2017-11-07

05D - German Pils - BendërBrau

Style: 5D - German Pils

This is one of my standards and usually on tap in the keezer.

Full recipe is on brewersfriend.com but here's the TL;DR
  • brew day: 2017-10-22
  • 24L batch, 30m boil
  • malt: 4.5kg Pilsner 
  • hops: 22g Magnum, 72g Spalt Select
  • yeast: W34/70 
Brew day notes
  • heated to 70, mashing at 67.8
  • Using W34/70 yeast cake from Crud Light
  • expected 80% efficiency; actual 74% - probably Bohemian pils vs regular pils
Brewer's Friend brix calculator numbers. Rounded ABV up to 4.4%

Transferring not because I regularly do a "secondary" but I needed the Speidel for another brew.

Ready for cold crash

Chilled, gelatin added, now into the keg:

After 12hrs in the keg at 40psi burst carb. Already mostly clear and carbonation is about 50%

Fully carbonated and mostly clear. This is about 2 days after kegging. Cold crash + gelatin work wonders.


I've made this several times and it always benefits from sitting in the keg for a month. Clarity and taste go from 95 to 100%. For this most recent batch I bumped up the bitterness in an attempt to get closer to the pils I had in Germany which was mostly Bitburger.