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Prima Pils Inspired German Pilsner

Posted on October 21st, 2013 by in "Award Winning Beer Recipes"

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This was my third real attempt at brewing a really good German Pils. Victory’s Prima Pils is my #1 favorite beer of all time, so I wanted to get something kind of close to it.

Prima Pils clone

Here’s what it looked like in the glass. Ignore the messy desk.

This is certainly not a clone, more of an “inspired by Prima Pils” kind of recipe. For more information about the German Pilsner style, check out Continental Pilsener (Classic Beer Style)

As with all lagers I drain off in to a carboy and allow it to settle, then I rack from that in to another carboy for fermentation. I almost always harvest yeast from my lagers and this helps me keep as much trub and junk out of the fermentor as possible.

I’m quite partial to Weyermann Pilsner malt for pretty much anything German, so this recipe is not an exception. I pretty much always use carbon filtered tap water with the addition of 1/2 a campden tablet to volatilize chloromine.

Awards for this recipe:

  1. 1st Place DRAFT Brewfest 2013 – 41
  2. 3rd Place Beer and Sweat 2013 – 35.3

German Pilsner – Prima Pils Inspired Recipe

SRM: 3.7 SRM
IBU: 57.4 IBUs
OG: 1.047 SG
FG: 1.009 SG
Est ABV: 5.0 %
Batch: 6.00 gal
Boil: 8.52 gal
BT: 90 Mins
Est Pre_Boil Gravity: 1.038 SG
Est OG: 1.047 SG
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs 12.0 oz
Total Hops: 8.75 oz oz.

Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (Weyermann) (1.7 SRM) Grain 1 97.7 %
4.0 oz Melanoidin (Weyermann) (30.0 SRM) Grain 2 2.3 %
1.25 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] – Boil 60.0 min Hop 3 33.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 4 -
3.00 oz Saaz [3.10 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 5 9.6 IBUs
1.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] – Boil 10.0 min Hop 6 14.5 IBUs
3.00 oz Saaz [3.10 %] – Steep/Whirlpool 0.0 min Hop 7 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg German Bock Lager (White Labs #WLP833) Yeast 8 -

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