Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Standard Refill

Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner Standard Refill is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 94.
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  • Our Refills come with everything that is needed to brew your next batch of great tasting beer. 
  • All of our Refills are done brewing within 10-14 days and designed for brewing 2-gallon batches. 
  • Mr. Beer's brewing extract is formulated and produced by master brewers at Coopers Brewery in Australia using the highest quality and all-natural barley and hops. 
  • Every Mr. Beer Refill comes with Coopers proprietary brewing yeast that performs well in a wide range of temperatures. 
  • With this Refill, you will get our Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner HME, 2 Bags of BrewMax Booster, 1 packet of No-Rinse Cleanser, and 1 packet of brewing yeast
  • If you enjoy drinking Gordon Biersch Czech Pilsner, Pilsner Urquell, Samuel Adams Noble Pils, or New Belgium Blue Paddle then this is the Refill for you!
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    STEP 1: Sanitizing

    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, then remove the label from the can. Place the unopened can in hot tap water

    2. Using the clean measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your 4-quart or larger pot. Add your booster packs slowly while stirring the cool water until dissolved. Bring water to a boil, and then remove pot from heat.

    3. Open the can of brewing extract from the bottom of the can and pour it into the pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. This mixture is the wort.

    4. Fill the keg with cold water to line mark 1 on the back. The water must be cold (ideally from the refrigerator) with a temperature of 40-55°F/4-12°C. For the best results, we recommend using bottled spring water or filtered tap water. If using any other fermenter this would be approximately 1 gallon of water.

    5. Pour the wort into the keg and then bring the volume of the keg up to line mark 2 by adding more cold water. Mix vigorously with the plastic spoon/ whisk. Be careful to not scratch the inside of the keg, which could create small spaces for bacteria to grow. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

    6. Sprinkle the entire yeast packet into the keg and then screw on the lid.Do not stir.

    7. Allow your fermenter to sit for 10-14 days.

    Store the fermenter in a cool, dark place between 68-78°F/20-26°C for the yeast to work properly. The ideal temperature range is 70-72°F / 21-22°C. After a few days the foam and activity will subside and your batch will appear to be dormant. However, the yeast is still at work, slowly finishing the fermentation process.

    STEP 3: Bottling & Carbonating

    After 10 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 4 more days (14 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 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 solution 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 to sit for a minimum of 14 days. If the temperature is cooler than suggested it may take an additional week to reach full carbonation. 

    Tip from our Brewmasters

    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 5 out of 5 by Katherine from My First Keg Just sampled it today in preparation for the bottling process. No, it's not Budweiser nor is it Coors. This Pils has a balance of aroma, body and depth that isn't found in a traditional American beer. Doesn't have a complex flavor such as a Dunkel would posses. It's the perfect first step for those who want to experience a European beer, yet not go off the deep end to extremes that may turn them off to exploring other European brews. It has very little bitterness, which surprised me. I expected more like Tucker (Nurenberg) would have. My secret is to use filtered water in the brewing process. This makes a huge difference. I may call this batch "K'attitude".
    Date published: 2015-07-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by ToddSchultz from Reliably fresh and delicious I have used just the can, the can plus booster (standard refill), the can plus UME pouch (deluxe refill), and on occasion dry hopped the result (a la the 'Party Time Pilsner' recipe). The result has always been a fresh, light (not lite), clear gold beer with a pleasant head and a wonderful pils taste I find in few off the shelf pilsners. My favorite every day beer and a solid start to beer flights. Of course if someone's tastes run to triple Russian Imperial stouts with chocolate and raspberry (or if you have just had a glass of it) then this brew may seem a bit puny. A clear, pale beer with ample flavor can be a challenge for a home brewer but this refill can be counted on for providing one.
    Date published: 2016-01-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Rick60 from Terrific First Brew This was my first batch with the gear from Mr Beer. It was fun and fascinating, the perfect brew to start out on. The results astounded me. Honestly, my expectations were low when the process was finished -- I mean, how good could such a mixture actually be? I utilized the advice from experienced brewers here, waiting 20 days before bottling and 28 before refrigerating. The taste was amazing -- full, crisp and with a pleasant "bite" to it. A confidence-builder, to be sure. Since then, I have brewed up four batches of various blends, but will soon return to do up another batch of the Grand Bohemian. If you are thinking about trying out this hobby, I suggest GBCP as an ideal batch to kick off your new career.
    Date published: 2016-04-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by KevyD35 from Crisp and refreshing Brewed last season straight up and it was a huge hit. This year I experimented with dry hopping using Warrior hops during the brew process. A great success! Beer had crisp, citrus notes with a dry, hoppy finish. Added lemon slices to a couple of glasses and it made the blend pop with vibrant crisp floral notes. A fun brew and recipe to make and will definitely brew again; I will try a less acidic hops next time to curb some of the dryness on this batch.
    Date published: 2016-04-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by Chefcw75 from Good as a start beer This was my first brew with the Mr Beer kit: Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner. The brews finish was a good quality...not great but good. I made it with only the can of extract and yeast. To me the flavor is sweet like a dry white wine with pilsner end. When I make it again I will add a LME smooth or golden along with a Booster for extra body. I am more of a Stout/Porter drinker so this was a delicate flavor. Nonetheless, I have taken the beer to work (My Fine Dinning Restaurant Life) and let my fellow work and restaurant owner try it on two occasions. Both time everyone enjoyed the taste. So in conclusion, I would recommend the beer as a starter but to be used as a base to build on. After making 10 gallons of beer it is a great start with the kit.
    Date published: 2017-04-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by jimmar from Pleasantly surprised Actually not too bad, I was pleasantly surprised. I added one once of saaz hops steeped in the wort for a few minutes in a muslin bag. I saw this was done by another reviewer so I tried. I would next time let them steep a little longer than the 5 or so minutes it tried. I found that using sugar cubes instead of the carb drops from Mr. Beer worked much better.
    Date published: 2016-04-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by BeerTaster from 2nd Beer Great beer! My wife and I love it. She doesn't care for beer much, but she loves it and with lime, weird. I'll have to make this one again!
    Date published: 2017-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by keljr66 from Great results for my first attempt This was my first beer made with the kit which I received as a Christmas gift. I'm more of a red and stout fan, but to get my feet wet in learning I chose to make this Pilsner and the results were better than I expected. Great flavor and body for a Pilsner.
    Date published: 2017-02-20
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    what is estimated abv of grand bohemian czech pilsner?

    Asked by: mike1

    What is the difference between the regular and the deluxe versions of Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner?

    Asked by: Mitt

    While my order for the Grand Bohemian Pilsner contained 2 packets of the Brewmaster Booster I do not see in any directions that I am to add both packets to the mix. Please clarify if I use both or not. Thank you.

    Asked by: Duke 1952

    I keep seeing conflicting reports I’ve seen two weeks and three weeks for fermentation time. I did 14 day I tasted it was flat and had a cider taste. Now I bottled it I guess my question is the cider taste going to stay after it sit in bottles for awhile 

    Asked by: Stoner

    any problem with bottling in 12 oz beer bottles?

    Asked by: mike1
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