Austin Pils Pilsner

Austin Pils Pilsner is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 14.
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Assertive German hops give this classic pilsner a floral and spicy hop character with a crisp, dry finish. This is a classic representation of the German Pilsner style.

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    What You Get

    1 Can American Lager Brewing Extract (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract)

    2 Packets of Booster

    1 Packet of Pilsen Malt

    1 Packet of Hallertau Pellet Hops

    1 Packet of Saflager W34/70 Yeast

    3 Muslin Sacks

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    For Fans Of

    Industry Pils - Austin Beer Garden Brewing Co

    Paulaner Premium Pils - Paulaner Brewing

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balance

    Original Gravity: 1.050

    Final Gravity: 1.012

    ABV: 4.9%

    SRM: (Color): 2

    IBU: (Bitterness): 40


    Cleaning is one of the most important steps in brewing. It kills microscopic bacteria, wild yeast, and molds that may cause off-flavors in your beer. Make certain to clean all equipment that comes in contact with your beer by following the directions below:

    1. Fill clean keg with warm water to line mark 1 on the back, then add ½ pack (about 1 tablespoon) of No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, the solution is ready to use. Save the remaining ½ of No-Rinse Cleanser because you will need it for bottling.

    2. Screw on lid and swirl the keg so that the cleaning solution makes contact with the entire interior of the keg, including the underside of the lid. Note that the ventilation notches under the lid may leak solution. Allow to sit for at least 2 minutes and swirl again.

    3. To clean the spigot, open it fully and allow liquid to flow for 5 seconds and then close

    4. Pour the rest of the solution from the keg into a large bowl. Place your spoon/whisk, can opener and measuring cup into the bowl to keep them cleaned throughout the brewing process. Leave them immersed for at least 2 minutes in cleaning solution prior to using.

    5. After all surfaces have been thoroughly cleaned, do not rinse or dry the keg or utensils. Return lid to top of keg, proceed immediately to brewing.


    Brewing beer is the process of combining a starch source (in this case, a malt brewing extract) with yeast. Once combined, the yeast eats the sugars in the malt, producing alcohol and carbon dioxide (CO2). This process is called fermentation.

    1. Remove the yeast packet from under the lid of the can of Brewing Extract (you won’t be using
    this), then place the unopened cans and BrewMax LME in hot tap water.

    2. Place the contents of 1/2 packet of the Hallertau pellet hops into a hop sack tying it closed,
    then trim away excess material. Add the remaining ½ packet of hops into a second hop sack,
    sack tying it closed, then trim away excess material. 

    3. Place the contents of the Pilsen Malt packet into the last muslin sack tying it closed, then trim
    away excess material. 

    4. Using a measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot, then heat
    water to 155° F.

    5. Add the grain sack to the hot water and steep for 30 minutes. 

    6. After 30 minutes, carefully lift the grain sack out of the pot and place into a strainer/colander.
    Rinse the sack over the pot with 1 cup of hot water. Let drain then discard.

    7. Slowly add the pouches of Booster to the hot grain water while stirring until it is completely
    dissolved, then bring to a boil.

    8. Once the solution is safely boiling add in the first hopsack and allow this mixture to boil for 10
    minutes stirring occasionally, then remove from heat.

    9. Once 10 minutes have passed (step 8), add the second hop sack of Hallertau hops and boil for
    10 more minutes. Then remove the pot from heat.

    10. Open the can of Brewing Extract and pour the contents into the hot mixture in your pot. Stir
    until thoroughly mixed. This mixture of unfermented beer is called wort.

    11. Fill your fermenter with cold tap water to the mark 1 on the back. If using any other
    fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water

    12. Pour the wort, including the hop sacks, into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the
    fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. Leave the hop sacks in the wort for the duration
    of fermentation. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter

    13. Stir your wort mixture vigorously with your sanitized spoon or whisk. 

    14. Sprinkle the Saflager W-34/70 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 53° and 59° F (12°-
    15° C), and out of direct sunlight. Ferment for 14 days.


    After 14 days, taste a small sample to determine if the beer is fully fermented and ready to bottle. If it tastes like flat beer, it is ready. If it’s sweet, then it’s not ready. Let it ferment for 3 more days (17 total). At this point, it is time to bottle. Do not let it sit in the fermenter for longer than 24 days total.

