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T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager

Brewed: 05/26/2023   Kegged: 06/03/2023

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.

Batch 5 was brewed on the  Anvil Foundry and pressure fermented in my Fermenter King Chubby.

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 5 (335)

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 22.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.7 %
BU : GU   0.501        
Recipe Color 4.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.045    Measured FG:    1.010
ADF:   77   Measured ABV:    4.6


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 [15.50 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 6 15.0 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 [15.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 9 5.9 IBUs -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 10 1.9 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Saflager Lager (DCL/Fermentis #W-34/70) [50.28 ml] Yeast 12 - -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 2.0 days) Fining 13 - -

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   1.043 (1.041 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.12 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
05/17/2023 esheppy
Bought ingredients this week. Need to update the recipe with hops, but the grains are set. Not sure when I'll brew this.
05/26/2023 esheppy
Rare Friday brew day. Made starter yesterday.
05/26/2023 esheppy
Brew day went well even though I was "at work" while doing it. Pre-boil was a bit high. To compensate, I started my brew timer about 10 minutes before the boil started (so the boil was 50 minutes rather than 60). This seems to have worked out since the OG was perfect. Added .5 tsp of lactic acid into the fermentor because of a BruLab episode I listened to this week.
05/29/2023 esheppy
Tilt says 1.004 already and the krausen is starting to fall. It is funny how the Tilt behaves differently every batch. Anyway, the beer still needs significant clearing before I think about kegging. The psi is at about 12 or 13.
05/31/2023 esheppy
Beer is starting to look pretty clear. My original plan was to keg in another 8 days, but with my visitor schedule it would be nice to have the Chubby available to brew Alpine Tundra this weekend. I might keg before Sunday and leave at room temp for additional "conditioning".
06/03/2023 esheppy
Kegged. Pressure transfer went pretty well. The liquid flowed much faster than it did in Captain Serious. I did let the psi get a little low and the drop caused some of the trub to float up. Not as bad as No Drums. Flavor is great. Right now I don't have room in the beer fridge or kegerator, so it will condition a bit at room temp. 1.010 FG (right on plan) makes this a 4.6% beer.
06/13/2023 esheppy
Keg went into the kegerator. Poured off one mini-pour of sludge and the 2nd one was fairly clear. Set the pressure at 25 to get carbonation going. Will probably add gelatin in a few days.
06/15/2023 esheppy
Poured a little sample. Real foamy, but I think that is mostly because it is at high PSI. Carbonation doesn't look done quite yet. Great flavor. I think I'll wait until Sunday to add gelatin.
06/18/2023 esheppy
Poured a pint. Carbonation pretty good. Clarity not nearly where I want it for weekend guests. Added gelatin. Probably should have added it a couple days ago. Oh well. Tastes excellent.
06/25/2023 esheppy
Favorite with the Trash family. Yummy beer.
07/07/2023 esheppy
Killed the keg. Was yummy while it lasted. Lots of people helped me drink this for sure.
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