Imperial Pilsner Recipe

This Imperial Pilsner recipe is perfect for those who love a strong, flavorful beer. With a balanced combination of malt and hops, this beer is sure to impress even the most discerning beer drinkers. It has a prep time of 1 hour and a cook time of 1 hour and 15 minutes, but the fermentation process takes a total of 42 days, resulting in a beer with an estimated ABV of 7.7%.

Imperial Pilsner

The strong alcohol flavours in this Pilsner are perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the hops and by the biscuit and Carapils malts.
Prep Time1 hour
Cook Time1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time42 days 2 hours 15 minutes
Course: Beer
Cuisine: Larger
Servings: 40 pints
Calories: 274kcal
Author: Dan Smullen


  • 1 Brew kettle
  • 1 Mash tun
  • 1 Wort chiller
  • 1 Fermenter (e.g. carboy, bucket)
  • 1 Airlock
  • 1 Hydrometer
  • 1 Thermometer
  • 1 Racking cane
  • 1 Bottling bucket
  • 1 Bottles and caps
  • 1 Bottle capper
  • 1 Sanitizer (e.g. StarSan)
  • 1 Propane burner (if brewing outdoors)
  • 1 Auto-siphon (optional, but helpful)
  • 1 Refractometer (optional, but helpful)


For the Mash – Liquor 19 Litres (33 Pints) – Mash Time 1 hr – Temperature 65°C (149°F)

  • 16 lb Pilsner malt Quantity 7.25 kg
  • 10 oz Carapils malt Quantity 290 g
  • 7 oz Biscuit malt Quantity 200 g

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

  • 4 oz (Hops) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh 5% When to add – At start of boil (IBU 25.4)
  • 2 1/2 oz (Hops) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh 5% When to add – For last 10 mins of boil (IBU 5.9)
  • 4 oz (Hops) Hallertauer Mittelfrüh 5% 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 6 weeks at 3°C (37°F)

  • 1 Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast



  • Heat 19 litres (33 pints) of water in a large pot to 65°C (149°F).
  • Add the Pilsner malt, Carapils malt, and Biscuit malt to the pot and stir well.
  • Maintain the temperature at 65°C (149°F) for 1 hour.
  • Drain the liquid from the mash into a separate container using a sieve or colander.


  • Add 27 litres (47 1/2 pints) of water to the pot and heat to boiling.
  • Add the first batch of Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops and let it boil for 1 hour.
  • Add Protofloc to the pot for the last 15 minutes of the boil.
  • Add the second batch of Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops for the last 10 minutes of the boil.
  • Add the third batch of Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops at turn off.
  • Cool the wort down to 12°C (54°F).


  • Pour the cooled wort into a sterilized fermenter.
  • Add the Bohemian Lager yeast to the fermenter.
  • Seal the fermenter and let it sit at a temperature of 12°C (54°F) for 42 days.
  • After 42 days, transfer the beer to another sterilized container and condition it for 6 weeks at 3°C (37°F).
  • The beer is now ready to drink!
Makes 🍻Ready to Drink 🍺Estimated ABVBitterness RatingColor Rating
23 Litres (40 Pints)7 Weeks7.7%60 IBU10.2 EBC

Deliciously Strong and Balanced: Try Our Imperial Pilsner Recipe

Looking for a beer recipe that packs a flavorful punch? Look no further than our Imperial Pilsner recipe. With a combination of Pilsner, Carapils and Biscuit malts, as well as Hallertauer Mittelfruh hops, this beer has a strong and complex flavor that is perfectly balanced by the bitterness of the hops.

Impress Even the Most Discerning Beer Drinkers

Not only does our Imperial Pilsner recipe taste great, but it also has an impressive ABV of 7.7%. Plus, the longer fermentation process of 42 days results in a beer that is beautifully clear and refreshing. So why not try our recipe today and impress even the most discerning beer drinkers?

Easy to Make with Simple Ingredients

While the fermentation process may take a bit longer than some other beer recipes, our Imperial Pilsner is actually quite simple to make. All you need are a few basic ingredients and some brewing equipment, and you’ll be well on your way to enjoying a deliciously strong and balanced beer. So why not give it a try today?

FAQ on Making this Imperial Pilsner Recipe

What is the total prep and cook time for this Imperial Pilsner recipe?

The total prep and cook time is 2 hours and 15 minutes, followed by a fermentation period of 42 days.

What are the ingredients required for this recipe?

The ingredients include Pilsner malt, Carapils malt, Biscuit malt, Hallertauer Mittelfrüh hops, Protofloc, and Bohemian Lager yeast.

What type of yeast is used in this recipe?

The recipe calls for Wyeast 2124 Bohemian Lager yeast.

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

The estimated ABV is 7.7% and the bitterness rating is 60 IBU.

How many pints of beer does this recipe yield?

This recipe yields approximately 40 pints of beer.

At what temperature should the beer be fermented and conditioned?

The beer should be fermented at 12°C (54°F) and conditioned for 6 weeks at 3°C (37°F).

What is the recommended serving temperature for this Imperial Pilsner?

The recommended serving temperature is between 5-7°C (41-45°F).

Can different types of malt be used in this recipe, or is it specific to the ones listed?

Different types of malt can be used, but it may affect the overall flavor profile of the beer.

What is the expected final gravity of the beer?

The expected final gravity is not provided in the recipe.

How should the beer be stored during the conditioning process?

The beer should be stored in a cool, dark place during the conditioning process.

Can this recipe be easily adapted for brewing with a different type of yeast?

Yes, the recipe can be adapted for brewing with a

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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.