Beer name

Czech Pils

Beer type


Beer type

Beer description The town of Pilsen announced a brewing breakthrough in 1842 with the first clear light-coloured beer. However, it was not until the advent of refrigeration that Pilsner/Lager beer styles really gained popularity in Australia. Maxwell Cooper (Master Brewer and 4th generation Cooper) saw the importance of this type of beer and broke new ground at Coopers Brewery with the release of Gold Crown Lager in 1968. This became the first of many labels that Coopers have released in this style of beer. According to the BJCP style guidelines, category 2B, Bohemian Pilsener is a refreshing lager that is crisp yet complex and well-rounded. Flavour profile
Approx. Alcohol Level:
5.2% ABV
Naturally Carbonated:


  • 1 x 1.7kg Thomas Coopers 86 Days Pilsner 
  • 2 x 500g Coopers Light Dry Malt
  • 1 x 25g Saaz hop pellets
  • 1 x Lager yeast of your choice and the kit yeast
  • 1 x 250g Coopers Carbonation Drops 

STEP  1: Mix

Add the Saaz hop pellets to 500ml of boiled water and leave to infuse for about 15mins (this works well in a large coffee plunger or similar).

Place the Light Dry Malt in a sanitised, well drained fermenter.

Add 2 litres of hot water, immediately pick the fermenter up and swirl the contents until dissolved (about 15 secs) - this minimises lumps.

Add the contents of the 86 Days Pilsner extract and the strained hop infusion then stir to dissolve.

Add cold water up to the 18 litre mark and stir vigorously.

Check the brew temperature and top up to the 20 litre mark with cold water (refrigerated if necessary) to get as close as possible to 24C and stir.

Sprinkle the Lager yeast and brew can yeast then fit the lid.

STEP 2: Brew

Try to start the ferment at 24C and allow the brew temperature to drop down to 13C - 15C over the period of 12 to 24hrs.

Fermentation should take around 10 to 14 days.

STEP 3: Bottle

Fermentation has finished once the specific gravity is stable over 3 days. Expect the Final Gravity (FG) to be around 1006.

Gently fill clean PET bottles to about 3cm from the top.

Add 2 carbonation drops per bottle and secure the caps (use only one carbonation drop for bottles intended to be stored for a longer period).

Store the bottles upright in a location out of direct sunlight at or above 18C.

STEP 4: Enjoy!

After at least two weeks, check for sufficient carbonation by squeezing the PET bottles.

Bottles kept unrefrigerated should improve with age.

When ready to drink, chill the bottles upright.

The chilled beer may be poured into clean glassware, leaving the sediment behind.

Expect the alcohol content to be approximately 5.2% ABV.