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03A1. Czech Pale Lager

121 calories 11.7 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: Czech Pale Lager
Boil Time: 75 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 8 gallons
Post Boil Size: 6.1 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.024 (recipe based estimate)
Post Boil Gravity: 1.031 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 75% (brew house)
Source: WAWooldridge
Calories: 121 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 11.7 g (Per 12oz)
Created Monday August 21st 2017
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
6 lb German - Pilsner6 lb Pilsner 38 1.6 83.5%
6 oz Belgian - CaraVienne6 oz CaraVienne - (late boil kettle addition) 34 20 5.2%
6 oz German - Wheat Malt6 oz Wheat Malt 37 2 5.2%
3 oz German - Acidulated Malt3 oz Acidulated Malt 27 3.4 2.6%
0.25 lb German - Melanoidin0.25 lb Melanoidin 37 25 3.5%
115 oz / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
0.25 oz Magnum0.25 oz Magnum Hops Pellet 15 Boil 60 min 16.37 11.1%
1 oz Saaz1 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 15 min 7.58 44.4%
1 oz Saaz1 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 3 min 1.9 44.4%
2.25 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Start Temp Target Temp Time
0.8 qt Strike Water (Wheat) Temperature -- 117 °F --
Beta-glucanase Rest (Wheat) Infusion -- 113 °F 15 min
16.2 qt Strike Water (Pilsner & Special) Temperature -- 133 °F --
Protein Rest Infusion -- 131 °F 15 min
Alpha-Amylase Rest Temperature -- 145 °F 35 min
Beta-Amylase Rest Infusion -- 152 °F 40 min
Mash-Out (CaraVienne)Batch Sparge Temperature -- 170 °F 20 min
20.4 qt Batch Sparge Sparge -- 170 °F 15 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 2.25 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Fining Boil 15 min.
7.47 ml Phosphoric acid Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
8.23 g Phosphoric acid Water Agt Sparge 1 hr.
White Labs - Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast WLP802
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
50 - 55 °F
Fermentation Temp:
52 °F
Pitch Rate:
1.75 (M cells / ml / ° P) 338 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
CO2 Level: 3 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Pilsen (Light Lager)
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
7 3 2 5 5 25
Add 1lb rice hulls to every 5lb of grain to help keep mash temperature evenly distributed.

Pilsner malt:
Protein rest (122-131F 15 min).

Wheat Malt:

CaraVienne malt:
Add after mash-out, during vorlauf.
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

Overall Impression:
A lighter-bodied, rich, refreshing, hoppy, bitter pale Czech lager having the familiar flavors of the stronger Czech Premium Pale Lager (Pilsner-type) beer but in a lower alcohol, lighter-bodied, and slightly less intense format.

Light to moderate bready-rich malt combined with light to moderate spicy or herbal hop bouquet; the balance between the malt and hops may vary. Faint hint of caramel is acceptable. Light (but never intrusive) diacetyl and light, fruity hop-derived esters are acceptable, but need not be present. No sulfur.

Light gold to deep gold color. Brilliant to very clear, with a long-lasting, creamy white head.

Medium-low to medium bready-rich malt flavor with a rounded, hoppy finish. Low to medium-high spicy or herbal hop flavor. Bitterness is prominent but never harsh. Flavorful and refreshing. Diacetyl or fruity esters are acceptable at low levels, but need not be present and should never be overbearing.

Medium-light to medium body. Moderate carbonation.

The Czech name of the style is světlé výčepní pivo.

Josef Groll initially brewed two types of beer in 1842–3, a výčepní and a ležák, with the smaller beer having twice the production; Evan Rail speculates that these were probably 10 °P and 12 °P beers, but that the výčepní could have been weaker. This is the most consumed type of beer in the Czech Republic at present.

Characteristic Ingredients:
Soft water with low sulfate and carbonate content, Saazer-type hops, Czech Pilsner malt, Czech lager yeast. Low ion water provides a distinctively soft, rounded hop profile despite high hopping rates.

Style Comparison:
A lighter-bodied, lower-intensity, refreshing, everyday version of Czech Premium Pale Lager.

Vital Statistics:
OG: 1.028 – 1.044
FG: 1.008 – 1.014
ABV: 3.0 – 4.1%
IBUs: 20 – 35
SRM: 3 – 6

Commercial Examples:
Březňák Světlé výčepní pivo, Notch Session Pils, Pivovar Kout na Šumavě Koutská 10°, Únětické pivo 10°

session-strength, pale-color, bottom-fermented, lagered, central-Europe, traditional-style, pale-lager-family, bitter, hoppy

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