We met in college at Bradley University in Central Illinois when she was 20 years old.
Her parents were a tad over-protective of their daughter, and they didn't really like me much. Luckily, they lived about 3 hours from the University.
One weekend, they were down visiting, and the future Beer Model thought it best that we avoid each other.
So, even then, I knew that I must obey this woman.
I disguised myself in sunglasses, a big floppy hat, and a flannel shirt. I instructed my friends not to call me Shep or Sheppy or Shepardieux while her parents were there.
Instead, they called me Jethro. Jethro Bud Nelson was my alias.
I survived the weekend, and while the Beer Model's parents still don't consider me good enough for their daughter, they've pretty much accepted me now.
Maybe because I brew beer.
I've been thinking about brewing a beer even lighter than the Mr. Awesome Merican Lager that I brewed last October.
When I designed the recipe ... I thought name Jethro Bud Nelson would make a great name for a lite lager. And so ... I called the beer:
I brewed it yesterday. As usual, I prepared the water the night before and when I got up Sunday morning, the strike water was ready to go.
I was up a bit earlier than usual, and mashed in before 4:30.
I went back to bed, but was unable to get back to sleep. I read a little and then got back up a little later.
The mash and boil went fine. The pre-boil gravity was a bit low, and I added a little table sugar to bring the gravity up a bit.
The OG was at 1.041, which is just a tad higher than planned. I got the beer chilled and the yeast pitched before 9AM.
I was cleaned up before 9:30. Considering I was up at 4am ... that is a little later than it really should have taken, but oh well ...
The beer is fermenting now. I am real interested in finding out how this beer turns out.
Stay tuned and you'll find out shortly after I do.
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