Push Eject Pilsner by Charlie Essers (Malt Extract Kit)

Push Eject Pilsner by Charlie Essers (Malt Extract Kit)

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Charlie Essers (AKA Push Eject) has been a longtime friend of MoreBeer, The Brewing Network, and homebrewers in general. Dubbed "one of the nicest guys in homebrewing" by those who know him, Push wanted us to have this recipe that he brews whenever his father-in-law comes for a visit. Push says: "My family has been supportive of all the brewing gadgets and scattered projects including my "dark-beer-phobic" father-in-law. This recipe is an Americanized pilsner that I have evolved for him over the years. Sweeter than a standard pilsner, but still crisp and refreshing, I can't keep this around long in the Summer months." Push began brewing in 1999 after buying a starter homebrew kit as a bad joke for a friend who earned a DUI and getting one for himself as well on impulse at the register. After going all grain in 2002, it was clear that automation was a necessity in his process, and his love of brewing gadgets was born. His first stand was designed and built in 2003 and his first Wort-O-Matic control panel in 2006. These led to the launch of wortomatic.com and a close relationship with MoreBeer! and The Brewing Network. Try Push's beer out and let him know what you think - Hopefully it keeps your father-in-law happy, too!

  • Makes 5 gallons
  • Estimated Original Gravity: 1.042-46
  • SRM (Color Range): 4-5
  • IBUs: 35-39
  • Estimated Alcohol Percentage: 4.2-4.4%

Our recipe kits DO NOT include grain bags, yeast or priming sugar. To find our yeast recommendations, choose your preferred kit option above and then select the drop-down menu under “Yeast Options”.  For more info, click on the recommended yeast(s) below in the “You Might Also Need” section below. All included steeping grains will come milled.

Please Note: In order to better serve our customers, we are now offering our extract recipe kits with either Liquid Malt Extract (LME) or Dried Malt Extract (DME). The majority of our DME kits were converted from the LME version, which is why you may notice slight variances in the extract names and quantities on your recipe sheet. You may also find that your Specific Gravity and ABV% are slightly higher if you choose DME. Whether LME or DME, add all extracts provided according to the recipe sheet. For further details, please reference the conversion chart below.

MoreBeer! Extract Recipe Kit Conversion Chart
Liquid Malt Extract Dry Malt Extract
4 lbs 3.5 lbs
5 lbs 4 lbs
6 lbs 5 lbs
7 lbs 6 lbs
8 lbs 6.5 lbs
9 lbs 7 lbs
Ultralight Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pale Malt Extract Golden Light DME
Pilsner Malt Extract Pilsen Light DME



ABV %4.4
Beer StyleLager
Ready to Drink Within4-8 Weeks
Alcohol ContentLow (3-5%)
BitternessMedium (26-45ibu)
Fermentation Temp Range46-54
Brewing MethodExtract
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Made it before and it tastes good
Robert D on May 12, 2021
I love this kit
steve g on Apr 21, 2021
Made it before and it tastes good
Robert D on May 12, 2021
Need a lighter beer for this summer
David M on May 11, 2021
I love this kit
steve g on Apr 21, 2021
trying a pilsner
MARVIN R on Feb 19, 2021
Description sounded like what I was looking for
Donald S on Aug 11, 2020
Time for some summer beers
Valued C on Jun 23, 2020
I like Pilsner beers in the summer
David Stephens on Jun 24, 2019
Looked like a light summer beer
MARK A S on Apr 3, 2019
Tried it before and it was great
steve g on Feb 21, 2019
Wanted ti try a pilsner
steve g on Dec 17, 2018
Need a lighter beer for this summer
David M on May 11, 2021
trying a pilsner
MARVIN R on Feb 19, 2021
Why do all of my beers (like this) turn out darker than expected? Am I brewing the grain too long?
David Stephens on Sep 13, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Hey David, I experienced the same thing doing extract brews. I think it’s pretty common for a little bit of the extract to stick to the bottom of the pot and scorch a little darkening your Wort. It does help to turn of f the burner and really stir in the extract until it’s fully dissolved before reigniting your burner. That said my extract brews are usually a little darker than expected too. You might look into doing a 30 min boil to avoid this and just be super vigilant about keeping your boil stirred. You could also try a brew in a bag style set up. Check out the apartment brewer on you tube for a super simple lofi set up that works . I just helped a buddy do this style for a lager that came out great! Good luck!
If I choose the White Labs WLP800, should I pitch 1 or 2 vials if I do not use a starter?
Christopher Kowalski on Jun 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We always recommend more yeast for a lager. 2 or 3 vials of liquid yeast will be good or 1 sachet of dried yeast will also do. No matter what we also recommend using some nutrients to make sure that fermentation goes as smoothly as possible.

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Rated 5 out of 5
Best sub for Bud Lite
This is the perfect substitute to have on hand for your Bud Light friends. They'll love it.
January 22, 2020
over 2 years ago
Rated 4 out of 5
Very nice pilsner
Nice bright clean taste. Very simple to brew. Just what I was looking for.
January 27, 2019
over 2 years ago
Rated 5 out of 5
Very good pilsner
I'm new to homebrewing. This pilsner was the second beer I've brewed. It is very good. I've shared a few bottles with friends and everyone likes it a lot. I will definitely be making another batch.
April 10, 2013