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Brewed: 06/05/2016   Kegged: 06/23/2016

groot.jpgOne of my favorite of the recent Marvel Movies is Guardians of the Galaxy. 

One of my favorite characters in the movie is Groot. This is by far the best role I've seen played by Vin Diesel. Certainly the most entertaining.

As Rocket says ... "Well he don't know talkin' good like me and you, so his vocabulistics is limited to "I" and "am" and "Groot," exclusively in that order."

At the end, in a very powerful scene, he sacrifices himself to save his friends and surprises us all with a new line "We Are Groot".

Great acting. 

Great movie.

If you have not seen the movie ... go out and see it. 

Anyway ... at some point I thought I would like to name a beer "We Are Groot". Better yet, #WeAreGroot.

And I thought that a beer named after the hero of this movie should have a little extra vegetative twist to it. Maybe a root.

As you probably know, unlike the standard potato, the part of the sweet potato that is eaten is the tuberous root.

Root rhymes with Groot.



#WeAreGroot uses 5 pounds of sweet potatoes, which research / calculations leads me to believe provides about the same amount of sugar as a pound of standard 2-row barley.

Just for another twist, I threw in some rye as well. Other than the sweet potatoes and rye, the beer is a pretty standard blond ale.

For hops I put in Crystal and Cluster. No real reason other than I like those hops. Bitterness is pretty balanced. It may be a bit hoppier than the style calls for, but that is what I felt like making.

We'll see how it turns out.


For more about this beer see Sheppy's Blog: #WeAreGroot



#WeAreGroot --- Batch 1

Style Pre-Prohibition 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 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 24.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.9 %
BU : GU   0.508        
Recipe Color 5.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.048    Measured FG:    1.010
ADF:   79   Measured ABV:    5


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
6.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
5 lbs Sweet Potato (4.0 SRM) Adjunct 2 35.7 %
8 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 57.1 %
1 lbs Rye Malt (4.7 SRM) Grain 4 7.1 %
0.500 oz Crystal [3.20 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 5 6.9 IBUs
0.250 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - First Wort 90.0 min Hop 6 8.4 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 -
0.750 oz Cluster [7.80 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 8 6.1 IBUs
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 9 -
1.000 oz Crystal [3.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 10 2.5 IBUs
0.500 oz Crystal [3.20 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 11 1.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 12 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 17.50 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.18gal, 3.88gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
6g gypsum in the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Mash grains with 11 guarts of water at 164F.
While mash is going on, boil pealed potatoes with 6 quarts of water until soft enough to whip. Whip potatoes and add to the mash. Stir in and let rest another 45 minutes.
Sparge as directed above.
Pitch as close to 50 F as possible. Keep temp below 55 for 2 days, then let it warm up to lower 60's for a few days and then room temp (but lower than 72)
Ferment about 2 weeks total.
Force carbonate to 2.5 volumes. Condition to taste.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps: 155 ish most of the time 
Pre-boil OG   1.044 (1.040 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.76 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
06/05/2016 esheppy
Brew day today. Had to suck on the tube to get the wort to start moving into the kettle. Once it started going, it was slow, but didn't have to make other efforts to get it out. Other than that, everything went smoothly.
06/07/2016 esheppy
Day 2 of fermentation starts today. Not really seeing much yet. Won't panic yet.
06/08/2016 esheppy
Progressing. Put in a blow-off tube just in case. Not sure it will be needed, but it is better to have it in there and not need it than to not have it in there and need it.
06/12/2016 esheppy
Moved to secondary so that I could use the big fermentor for Hail Storm. 1.012. Flavor is pretty hop-forward with a nice floral note. Body pretty thin. Very hazy. Tastes good.
06/12/2016 esheppy
Collected the yeast for a future brew.
06/14/2016 esheppy
Clearing up some. Sort of a strange pale orange color. Pretty cool. 😎
06/23/2016 esheppy
Kegged today. 1.010. 5%abv. Pale orange-yellow color. Fairly hoppy. Carbing now.
06/25/2016 esheppy
In keggerator. Had a couple tonight. Needs carbonation. Not very clear. But, tastes very good. Nice summer lager.
06/26/2016 esheppy
Had a few. Rye flavor very nice. Love the crystal hops. Nice beer. 🍺
07/05/2016 esheppy
Had a couple on the 4th. Still not as clear as you would expect in a light lager, but I'm fine with that. Not sure if the Sweet Potato is the excuse for that or if I just need to let sit longer. Like the flavor a whole lot, so I'm not goign to wait any more before drinking.
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