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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Recipe: Diggin' Up A Date Beer 2017

It's August in the South. The humidity is unbearable and it is close to 90F even at night but you still need a date. When you walk your self down to the grave yard with a shovel in your hand you know you have alot of digging to do. You might need to dig a few holes before you find a date you like. The rigors of the task are exhausting and you need to stay hydrated. A nice crisp lager that won't put you in a hole too is what you really need.
Diggin' Up A Date Beer 2017 is an International Pale Lager that is classified as category 2B by the BJCP. The style is similar to an American lager but slightly more robust and flavorful. Here is our version of the classic style:

10 lbs Brewers Malt 2-Row
8.0 oz Vienna Malt
8.0 oz Wheat - Red Malt
0.50 oz Mandarina Bavaria [8.50 %] - Boil 45.0 min
1.00 oz Huell Melon [7.20 %] - Boil 10.0 min
0.50 oz Mandarina Bavaria [8.50 %] - Boil 10.0 min
1.00 oz Huell Melon [7.20 %] - Whirlpool for 30 minutes at 170F
1.00 oz Mandarina Bavaria [8.50 %] - Whirlpool for 30 minutes at 170F
1.0 pkg SafLager West European Lager (DCL/Fermentis #S-23)
This is the basic recipe. If you would like the full recipe that includes water treatment, yeast nutrient, etc message HopHead Hardware on Facebook or Twitter.

Mash: Single Infusion, Light Body with a step temperature of 148F
This photo does not do the clarity justice.
You could read a book through this beer.

Batch Size: 6 gallons
Target OG: 1.047 SG
Estimated FG: 1.009 SG
IBU: 27.5
Color: 3.5 SRM

Ferment using Saflager S-23 at 62F and ramp up to 70 for a diacetyl rest and then cold crash before bottling.

Estimated Bottling Volume: 5.5 gallons
Carbonate to 2.5 Volumes of CO2

So What Does It Taste Like?
The body on this beer is very light but not so light that a craft beer drinker will feel like they are drinking water. It is very clean on the palate with slight notes of citrus and melon. It is incredibly balanced with a noticeable but faint breadiness. This is a beer that you drink while mowing the grass in the hottest part of the year. This is a beer that craft beer drinkers can enjoy and macro crap drinkers will like and not be intimidated by. Just think of a run-of-the-mill American lager that is actually tasty.

UPDATE: This beer placed silver in its category in competition. We are very happy about that as this was our first competition beer.