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Pilsner Urquell Clone

142 calories 15.6 g 12 oz
Beer Stats
Method: All Grain
Style: German Pilsner (Pils)
Boil Time: 60 min
Batch Size: 5.5 gallons (fermentor volume)
Pre Boil Size: 6.5 gallons
Post Boil Size: 5 gallons
Pre Boil Gravity: 1.037 (recipe based estimate)
Efficiency: 65% (brew house)
Source: Plzensky Prazdro

Calories: 142 calories (Per 12oz)
Carbs: 15.6 g (Per 12oz)
Created Wednesday February 14th 2018
Amount Fermentable Cost PPG °L Bill %
8 lb American - Pilsner8 lb Pilsner 37 1.8 80%
1 lb American - Vienna1 lb Vienna 35 4 10%
0.50 lb American - Munich - 60L0.5 lb Munich - 60L 33 60 5%
0.50 lb German - CaraFoam0.5 lb CaraFoam 37 1.8 5%
10 lb / 0.00
Amount Variety Cost Type AA Use Time IBU Bill %
1.30 oz Saaz1.3 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 90 min 18.97 45.6%
0.80 oz Saaz0.8 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 45 min 10.02 28.1%
0.75 oz Saaz0.75 oz Saaz Hops Pellet 3.5 Boil 25 min 7.11 26.3%
2.85 oz / 0.00
Mash Guidelines
Amount Description Type Temp Time
15 qt Pull 1/3 thick portion of the mash 1.5 gallons and bring to a boil for 15 min. Don't scorch the grain mix and stir back into the mash. Decoction 142 °F 30 min
Mash out, vorlauf and then sparge at 170 Infusion 155 °F 30 min
Starting Mash Thickness: 1.5 qt/lb
Other Ingredients
Amount Name Cost Type Use Time
1 tsp Irish Moss Water Agt Boil 25 min.
16 g Gypsum Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
2 g Calcium Chloride (dihydrate) Water Agt Mash 1 hr.
White Labs - Pilsner Lager Yeast WLP800
1 Each
Attenuation (avg):
Optimum Temp:
50 - 55 °F
Fermentation Temp:
50 °F
Pitch Rate:
0.35 (M cells / ml / ° P) 78 B cells required
0.00 Yeast Pitch Rate and Starter Calculator
Method: co2       CO2 Level: 2.25 Volumes
Target Water Profile
Kroger Spring Water
Ca+2 Mg+2 Na+ Cl- SO4-2 HCO3-
131.2 0 3 31.6 274.2 0
Soft water
2% acid malt
Mash Chemistry and Brewing Water Calculator

2g gypsum

Step by Step
The traditional Pilsner Urquell utilizes an undermodified Pilsner malt that is malted by the brewery. The mash is subsequently triple decocted to help break down the protein matrix that is still present in the undermodified malts. For three reasons we have decided to change up the classic recipe. First homebrewers don’t often have access to undermodified Pilsner malts these days. Second, a triple decoction means a long and rigorous brew day for the brewer. Finally adding in a protein rest could be detrimental to the beer’s body and head retention. So we’ve simplified the mash procedure and added some malts to help adjust the color and add a slight toasted character that the triple decoction should otherwise add to the beer’s profile.

Mash grains with 15 qts. (14.2 L) soft water at 142 °F (61 °C) and hold for 30 minutes. Perform a decoction, pull 1/3 thick portion of the mash (~1.5 gallons/5.7 L) and bringing to a boil. Boil for 15 minutes being sure not to scorch the grain mix. Stir the decocted portion back into the main mash.

The main mash should now settle at 155 °F (68 °C). Hold for a 30 minute rest.

Mash out, vorlauf, and then sparge at 170 °F (77 °C) to collect enough wort to result in 5 gallons (19 L) after a 90-minute boil. Boil 90 minutes, adding hops at times indicated. Cool, aerate, and pitch yeast.

Ferment at 50 °F (10 °C) until signs of fermentation have slowed considerably. Some diacetyl is noted in Pilsner Urqell, but if there is a strong diacetyl presence at this point, 2-4 days at 65 °F (18 °C) is advised. Rack to secondary and lager for 4-6 weeks at 40 °F (4 °C). After lagering is complete, bottle or keg as usual.

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EasyBrew 07/10/2019 at 01:11pm
4 of 5

I have only brewed this one time but it came out very tasty. It was crisp and similar to the real Pilsner Urquell. It didn't last too long in the keg! I'm going to make it again soon to see if I can re-create this goodness!

EasyBrew 03/18/2020 at 06:29pm
I have brewed this recipe twice now and I have enjoyed it both times. The second time I did a better job on the decoction and it tasted much better. Its very crisp with a great hop flavor. Very similar to the real Urquell

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