Gzombie Gnome Gapocalypse
Do a search on untappd for beer named "Zombie Apocalypse".
There are a ton. There are even more if you simply search for "Zombie". Apparently beer guys love zombies. Given how many craft beers have "Zombie" in the name, it is amazing that we've never heard of any trademark violations around that name.
In the Spring of 2015, a new brewing gnome joined the SheppyBrew staff. Like the other two brewing gnomes, Gzombie Gnome is a Chicago sports fan. Unlike the other two, he is also a zombie.
"A zombie gnome?", you ask. Yes, a zombie gnome.
I had given the other two gnomes the opportunity to help me design beers (see Gnasty the Gnome ESB
and Gnaughty Gnome English Coffee Stout
). As an equal-opportunity gnome employer (as long as you are not a Red Wings or Packers fan), of course I gave Gzombie the chance to design one with me as well.
The main design question became ... what sort of beer would we brew during the Zombie Apocalypse?
Well, ideally it would be from ingredients that I had (or would likely have) on hand. I have various "left over" hops in my freezer, so it was easy to say we would use those. I don't keep grains at the brewery, but if I were to choose one base grain that I would stock, it would be Maris Otter, so I decided to make that my base malt.
There are probably a bunch of adjuncts that I might have available to me in an apocalypse, but we didn't want to over-do simple-sugar adjuncts (we still want a beer to be enjoyed). I decided to add flaked oats (oatmeal), but no honey or other simple sugars.
We want our wits about us in case of zombie attacks, so we decided to go low in alcohol.
We also decided to pick a dry yeast as it can last longer without refrigeration.
We decided to go with no temperature control for similar reasons. Plus, we would want fermentation to go as quickly as possible.
We added rye malt to the grain bill ... just because zombies like rye.
We added midnight wheat because I just thought the beer needed some color.
You can see the resulting beer recipe below.
It should be a flavorful, drinkable, low alcohol, balanced beer. Pleasant to drink without being overpowering in any way. Drink it by the pint. Perfect for a day of avoiding zombies.
For more information on Gzombie, see
|Gzombie Gnome Gapocalypse --- Batch 1|
||27.2 IBUs (Rager)
||Alcohol by Volume
||4.0 % |
|BU : GU
||Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins)
||Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM)
||Rye Malt (4.7 SRM)
||Oats, Flaked (1.0 SRM)
||Midnight Wheat Malt (550.0 SRM)
||Magnum [14.00 %] - First Wort 90.0 min
||Magnum [14.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min
||Fuggles [4.40 %] - Boil 10.0 min
||Goldings, East Kent [4.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min
||Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml]
||Add 11.56 qt of water at 168.2 F
Batch sparge with 2 steps
(2.10gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water
designed to fit in a category. Just wanted a sessionable beer using up hops I
had lying around.
4g gypsum in the mash water. This should bring Denver water
profile (as defined by BeerSmith)
Mash and boil as
Cool to around 60 degrees F.
Pitch yeast. Don't actively
control the fermentation temperature.
Ferment 2 weeks. Keg Carb to 2 - 2.5
||160 -- 148 -- 156 |
|Actual Mash Efficiency
|Day 1: kraussen starting 64|
|Day 2: fading 74 |
|Day 3: pretty much done 74 |