For whatever reason ... I've been into Craft American Lagers recently. It seems to be a trend ... and I am following along.
Last time I brewed Jethro Bud Nelson, I didn't get to drink much of it. I took the beer to a family vacation at the Lake of the Ozarks and the family there finished off the keg in a couple of days.
So ... I knew I was going to brew it again sooner rather than later.
As I was Drinking my Merican Lite Lager, I noted that it would be great to have it on tap at the same time as my "Merican Premium Lager" ....
Last Saturday, I kegged the Jethro Bud Nelson, and last Sunday I brewed Mr. Awesome, so I should get the chance to try these two beers side-by-side.
As usual, I prepared my brewing water the night before and set the Foundry to heat up the water while I was sleeping.
Up around 4:30 AM, I started my mash.
Brew day was pretty typical. Mashed for around 90 minutes. Drained the wort. Started the boil. Added ingredients at the proper times.
The recipe I use for this beer is modeled after the information available for the New Belgium's Beer "Mountain Time Premium Lager".
Pale malt. Lager Yeast. Nugget, Willamette, and Cascade hops. Around 4.4% ABV.
To keep the bitterness down in the BJCP American Lager range, the recipe calls for the "bittering" hops to be added around the 10 minute mark. Then, since I don't really want to break up ounce bags of hops, I add 2 ounces of flavoring hops.
So, this beer has 2.5oz of hops in the "flavoring / aroma" time ranges, resulting in a beer that is probably too hoppy to actually fit in the American Lager category.
But it is my beer and that is how I wanted to make it.
I was chilling the wort around 8:00 am, and had the beer in the fermentor before 8:45. I pitched harvested yeast from that Jethro Bud Nelson batch.
The airlock was bubbling Monday some time. I was expecting it to start a bit faster with the harvested yeast, but that's ok.
Typical of my lager beers, I fermented cold for the first 5 days or so. I'm letting it go to ambient temperature to finish off another week.
I should keg it this weekend or early next week.
And then ... I'll have both Mr. Awesome and Jethro Bud Nelson on tap at the same time. Stay tuned for a comparison blog post on these two beers.
I can't wait. Can you?
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