    1. When your beer is ready to bottle, fill a 1-gallon container with warm water, then add the remaining ½ pack of the No-Rinse Cleanser and stir until dissolved. Once dissolved, it is ready to use

    2. Distribute the cleaning solution equally among the bottles. Screw-on caps (or cover with a metal cap if using glass bottles) and shake bottles vigorously. Allow to sit 10 minutes, then shake the bottles again. Remove caps and empty all cleaning solutions into a large bowl. Use this solution to clean any other equipment you may be using for bottling. Do not rinse.

    3. Add 2 Carbonation Drops to each 740-mL bottle. For 1-liter bottles, add 2 ½ drops; for ½-liter bottles add 1 drop. Alternatively, you can add table sugar using this table as a guide. 

    4. Holding the bottle at an angle, fill each bottle to about 2 inches from the bottle’s top.

    5. Place caps on bottles, hand tighten, and gently turn the bottle over to check the bottle’s seal. It is not necessary to shake them.

    6. Store the bottles upright and out of direct sunlight in a location with a consistent temperature between 70°-76°F or 21°-24°C. Allow sitting for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 


    After the primary carbonation has taken place your beer is ready to drink. We recommend putting 1 bottle in the refrigerator at first for 48 hrs. After 48hrs. give it a try and if it is up to your liking put the rest of your beer in the fridge. If it does not taste quite right, leave the bottles out at room temp for another week or so. Keep following this method until your brew tastes just how you like it. 

    This process is called conditioning and during this time the yeast left in your beer can help clean up any off-flavors. Almost everything gets a little better with time and so will your beer

    Rated 4 out of 5 by Captain Lager from Tasty & worth the extra effort! This is a very good lager, with brilliant clarity and Hallertau hop bitterness balancing nicely with the light malt profile. I fermented mine in a large cooler with ice packs for 18 days, bottled, and enjoyed my first one after just a couple weeks in the bottle. I would recommend this product to friend and foe alike.
    Date published: 2017-06-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Mt50 from Awesome German Lager I saved this recipe until the forecast was in the 50s for an extended period of time. I lucked out and had two weeks of 50s temps so I fermented in a cooler on the back porch. Turned out great! I cold crashed for 2 days. Nice German style bitterness with a touch of hop aroma. Extremely drinkable after three weeks. I tried one, as always do, at three weeks and still malty without the bitterness I look for in a German export. After 5 weeks, it’s better than a commercial import. I think next time I’ll double the hops to get more of the Hallertau flavor, but it’s awesome the ways it is. Tastes somewhere between a Sam Adams 76 lager and a Beck’s.
    Date published: 2020-12-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by mnbrewer from Really good beer Brewing this beer was simple and enjoyable. I fermented in a chest cooler with frozen 2 liter bottles changing them out every day at first then every other day once the temp was around 45 degrees for 3 weeks. I was worried I got it too cold once but it fermented out just fine. I prefer darker beers, but I really enjoyed this beer a lot and will certainly make it again. It was good after 3 weeks in bottle. Great after 4 weeks. Great flavor and a lot of it!
    Date published: 2017-10-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by AZNHB from Great Pilsner! I was definitely not dissapointed by my purchase. It is a big step up as far as flavor profile goes compared to the base Grand Czech Pilsner. Great and light for the end of Summer. Will buy again!
    Date published: 2017-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by cisco138 from light and refreshing Easy to make partial extract recipe. Bottled conditioned for six weeks and the taste is amazing. Will make this one again.
    Date published: 2017-07-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by wvu1989 from Crisp and Clean Excellent Beer! Nice full-bodied malt flavor up front followed by a subtle hop bite, then a crisp, clean finish. I fermented at 54 for 3 weeks, carbed for 2 weeks around 70, then conditioned for 4 more weeks at 54. Pay attention to temps throughout the process, and you will be rewarded with a great beer. Would definitely do this one again.
    Date published: 2017-08-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Denster59 from One of my favorites! I brewed two batches and fermented them for 3 weeks at 68F. Transferred to a 5 gal keg and carbonated it for 5 days in my Bier Mister. Very smooth flavor with a nice malt taste on the front end. Not hoppy or bitter at all. I will definitely brew this again!
    Date published: 2017-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Keola17 from Awesome Great beer, little hoppy, very smooth the best one I have brewed so far. Highly recommend. The longer it sits the better it gets
    Date published: 2017-07-20
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    Could I also add (1) packet of Brewmax Pale Llme? if so how would it affect the beer?

    Asked by: sjh1512

    Why shouldn't the bottles sit at the fermentation temperature ( 54-59 ) rather than 70 degrees?

    Asked by: sjh1512
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