A Bohemian pilsner is all of the things you love. It's crisp, complex and well-rounded, yet refreshing. This style was the original clear, light-colored beer, dating from the 1840s in the area of Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). For this beer, distilled or reverse osmosis water, or other very soft water is greatly preferred. You can do a decoction mash for this recipe, but a single infusion mash works well also.
One of the keys of making a great lager is being able to maintain proper fermentation temperatures. Ferment this beer in the low 50s, raise the temperature for 48 hours to the 60s, and then lager (store cold) for 4-6 weeks. Lagers take a bit more attention to temperatures, and take a bit more time- but the results are worth it! A yeast starter is recommended when using liquid lager yeast for best results.
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Bohemian Pilsner - All-Grain Recipe Kit Instructions
Bohemian Pilsners have been around since the 1840s and are from the area of Bohemia (now part of the Czech Republic). They have a rich, complex malt that's complimented by the use of the Czech Saaz hops giving it a floral-like flavor. They typically have a pale gold to deep gold color, with great head retention and a medium-bodied mouthfeel.
- Batch Size: 5 Gallons
- Mash at 150
- Est. Original Gravity: 1.052 SG
- Est. Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
- Est. Alcohol by Volume: 5.5 %
- Bitterness: 43 IBUs
- Est. Color: 3.6 SRM
- Pilsner Malt
- 2 Row Carapils®
- Calcium Chloride Pellets
- Czech Saaz Hop Pellets