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T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager

Brewed: 05/17/2020   Bottled: 06/07/2020

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 is awesome. 

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 2

Style International Pale Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.29 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.047 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 22.5 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.0 %
BU : GU   0.482        
Recipe Color 4.4 SRM
Measured OG:   1.047    Measured FG:   1.010 
ADF:   79    Measured ABV:   4.9 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
5.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 1 - -
7 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 2 63.6 % 0.55 gal
4 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 3 36.4 % 0.31 gal
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 4 20.6 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins) Other 6 - -
1.000 oz Hallertauer [3.10 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 7 1.9 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 8 - -

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 (2.03gal, 4.14gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
Make 1.5 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:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.038 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.29 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
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Brewing Notes:
05/15/2020 esheppy
Picked up ingredients yesterday. Apparently, I only ordered one ounce of Hallertau, so I guess it will be a little less hoppy. Should brew Sunday.
05/17/2020 esheppy
6 cup starter yesterday. Brew day today. Nailed the OG at 1.047. Still working on chilling the wort.
05/17/2020 esheppy
Pitched yeast at 55 in the tilt. 52 on anvil.
05/18/2020 esheppy
Tilt down a couple points, and there is some bubbling. Tilt temp 54. Anvil 50.
05/19/2020 esheppy
Fermentation is going. I actually opened the lip and saw krausen. Tilt temp 53. Anvil 52. Pump seems to be running almost constantly to stay at this temp.
05/20/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.038 at 53 degrees. Bubbling a bit slower today. Anvil says 52. Setting Anvil to 53.
05/21/2020 esheppy
Set anvil to 54 in morning. 1.033. Still bubbling away.
05/22/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.029 at 54 degrees. Bubbling pretty slow now. Raised set point to 55.
05/23/2020 esheppy
Forgot about switching out bottles and my temp rose to 61. After switching out bottles set at 60. We'll leave it here for a few days. Tilt says 1.025.
05/26/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.016, 60 degrees. Since estimated FG is 1.009 ... still a ways to go. I think I'll switch out the ice bottles one more time and then let the beer finish at room temp after that one melts.
05/28/2020 esheppy
Overnight, the temp rose to 66. Unplugged the pump and will continue at room temperature. Tilt says 1.014. Hoping for another 4 points before kegging.
06/01/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.010. Whenever a keg opens, I'll fill it with this batch.
06/07/2020 esheppy
Kegged. Calling the FG 1.010. Nice golden color. Fairly clear, but I'll probably add gelatin once the beer is cool. Sample tasted perfect.
06/09/2020 esheppy
Added gelatin to keg and set gas to around 12 psi. Will try it out in a couple of days.
06/11/2020 esheppy
Poured some. Pretty good carbonation. Ok clarity. Fantastic flavor. The Beer Model loves it.
06/12/2020 esheppy
Fantastic beer. Still not great clarity, but I'm sure that will clear up. Carbonation is about right now.
06/14/2020 esheppy
Clarity pretty good now. Carbonation about right. Not really a "light" Mexican lager, but I still love the flavor.
06/18/2020 esheppy
Added to untappd
06/28/2020 esheppy
Clarity right where I want it. Wonderful "craft" lager. Probably not what most people would call "light".
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