Rustic German Lager – KellerPils – 19L

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Crisp, clean, and refreshing, drinking fine German style lagers is a great thing anytime of the year. This recipe won’t disappoint if you’re fan of traditional German or modern craft lagers.

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After a trip to Bamberg in 2019 and tasting some mighty fine crisp lagers and the rise of fine UK lagers from breweries such as Donzoko, Braybrooke, Lost and Grounded I was determined to try and create my own crisp kellerpils. After many trial batches I think I have put together something that represents that traditional German classic Keller and these modern craft brewed pils.


Ingredients Included

Weyermann® Bohemian Pilsner Malt
Weyermann® Vienna Malt
Weyermann® Carapils®
Dingemans Biscuit Malt
Perle Pellets (17 grams)
Saaz Pellets (11 grams)
SafLager™ S-189 (2 packs)


Beer Style (main): German Ales
Beer Style (sub): Kellerbier or Zwickelbier Ale
Batch Size: 19
Original Gravity: 1.051
Final Gravity: 1.013
ABV %: 5.0
IBU: 18

Temperature °C: Step mash
Length (mins): 120

Mash the malts at 52 °C for 10 minutes.
Raise the temperature to 63 °C and mash for 40 minutes.
Raise the temperature to 72 °C and mash for 20 minutes.
Start recirculating wort. Raise the temperature to 78 °C for 10 minutes to mash out.

Add the first wort hops to the kettle. Sparge slowly. Boil the wort for 90 minutes, adding hops at the times indicated in the recipe.

Boil time (mins): 90 minutes

Additions and timing:

Perle hops (first wort hop) 6 g
Perle hops (80 min.) 11 g
Saaz hops (0 min.) 11g

Secondary additions and timing:


Yeast: S-189 x 2
Fermentation temperature/steps: 15c pitch the yeast, ferment until FG achieved – then cool wort to 2c for 5 weeks


You will need to be able to control fermentation temperature with this recipe.

Its recommended that you Adjust all brewing water to a pH of 5.5 using lactic acid. Depending on your base water you will possibly need to add 1 tsp. calcium chloride to the mash. But do your research.


Add your preferred finings towards end of boil, I use Irish Moss only combined with chilling and time.

Chill the wort to 15 °C, pitch the yeast, and ferment until final gravity (typically, two weeks). Cool to 2 °C and lager for five weeks at this temperature.

Rack the beer, prime and bottle condition, or keg and force carbonate.

NOTE: total grain bill is 4786g

Additional information

Weight 4.854 kg
Country of Origin GB
HS Code 2106909853

2 reviews for Rustic German Lager – KellerPils – 19L

  1. Andre de Bruyn (verified owner)

    Mae this recipe in December 2020 and left it to lager in the shed for 6 weeks. Lovely subtle Lager with a nice body. I will definitely brew this again during the winter and allow it to lager longer to be ready for spring.

  2. Rowan Gilmore

    Grist works really nicely, very biscuity- pretty true to style – reminiscent of hacker pschorr kellerpils. There is a problem with the suggested hopping though, worth running through brewing software before following this recipe- needs significantly more to hit the IBUs

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