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Sveikas Lithuanian Farmhouse Ale

Brewed: 08/09/2020   Kegged: 08/12/2020

There is a local brewery close to SheppyBrew's Home Brewery called "Great Frontier Brewing Company". They make a beer called "Lithuanian Farmhouse Ale".

It is my favorite beer that this brewery makes.sveikas.jpg

One day on facebook, I saw a post from the brewery:

"Brewing the Lithuanian Farmhouse Ale today. The 'magic' is in the special yeast, all the way from Lithuania. Our brewer is 100% Lithuanian too! There's no other brewery in the US making this beer! Come try one today!"

I engaged the brewer, asking about the yeast ... and he responded ... 

"This one is from Inland Island here in Denver. They got it from a farmhouse in northern Lithuania. It’s not on their list, I had to special order it. Ferments at 85-90 degrees and done in 2-3 days. Let me know if you want to try it. I can meet you at the brewery this week and harvest some."

I thought this was an awesome idea. I met him at the brewery and got a quart of yeast from that batch of beer.

Which meant I had to brew something with it. Fun!

The Great Frontier beer reminded me of the color of my Falling Leaves Harvest Saison, and I decided to make my first beer with this yeast with basically the malt bill of that beer.

Pilsner. Dark Munich. Rye Malt. 

See how it turns out and adjust from there.

For more about Great Frontier Brewing Company, see Sheppy's Blog: Great Frontier.

For more about the Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast, see Sheppy's Blog: Lithuanian Farmhouse.

For more about this beer see, Sheppy's Blog: Sveikas .

Sveikas Lithuanian Farmhouse --- Batch 1

Style Saison Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.053 SG Estimated FG 1.004 SG
Recipe Bitterness 26.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.5 %
BU : GU   0.506        
Recipe Color 12.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.053    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   81    Measured ABV:   5.7% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
9.79 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
7 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 53.8 % 0.55 gal
4 lbs Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 4 30.8 % 0.31 gal
2 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 5 15.4 % 0.16 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [14.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 6 26.8 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.0 pkg Lithuanian Farmhouse (SheppyBrew #) Yeast 8 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.25 qt of water at 155.6 F 145.0 F 90 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.61gal, 4.12gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Yeast harvested from Great Frontier Brewing Company.
Make starter to wake up the yeast.
From Denver water, 10g gypsum puts my water profile at
Brew as directed.
Chill wort as close to 90 degrees as possible. Pitch yeast.
Ferment hot until done (3 days?)
Keg. Chill. Carbonate. Drink. Enjoy.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.044 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
08/05/2020 esheppy
Ordered ingredients today.
08/06/2020 esheppy
Picked up the ingredients today.
08/10/2020 esheppy
Brew day yesterday went well. Pitched at 82 degrees, and put it in my garage. Fermentation took off almost immediately and the temp got up to 91 degrees. This morning, the gravity is already down to 1.024, although the tilt jumps around quite a bit. Temperature was at 88 this morning.
08/11/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.009 at 82 degrees. Bubbling slowed, but still going. Keg by Thursday? We'll see.
08/11/2020 esheppy
Tilt has been at 1.009 most of the day. Last couple of readings at 1.008. 84ish degrees.
08/12/2020 esheppy
Tilt 1.008. 80 degrees. Moved from garage to the kitchen. Also put co2 balloon on air lock to prevent oxygen suck back.
08/12/2020 esheppy
Took a sample. Very yeasty still. Like the flavor, though. Might have to let settle before kegging.
08/13/2020 esheppy
Kegged last night. Yeast had really flocculated quite a bit since original sample. Yummy sample. Not sure how to describe the esters. Cleaner than you'd expect after fermenting in the 90s, but certainly some fruitiness. Hydrometer was at 1.010. In kegerator carbing at 20psi.
08/14/2020 esheppy
Carbing slowly but surely. Petty good clarity. Beautiful amber to redish brown color. Flavor is reminiscent of the French Saison, but perhaps a bit cleaner. Maybe just a touch of pepper. Nice citrus esters. A bit of lemon maybe. I am thinking this would compliment the citrusy hops of my Colorado Strong Pale Ale. Really pleased with this beer.
08/16/2020 esheppy
Carbonation about right. Great beer.
09/25/2020 esheppy
Think this is almost gone. Yummy beer. Nice and clear now. Mostly a Munich malt flavor.
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