Wednesday, May 20, 2020

T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager (batch 256)

In this whole environment with COVID Shelter-in-Place, I find myself brewing a lot.

But, after having a huge amount of inventory earlier in the year, I took a month off. I found myself running a little low.

Now, I have quite a bit of beer, but I still find myself wanting to brew.

So I do.

At some point I'll have to figure out how to drink all this beer or find out ways to give it away.

One way to smooth out my pipeline is to brew something that might take little longer to brew.

For example ... a lager.

This past weekend ... I brewed ...

The last time I brewed this beer, I had an infection pop up on it, and decided to dump the beer. So even though this is the 2nd time I've brewed it ... this will be my first time actually making it drinkable as designed.

When I think of a light Mexican Lager, I think of Corona. T.Ra.Sh. Light Mexican Lager isn't Corona at all.

It is a 5% ABV beer, which isn't huge, but is bigger than you would expect from a "light Mexican lager".

It is also all malt and should have a decent hop presence. I think it will be slightly darker in color as well.

Not Corona at all. Really, "light" is a comparison with the original T.Ra.Sh. Mexican Lager.

Anyway ... I brewed this Sunday. I got started a little late for me. My mash and boil were a bit longer than usual, so I wasn't done as quickly as my normal either.

But ... still mostly at home ... what else am I going to do all day on a Sunday? (BBQ / Bike rides / Church / Corn hole .... )

The mash was fine. My pre-boil gravity was a little high, so I diluted. 

The boil way pretty much uneventful. My OG was right on plan.

Since this is a lager, I had to chill it more than my usual beer, so that took awhile. I got it into the 60's and then transferred to my Anvil Fermentor.

I used the Anvil Cooling System to get the wort down into the 50's.

I pitched at about 55 degrees and continued to chill to about 51 or 52.

As I type this, the fermentation has taken off. Tilt says 53 degrees. The Anvil controller says 52.

I'm switching out ice bottles every few hours to keep my cooling water cold. Seems to be working so far.

I'll be sure to let you know how it turns out. If you're in the neighborhood and will to take the risk to get close to me, maybe you should drop by and help me drink it.

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Take care and be healthy everyone.

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