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Popcorn Barley Rye (PBR)

Brewed: 01/20/2019   Kegged: 02/06/2019

PBR.jpgIn the SheppyBrew 2018 Year-End Brewing Stats article, I said I would like to do more new recipes and more lagers in 2019. So, in early 2019, I decided my 2nd beer of the year would be a new lager.

At first, since I'd never done a Category 1B American Lager, I thought I would try making one of those. 

One of the defining ingredients for American Lagers is an adjunct like corn or rice. I decided to develop the recipe with popcorn, because that is fun.

At some point, for some reason, I thought it would be funny to have a beer name that resulted in the acronym PBR. Don't ask ... I have a weird sense of humor. 

I already had the "P" ... "Popcorn". It took me awhile, but eventually it hit me that "Barley" could be the "B". Once I went there, "Rye" jumped out at me.

"Popcorn Barley Rye" "PBR"

So, I developed the recipe as an American Lager with Popcorn Barley and Rye. Rye doesn't really fit, but it is my beer. I can put rye in it if I want.

I had the recipe actually published on the website before I thought. "I want more hops". At that point, I decided to add some cluster hops, increase the ABV just a touch, and call it a Pre-prohibition Lager. 

So, now I have this recipe. 

It should be crisp and clean with a nice balanced bitterness and yummy cluster hop presence at the end. 

I'm really looking forward to drinking this beer. 

For more information on PBR see Sheppy's Blog: PBR.

PBR (Popcorn, Barley, Rye) --- Batch 1

Style Pre-Prohibition Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.046 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 28.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.9 %
BU : GU   0.610        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   73   Measured ABV:   4.3


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
9 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 81.8 %
1 lbs Corn, Popped (1.3 SRM) Grain 3 9.1 %
1 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 4 9.1 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 55.0 min Hop 5 22.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.000 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 5.6 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 -
1.000 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - Dry Hop 0.0 Days Hop 10 0.0 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.75 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (5.70gal, 0.41gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make yeast starter before brew day.
Water profile assumes BeerSmith Denver profile start
Final: Ca=80; Mg=9; Na=21; SO=51; Cl=108; HCO3=104;
Mash / boil as directed on recipe.
Chill as close to 50 degrees as possible. Ferment cold for one week.
After a week, let the fermentation finish off at room temperature.
Keg and carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps: 150  
Pre-boil OG   (1.038 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
01/16/2019 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Brewing this weekend.
01/21/2019 esheppy
Brew day yesterday. Fermenting cold now in garage at 49 degrees. No signs yet.
01/22/2019 esheppy
Still no visible signs. I shook the fermentor. If it doesnt seem to be going by the time I get home tonight, I will bring in out of the garage.
01/22/2019 esheppy
Temps have been right at 50 +- 1 so far.
01/22/2019 esheppy
Brought inside. Was at 49. Rose quickly to 53. Put back in water.
01/23/2019 esheppy
This morning 55. Still not much sign of fermentation. Maybe just a touch of kraussen starting show.
01/23/2019 esheppy
Evening... Definite signs, but still not actively going. 52 degrees. 1.044.
01/24/2019 esheppy
The yeadties are rolling. 55 degrees. 1.041.
01/25/2019 esheppy
1.028. 56 degrees.
01/27/2019 esheppy
1.018. 65 degrees.
01/29/2019 esheppy
65 degrees. 1.013 ... 4.2% abv
02/02/2019 esheppy
Dry hopping nakef in secondary. Nice color. Harvesting yeast for Mardi Bock. Sample tastes nice.
02/06/2019 esheppy
Last night I put this into garage to do a "cold crash". Will probably keg tomorrow.
02/06/2019 esheppy
Snowy night. Decided to stay off roads. So, instead of going to gym, I'm kegging. Nice flavor. Not clear
02/08/2019 esheppy
Pale. Delicious cluster hops. Not real clear yet. Thinking about adding gelatin.
03/13/2019 esheppy
Had a small sample just for fun. Clarity is finally pretty good.
03/17/2019 esheppy
Keg blew. I was surprised that it was this close to empty.
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