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Bud Lite Lime

Brewed: 11/01/2020   Kegged: 11/14/2020

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.

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.

Bud Lite Lime --- Batch 1

Style International Pale 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 1.042 SG Estimated FG 1.008 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.5 %
BU : GU   0.506        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.042    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   76.2    Measured ABV:   4.2% 


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 [8.90 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 17.7 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
2.000 oz Saaz [2.80 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 3.6 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 10 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.31 qt of water at 153.7 F 148.0 F 90 min
Mash Out Heat to 168.0 F over 7 min 168.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

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   (7.09 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
10/30/2020 esheppy
Picked up ingredients on Wednesday. Made starter on Thursday. Will be brewing this weekend.
10/31/2020 esheppy
Filled Anvil Foundry with almost 8 gallons of water. Set it to start heating to 160 starting around 3am.
11/02/2020 esheppy
Brew day went fine. It was nice getting up to having the strike water at the right temp. Getting to boil took quite awhile. My brew house efficiency was better than expected. OG 1.042. No signs of fermentation yet. Anvil set to 52.
11/03/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.035 at 52. Bubbling away. Raising temp to 53.
11/04/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.023 at 53. Still going strong. Raised set temp to 54.
11/05/2020 esheppy
1.012 at 54. Set anvil to 55. I will probably turn off cooling later today.
11/06/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.009 at 57 degrees. Disconnected pump. Not much bubbling now.
11/09/2020 esheppy
Fermentation seems to be done. Tilt says 1.008 68 degrees. Will keg by the end of the week.
11/09/2020 esheppy
Took a tiny sample out of spigot. Very cloudy. Flavor is good despite the yeast soup I got. Hopefully yeast will continue to settle between now and kegging.
11/11/2020 esheppy
Another sample from the spigot. Not as cloudy, but still hazy. Flavor is awesome, although I would like a bit more saaz flavor.
11/14/2020 esheppy
Kegged. Clearer than the spigot samples I took, but still will need to give it some gelatin. FG came out at 1.010. Filled 3/4 of a gallon jug in addition to the keg. I like the flavor. I think the hops come across better than my samples from the fermentor, but still not quite as much saaz hop flavor as I was hoping for. I think next time I make this, I'll add more hops.
11/15/2020 esheppy
Added geletin.
11/18/2020 esheppy
Pale and fairly fizzy at this point. Clarity is better, but not quite where I want it. I think it may clear up more over next few days. Great flavor.
11/20/2020 esheppy
Yeah. Delicious. Pretty sure this beer won't last long. The Beer Model likes it too. I had to chastise her for taking some of this instead of her pumpkin beer.
12/04/2020 esheppy
Clarity is awesome. Perfect Mexican lager. I feel like I need this beer on tap 100% of the time.
12/25/2020 esheppy
Killed the keg. Love this beer. Think I'll be tweaking this recipe throughout 2021.
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