Garage Pilsner

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By Stuart Loynton

Recipe is part of Recipe Index

BJCP 2021 Style 3B - Czech Premium Pale lager
Having been with LAB for nearly a year and hearing all the comments/advice I really felt it would benefit my brewing if I entered some competitions this year. I chose Czech Pilsner as I anticipated that everyone else would be making Marzens and Dunkels and also due to the fact that both my wife and myself quite enjoy them. It was the perfect time of year to try out this brew as I have limited temperature control (I can heat up, but not cool down), Hence the name of Garage Pilsner as it fermented in the Garage during the cold snap in January. Recipe is pretty much an amalgamation of a number of recipe’s that I read on the internet, and overall I am really pleased with the result.


Lager Than Life 2023

2nd - Czech Lager


  • IBU 43
  • ABV 5.0%
  • OG 1.049
  • FG 1.011
  • EBC 6.8
  • 24 litres at end of boil.
  • 21 litres into fermenter.



Reverse Osmosis water with salts added as follows for Mash/Sparge

  • Calcium Sulphate (Gypsum) 1.82g / 0.93g
  • Calcium Chloride 3.05g / 1.56g
  • Magnesium Sulphate (Epsom Salt) 1.04g / 0.53g
  • Lactic Acid 88% 0.4 ml / -


  • Weyermann Bohemian Pilsner, 3 EBC, 4.8kg, 96%
  • Weyermann Carapils, 5 EBC, 0.2kg, 4%


  • 70g Saaz (3.8%) at 60 minutes
  • 30g Saaz at 30 minutes
  • 30g Saaz at 5 minutes
  • 30g Saaz at flame out


  • Wyeast 2278



  • 65C for 60 minutes
  • 75C for 10 minutes


  • 60 min boil


  • 12C for 14 days