, 2015

it would be beneficial to conduct a diacetyl rest with this recipe.
Do I have to make a yeast starter or could I just use 2 smack packs?
Michael B on Jan 30, 2018

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