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BrewDog Zeitgeist Czech Black Lager Clone HomeBrew Recipe

BrewDog Zeitgist Czech Black Lager Clone
BrewDog Zeitgist Czech Black Lager Clone
BrewDog Zeitgist Czech Black Lager Clone


Recipe Type: All Grain
Size: 5 Gallons
Beer Style: Czech Style Black Lager
Target ABV: 4.9%
Target IBUs: 27
Recipe Type:
4.5/ 5

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Posted August 7, 2013 by


All Grain HomeBrew Czech Style Black Lager Recipe

Profile: HomeBrew recipe for a smooth Czech Black Lager, similar to BrewDog Zeitgeist. Medium-light bodied with smooth toasted malt flavors, mild caramel sweetness a touch of chocolate, and light piney hop notes. Crisp finish with moderate bitterness. Black color comes from de-bittered black malt which adds the dark color without producing any roasty or bitter dark malt flavors.



8 lbs Pilsner Malt

2 lbs Munich Light

8 oz. Caramel 80

4 oz. Chocolate

4 oz. Carafa III


1 oz. Cascade 6%a, 60 minutes

1/2 oz. Cascade 6%a, at 20 minutes

1/2 oz. Cascade 6%a, at flameout

YeastWhite Labs WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager Yeast or Wyeast 2278 Czech Pils


Mash all grains for 1 hour at 150 degrees.

Sparge at 170 degrees.

One hour boil with hop regimen above.

Chill down to 50F and pitch yeast.

Ferment for about 10-14 days until primary fermentation just finishes.

Diacetyl Rest: Raise beer temp to 62-65F for 2-3 days.

Rack to keg or secondary and start cold-aging process. If possible taper temperature down 5-7 degrees per day from Diacetyl rest to 35F. Cold age at 35F for 3-4 weeks.

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