Organic Pilsner


A light, crisp lager with a slight hint of maltiness and a moderate bitterness

Ingredients for 5 gals:

4.4 lbs. Organic pale malt extract
2 1/2 lbs.Weyermann Pilsner malt
1 lbs.Weyermann Vienna malt
1/2 lbs. Briess Organic Carapils malt
3/4 oz. Organic German Hallertauer Tradition hops- bittering (27 IBU)
1/2 oz. Organic German Hallertauer Mittlefrueh pellet hops- flavor (5 IBU)
1 oz. Organic German Hallertauer Mittlefrueh whole hops- aroma
Ale Yeast: Wyeast #2278 Czech Pils Lager or White Labs #800 Pilsner Lager
Bottling Sugar: 8 oz. (1 1/4 cups) Dry Malt Extract (DME)*
Optional ingredients: 1/2 teaspoon Irish Moss

International Bittering Units (IBU’s): 32
Original Gravity (O.G.): 1.048- 1.054
Final Gravity (F.G.): 1.008-1.014
Average alcohol content (% by volume): 5.2%

*If you prefer, you may use 1 cup of organic malt extract or 3/4 cup corn sugar (not included in this kit), or kraeusen with 1 quart of unfermented organic beer (see brewing tip: Kraeusening your beer) for bottling.

Instructions for Brewing:

For expanded directions, go to brewing procedures for mash-extract recipes.

1a: Heat 1 3/4 to 2 gallons of water to 160- 165 oF, then turn the heat off. Add the grains (or grain bag with grains in it) and stir well. The temperature should be 150 oF. Adjust the temperature if necessary by adding heat, hot water, or cold water.

1b: Allow the grains to soak for 40 to 60 minutes at 150 oF. Do a starch test to see if the mash is done.

2a: Heat 1 to 1 1/2 gallons of water to 170 oF in a separate pot. Sparge the grains with this water when the mash is complete.

2b: Add water to the liquid collected from the grains to make up to 5 1/4 gallons.

3. Heat the water to almost boiling and then turn the heat off. Add the malt extract and dissolve the extract completely. Turn the heat back on and bring to a boil.

4. Once the wort has reached a rolling boil add 3/4 oz. Hallertaur Tradition hops (bittering) and boil for 40 minutes.

5. Add 1/2 oz. Hallertaur Mittlefrueh hop pellets (flavor). If desired, add the Irish Moss flakes. Boil for 15 minutes more.

6. Add 1 oz. Hallertaur Mittlefrueh hops (aroma), boil 5 more minutes, & turn the heat off.

7. Cool the wort to 60- 70 oF.

8. Transfer the chilled wort into a sanitized primary fermenting vessel.

9. Shake or stir (with a sanitized spoon!) the unfermented beer vigorously to add oxygen.

10. Add the yeast and ferment in a cool dark place for 4-6 days at 45- 55 oF in the primary fermenter. Slightly higher temperatures will work, but the beer will have more ale characteristics.

11. If you have a secondary fermenter, transfer the beer to it when fermentation activity has subsided (after 4-6 days).

12. Ferment for an additional 10- 21 days (or lager for 1- 3 months), or until fermentation is complete.

13. Clean and sanitize enough bottles for your batch.

14. Sanitize your bottle caps.

15. Boil your bottling sugar in 2 cups of water for 15 minutes.

16. Cool the sugar solution to 70 oF and pour into a sanitized carboy or bottling bucket. Transfer your beer into the same container and mix slowly. You can also pour the sugar solution into the same fermenter with the beer instead of transferring.

17. Use a racking cane and siphon tubing with a bottle filling tip attached to fill your bottles. Cap immediately after filling the bottles to prevent contamination.

18. Store the beer at room temperature (about 65 oF) for the first few days, then in a cool dark place
(45- 60 oF) for 1-3 weeks. Your beer is ready to drink when it is clear and nicely carbonated.

19. Relax and enjoy your organic beer!

HomeShopBrew TipsRecipesHow to BrewContact UsOrder Privacy 

© 1997- 2004 Seven Bridges Cooperative