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Lithuanian Strong Pale Ale

Brewed: 08/23/2020   Kegged: 08/27/2020

Late summer of 2020, I had been playing around with a Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast that I got from Great Frontier brewing company.


The yeast is sort of amazing. It ferments hot and quick. I fermented high 80's / low 90's for a couple of days and kegged on day 4 or 5 after brew day.

Even at these high temperatures, the flavor is fairly clean, but it does impart some peppery and citrus fruit esters. It has really produced some nicely flavored beers.

I noted that I thought the citrus fruit of the yeast would compliment citrus hops. Earlier in 2020, I had brewed a homebrew version of Colorado Strong, which had lots of cascade and centennial hops in it.

I decided to try that recipe with this farmhouse yeast.

For more about Colorado Strong, see Sheppy's Blog: Colorado Strong

For more about the Lithuanian Farmhouse, see Sheppy's Blog: Lithuanian Farmhouse

Lithuanian Strong Pale Ale --- Batch 1

Style American Pale Ale 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 1.055 SG Estimated FG 1.009 SG
Recipe Bitterness 41.1 IBUs (Rager) Alcohol by Volume 6.2 %
BU : GU   0.741        
Recipe Color 4.5 SRM
Measured OG:   1.053   Measured FG:   1.006 
ADF:   88    Measured ABV:   6.2 


Amt Name Type # %/IBU Volume
12.00 g Gypsum (Calcium Sulfate) (Mash) Water Agent 1 - -
11 lbs Root Shoot Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 84.6 % 0.86 gal
1 lbs Root Shoot Munich Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3 7.7 % 0.08 gal
1 lbs Root Shoot White Wheat Malt (2.4 SRM) Grain 4 7.7 % 0.08 gal
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Boil 40.0 min Hop 5 24.8 IBUs -
1.00 Items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 10.0 mins) Fining 6 - -
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 7 - -
1.000 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 8 3.9 IBUs -
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 9 6.0 IBUs -
0.500 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [18.00 %] - Steep/Whirlpool 15.0 min, 194.4 F Hop 10 6.5 IBUs -
1.0 pkg Lithuanian Farmhouse (SheppyBrew #) Yeast 11 - -
1.000 oz Cascade [5.40 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs -
1.000 oz Centennial [8.30 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 13 0.0 IBUs -

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Mash In Add 16.25 qt of water at 163.7 F 152.0 F 60 min

Batch sparge with 2 steps (Drain mash tun , 5.73gal) of 168.0 F water

Recipe Notes
My homebrew version of Colorado Strong brewed with Lithuanian Farmhouse yeast.
Clone of the collaboration beer many of the Colorado breweries are making to help Colorado Strong Fund and will be allocated directly to provide assistance to healthcare, hospitality, service industry, and gig economy workers across the state.
Ingredients should be from Colorado suppliers where possible.
12g gypsum results in:
Make starter a day or two before.
Brew as directed. Cool to as close to 60 as possible. Ferment in 60's for a week. Add first half of dry hops. Let ferment another week at room temp.
Keg. Remainder of dry hops added to keg.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:   Strike Temp:  
Mash Temps:  
Pre-boil OG   (1.046 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (8.23 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency   Pitch Temp    
Day 1: 
Day ... 
Day ... 

Brewing Notes:
08/21/2020 esheppy
Bought ingredients today. Planning to brew on Sunday.
08/22/2020 esheppy
Started a starter.
08/23/2020 esheppy
Brew day went well. 1.053 OG a bit low, but not enough to bother me. Pitched at 78. Letting her rip. Will dry hop tomorrow. Split off a pint of the starter for a future batch.
08/24/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.036 at 84. Added in a little more than half the dry hops.
08/25/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.012 at 85 degrees. Still bubbling, butI expect this will be done fermenting today.
08/26/2020 esheppy
Tilt says 1.004 at 84. Still some bubbling, so I'll leave in garage for now.
08/26/2020 esheppy
Tilt at 1.004 all day. 87. Took inside from garage. Will probably keg tomorrow.
08/27/2020 esheppy
Kegged. 1.006. Chilling in beer fridge under pressure.
08/30/2020 esheppy
Added rest of dry hops to keg. Another shot of CO2. Sample nice and hoppy. Perhaps a bit like a brut, but good. Needs more carbonation.
09/03/2020 esheppy
Certainly not the same as my original Colorado strong. Drier. The hops pop more. The yeast flavor factors in. I don't think it is as good as co strong, but tasty enough to enjoy.
10/11/2020 esheppy
Keg blew tonight. This was a nice beer to have on tap. Not sure I'm ready for it to be gone.
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