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Bud Lite Lime

  The SheppyBrew Brew Master published a blog article in 2014 in which he publicly declared Bud Light Lime one of the "9 Beers I don't Drink".

I'm not totally against lime. I'm not totally against Bud Light. For some reason, I HATE Bud Light Lime. Or at least I did last time I tried it.

Does it exist anymore?

"Bud Light Lime. To be honest, I don't know what it is about Bud Light Lime. I am not against lime. I am not even totally against lime in beer. I am not completely anti-Bud Light. There is just something disgusting about Bud Light Lime to me. I've tried it. I won't make that mistake again."

In 2015 ... I posted an April Fools' Day post: SheppyBrew Going Professional. One of the flagship brews of my fictional brewery was going to be "Bud Light Lime" ... which would actually be Wetta Blonde Ale

No limes.

At some point in the summer of 2020, I thought I'd resurrect the name, and brew a Bud Light Lime. 

No limes.

Light colored. Fairly light in body (for a homebrew). I wanted a fair amount of Saaz hop flavor ... which might be mistaken for lime if you had a beer called "Bud Light Lime" biasing drinkers to look for a lime flavor.

About this time, I was playing around with "Short and Shoddy" principals from Brülosophy Podcasts I'd been binging during COVID SIP protocols. I decided to do a 30 minute boil and shorter mash than usual on this recipe.

Bud Light Lime --- Batch 1

Style International Pale Lager 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 1.043 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 19.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.6 %
BU : GU   0.446        
Recipe Color 3.3 SRM
Measured OG:       Measured FG:    
ADF:       Measured ABV:    


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.86 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
2.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 90.0 % 0.70 gal
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 6 10.0 % 0.08 gal
1.000 oz Perle [8.00 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 14.8 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
2.000 oz Saaz [3.75 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 4.5 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 10 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 1 steps (5.73gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
No actual limes are harmed in this beer.
Make 1.4 liter (6 cups) yeast starter a day before brew day.
Brewing salts 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 in 50's for about 5 days, 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   (7.66 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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