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Festival New Zealand Pilsner
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Festival New Zealand Pilsner is a refreshing golden pilsner lager, that provides a strong aroma, with masses of passion fruit, spicy lime and a hint of cut rockmelon. The distinctive hoppy flavour and aromas are provided by a blend of Pacific hops. This premium kit makes 40 pints of Pilsner Lager, with an approximate strength of 5% ABV.

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What is it?

Festival New Zealand Pilsner is a high-quality premium 3kg beer kit. Everything you need to brew a superb Pilsner is included in the box (except water). The Festival New Zealand Pilsner produces a taste of Rock Melon on the palate with perfect bitterness. A blend of Pacific hops provides a strong aroma with masses of passionfruit, spicy lime and a hint of cut melon. This Pilsner is a golden colour, with a big fluffy head. 

A 100g sachet of Antipodean Pilsner hop pellets is included so that a background hop aroma can be achieved. A nylon straining bag is also included, which fit over the end of your syphon sediment trap. This will prevent any hop residue (referred to as trub) from transferring to bottles or barrels.  A 150g sachet of priming sugar is provided to ensure bottles or barrels are properly conditioned.

Hop bitterness of the New Zealand Pilsner is 4.5 (on a scale of 1-5). The kit produces a target alcohol content of 5% ABV (approx)

The Festival New Zealand Pilsner kit contains high-quality ingredients and easy to follow step-by-step instructions. Each kit makes 40 pints of premium ale 

Each Festival kit contains only the finest quality ingredients and easy to follow step-by-step instructions, making Festival Premium Ale Kits the UK's most comprehensive and complete premium liquid malt extract beer kit ever produced!

Following on from the successful range of Festival Premium Ale Kits that paid homage to great UK Beers, Festival introduced the Festival World Beer range to showcase a varied selection of beer styles from around the world. With careful research, help and knowledge from professional brewers, Festival World Beer Kits enable you to recreate examples of a variety of World Beers, all within the comfort of your own home.

Festival World Beers kits use only the very highest quality liquid malt extracts and genuine brewer’s yeast and priming sugar. The hop pellets are simply added halfway through fermentation infusing flavour and aroma into the finished beer. The precisely measured addition of priming sugar ensures the correct level of carbonation is achieved for each particular style of beer.

What is Pilsner Lager?

Pilsner (also pilsener or simply pils) is a type of pale lager. It takes its name from the Czech city of Pilsen, where it was first produced in 1842 by Bavarian brewer Josef Groll from local ingredients. The world's first blond lager, the original Pilsner Urquell, is still produced there today. For many Pilsner is the perfect beer. Poured into a tall, tapered glass and capped with a fluffy inch of white foam, its brilliant golden hue makes an evocative image. Pilsner manages to be sharp and delicate at the same time. The spicy bite of hops is bold, but not so bold that it overwhelms your palate or the subtle, malty flavours underneath. Pilsner beer is light in colour and may range from light straw to golden colour, depending on the specific Pilsner being brewed. The spicy floral and strong hop flavours of Pilsner have made the style highly popular all around the world. Some of the most popular and iconic beers such as Budweiser and Holsten Pils are made in the Pilsner style. Pilsner's tend to be drier, and this can be achieved by adding a pilsner enzyme during the fermentation process.

So, when it comes to Pilsner versus Lager, you need to remember that Pilsner is a just a type of Lager, but a bit lighter in colour, slightly drier, and with a strong spicy flavour. 

What's included?

  • 3kg Premium Liquid Malt Extract, Barley Extract (contains Gluten)
  • 10g Genuine Brewer's California Lager Yeast Sachet
  • 100g Hop Pellets Addition Pacific Jade, Pacific Gem
  • 350g Dextrose Brewing Sugar
  • 150g Priming Sugar
  • Nylon hop strainer/filter bag

             Allergy Advice: May include barley and other cereals, containing gluten


  • Kit weight: 3.5kg
  • Makes: 40 pints / 5 gallons
  • ABV Approx: 5.0%
  • Target Finishing Gravity: 1.008 (approx)
  • Fermentation time: 7 days (approx)
  • Conditioning time: 4 weeks

What equipment do you need?

Basic beer making equipment (5g fermenter, airlock, syphon tube with sediment trap, hydrometer, Suresan sanitiser, bottles or barrel). These are available under the starter kit section on this website.

Food Pairing

Pilsner is an extremely versatile food beer. It's got enough spicy oomph to tackle Thai and other fiery Asian foods, but it also won't overwhelm more delicate dishes like shellfish or fresh goat cheese. It's great with burgers or barbecue and perfect with pizza. The hops and carbonation help to keep your palate clean. Pilsner can also be a wonderful accompaniment to light desserts. Pils matches very well with creamy and spicy curries, tandoori dishes, Salmon, and shellfish.


We strongly recommend using Pure Brew with this kit in order to achieve a commercial quality. Pure Brew is a professional beer enhancer. It feeds the yeast with essential nutrients, which supercharge the fermentation and support yeast development (even in limited oxygen conditions). Pure Brew also treats brewing water to eliminate problems caused by Chlorine and Chloramine (which can create a medicinal or as it is sometimes referred to, a "homebrew" taste) The condition of brewing water is critical to achieving optimum results but this important area is often overlooked. By using Pure Brew, you can effectively and easily condition brewing water, and maximise effective fermentation. 

The addition of beer finings will improve the final quality of your beer. Finings such as Harris Beer Brite will help your beer to clear quickly and the sediment will be more likely to stay at the bottom of bottles or barrels. If you are using Corny Kegs then it is important to clear the beer as much as possible before kegging. Beer Finings will promote a faster and more efficient fall out of sediment and haze particles prior to kegging. Harris Starbrite is a highly effective vegan-friendly beer fining, which is rapidly becoming a firm favourite with home brewers.

Adding a dose of Pilsner Enzyme during the brewing process will help to achieve the characteristic dryness that is associated with Pilsner beers.

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