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Mr. Awesome Merican Lager

Brewed: 10/17/2021   Kegged: 11/02/2021

When I first met my wife (aka The SheppyBrew Beer Model), she raved about a guy that she had dated prior to me.

MrAwesome.jpgShe referred to him as "Mr. Awesome".

Apparently, he was a world-class quarters player. Or maybe it was darts. Or maybe it was something else. I'm old. I don't exactly remember what his talent was. Perhaps all of the above and more.

But regardless ... he was Awesome.

Awesome.

Really .. he was. He asserted confidently to whomever was interested ... quite often ... "I'm so Awesome!"

Somehow I was able to take advantage of the Beer Model's bad judgement and steal her away from Mr. Awesome. 

But still, from time to time she would wistfully bring up "Mr. Awesome".

"I'm so Awesome!"

My wife and I have been married for quite awhile. She has not brought up Mr. Awesome for quite awhile, but I'm sure she thinks about him quite often.

How could she not?

I thought it would be fun to name a beer after the guy who dated my wife prior to me.

Mr. Awesome Premium Lager is inspired by a beer that New Belgium recently started making (or at least I've only noticed it recently) ... Mountain Time Premium Lager.

Both the Beer Model really like it. It is an American lager ... with more character than your typical BMC beer.

I designed the beer to match Mountain Time's ABV and hops. I kept the GU:BU ratio pretty low (for me), but didn't really skimp on the amount of hops.

I use Nugget, Cascade, and Willamette hops late in the boil to keep the bitterness down. I do use 3 oz total, so the hop flavor is significant.

The malt bill is really simple ... just American pale malt. 

Looking forward to trying the beer and discovering how it turns out.


For more information about this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Mr Awesome




Mr. Awesome Premium Lager --- Batch 1 (300)

Style American Lager Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   6.60 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 18.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.5 %
BU : GU   0.403        
Recipe Color 3.4 SRM
Color
   
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:   1.009 
ADF:   79    Measured ABV:   4.7

Ingredients

Ingredients
Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.83 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
4.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
2.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
2.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 100.0 % 0.78 gal
0.500 oz Nugget [15.60 %] - Boil 20.0 min Hop 6 10.8 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 - -
1.000 oz Cascade [6.20 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 4.2 IBUs -
1.000 oz Willamette [4.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 3.1 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 11 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.33 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
Brewing salts in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Ca=84,Mg=8,Na=21,SO4=88,Cl=88,HCO3=104
Acid addition to bring calculated pH below 5.3
Boil and add hops as instructed above.
Chill as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Ferment cold for first week, raising temp 1 degree per day.
2nd week, ferment at room temperature.
Keg and chill add geletin.
Carbonate and enjoy.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Fermentation            
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

 
Brewing Notes:
10/11/2021 esheppy
Bought ingredients last week. Thought I might brew over the weekend, but ended up doing other things.
10/17/2021 esheppy
Brew day. Strike water wasn't ready to go when I got up. Other than starting a bit late because of that, things went well. Preboil gravity right on. Volume a bit high. OG 1.045. Ice chilling now around 9:15 am.
10/18/2021 esheppy
Fermentation doesn't seem to be going yet. Tilt says 1.037 at 53 degrees. Cooling set to 51.
10/19/2021 esheppy
Bubbling started some time last night. Tilt says 1.035 at 54 degrees. Controller set to 52.
10/20/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.033 at 54 degrees. Controller set to 54. Doesn't seem to be dropping as fast as I'm used to beers fermenting.
10/21/2021 esheppy
Raised controller to 55. Tilt says 1.021 at 56 degrees. Bubbling still going, but slowing.
10/22/2021 esheppy
Controller at 57. Tilt says 1.013 at 58. Will probably turn off temp control soon.
10/25/2021 esheppy
Turned off temp controller over the weekend. Today, Tilt says 1.010 at 68. I am planning on kegging once a keg opens up.
11/02/2021 esheppy
Kegged. 1.009 FG. Used Anvil's closed transfer system, and it worked great... Except I had no way to know when to stop. So, I opened up the keg to look, defeating the purpose. Oh well. Great flavor. Nice pale color. Pretty clear going in. Yummy. 😋
11/06/2021 esheppy
Carbonation not quite there, but seems close. I think this is the most pale beer I've ever brewed. Very close to Mountain Time. Need to clarify. Tastes really good.
11/12/2021 esheppy
Really pleased with this beer. Carbonation now about perfect. Clarity is great. Nice pale easy drinking beer. Beautiful thin white head lasts to the end. Nice lacing. Hoppy for an American lager. Nice balance. 'Merica!
11/24/2021 esheppy
It's been a couple weeks since I compared with Mountain Time (http://blog.ericshepard.com/2021/11/mr-awesome-vs-mountain-time.html) . Poured pints for the beer model to compare today. She was able to identify which was which. Visually almost identical, although the homebrew had a thicker longer lasting head. She liked the Mr. A better,saying it was smoother. I think this is the BMC lager character I mention in the blog post. It's unanimous. Mr. Awesome is better. 😋
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