Workout Pils

Workout Pils is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
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Busy training for that triathlon? After all the hard work biking, swimming and running you should be able to treat yourself with a rewarding beverage that is light and easy drinking. Well, now you can with this Work Out Pils. At only 96 calories and 5 carbs, you can drink 1,2,3,4 or more and still get up the next day and bust out that 30-mile ride. This pilsner is clean, crisp and refreshing, it’s a tribeerthlon? Okay, that’s not a word but you get the idea.


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    What You Get

    1 Can Grand Bohemian Czech Pilsner (HME)

    1 Packet of Dry Brewing Yeast (Under the Lid of the Brewing Extract, you won't be using this.)

    1 Packet of US-05

    1 Packet of No-Rinse Cleanser

    You Provide

    2 Tablets of Beano

    For Fans Of

    Michelob Ultra

    Brew Specs

    Flavor: Balanced

    Original Gravity: 1.030

    Final Gravity: 1.000

    ABV: 4%

    SRM: (Color): 2

    IBU: (Bitterness): 27

    Calories: ~96

    Carbs: ~5


    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,(not needed for this recipe), then place the unopened can in hot tap water.

    2. Using the measuring cup, pour 4 cups of water into your clean 3-quart or larger pot. Bring this mixture to a boil, then remove from heat.

    3. 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.

    4. 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.

    5. Add 2 Whole Beano Tablets to the 1 gallon of cold water in your fermenter.

    6. Pour the wort into your fermenter, and then bring the volume of the fermenter to mark 2 by adding more cold water. (If you have a different fermenter top it off with cold water to the 8.5-liter mark).

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

    8. Sprinkle the S-05 yeast packet into the keg, and screw on the lid. Do not stir.

    Put your fermenter in a location with a consistent temperature between 68° and 78° F (20°-25° 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 PF Brewer from 1st Brew batch SUCCESS! This was my first stab at Beermaking. Original keg leaked no matter what I did and a new one was sent as a replacement and leak tested before it left the factory. Worked great thank you. The taste and freshness of the beer was excellent. I had a slight sweetness to it which was not a deal breaker but I could have done without it. I used the prepacked sugar cubes I may try with straight sugar at some point and put a little less in. Overall very fun and successful project. I have Cheq Pils going to try that next. Will be ordering supplies in let's say 5 minutes.
    Date published: 2021-02-05
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Mt50 from True light beer I pretty much stick to stouts and IPAs but a couple friends only drink Coors Light or Miller Lite and ask for something like that. This does it. A truly light beer with just a hint of hops to elevate the taste. Very crisp, slightly dry mouth feel. Not my go to, but I’ll make again for hot days after/during yard work. Recommended.
    Date published: 2020-02-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by Coach from First miss I made this wanting a crisp light tasting beer. I'm not a fan. My result has been a foam filled beer that smells yeasty and taste crisp and clean but with a very unpleasant yeasty bitter after taste. This is all after 5 weeks of conditioning. It's not terrible but nowhere near what I was expecting. I will say it looks nice in the glass. I'm wondering if this is how it's supposed to taste or if something went sideways.
    Date published: 2023-06-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by John3 from A good light beer This is a good light beer if you want to take a break from some of the heavier beers on the site. I tried mine after 2 weeks of conditioning and it had the strong apple taste. Tried it again a few weeks later and it was much better. I’m a big Miller Lite fan and was hoping this would be somewhat similar. It was very, very different. But still an enjoyable beer.
    Date published: 2020-04-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by DanC from Workout Pils (in progress) This one is still fermenting, but all signs are looking good. I previously did the Workout Stout with good results. This will be my 4th batch using Beano to lighten the carbs. I haven't been able to tell it's in there. I am assuming that it does something. The beers have all turned out really good.
    Date published: 2021-06-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Lease from Nice crisp beer I brewed this beer for my sister, but I don't think there will be any left for her. I added a Simcoe dry hop and it turned out very well. I will definitely be brewing it again. Overall an easy drinking beer, perfect for summer.
    Date published: 2020-07-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by Lee Scearce from My new favorite beer to drink adding Beano was dif Easy to make easily my new favorite . The taste is awesome.
    Date published: 2021-07-22
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    The instructions are a little confusing. One step states you don’t need yeast for this recipe and further down it says to add the yeast. Do I add yeast or not? Does the beans replace the yeast?

    Asked by: Berna
    Sorry for the confusion. Yes it does need yeast. The beano does not replace the yeast.
    Answered by: Mr Beer
    Date published: 2023-09-15

    Can I double this recipe for better Volume? Cheers

    Asked by: Bartchery
    Yes, you can! Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-12-22

    I misplaced the ale yeast packet. Will this still work with the standard yeast packet from under the lid?

    Asked by: Gram
    It will work with the standard gold packets, however we do recommend using two of them. Cheers!
    Answered by: MRBEER
    Date published: 2021-09-20

    Okay the item says it comes with 1 yeast packet, yet in the instructions for the workout it says to add three yeast packets. Do I add three or just the one provided or do I need to get two more packets plus the Beano tablets?

    Asked by: Kyle87
    You will just add the 1 yeast packet. The packet that is US-05 Dry Ale Yeast.
    Answered by: RobertMrBeer
    Date published: 2021-03-29

    Could I add a booster or Lme  to get this to 5% ABV ? Would this jeopardize the calorie content ?

    Asked by: NYCDennis

    OK, adding Beano is unexpected. Beano breaks down oligosaccharides and polysaccharides into simple sugars. In the gut, at least. My inner nerd asks, what's it doing here, and, from a chemical standpoint, how does it contribute to a light beer?

    Asked by: Olias
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