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Old 07-01-2008, 05:48 PM   #1
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Default Beers similar to Chezchvar Lager

A couple of weeks ago I was looking for Pilsener Urquell and they were out at the grocery so I tried Chezchvar Lager. As it turns out I really like this beer a lot.

I was wondering if you know of any other beers similar in style to these two beers that you think I might enjoy, and also if you can recommend a homebrew recipe thats similar to Chezchvar Lager I would really appreciate it.

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:08 PM   #2
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Bavik, budvar, Zweivich, that's all I have got off hand. I would highly recommend Bavik.

BYO had an issue on Bohemian Pils last month. I would check that out for a recipe.

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Old 07-01-2008, 06:39 PM   #3
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The recipe would be something like

8lbs +/- Pilsner malt
.5-.75 Munich(if wanted)
Noble hop(saaz) to 35-40IBU
with some at 20min
WLP802 Budvar yeast
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Also, the Victory Brewing Prima Pils is a surprisingly accurate representation of the style by and American Micro
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Its funny you mention Czechvar, as I'm drinking some right now. I would say the most comparable beers are Budvar and Pilsner Urquell, as you mentioned. Mine tastes even better because the whole case was free...

edit - the best American comparison would be the Lagunitas Pils

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Czechvar = Budvar

It is sold as Budvar in Europe, but thanks to Budwpisser, it has to be sold as Czechvar in the states.

As far as recipe goes, here is mine. I did a side by side taste test between mine and the original and it was darn close. Biggest difference was mine finished a tad sweeter and didn't have any skunk to it. Mine was maybe .5 SRM darker too.

Oh and make sure you use soft water. I think I used 75% R/O water and 25% filtered tap with some CaCL added to up the calcium amount for the yeast. I would also suggest making a really big starter.


A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal): 5.50 Wort Size (Gal): 5.50
Total Grain (Lbs): 9.93
Anticipated OG: 1.056 Plato: 13.77
Anticipated SRM: 3.4
Anticipated IBU: 34.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 80 %
Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Pre-Boil Amounts

Evaporation Rate: 15.00 Percent Per Hour
Pre-Boil Wort Size: 7.10 Gal
Pre-Boil Gravity: 1.043 SG 10.78 Plato


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
94.1 9.35 lbs. Pilsen (2 Row) France 1.039 2
5.9 0.58 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt 1.033 2

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
1.51 oz. Saazer Whole 3.30 19.7 60 min.
1.83 oz. Saazer Whole 3.30 12.2 30 min.
0.92 oz. Saazer Whole 3.30 2.4 10 min.
0.92 oz. Saazer Whole 3.30 0.0 0 min.


Amount Name Type Time
0.00 Oz Whirfloc Fining 20 Min.(boil)


WYeast 2124 Bohemian Lager

Drinking on the keg: BPA, Brown Ale, Dry Mead, Wee Heavy aged on Oak, CAP
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