This beer will require full attention and all of the brewer’s resources. The long lagering time will ensure that this beer is clear and golden.
Note: The water in Plzen, the Czech town where this style of beer originated, is very soft. If the water is hard in your area, try boiling your water to settle out the “temporary hardness.” Boil for 30 minutes and let cool till lukewarm. Siphon or gently decant water off white sediment. (Temporary hardness means the water contains soluble calcium and magnesium; if you boil the water, these bicarbonates will precipitate out.)
If the water is permanently hard in your area — which means boiling won’t help — try using distilled water and add a small amount of gypsum (three teaspoons per five gallons) to raise the mineral content of the water. Another option: Brew with a 50-50 blend of tap water and distilled water.
When Pandora opened her box, she released all the troubles of mankind — sorrow, despair, greed, crime, poverty and disease. Opening a Pandora’s Pilsner crams all that stuff back in the box . . . for about 30 minutes.
William’s Brewing, San Leandro, California