Here’s my latest Czech Pils recipe. I brewed my typical batch aiming for 11 gallons split into two fermenters. I kegged one fermenter after about a month on the cake and the second after 2 months. The second has been cold conditioning with lots of tastings (starting at 2 weeks lagering) for about 6 weeks now. It’s probably the best and one of the best looking pils I’ve made so far. Great pils and saaz spicy floral aroma and good bite on the tongue from the magnum, good color, nice white foamy head that sticks around, great lacing, light but grainy body and crusty bread taste with spicy dry hop finish. I love this one and it’s still getting better. I think I’ll brew another batch right away so I can leave it all on the cake for about 2 months then lager it as long as pissible.
I think water is very important in this style. I use the Brunwater Pilsen profile as a target. A bunch of lactic acid gets me close and with even lower bicarb. I’ve tried both 50 and 100% distiled and this works better for my taste. It leaves the beer more bitter and dry with a little twang which is what I want in this style.
Mashed in at 149 BIAB, 5.4 pH. Rested 60 mins then pulled bag and sparged with 190F water until I got my preboil volume. Adjust kettle pH as necessary for 5.2. Boiled 60 mins. Chilled through the plate chiller to high 50s, chilled to 52 and pitched. The only aeration was from the wort splashing from the hose into the buckets. About 2 inches of foam on the top after buckets were full.
If you like Urquell try this recipe. If you decoct then maybe eliminate the carafa and carapils. I haven’t tried decocting this one but may soon since my decocted helles turned out so good.
Boil Size: 13.25 gal
Post Boil Volume: 11.25 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 11.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.046 SG
Measured OG: 1.052
Measured FG: 1.011
Estimated Color: 6.1 SRM
Estimated IBU: 45.4 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 80.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 81.5 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes
18 lbs Avangard Best Malz Pilsner Malt (1.9 SRM Grain 98.0 %
4.0 oz Carapils (Briess) (1.5 SRM) Grain 1.4 %
2.0 oz Carafa Special II (Weyermann) (415.0 SRM Grain 0.7 %
1.25 oz German Magnum [13.00 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 29.9 IBUs
3.00 oz CZ Saaz [2.60 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 11.0 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining -
2.00 oz CZ Saaz [3.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 4.5 IBUs
1.0 pkg Pilsner Lager (White Labs #WLP800) [35.4 Yeast 8 -
Mash Schedule: BIAB - Danny’s
Total Grain Weight: 18 lbs 6.0 oz
I think the skull bottle opener my oldest son brought me from Mexico makes a nice clarity gauge.