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T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager

Brewed: 07/20/2020   Bottled: 07/28/2020

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. 

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 3 (261)

Style International Pale Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.23 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.047 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 22.7 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.486        
Recipe Color 4.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.047    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:       Measured ABV:    


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
9.55 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
7 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 3 63.6 % 0.55 gal
4 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 4 36.4 % 0.31 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [14.50 %] - Boil 35.0 min Hop 5 16.5 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 6 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 7 - -
1.000 oz Hallertauer [3.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 1.9 IBUs -
0.500 oz Magnum [14.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 4.4 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 10 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 13.75 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (2.00gal, 4.12gal) of 168.0 F water

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
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:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.039 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
07/10/2020 esheppy
I know I just brewed this ... but I want to get it on tap again for my son's graduation party. Hope I have enough time.
07/19/2020 esheppy
Brew day today started slow. Had to get a starter going. Challenge getting strike water right. Windy. Things going good now.
07/20/2020 esheppy
Brew day went well yesterday after getting the starter and mash going. Wind died down and didn't affect the boil. Got to exactly 1.047. Yeast was pitched by 10AM. Anvil cooled to 48 by end of night, but rose overnight to 53. Changed ice and set to 52. Tilt 1.045 at 56. Starting to see a little bubbling in air lock.
07/21/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.039 at 53. Anvil still at 52. Raising 1 degree to 53.
07/22/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.030, 54. Anvil turned up another degree to 54.
07/22/2020 esheppy
Afternoon ... 1.028. 55. Setting Anvil to 55.
07/23/2020 esheppy
Tilt 1.023. 55. Raised set point to 56.
07/23/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.017 at 56. Moving temp up another degree.
07/24/2020 esheppy
Tilt 1.014 57. Set to 58. Will probably stop cooling by end of day.
07/25/2020 esheppy
Tilt 1.012 at 58. Unplugged the cooling pump. I expect that this beer should be almost done. Maybe another couple points.
07/27/2020 esheppy
Tilt has been at 1.009 for the past couple days. Going to call fermentation done. Now I just need a keg.
07/29/2020 esheppy
Kegged yesterday. Hydrometer reading puts the FG at 1.010. Flavor is awesome, but not very clear at all. Was planning on drinking / sharing this weekend. Not sure that is enough time to clear up.
08/05/2020 esheppy
Was a hit at my son's graduation party over the weekend. Probably not a whole lot left.
08/10/2020 esheppy
Beer model killed the keg yesterday evening.
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