Bohemian Pilsner Recipe

Looking to brew a delicious and refreshing beer at home? This Bohemian Pilsner recipe is a great option for those who enjoy a malty flavor and a floral aroma from Saaz hops. With a moderate ABV and a relatively low bitterness rating, this beer is easy-drinking and perfect for sharing with friends and family.

Bohemian Pilsner

With a rich, malty flavour and a lovely spicy, floral aroma from the Saaz hops, this easy drinking beer is devilishly moreish.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time32 days 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Larger
Servings: 40 pints
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Large pot or kettle (10+ gallons)
  • 1 Fermenting vessel (6+ gallons)
  • 1 Airlock and stopper
  • 1 Immersion chiller or other cooling method
  • 1 Hydrometer and test jar
  • 1 Thermometer (accurate in the range of 40-100°F)
  • 1 Long spoon or paddle for stirring
  • 1 Auto-siphon or tubing for transferring beer
  • 1 Bottling bucket or kegging system
  • 1 Bottles or kegs for storing finished beer
  • 1 Cleaning and sanitizing solutions
  • 1 Brewing software or calculators (optional)


For the Mash – Liquor 12.5 Litres (22 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°C (149°F)

  • 11 lb Bohemian Pilsner malt Quantity 5 kg

For the Boil – 27 Litres (47 1/2 Pints) – Boil Time 1 hr – 15 mins

  • 2 3/4 oz (Hops) Saaz 4.2% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 35.4)
  • 1 1/4 oz (Hops) Saaz 4.2% When to add – At turn off (IBU 0.0)
  • 1 tsp Protofloc Other – When to add – For last 15 mins of boil

To Ferment – 12°C (54°F) – Conditioning 4 weeks at 3°C (37°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast


Mash the malt:

  • In a large pot or mash tun, heat 12.5 liters (22 pints) of water to 65°C (149°F). Add 11 pounds of Bohemian Pilsner malt and stir well to ensure there are no clumps. Allow the mixture to rest for 1 hour.


  • After 1 hour, drain the liquid from the mash and collect it in another pot. This is called the wort. Rinse the mash with another 27 liters (47 1/2 pints) of hot water to extract as much sugar as possible.

Boil the wort:

  • Bring the wort to a boil and add 2 3/4 ounces of Saaz hops (4.2%). Boil for 1 hour, then add 1 tsp of Protofloc and continue boiling for another 15 minutes.

Add aroma hops:

  • After 1 hour and 15 minutes of boiling, turn off the heat and add 1 1/4 ounces of Saaz hops (4.2%) for aroma. Allow the hops to steep for 10-15 minutes.

Cool the wort:

  • Using a wort chiller or ice bath, cool the wort to 12°C (54°F).

Pitch the yeast:

  • Once the wort has cooled, transfer it to a sanitized fermenter and pitch the Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast.


  • Allow the beer to ferment at 12°C (54°F) for 32 days.


  • After fermentation is complete, transfer the beer to a secondary fermenter and condition it for an additional 4 weeks at 3°C (37°F).

Carbonate and enjoy:

  • After conditioning, carbonate the beer and enjoy it! It should have an estimated ABV of 4.9%, bitterness rating of 35.4 IBU, and a color rating of 6.9 EBC.
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)4-5 Weeks4.9%35.4 IBU6.9 EBC

Unique Flavor Profile

This Bohemian Pilsner recipe is a must-try for beer enthusiasts who are looking for a unique flavor profile. With a rich malty taste and a lovely spicy, floral aroma from Saaz hops, this beer is sure to impress your taste buds.

Easy Drinking

This beer is incredibly easy to drink and is perfect for sharing with friends and family. With a moderate ABV and a relatively low bitterness rating, it is perfect for those who enjoy an easy-drinking beer.

Simple Ingredients

This recipe calls for simple ingredients that are readily available, including Bohemian Pilsner malt, Saaz hops, and Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast. You don’t need any fancy or hard-to-find ingredients to make a delicious beer at home.

A Fun and Rewarding Experience

Brewing your own beer is a fun and rewarding experience, and this recipe is a great way to get started. With a prep time of just one hour and a total time of 32 days, you can have your own batch of delicious Bohemian Pilsner ready to drink in no time.

FAQ on Making this Bohemian Pilsner Recipe

What is the main ingredient in this Bohemian Pilsner recipe?

The main ingredient in this recipe is Bohemian Pilsner malt.

What type of hops are used in this recipe and when are they added?

Saaz hops are used in this recipe and are added at the start of the boil and at turn off.

How long is the mash time and at what temperature?

The mash time is 1 hour at a temperature of 65°C.

What is the ABV, estimated bitterness rating, and color rating of this beer?

The estimated ABV of this beer is 4.9%, with a bitterness rating of 35.4 IBU and a color rating of 6.9 EBC.

How long does it take to ferment and condition this beer, and what type of yeast is used?

Fermentation takes 4 weeks at 12°C, followed by conditioning for 4 weeks at 3°C. Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast is used in this recipe.

What equipment is required to make this beer?

Equipment needed to make this beer includes a mash tun, brew kettle, fermenter, thermometer, and hydrometer.

Can this recipe be modified to make a gluten-free version or a higher ABV beer?

This recipe can be modified to make a gluten-free version or

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Hi, I'm Dan, founder of BeerIsMyLife. I've been an avid homebrewer for over ten years, and beer is my true passion. I've traveled all over the world, visiting breweries, tasting beer, as well as making my own batches. I set up this blog to share that experience with you.