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T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager

Brewed: 06/26/2016   Bottled: 07/28/2016

A couple of years ago ... the SheppyBrew Brew Master created a beer in honor of the family reunions on his wife's mom's and step-dad's side of the family. His wife (aka the SheppyBrew Beer Model) has 5 brothers in this reunion. One is her actual brother and four are her step-dad's sons. Each of those brothers are married and each of them has at least 2 kids. Every two years, this whole group rents a house somewhere and spends a week together. Amazingly, everyone gets along well and there is none of the drama you would typically imagine with this large of a group.

These reunions have been named "T.RA.SH." (based on the initials of the last names of the people going to the reunion.

The beer that was created was a Vienna Lager and little darker in color than most of the adults at the "T.RA.SH." reunion would typically drink. In the summer of 2016, we thought maybe it may be worth creating a "light" version of the beer more in line with what the others might typically drink.

The recipe of the "light" version is very similar to the "regular" version with a little less malt (and therefore less ABV) and doesn't include dark Munich Malt at all.

For more about the T.Ra.Sh. Beers, see Sheppy's Blog: T.R.A.S.H. 

T.R.A.S.H. Light Mexican Lager --- Batch 1

Style International Pale Lager Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.7 %
BU : GU   0.476        
Recipe Color 4.0 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:    1.012
ADF:   73   Measured ABV:    4.3


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
5 lbs 8.0 oz Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 2 61.1 %
3 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 38.9 %
0.250 oz Columbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [15.20 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 4 16.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.000 oz Hallertauer [2.70 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 2.8 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 -
1.000 oz Hallertauer [2.70 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 2.1 IBUs
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 9 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 11.25 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.15gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make 3 liter yeast starter a couple of days 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: 6/26/2016  Strike Temp:   160
Mash Temps: 150 tp 148 
Pre-boil OG   1.039 (1.036 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   7.75 (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
06/23/2016 esheppy
Designed recipe and bought ingredients today. Will brew this Sunday.
06/26/2016 esheppy
Brew day went well. Need to fix a leak in the input of the chiller.
07/04/2016 esheppy
Fermentation seems about done. Was gone a few days so I didn't check temp. Was in mid-50s last I checked.
07/04/2016 esheppy
1.012. Tastes perfect for the style. Needs to clear a bunch.
07/30/2016 esheppy
Finally kegged this Thursday. Hope that wasn't too long in the fermentor. There was a little bit of a mildew flavor in the beer. We'll see if that improves in the keg. Might have to dump this batch.
08/26/2016 esheppy
I have decided that this beer is not going to get better. Going to have to dump it.
09/11/2016 esheppy
Finally dumped the keg. Took a taste. Still tasted mildewy. Made room for Laser asalt, though.
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