Czechs on Fire

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By Ken Bazley

Recipe is part of Recipe Index

BJCP 2021 Style - 32A Classic Style Smoked Beer

Smoked Czech Dark Lager

A bastardized version of 3D brewed on the stovetop. I’d never brewed a smoked Czech beer before and I’d never heard of anyone else doing so, but the name was too good to leave so I had to build a beer around it! When thinking about the recipe the key for me was to get a good level of hoppiness (and I mean flavour) which balanced with the smoke but carried through to the finish. Without the hoppiness it’s not in the Czech style and goes more towards Schwarzbier. Surprisingly perhaps, this turns out to be a very crushable beer.


Lager than Life 2023 (London)

2nd - Strong, Smoked and Wood-Aged Lager


  • IBU 32.4
  • ABV 4.9%
  • OG 1.051
  • FG 1.012
  • EBC 51.6
  • 10 litres into fermenter.



SES water acidified to hit 5.5 mash pH

  • Sodium metabisulphite – pinch into brewing liquor and again for sparge
  • Lactic acid, 0.9ml in the mash
  • Lactic Acid, 1.2ml in the sparge


  • Crisp Europils, 1.5kg - 3.4EBC
  • Weyermann rauchmalz, 1.5kg - 3.9EBC
  • Carafa I special, 100g – 900EBC
  • Chocolate malt, 100g – 525EBC
  • Wheat malt, 100g 4.1EBC


  • Bobek, 5.25% at first wort


  • German lager (WLP830)



  • Single infusion at 67C (ish) for 60 minutes.


  • 60 minute boil


  • Pitched at 18°C and once it had got going the FV was put outside in the shed.
  • FV then brought inside when SG was around 1.020 for diacetyl rest.
  • Finished at 1.012.


  • Final beer carbonated to around 2.0 vols and lagered for 3 weeks ish.