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On Your Left

Brewed: 07/12/2020   Kegged: 07/18/2020

If you follow SheppyBrew on the blog or facebook or instagram, you probably realize that the Brew Master has really done a lot of cycling over the past few years.

onYourLeft.jpgIn fact, his goal in 2020 is to log 5000 miles on the bike, and at this time he is well ahead of accomplishing the goal. See Sheppy's Blog: #5000MilesIn2020.

While out on the bike, several times a day, he will announce himself to slower riders and pedestrians with "On Your Left". At some point he thought ... that would make a good beer name.

Early July, we needed a recipe and decided to make it an easy drinking low alcohol but flavorful beer to enjoy after rides in the summer heat.

We decided to start with an Ordinary Bitter as the base style. 

We thought it would be fun to use Golden Naked oats as part of the grist, and went towards the light side of color for the style.

Rather than going with English hops, we thought we'd mix up the style a bit and go with Galena to add a bit more fruity hoppiness. 

The Brew Master had also been spending quite a bit of time listening to Brülosophy podcasts lately, and really enjoyed the Short and Shoddy episodes / experiments.

If you're unfamiliar ... basically ... the idea behind "Short and Shoddy" is to cut some of the traditional processes to shorten brew days to see if you still end up with a good beer.

Lower mash times and boil times were things that come up over and over as not really being that important. Obviously, this dramatically reduces brew day times.

I thought I'd incorporate these and see what happens. I may decide to do more of my own recipes with lower mash and boil times. We'll see how this one turns out.

Should be awesome to drink this beer after a long hot July bike ride. 


For more information on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: On Your Left 

On Your Left --- Batch 1 (260)

Style Ordinary Bitter Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.66 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   30 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.037 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 3.5 %
BU : GU   0.709        
Recipe Color 8.3 SRM
Measured OG:   1.035    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   71    Measured ABV:   3.3 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.68 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
3.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
7 lbs Maris Otter (Crisp) (4.0 SRM) Grain 4 82.4 % 0.55 gal
1 lbs Golden Naked Oats C15 (15.0 SRM) Grain 5 11.8 % 0.08 gal
8.0 oz Crystal, Dark (Simpsons) (80.0 SRM) Grain 6 5.9 % 0.04 gal
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 16.6 IBUs -
0.250 oz Galena [15.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 8 2.8 IBUs -
0.750 oz Galena [15.20 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 6.9 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Nottingham Yeast (Lallemand #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 10 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 10.63 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 6.02gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Salts From Denver water, this puts my water at:

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.033 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.66 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
07/11/2020 esheppy
Brrw day tomorrow.
07/13/2020 esheppy
Brew day yesterday went quick. Done by 8am. Fermentation going today. 64 degrees.
07/14/2020 esheppy
Fermentation already slowing down. Temp strip says 72.
07/15/2020 esheppy
Pretty much no kraussen or airlock movement. There are tiny co2 bubbles rising through the beer, though. 72 degrees. I'm wishing I put in the tilt in this one.
07/16/2020 esheppy
Seems to be done. Love the color. Will keg soon.
07/18/2020 esheppy
Kegged. 1.010 FG. LIke the color, but not real clear. Nice hop presence. Water may be a bit of a mineral flavor. Seems like it will be a nice beer at 3.3% ABV.
07/23/2020 esheppy
Nice session beer. I'd sort of like to rebrew this with longer mash, whirlflock and less Calcium Chloride.
08/22/2020 esheppy
Killed the keg last night. Time to fill the keg with something else.
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