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Puppy Monkey Baby

Brewed: 11/22/2020   Kegged: 12/04/2020

PuppyMonkeyBaby.jpg2020 wasn't great. 

COVID sucked. Murder Hornets sucked. Racism, and police brutality sucked. Riots sucked. Forest fires sucked. Not being able to go to concerts, movies, sporting events, and beer festivals sucked. Travel restrictions sucked. The election sucked.

Shelter in Place sucked. Remote learning sucked.

It just wasn't a very good year.

On the plus side, I was able to brew a lot. I had lots of homebrewed beer in 2020.

Some might say I had too much, but those people would be wrong.

Around Thanksgiving of 2020, I decided I wanted to brew a super simple, low alcohol, but hopefully delicious ale.

I came up with this recipe to be my forth batch of beer on my Anvil Foundry. 

Why did I name it "Puppy Monkey Baby". I don't know. I just thought it would be a funny beer name.

I have a weird sense of humor.

Puppy Monkey Baby is an easy drinking blonde ale designed to be drunk in quantity without making me too sleepy.

We'll see how I did in a couple of weeks.

For more information on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Puppy Monkey Baby

Puppy Monkey Baby --- Batch 1

Style Blonde Ale Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.57 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.040 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 21.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.1 %
BU : GU   0.544        
Recipe Color 5.2 SRM
Measured OG:   1.040   Measured FG:   1.008
ADF:   80    Measured ABV:   4.2% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.23 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 - -
8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 88.9 % 0.63 gal
12.0 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 6 8.3 % 0.06 gal
4.0 oz Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 7 2.8 % 0.02 gal
1.000 oz Magnum [11.20 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 8 19.1 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 9 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 10 - -
1.000 oz Crystal [4.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 2.8 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Nottingham (Danstar #-) [23.66 ml] Yeast 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 28.93 qt of water at 158.0 F 152.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 158.0 F over 10 min 158.0 F 15 min
Mash Out Heat to 170.0 F over 7 min 170.0 F 10 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
From Denver Water, water additions put the water profile at:
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 60 degrees as possible.
Ferment at 60 for a day and let rise to mid 60's for the rest of the week. Then let the temperature go where it wants.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.036 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.57 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
11/19/2020 esheppy
Bought ingredients at Tom's Brew Shop.
11/22/2020 esheppy
Brew day today. Mash started around 5:20. Timer was set to begin around 4am. Probably should have started it sooner or left it inside for preheat. Oh well. It's going now.
11/22/2020 esheppy
Brew day went well. Preboil gravity was high, so I diluted with .5 gallon. OG right on at 1.040. Turns out hydra does fit... just real tight. Wort into fermentor was very full of trub. Yeast pitched around 9am. Cleanup done by 9:40.
11/27/2020 esheppy
I think this is ready to keg whenever one comes free. Pale color. Decently clear. Nice aroma from air lock.
12/03/2020 esheppy
Just keeps getting more and more beautiful. Calendar says to keg today, but need to finish Lithuanian Autumn.
12/04/2020 esheppy
Kegged. 1.008 FG makes this a 4.2% ABV beer. Nice flavor. Simple easy to drink. A little hazy, but I'm sure it will clear up as it gets cold.
12/06/2020 esheppy
Carbonation not quite there yet, but I've been drinking a bunch of these while smoking spare ribs.
12/08/2020 esheppy
I like where this beer is now. Could be a little clearer, but carbonation is about perfect. Great malt flavor. Like the crystal hops. Awesome beer to drink in quantity.
01/13/2021 esheppy
Very clear beer now. Crystal hops have faded a bit. Perhaps some more rye flavor. Keg won't last through the weekend.
01/15/2021 esheppy
Keg blew tonight.
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