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T.Ra.Sh. Mexican Lager

Brewed: 11/29/2015   Kegged: 12/12/2015

TRASH1.jpgEvery couple of years, the SheppyBrew Beer Master is dragged to a family reunion on his wife's mom's and step-dad's side of the family. His wife (aka the SheppyBrew Beer Model) has 5 brothers in this reunion. One is her actual brother and four are her step-dad's sons. Each of those brothers are married and each of them has at least 2 kids. Every two years, this whole group rents a house somewhere and spends a week together. Amazingly, everyone gets along well and there is none of the drama you would typically imagine with this large of a group.

These reunions have been named "T.RA.SH.".

T is the first letter of my wife's maiden name and her brother's last name.

RA are the first two letters in the last name of most of the people at this reunion.... the Beer Model's mom, dad, four step brothers, and all their wives and kids.

SH are the first two letters of our last name.

Together, that makes T RA SH. Actually, not a bad name for the group.

Generally speaking, there is a fair amount of beer-drinking going on at these reunions. In this context, "generally speaking" actually means "every time". "Fair amount" actually means "a ton". For the most part, it is the typical cheap BMC variety of beer, but I actually don't mind.

I've always thought (since I started brewing way back in 2009) that I should brew a special beer to bring to these things. Since I've been brewing, they have been far enough away that we had to fly, and that is true again this year. I can't bring a 5 gallon corny on the plane, though.

Even though I can't bring a keg, I thought I'd make a TRASH beer for the Beer Model and myself. I figured it should be light colored as most of this group likes those mass-produced light lagers, but I didn't want to make it too light in flavor.

Most of the family is of Mexican decent, so I thought it would be appropriate to use White Labs #WLP940, Mexican Lager Yeast. I decided to basically go with a Vienna Lager recipe except a little lighter in color.

I think it will turn out well. Of course, I will let you know.

For more information about this beer on my blog, see Sheppy's Blog: T.R.A.S.H. .



T.R.A.S.H. Mexican Lager --- Batch 3

Style Vienna Lager Batch Size 5.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.76 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   75.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.049 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 23.3 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.2 %
BU : GU   0.477        
Recipe Color 9.8 SRM
Measured OG:   1.049    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   79.6    Measured ABV:   5.1


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
4.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
5 lbs 8.0 oz Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 2 55.0 %
2 lbs 8.0 oz Munich Malt - 30L (30.0 SRM) Grain 3 25.0 %
2 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 20.0 %
1.000 oz Hallertauer [3.80 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 5 16.3 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 -
1.000 oz Hallertauer [3.80 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 7 4.0 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 -
1.000 oz Hallertauer [3.80 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 3.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 10 -
5.00 ml Clarity-Ferm (Primary 2.0 weeks) Fining 11 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.95gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make 3 liter yeast starter a couple of days before brew day.
4g gypsum in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Ferment at 55 for a week, let rise to high 60's for another week.
Keg carbonate.

Brewing Record

Brew Date: 11/29/2015  Strike Temp:   160
Mash Temps: 148 - 150 
Pre-boil OG   1.040 (1.040 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
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Brewing Notes:
11/25/2015 esheppy
Bought ingredients for batch #3 today. Changed up the recipe a bit. Took out Carafa and replaced the 10L Munich with 30L Munich.
11/28/2015 esheppy
Made a 6 cup starter Today. First time using a stir plate. Seems to be working very well.
11/29/2015 esheppy
Brew day in garage today went well. Gravity at 1.049. Pitched a little over 50.
12/12/2015 esheppy
I'm going to call the fg on this 1.010. 5.1% abv. Flavor is what I remember from previous versions of this beer. Nice, floral, almost fruit hop presence. Balanced. Beautiful beer. Time to keg it up.
12/15/2015 esheppy
This is now in the keggerator.
12/21/2015 esheppy
Nicely carbonated now. Had a few over the weekend. Wonderful bready malt flavor with the noble, floral hop flavor and aroma. Very well balanced. Not sweet, but certainly not bitter. Good clarity. Just a very nice beer.
12/25/2015 esheppy
The Ramirez couple is visiting and day they really like this beer. It might just be that their picture is on the tap handle. It is delicious, though.
12/26/2015 esheppy
Brought keg to a Ramirez house. Killed it.
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