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Lithuanian Autumn Ale

Brewed: 10/24/2020   Kegged: 10/31/2020

In the summer of 2020, I played around with a Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast that I got from Great Frontier brewing company.

The yeast is amazing. It ferments hot and quick. I fermented high 80's / low 90's for a couple of days and kegged on day 4 or 5 after brew day.

Even at these high temperatures, the flavor is fairly clean, but it does impart some peppery and citrus fruit esters. It has really produced some nicely flavored beers.

Mid-October, I still had some of the yeast in my fridge that I thought I should probably use.

I thought that an Autumn Ale would be something interesting to try with it. Basically, I went with the base recipe of Will-o-Wisp.

The temperatures were getting colder, so the fermentation temperature couldn't be as high. I thought the cooler fermentation temperature would be another cool thing to experiment with.

The yeast performed great at the lower temperature. It took a little longer to ferment, but it attenuated great. It actually had more of the lemon and pepper esters than I got at higher temperatures. 

Young, the flavor was fairly close to Falling Leaves, which I had on tap at about the same time.

As both beers got a bit older, they diverged a bit. This beer actually became more malty with less of those lemon and pepper esters.

I loved drinking this autumn ale. If I have more Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast next Autumn, I'll want to brew this again.

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

Lithuanian Autumn Ale --- Batch 1

Style British Brown Ale 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 1.051 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 25.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.3 %
BU : GU   0.503        
Recipe Color 17.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.051   Measured FG:    1.004
ADF:   92    Measured ABV:    6.5


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
9 lbs Golden Promise (Simpsons) (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 76.6 % 0.70 gal
2 lbs Crystal, Medium (Simpsons) (55.0 SRM) Grain 2 17.0 % 0.16 gal
8.0 oz Crystal Light - 45L (Crisp) (45.0 SRM) Grain 3 4.3 % 0.04 gal
2.0 oz Midnight Wheat Malt (550.0 SRM) Grain 4 1.1 % 0.01 gal
2.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 5 1.1 % 0.01 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [12.80 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 6 25.5 IBUs -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 - -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.0 pkg Lithuanian Farmhouse (SheppyBrew #) Yeast 9 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 14.69 qt of water at 168.2 F 156.0 F 45 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.85gal, 4.12gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Mash grains as directed.
Boil as directed. Cool to as close to 90 degrees as possible. 
Ferment as warm as possible.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.042 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
10/23/2020 esheppy
Picked up ingredients Tuesday. Made starter last night. Brew day tomorrow.
10/24/2020 esheppy
Brew day went awesome at Doc's house. 1.051. It will be interesting to see how this garments out at lower temps.
10/25/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.032 at 76 degrees. Kraussen already starting to fall. Hope I don't regret using this yeast at lower temps. We'll see.
10/27/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.012 at 69. Good to see gravity continue to fall despite lowering temps.
10/28/2020 esheppy
1.006 at 68. Curious to see how low this goes.
10/30/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.000 at 68. I think I can keg anytime now.
11/03/2020 esheppy
Kegged a couple days ago. FG at 1.004. The sample really reminded me of Falling Leaves saison. Today, I did a blind taste test on myself. Was able to tell the difference, but the carbonation on this beer is still low, so that might have been the difference.
11/09/2020 esheppy
Carbonation is better. Falling Leaves and Lithuanian Farmhouse are even closer now. Not able to get 100% on self-administered "blind" triangle tests. There is a subtle difference, which I think is mostly hops.
11/27/2020 esheppy
I keep thinking this keg is going to kick. Nice ruby red color. Clear. Malty. Seems much richer than the 1.004 FG. Yummy beer. 😋
12/07/2020 esheppy
Keg kicked on 12/4.
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