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Jethro Bud Nelson Merican Lite Lager

Brewed: 09/18/2022   Kegged: 10/01/2022

The SheppyBrew Beer Master has known the SheppyBrew Beer Model since she was a sophomore at Bradley University.

As I shared in Mr. Awesome Merican Lager, she was really into her first college boyfriend, and I had to work very hard at stealing her from "Mr. Awesome".

In addition to worrying about Mr. Awesome winning her back, I had another concern .... the Beer Model's parents really did not like me.

Death threat were involved, but I won't go into that. 


I lived in such fear of the in-laws-to-be that when they visited their daughter at Bradley University, I put on a disguise and snuck around campus so that if I ran into them, they would not recognize me.

Sunglasses. Farmer hat. Flannel shirt. The perfect disguise. 

Just in case, I told people to call me "Jethro" so that the Beer Model's parents wouldn't recognize the "Shep" or "Sheppy" name if they overheard.

Jethro Bud Nelson.

I was able to survive the visit. Eventually, even though they still don't really approve, they eventually accepted me. Now we've been married for almost 27 years, the likelihood that the in-laws will actually follow through on their death-threats isn't real high.

In honor of my alter-ego, I created a beer that I think Jethro Bud Nelson would enjoy.

A crisp, refreshing, Merican Lite Lager is obviously something Jethro Bud Nelson would drink in quantity while slinking around trying to avoid those who would rather cause him bodily harm than let him date their daughter.

For more on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Jethro Bud

Jethro Bud Nelson Merican Lite --- Batch 2 (319)

Style American Light 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 1.040 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 13.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.1 %
BU : GU   0.322        
Recipe Color 3.0 SRM
Measured OG:   1.040    Measured FG:   1.007 
ADF:   82    Measured ABV:   4.3% 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
7.67 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
1.50 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
7 lbs 4.0 oz Base Malt 2 Row (Proximity) (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 82.9 % 0.57 gal
1 lbs 8.0 oz Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 6 17.1 % 0.12 gal
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 Magnum [15.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 13.0 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 10 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 2.0 days) Fining 11 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 30.96 qt of water at 157.5 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
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   (1.037 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (6.60 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
09/10/2022 esheppy
Time to brew again. I've placed an order at Tom's Brew Shop.
09/18/2022 esheppy
Brew day went well. OG right on plan.
09/20/2022 esheppy
Tilt says 1.032 at 54 degrees. Fermentation seems to be going pretty well.
09/22/2022 esheppy
I forgot to switch to ice last night and Tilt says 1.014 at 68 degrees. Unplugged the temp control pump.
10/01/2022 esheppy
Kegged today. FG at 1.007 which makes this a 4.3% ABV beer. Sample tasted as expected. Nice pale lager. Chilling in the kegerator. Will add gelatin in a couple of days.
10/02/2022 esheppy
Added gelatin. Took a little sample as well. Actually already fairly clear. Nice lager flavor. Going to drink the hell out of this beer soon.
10/07/2022 esheppy
Sort of forgot I had this under pressure until just now. Took a little sample. Lots of foam, but it isn't too over carbonated I think. The little bit I tasted was fantastic. Not very clear yet.
10/14/2022 esheppy
Had one last night. Still a little too foamy, but not as bad as a couple days ago. Awesomely clear. Tastes so good.
11/06/2022 esheppy
Brought to Doc's Brewery for Learn to Homebrew Day. IMHO ... The best beer there. Love it. I don't think it will last much longer.
11/16/2022 esheppy
Killed the keg. Dudocs Red will probably go in this keg and tap.
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