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T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager (previous)

 
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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 2

StyleInternational Pale LagerBatch Size6.00 gal
TypeAll GrainBoil Size 8.29 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency 70.00 Boil Time 90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity1.047 SGEstimated FG1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness22.5 IBUs (Rager)Alcohol by Volume5.0 %
BU : GU 0.482    
Recipe Color4.4 SRM
Color
  
Measured OG: 1.047  Measured FG: 1.010 
ADF: 79  Measured ABV: 4.9 

Ingredients

Ingredients
AmtNameType#%/IBUVolume
5.00 gGypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash)Water Agent1--
7 lbsVienna Malt (3.5 SRM)Grain263.6 %0.55 gal
4 lbsPilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain336.4 %0.31 gal
0.500 ozMagnum [12.70 %] - Boil 45.0 minHop420.6 IBUs-
1.00 ItemsWhirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining5--
1.00 tspYeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)Other6--
1.000 ozHallertauer [3.10 %] - Boil 5.0 minHop71.9 IBUs-
1.0 pkgMexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml]Yeast8--

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 13.75 qt of water at 159.1 F148.0 F75 min


Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.03gal, 4.14gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make 1.5 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
Ca=59,Mg=8,Na=21,SO4=116,Cl=23,HCO3=104
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 (1.038 SG) Pre-boil Vol (8.29 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency Pitch Temp  
Fermentation      
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
05/15/2020 esheppy
Picked up ingredients yesterday. Apparently, I only ordered one ounce of Hallertau, so I guess it will be a little less hoppy. Should brew Sunday. delete
05/17/2020 esheppy
6 cup starter yesterday. Brew day today. Nailed the OG at 1.047. Still working on chilling the wort. delete
05/17/2020 esheppy
Pitched yeast at 55 in the tilt. 52 on anvil. delete
05/18/2020 esheppy
Tilt down a couple points, and there is some bubbling. Tilt temp 54. Anvil 50. delete
05/19/2020 esheppy
Fermentation is going. I actually opened the lip and saw krausen. Tilt temp 53. Anvil 52. Pump seems to be running almost constantly to stay at this temp. delete
05/20/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.038 at 53 degrees. Bubbling a bit slower today. Anvil says 52. Setting Anvil to 53. delete
05/21/2020 esheppy
Set anvil to 54 in morning. 1.033. Still bubbling away. delete
05/22/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.029 at 54 degrees. Bubbling pretty slow now. Raised set point to 55. delete
05/23/2020 esheppy
Forgot about switching out bottles and my temp rose to 61. After switching out bottles set at 60. We'll leave it here for a few days. Tilt says 1.025. delete
05/26/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.016, 60 degrees. Since estimated FG is 1.009 ... still a ways to go. I think I'll switch out the ice bottles one more time and then let the beer finish at room temp after that one melts. delete
05/28/2020 esheppy
Overnight, the temp rose to 66. Unplugged the pump and will continue at room temperature. Tilt says 1.014. Hoping for another 4 points before kegging. delete
06/01/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.010. Whenever a keg opens, I'll fill it with this batch. delete
06/07/2020 esheppy
Kegged. Calling the FG 1.010. Nice golden color. Fairly clear, but I'll probably add gelatin once the beer is cool. Sample tasted perfect. delete
06/09/2020 esheppy
Added gelatin to keg and set gas to around 12 psi. Will try it out in a couple of days. delete
06/11/2020 esheppy
Poured some. Pretty good carbonation. Ok clarity. Fantastic flavor. The Beer Model loves it. delete
06/12/2020 esheppy
Fantastic beer. Still not great clarity, but I'm sure that will clear up. Carbonation is about right now. delete
06/14/2020 esheppy
Clarity pretty good now. Carbonation about right. Not really a "light" Mexican lager, but I still love the flavor. delete
06/18/2020 esheppy
Added to untappd https://untappd.com/b/sheppybrew-home-brewery-t-ra-sh-light-mexican-lager/3832549 delete
06/28/2020 esheppy
Clarity right where I want it. Wonderful "craft" lager. Probably not what most people would call "light". delete
07/04/2020 esheppy
Took to Copper Mountain for 4th of July weekend. Killed keg. Nice easy drinking beer. delete


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

StyleInternational Pale LagerBatch Size5.50 gal
TypeAll GrainBoil Size 7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency 75.00 Boil Time 90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity1.045 SGEstimated FG1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness21.3 IBUs (Rager)Alcohol by Volume4.7 %
BU : GU 0.476    
Recipe Color4.0 SRM
Color
  
Measured OG: 1.045  Measured FG:  1.012
ADF: 73 Measured ABV:  4.3

Ingredients

Ingredients
AmtNameType#%/IBU
4.00 gGypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins)Water Agent1-
5 lbs 8.0 ozVienna Malt (3.5 SRM)Grain261.1 %
3 lbs 8.0 ozPilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)Grain338.9 %
0.250 ozColumbus/Tomahawk/Zeus (CTZ) [15.20 %] - First Wort 60.0 minHop416.3 IBUs
1.00 ItemsWhirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)Fining5-
1.000 ozHallertauer [2.70 %] - Boil 15.0 minHop62.8 IBUs
1.00 tspYeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)Other7-
1.000 ozHallertauer [2.70 %] - Boil 10.0 minHop82.1 IBUs
1.0 pkgMexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml]Yeast9-

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
NameDescriptionStep TemperatureStep Time
Mash InAdd 11.25 qt of water at 159.1 F148.0 F75 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
Ca=59,Mg=8,Na=21,SO4=116,Cl=23,HCO3=104
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  
Fermentation      
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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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