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Galena Dave's Pale Lager

Brewed: 09/13/2020   Kegged: 09/24/2020

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 wasn't sure how much that Dave's hops will come through in the hop profile. Not a whole lot really, but there was an little earthy character ... sort of like fuggle hops that came through.

It was good enough that the next year, I had Dave send me another batch of hops. The second batch was fresher.

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

Galena Dave's Pale Lager --- Batch 2

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 34.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 5.5 %
BU : GU   0.647        
Recipe Color 5.1 SRM
Measured OG:   1.054    Measured FG:   1.011 
ADF:   79.6    Measured ABV:   5.7 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
10.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 1 - -
12 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 85.7 % 0.94 gal
2 lbs Oats, Golden Naked (Simpsons) (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 14.3 % 0.16 gal
0.500 oz Galena [15.20 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 4 19.5 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 5 - -
1.500 oz Galena [15.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min Hop 6 15.4 IBUs -
6.000 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 ... 

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Brewing Notes:
09/08/2020 esheppy
Should be getting Dave's hops today via USPS. Ordered the rest of the ingredients. Should brew this weekend.
09/13/2020 esheppy
About 8 oz of Dave's hops. That's a lot.
09/13/2020 esheppy
Brew day went well. Into fermentor around 9. Cleaned up shortly after. Pitched 9:45 at 59 tilt and 53 anvil. OG right at expected 1.054.
09/14/2020 esheppy
Started bubbling sometime overnight. Tilt says 1.049 at 51 degrees. Raising anvil controller to 52.
09/15/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.042 at 52. Setting Anvil to 53.
09/15/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.035 at 55. Apparently, I forgot to change out ice bottles today. That's ok, moved the set point to 55.
09/16/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.028 at 55. Still bubbling pretty good.
09/17/2020 esheppy
Forgot to switch out ice bottles last night and the temperature was 58 this morning. That is ok since I was planning on turning off temperature control completely tomorrow. For now, set the controller to 58. 1.021. Still bubbling.
09/18/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.011 at 61 degrees. Forgot to switch water bottles again last night, but was going to turn off temp control anyway.
09/23/2020 esheppy
Tilt saus 1.004 at 69.
09/23/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.004 at 69. Can keg this anytime.
09/24/2020 esheppy
Took a gravity sample. 1.011 FG. Nice fruity hop flavor. Maybe a bit of earthy aroma that doesnt come through in the taste. Pale gold color. Not clear.
09/24/2020 esheppy
Kegged in the torpedo. Put into the Pancho cooler.
09/27/2020 esheppy
Got a decent amount of ice in the keg cooler. Added gelatin.
09/30/2020 esheppy
So ... I like this beer, but I think I'd like it more without the wild hops. Sort of wish I had two batches one with one without to compare to make sure I know what I'm getting from Dave's hops. Clarity is improving, but still not crystal clear. Carbonation is about perfect.
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