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Galena Dave's Pale Lager

Brewed: 01/26/2020   Bottled: 02/08/2020

GalenaDaves.jpgMy brother-in-law, Dave, lives in Galena, Illinois with his wife, my wife's sister.

Late in 2019, we visited the area and Dave mentioned that he had harvested wild hops from his yard. He doesn't brew, but knows that I do, and he offered to let me have some.

So, he brought me some to bring home.

We have no idea what type of hops these are. 

Dave speculated that maybe they are Galena Hops, which I suppose is possible, but I don't think it is any more likely than other types.

I did learn from Dave that apparently the beer "Red Stripe" was first brewed in Galena, Illinois. It is very possible that these hops came from the hop farms of the original Red Stripe. 

I don't really know what hops that Red Stripe uses. I suspect something German like Hallertau Hersbrucker. 

Anyway ... I took the hops, and decided to basically do a "Pre-prohibition" pale lager to put them in.

Since Dave comes from Galena, I threw some Galena hops in at 15 minutes.

I'm not sure how much that Dave's hops will come through in the hop profile. I guess we'll find out.

If you would like more information on this beer, see Sheppy's Blog: Galena.

Galena Dave's Pale Lager --- Batch 1 (247)

Style Pre-Prohibition Lager Batch Size 6.50 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   8.75 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.054 SG Estimated FG 1.012 SG
Recipe Bitterness 34.8 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.646        
Recipe Color 5.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.053    Measured FG:   1.012 
ADF:   77    Measured ABV:    5.4%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash 60.0 mins) Water Agent 1 -
12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 85.7 %
2 lbs Oats, Golden Naked (Simpsons) (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 14.3 %
0.500 oz Magnum [12.70 %] - First Wort 60.0 min Hop 4 23.6 IBUs
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 -
1.000 oz Galena [12.50 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 6 11.2 IBUs
1.000 oz Dave's Hops [4.50 %] - Boil 0.0 min Hop 7 0.0 IBUs
1.0 pkg Bohemian Lager (Wyeast Labs #2124) [124.21 ml] Yeast 8 -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 17.50 qt of water at 159.1 F 148.0 F 75 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (4.53gal, 1.53gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
NOTE: I have no idea what type of hop's Dave gave me. He harvested them from his yard.
Make a starter a day or two before brew day.
10g 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   (1.045 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.75 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
01/26/2020 esheppy
Successful brew day. 1.053 og. Chilling to 50 now. Did use some sugar to hit the og.
01/27/2020 esheppy
Fermenting in the garage. 50 degrees 1.050.
01/28/2020 esheppy
1.049. 49 degrees
01/29/2020 esheppy
1.030. 51 degrees.
01/30/2020 esheppy
Last night when tilt read 1.025 and 51 degrees, I moved fermentor from garage to basement. The garage temp has been perfect so far. Wish I could count on this constant range. 52 to 49 without anything more than ambient cooling.
01/30/2020 esheppy
7am 1.022 at 59 degrees. 5pm 1.014 64 degrees. Nicely bubbling.
01/31/2020 esheppy
Down to 1.010 gravity at 66F. Still bubbling pretty good so it will fall a few more points. Already lower than expected. Can't wait to see how this turns out.
02/03/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.003 and 65. Not much bubbling, and I assume this beer is pretty much done.
02/08/2020 esheppy
Kegged. 1.012 FG makes this a 5.4% ABV Beer. A bit hazy. Very tasty. Not sure how much I'm getting from Dave's hops and how much I'm getting from Galena hops. Not sure it matters. Chilling the beer now. Will probably add gelatin to help clarify.
02/09/2020 esheppy
Beer is chilled. Tried a pint. Not at all carbonated. Still outside in the cold under high pressure. IPL - like flavor. Quite a bit hazy.
02/09/2020 esheppy
Drank some lower carbonated. At night, added gelatin. See how that goes.
02/11/2020 esheppy
Brought inside and put in kegerator. Slushy. Set at 15 psi.
02/16/2020 esheppy
Fairly clear now. Been drinking this a lot. Might not last very long.
02/22/2020 esheppy
Finally took photo for page. Tasting really good. Nice color and clarity.
02/28/2020 esheppy
Really looking clear. Should probably take another picture.
03/28/2020 esheppy
The clarity is great. The hops flavor has certainly dropped some, but I feel like the wild hop flavor might be shining through a bit more now. Nice tasting beer. At some point, I'd like to try this recipe without the Dave hops.
03/29/2020 esheppy
Killed the keg today. Luckily, I have another beer ready to take its place.
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