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Chelsea Dagger Pre-Prohibition Lager

Brewed: 11/20/2016   Kegged: 12/04/2016

You may have picked up on certain clues that I, the SheppyBrew Brew Master, am a Chicago Blackhawks fan. 


You probably know that the Blackhawks just won their third Stanley Cup in 6 years after having gone 49 years without winning any. I hardly know what to do with myself. I do know, however, that I want to make a beer to help celebrate the wonderful accomplishment.

If you are a Chicago Blackhawk fan, or just happen to watch the Blackhawks from time to time, you know that when the Hawks score a goal, the United Center plays part Chelsea Dagger by The Fratellis. 

In the playoffs when the team is on the road, I play Chelsea Dagger after goals since obviously the team that the Hawks are visiting won't do it for them. Generally speaking, I am not a superstitious person, but if I think the team needs a "lift", I will play the song too. 

We hear a lot of Chelsea Dagger during the playoffs.

And, not to brag, but the results speak volumes. Since I've started helping the team with the song, they've won 3 cups in 6 years. Since 1926, they've only won a total of 6.

Coincidence? Nope!

And what style would a fine upstanding lady like Chelsea drink? Well, I'm thinking an American Pre-Prohibition Lager would do the trick. As a totally unrelated bonus, it gives me a start on brewing styles in the new 2015 BJCP Categories.(Category 27 Historical Beer).

I told myself that if this beer turned out well, I'd have to brew some more for the 2016 playoffs!


And it turned out awesome. This is the first time I've used Cluster hops and it turns out that I really really like them. The beer came out hoppier than any other pre-prohibition lager I've ever had, but I really really like it that way. Yum!

For for about Chelsea Dagger on the blog, see Sheppy's Blog: Chelsea Dagger.

Chelsea Dagger Pre-Prohibition Lager --- Batch 2

Style Pre-Prohibition Lager Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.77 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.050 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 30.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.3 %
BU : GU   0.620        
Recipe Color 3.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048   Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   83    Measured ABV:   5.2


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
9 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 90.0 %
1 lbs Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 3 10.0 %
0.500 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 16.8 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.250 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 6 7.6 IBUs
1.250 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 6.4 IBUs
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 8 -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Primary 3.0 days) Other 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.96gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make a starter a day or two before brew day.
4g gypsum in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Ferment at 55 for a week, let rise to high 60's for another week.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.040 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
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Brewing Notes:
11/20/2016 esheppy
Brewed today. Everything went fine. No complaints.
11/21/2016 esheppy
Going strong. Need to add blowoff tube.
12/05/2016 esheppy
Kegged yesterday. Sample tasted awesome. Love the Cluster Hop flavor. 1.008 FG puts this beer at about 5.2% ABV. Perfect. Chilled outside overnight. Now in the kegerator.
12/06/2016 esheppy
Pour from keggerator tap. Delicious hoppy beer. Obviously needs more carbonation.
12/08/2016 esheppy
Delicious beer. Carbonation is getting there. Cluster hops give this beer a fruity flavor.
12/23/2016 esheppy
Have not had a bunch of this lately because I'm concentration on the Pumpkin and X-Mas and Cubs Win beers. The tastes I have had have been wonderful. Carbonation is where it should be. Once the holidays are over I'll be drinking much more of this.
01/06/2017 esheppy
Fantastic beer. Crystal clear. Hops not as intense as they were, but still delicious.
02/10/2017 esheppy
Killed the keg filling a growler. Good. I need the keg for #SWMBO
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