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T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager

Brewed: 07/18/2021   Kegged: 08/05/2021

A couple of years ago ... the SheppyBrew Brew Master created a beer in honor of the TrashLight.jpgfamily reunions 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." (based on the initials of the last names of the people going to the reunion.

The beer that was created was a Vienna Lager and little darker in color than most of the adults at the "T.RA.SH." reunion would typically drink. In the summer of 2016, we thought maybe it may be worth creating a "light" version of the beer more in line with what the others might typically drink.

The recipe of the "light" version is very similar to the "regular" version with a little less malt (and therefore less ABV) and doesn't include dark Munich Malt at all.

Unfortunately, batch 1 had an infection that forced us to dump the batch.

Batch 2 turned out awesome, and I followed up quickly with a batch 3 only about two months later. 

Batch 4 was brewed on the Anvil Foundry.

For more about the T.Ra.Sh. Beers, see Sheppy's Blog: T.R.A.S.H. 

T.R.A.S.H. Light Mexican Lager --- Batch 4 (292)

Style International Pale Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.12 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   68.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.045 SG Estimated FG 1.010 SG
Recipe Bitterness 22.0 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.7 %
BU : GU   0.486        
Recipe Color 4.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.046    Measured FG:   1.008 
ADF:   82    Measured ABV:    5


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.43 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
1.00 tsp Lactic Acid (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
7 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 4 63.6 % 0.55 gal
4 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 36.4 % 0.31 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 6 15.7 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 7 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 8 - -
0.500 oz Magnum [10.90 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 4.1 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 2.2 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 11 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 5.0 hours) Fining 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 33.71 qt of water at 155.8 F 150.0 F 45 min
Heat Heat to 156.0 F over 10 min 156.0 F 20 min

If steeping, remove grains, and prepare to boil wort

Recipe Notes
Make 1.5 liter yeast starter a couple of days before brew day.
5g gypsum the mash water. This should bring Denver water profile (as defined by BeerSmith) to
Acid addition to bring expected pH below 5.6
Brew as directed from recipe.
Cool wort to as close to 50 degrees as possible.
Ferment between 50 and 57 for a week, let rise to high 60's for another week.
Keg carbonate. Add geletin to keg after beer is chilled.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.12 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
07/18/2021 esheppy
Picked up ingredients and made starter yesterday. Prepared water with salts and acid around 3am. Mash will begin closer to sunrise.
07/18/2021 esheppy
Brew day went well. 1.046 OG. Was able to get chilled to 57 before putting in fermentor and starting up the cooling system. Will pitch yeast a bit later. Done by 10:30
07/19/2021 esheppy
Starting to see signs, but wouldn't say fermentation has started yet. Sitting at 50 degrees. If I don't see bubbling by mid-day, I'll raise temp a couple degrees.
07/20/2021 esheppy
Bubbling nicely at 52 degrees.
07/20/2021 esheppy
Got the Tilt batteries today, so I threw the Tilt in. Says 1.031 at 53 degrees. The temp matches the anvil controller exactly. Lots of kraussen on the beer at the moment.
07/22/2021 esheppy
Bumped the temp up to 54. Tilt now says 1.023 at 54. Still bubbling pretty good.
07/24/2021 esheppy
56 degrees. Tilt says 1.012. Bubbling slowing down. Will most lokely turn off temp control to.orrow.
07/25/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.010 at 59 degrees.
07/26/2021 esheppy
Turned off the temp control this morning when the temperature was at 59. Now Tilt is saying 1.008 at 62F. Not much bubbling. Will probably keg this weekend.
07/30/2021 esheppy
Tilt is reading 1.006 at 67F. Might keg soon. Might let it sit for a bit.
08/02/2021 esheppy
Tilt still at 1.006. Temp is 70. Have an open keg, so will probably package soon.
08/04/2021 esheppy
Kegged. FG 1.008. Went in pretty clear. Great flavor. Got an extra gallon jug filled. Might have underfilled keg a bit.
08/08/2021 esheppy
Real pale color. Perfect flavor. Carbonation getting close. Clarity almost there. Yummy. 😋
08/11/2021 esheppy
Brought to a work function. It was a hit, but I had trouble maintaining the right gas pressure. Transporting brought haze back into suspension.
08/15/2021 esheppy
Comparing to Ska's Mexican Logger. Color and clarity practically identical. TRaSh might have a bit more body and malt character. Its head is certainly thicker and longer lasting. Hop bitterness exact. Flavor very close. Mexican logger has more of that saaz character in the aroma. Interesting how close these are right now.
08/16/2021 esheppy
My last pint last night foamed up at the end of the pour in a way that makes me think I kicked this keg already. Bummer. I guess it was even more of a hit with my work people than I thought. 😋
08/23/2021 esheppy
This beer is gone. It didn't last long, but it was good while it lasted. Luckily, I have Sin Lima ready to keg now too.
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