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Sin Lima Mexican Lager

Brewed: 02/21/2021   Kegged: 03/06/2021

The SheppyBrew Brew Master published a blog article in 2014 in which he publicly declared Bud Light Lime one of the "9 Beers I don't Drink".
I'm not totally against lime. I'm not totally against Bud Light. For some reason, I HATE Bud Light Lime. Or at least I did last time I tried it.

Does it exist anymore?

"Bud Light Lime. To be honest, I don't know what it is about Bud Light Lime. I am not against lime. I am not even totally against lime in beer. I am not completely anti-Bud Light. There is just something disgusting about Bud Light Lime to me. I've tried it. I won't make that mistake again."

In 2015 ... I posted an April Fools' Day post: SheppyBrew Going Professional. One of the flagship brews of my fictional brewery was going to be "Bud Light Lime" ... which would actually be Wetta Blonde Ale

No limes.

At some point in the summer of 2020, I thought I'd resurrect the name, and brew a Bud Light Lime. 

No limes.

Light colored. Fairly light in body (for a homebrew). I wanted a fair amount of Saaz hop flavor ... which might be mistaken for lime if you had a beer called "Bud Light Lime" biasing drinkers to look for a lime flavor.

About this time, I bought a Anvil Foundry brewing system. This was my first recipe in the new system.

After brewing it once, the name didn't amuse me as much, so I decided to call it something else. 

Since it was a Mexican Lager, I decided to go with a Spanish name. Since it had no limes, I went with "Sin Lima", which google translate tells me is "Without Lime". Sounds pretty good to me.

For more information on Anvil Foundry, see Sheppy's Blog: Anvil.

For more information on Bud Light Lime, see Sheppy's Blog: Bud Lite Lime.

For more information about Sin Lima, see Sheppy's Blog: Sin Lima.

Sin Lima Mexican Lager --- Batch 2

Style International Pale Lager Batch Size 6.00 gal
Type All Grain Boil Size   7.09 gal
Brewhouse Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   60 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity 1.043 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 19.9 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 4.5 %
BU : GU   0.460        
Recipe Color 3.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.042    Measured FG:    1.009
ADF:  78   Measured ABV:    4.3


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
8.86 gal Denver, Colorado Water 1 - -
5.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 2 - -
3.00 g Calcium Chloride (Mash) Water Agent 3 - -
2.00 g Epsom Salt (MgSO4) (Mash) Water Agent 4 - -
9 lbs Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 5 90.0 % 0.70 gal
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 6 10.0 % 0.08 gal
1.000 oz Perle [8.90 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 17.7 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 2.3 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Mexican Lager (White Labs #WLP940) [35.49 ml] Yeast 10 - -
1.000 oz Saaz [3.50 %] - Dry Hop 14.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs -
0.50 tsp Gelatin (Bottling 1.0 days) Fining 12 - -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.31 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
Formerly known as Bud Lite Lime, but I decided to change the name.
No actual limes are harmed in this beer.
Make 1.4 liter (6 cups) yeast starter a day before brew day.
Brewing salts 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.
Add dry hops to the fermentor before pitching yeast.
Ferment in 50's for about 5 days, 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   (7.09 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

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Brewing Notes:
02/14/2021 esheppy
Same recipe .. but renaming to Sin Lima.
02/15/2021 esheppy
Bought ingredients yesterday. Spilled some grain when milling. I think I got most of it scooped up and into the bag.
02/20/2021 esheppy
Made 6 cup starter. Will brew tomorrow.
02/21/2021 esheppy
Brew day started at 4:30. Went well. Pretty much done by 8:30. 1.042 OG. Fermentor in garage to start. Pitched at 52 degrees.
02/22/2021 esheppy
Bubbling this morning. Tilt says 1.036 at 52. Turned up the controller to match the 52. I also added more water to cooler.
02/23/2021 esheppy
1.029. 52. Bubbling strong. Bumped temp up to 53.
02/24/2021 esheppy
Bubbling a little slower. Tilt says 1.018 at 53f. Anvil controller temp matches. Bumping up a three to 54.
02/25/2021 esheppy
Bubbling even lighter. Tilt says 1.017 at 54. Bumping up the temp to 55.
02/26/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.015 at 55. Still bubbling a little. Bumping up a degree now. Will do it one more time later today if I remember. The controller still says 54, so maybe rising the temp won't really do anything. We'll see.
02/27/2021 esheppy
Tilt says 1.013 at 57. Turned up controller to 62, but will probably just unplug by the end of the day.
02/27/2021 esheppy
At 5:15pm ... 1.013 62 ... I unplugged the cooling pump.
03/06/2021 esheppy
Kegged. Plus a bit extra for my current Franken-beer jug. 1.009 FG (matched the plan). Sample tastes how I remember this beer is supposed to. Not sure I got extra Saaz flavor out of the fermenter hops. Chilling in the beer fridge. Will probably add gelatin tomorrow.
03/07/2021 esheppy
Added in .5 tsp gelatin dissolved in .5 cup water. Spilled some. Oh well. Chilling in beer fridge. Gave a shot of co2.
03/08/2021 esheppy
Brew day for Galena Dave's, I decided to try a pint. Obviously not carbed yet, and still hazy. But the flavor is right on.
03/11/2021 esheppy
Keep giving keg shots of CO2. I'm wondering if I have a leak, because it seems like I'm adding more gas than I feel like I should.
03/11/2021 esheppy
Poured a pint. Carbonation is pretty close. Clarity is getting better, but still needs a bit more time. The color seems more golden than the paler yellow from last batch.
03/14/2021 esheppy
Clarity pretty good now. Great carbonation. Delicious beer.
03/26/2021 esheppy
This is a great beer.
04/15/2021 esheppy
Nice clear beer. So yummy.
04/23/2021 esheppy
Compared with Mexican Logger. For some reason this is now hazy again. Not as crisp as Ska's. Not as much sulfur. Darker in color. Hop flavor is about the same. I think I need to brew this again before Mexican Logger season ends. Might add in some flaked corn. Watch the mash pH as well.
04/25/2021 esheppy
Killed the keg right after that comparison pint. Need to brew this up again.
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