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T.Ra.Sh. Light Lime Mexican Lager

Brewed: 07/23/2017   Kegged: 08/12/2017

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 2017, we thought maybe it may be worth creating a "light" version of the beer more in line with what the others might typically drink.

In honor of the Brewer's Mother in Law, who is the only person in the world I've actually heard say the words "I love Bud Light Lime", I decided to make it a lime beer, adding lime zest in secondary.

As it turns out, I mistakenly added Columbus at the 15 minute addition when I meant to add Saaz. This also resulted in me adding hops at zero minutes of the boil. Not really a beer that the T.Ra.Sh. family would necessarily like, but the Beer Master should.

I made the decision to leave out the lime zest as well. Maybe the "Lime" in the name is no longer needed. But I kept it in ... just because I will enjoy telling people no limes are actually in this "lime beer".

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

T.R.A.S.H. Light Lime --- Batch 1

Style International Pale 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 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 34.2 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.7 %
BU : GU   0.764        
Recipe Color 4.0 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   77%    Measured ABV:   4.6


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) [14.20 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 4 15.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.000 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 14.6 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 2.3 IBUs
1.000 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.0 IBUs
1.000 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 11 -

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.
Rack into secondary alone with lime zest for 5 days.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:   160
Mash Temps: 150 throughout  
Pre-boil OG   1.036 (1.036 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   8 (7.77 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp   52 
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Brewing Notes:
07/23/2017 esheppy
Well, I brewed today. Made a mistake in grabbing hops and ended up putting in Columbus as 15 minutes instead of Saaz. This will make for a much hoppier and more bitter beer. Oh well. I'll like it.
08/06/2017 esheppy
Secondary today. Decided to leave out lime zest. Put it in bbq sauce instead. 1.010. Nicely hopped.
08/11/2017 esheppy
Since the keg of Bob Dog blew, I'll be kegging this soon.
08/12/2017 esheppy
Kegged today. Still delicious.
08/13/2017 esheppy
Had a couple of pints. Other than needing more carbonation, this beer is perfect.
08/19/2017 esheppy
I REALLY like this beer, but the name has to be ironic. Trash pa might be a better name for this.
09/04/2017 esheppy
No lime. Delicious, but not limey at all.
09/29/2017 esheppy
Killed the keg.
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