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Sin Lima Mexican Lager

Brewed: 08/08/2021   Kegged: 08/23/2021

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 bought a Anvil Foundry brewing system. This was my first recipe in the new system.

After brewing it once, the name didn't amuse me as much, so I decided to call it something else. 

Since it was a Mexican Lager, I decided to go with a Spanish name. Since it had no limes, I went with "Sin Lima", which google translate tells me is "Without Lime". Sounds pretty good to me.

For more information on Anvil Foundry, see Sheppy's Blog: Anvil.

For more information on Bud Light Lime, see Sheppy's Blog: Bud Lite Lime.

For more information about Sin Lima, see Sheppy's Blog: Sin Lima.

Sin Lima Mexican Lager --- Batch 3 (293)

Style International Pale Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.09 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.043 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 19.6 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.5 %
BU : GU   0.452        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.043   Measured FG:    1.008
ADF:   81   Measured ABV:    4.6


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 - -
0 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
1.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 5 - -
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 6 90.0 % 0.70 gal
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7 10.0 % 0.08 gal
1.000 oz Perle [7.10 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 8 17.3 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 9 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 2.3 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 11 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 1.0 days) Fining 13 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.31 qt of water at 155.8 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
Formerly known as Bud Lite Lime, but I decided to change the name.
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
Acid addition based on BeerSmith predicted pH. Should lower from 5.8 to 5.4.
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Add dry hops to the fermentor before pitching yeast. 
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   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.09 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
08/03/2021 esheppy
Want to brew this weekend.
08/06/2021 esheppy
Got ingredients yesterday. Need to make starter tomorrow. Brew day Sunday.
08/08/2021 esheppy
Starter yesterday. Got water ready last night. Brew day today.
08/08/2021 esheppy
Brew day went great. Up at 5am. Yeast pitched at 10am. OG 1.043.
08/09/2021 esheppy
Slow to start up, but starting to see signs of kraussen starting to form. Tilt says 53 degrees and gravity of 1.037.
08/10/2021 esheppy
Fermentation going strong. Screwed up yesterday and forgot to change out ice bottles. Temperature got up to 57. I added ice and then set the controller to 54. Tilt now says 1.033 at 55 degrees.
08/11/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.023 at 56 degrees. Anvil controller set to 55. Bubbling still going pretty good but slowing down from yesterday.
08/17/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.004 at 69 degrees. Thinking I'll keg this weekend.
08/23/2021 esheppy
Kegged with 1oz dry hops. 1.008 FG. Extra .5 gallons for Franken-beer. Great flavor. Chilling in beer fridge.
08/24/2021 esheppy
Been chilling for a day. Added half a packet of gelatin in about half a cup of water. Will let it sit a few days before sampling again.
08/29/2021 esheppy
Clarity and carbonation getting there, but not quite there yet. That dry hop saaz really makes this fantastic.
09/01/2021 esheppy
Carbonation perfect. Clarity just about ready to compare to Mexican Logger. Flavor is great. That saaz dry hop really gives a nice (almost) lime hint. I love this beer.
09/16/2021 esheppy
Clarity now awesome. Need to do the comparison soon. Only have one can of Mexican Logger left.
09/23/2021 esheppy
Did the comparison with Ska's Mexican Logger. Really like this batch of this beer. Much better than Ska's ... Which is one of my summer favorites.
09/25/2021 esheppy
Clogged up poppet. Wasn't able to clear, so I racked what was left into a gallon bottle.
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