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Galena Dave's Pale Lager

Brewed: 03/08/2021   Kegged: 03/21/2021

GalenaDaves.jpgMy brother-in-law, Dave, lives in Galena, Illinois with his wife, my wife's sister.

Late in 2019, we visited the area and Dave mentioned that he had harvested wild hops from his yard. He doesn't brew, but knows that I do, and he offered to let me have some.

So, he brought me some to bring home.

We have no idea what type of hops these are. 

Dave speculated that maybe they are Galena Hops, which I suppose is possible, but I don't think it is any more likely than other types.

I did learn from Dave that apparently the beer "Red Stripe" was first brewed in Galena, Illinois. It is very possible that these hops came from the hop farms of the original Red Stripe. 

I don't really know what hops that Red Stripe uses. I suspect something German like Hallertau Hersbrucker. 

Anyway ... I took the hops, and decided to basically do a "Pre-prohibition" pale lager to put them in.

Since Dave comes from Galena, I threw some Galena hops in at 15 minutes.

I wasn't sure how much that Dave's hops will come through in the hop profile. Not a whole lot really, but there was an little earthy character ... sort of like fuggle hops that came through.

It was good enough that the next year, I had Dave send me another batch of hops. The second batch was fresher.

Batch 3 was the same beer, but I used only commercial Galena hops without Dave's hops to see how it turned out. It also used the Anvil Foundry.

If you would like more information on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Galena.

Galena Dave's Pale Lager --- Batch 3 (283)

Style Pre-Prohibition Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.09 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.053 SG Estimated FG 1.011 SG
Recipe Bitterness 34.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.648        
Recipe Color 5.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.051    Measured FG:   1.009 
ADF:   83    Measured ABV:   5.9 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.06 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
11 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 84.6 % 0.86 gal
2 lbs Oats, Golden Naked (Simpsons) (10.0 SRM) Grain 4 15.4 % 0.16 gal
0.500 oz Galena [10.30 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 5 22.0 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 - -
1.500 oz Galena [10.30 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 7 12.0 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 8 - -
1.000 oz Galena [10.30 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 9 0.0 IBUs -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 5.0 hours) Fining 10 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 32.18 qt of water at 157.0 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
NOTE: I have no idea what type of hop's Dave gave me. He harvested them from his yard.
Make a starter a day or two before brew day.
10g 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.
Dry hops straight into primary fermentation
Ferment starting at 50, rising a degree a day for a week, let rise to high 60's for another week.
Keg carbonate.
Once beer is chilled add geletin disolved in .5 cup water.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.047 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.09 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
03/08/2021 esheppy
Brew day today. Everything went well. OG a bit low, but that's ok.
03/09/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.049 at 54 degrees. Not much activity yet.
03/09/2021 esheppy
Tilts says 1.048 at 52 degrees. Starting to get some bubbling. Turning up the set temp to 51.
03/10/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.030 at 52F. Bubbling pretty good.
03/12/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.013 at 55F. Still seems to be going pretty strong, but the bubbling seems to be slowing down some.
03/14/2021 esheppy
Tilt at 1.012 55 degrees. Bubbling about stopped. Anvil up to 56. Will let rise to ambient after today.
03/15/2021 esheppy
Cooling still on until end of day. Tilt says 1.009 at 59F. Took a sample. Very yeastie. Flavor pretty good other than the yeast.
03/19/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.007 at 65. Have not seen movement in a few days. I think I'm ready to keg. Need to empty one to hold this. I think Stouticus is close.
03/21/2021 esheppy
FG 1.009. Nice hop flavor. Not very clear yet. Need to clean kegerator lines before chilling.
03/23/2021 esheppy
Been chilling on the back patio. Added 1/2 tsp gelatin to the keg today.
03/24/2021 esheppy
Carbonation actually pretty good already. Geletin certainly needs more time. Wonderful flavor. Love the color.
03/26/2021 esheppy
Love the flavor and color. Great clarity. Maybe a bit much on the foam, but carbonation is close. Turned off gas to let beer de-gas a bit.
04/08/2021 esheppy
Great lager. Not really much in the hops today.
04/15/2021 esheppy
Great easy drinking lager. Nice gold color.
05/03/2021 esheppy
The keg blew last night. All of a sudden, I'm getting low on my beer supply.
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