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June 18, 2021
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How to Brew a Fruity New Zealand Pilsner

Owner of Clawhammer Supply
How To Brew a New Zealand Pilsner

About 2 years ago, Martin Keen decided to take “The Homebrew Challenge” and brew 99 beers in 99 weeks. This recipe for a New Zealand Pilsner is his 99th beer, the last one! We thought this was such a cool project, that we decided to invite Martin over to our office for a celebratory brew day. Follow along with the recipe below to brew this beer at home and make sure to check out our brew day video & Martin’s brew day video for some extra info.

Full Brew Day Video

This is a recipe for a 5-gallon batch and it is tailored for our 10 gallon 240 volt brewing system. Watch us use it in the video below.


  • SG: 1.048
  • FG: 1.008
  • ABV: 5.25%

Ingredients Needed




Brew Day Instructions


Fill your kettle with 8 gallons of water. Add in a campden tablet to remove chlorine. We did the following water chemistry adjustments.

  • 2 grams Calcium Chloride
  • 1.5 grams of Epsom
  • 1.2 grams of Gypsum


Crush your grain (we recommend double crushing for maximum efficiency) and heat your water to 148F. This recipe calls for a 60 minute mash.


Once your mash is done, pull your grains, hook them above your kettle, and let them drain. While you’re waiting for your grains to drain, set your controller to 100% power to start a boil. This recipe calls for a 30 minute boil with a 20 minute whirlpool addition at 180F. The hop schedule is as follows

  • 30 minutes - .4 oz of Pacific Jade
  • 5 minutes - .6 oz of Pacific Jade
  • Whirlpool - 1 oz of Nelson Sauvin
  • Whirlpool - 1 oz of Motueka

Yeast and Fermentation

After a 30 minute boil and 20 minute whirlpool, chill your wort to 68F, transfer to a fermenter, and pitch one pack of German Lager Yeast from White Labs. We fermented this under pressure for 3 weeks, however you may want to let it ride for 4 weeks. To learn more about pressure fermenting, subscribe to our YouTube channel and be on the lookout for an upcoming article. We’re doing a video about this very soon.


This beer turned out great! Before tasting it, we got a nice fruity aroma from the beer. Once we sipped it, It tasted pretty dry and clean, as a lager should taste. We did perceive some white wine and tropical characteristics, which were most likely from our hops. If we were to change anything about this recipe, we might dry hop it, but even without dry hopping we got plenty of hop aroma and flavor. If you brewed this recipe, let us know how it turned out and don’t forget to check out Martin’s channel.

Kyle Brown is the owner of Clawhammer Supply, a small scale distillation and brewing equipment company which he founded in 2009. His passion is teaching people about the many uses of distillation equipment as well as how to make beer at home. When he isn't brewing beer or writing about it, you can find him at his local gym or on the running trail.

  • Hi just another question if dry hopping should I use both hops or just choose 1 to dry hop

    Posted by Ashley on June 17, 2022
  • Hi there I want to try and do this beer how long should I ferment this beer if I do not do it under pressure and what Temperature should I ferment it at and should I cold crush as well

    Posted by Ashley on June 17, 2022
  • I brewed this beer and it came out great. I also dry hopped it with 3 ounces of nelson, and another batch with 2 ounces nelson. The 2 oz Nelson version was better.

    Posted by Tony on January 24, 2022
  • What’s the target IBU for This recipe??

    Posted by Michael on November 30, 2021
  • Hey guys, What temp and pressure did you ferment at?

    Posted by tim on November 13, 2021
  • What’s the target IBU for This recipe??

    Posted by Michael on November 13, 2021

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