Elvis Special Bitter

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FEST QUOTES: “Love me tender, love me true. Sweet and tasty, this beer’s for you!”

“Sort of like there is a special place in hell for people who talk in theaters, this has a special place on the bitter palate. Kind of like how bitter you would feel if you died on a toilet. Then again it would balance well with some peanut butter and bananas.”


Elvis Special Bitter
Based on ESB 1.1, Extra Special/Strong Bitter (English Pale Ale) from BeerSmith

Brewed by Layger Brewhaus March 15, 2016

All Grain
5.5 gallon batch
Boil size: 8 gals
Boil time: 70 min
End of boil volume: 6.5 gals
Final bottling: 5 gals
Est. alcohol by volume: 5-7%


8 gals water
3 grams gypsum
2.5 grams calcium chloride
1.5 grams chalk
1.2 grams salt
.5 grams epsom salt

11 lbs pale malt base grains
1 lbs 9 oz crystal 150

.5 oz Challenger hops (bittering, 60 min boil)
.5 oz Target hops (bittering, 60 min boil)
.35 oz East Kent Goldings hops (flavoring, 15 min boil)
.2 oz Challenger hops (flavoring, 15 min boil)

White Labs #WLP013 London Ale yeast

Heat 8 gals water to 170 deg F.
Maintain step temp of 152 deg F for 60 min.
Fly sparge water: 2 gals at 168 deg F
Keg at 12.5 psi, 2.3 volumes of CO2, 45 deg F

Samantha’s Abduction IPA

Layger Brewhaus Samanthas Abduction IPA 800x667PROPERTIES AND CHARACTERISTICS: Hoppy haze topped with a thick, creamy head of fine bubbles and emanating a citrusy, flowery aroma. Apricot nose. Sweet, chewy, satisfying body. Boldly reverberating, mouth-watering finish. Blunts human senses. 40 percent sweet, 60 percent bitter.

FEST QUOTES: “Piney smell. Really good. No malt, nice thin body. Good bitterness. Grapefruit finish lingering. Liking this beer better and better.”

“I’m a sucker for the Citra Pucker!”


Samantha’s Abduction brewed by Layger Brewhaus September, 2017
Based on Citra Double IPA (Imperial IPA) from Can You Brew It Podcast

All Grain
Batch size 5.75 gals
Boil size 6.5 gals
Boil time 60 min
End of boil volume 6 gals
Final bottling 6 gals

Goal flavor: Double IPA with very complex malt flavors that are well matched by very tropical and fruity aromas and flavors from the large additions of Citra hops. Great head retention and clarity. Liked by many that don’t like IPA’s, loved by those that do.

Actual flavor: 

Prepare a yeast starter

8.5 gals water

13 lbs 2-row pale malt base grains
12 oz carapils/dextrine
12 oz caramel/crystal malt
12 oz munich malt
6 oz honey malt
6 oz white wheat malt

Heat 5 gals water to 159 deg F.
Mash grains in 5 gals water at 148 deg F for 60 min.
Batch sparge with 3 gals at 168 deg F.
Add water to reach 6.5 gals for boil.

1 oz Nugget bittering, boil 60 min
.75 oz Citra bittering, boil 30 min
1 whirlfloc tablet, boil 15 min
.75 oz Citra flavor, boil 15 min
.75 oz Citra flavor, boil 10 min
.75 oz Citra aroma, boil 5 min

White Labs #WLP001 California Ale yeast

Primary for about a week. Secondary for three weeks.

1.25 oz Citra, 12 days
.5 Amarillo Gold, 12 days
.75 oz Citra, 9 days
1 oz Amarillo Gold, 6 days
1.25 oz Citra, 3 days

Keg at 9 PSI

Soursquatch Uncommon Grapefruit Steam Lager

Layger Brewhaus Soursquatch Uncommon Grapefruit Steam Lager label 800x667A Layger Brewhaus Original Recipe

Brewed March, 2016

OBJECTIVE: Moderately malty with toasty and caramel malt flavor. Earthy, spicy, with citrusy hop bite. Dry, crisp, and grainy finish. Aroma of grapefruit. No added acid, sourness, or tartness from fruit.

ACTUAL OUTCOME: Amazing grapefruit aroma before sipping, great nose. Sourness of the grapefruit peel clobbers you from behind. 3 months in captivity mellowed the beast somewhat. Too sour. If you attempt to brew this recipe, zest the grapefruit but do not add the peel!

FEST QUOTES: “Drinking this beer reminds me of this time I was walking through the forest and it was sort of dark. I tripped on a branch and fell face first into a grapefruit someone glued animal fur to. My teeth scraped off the peel and then I accidentally chewed on it for awhile. The fur tickled my tongue just like the bubbles in this beer. If you like grapefruit, and especially the rind, this beer is for you. If you are more of an orange juice kinda guy or gal… a squeeze of that to balance this flavor would bring it to a really good place for me.”

“Nice, light body. Citric pith a bit bitter. We see you now, Soursquatch.”


AKA: Soursquatch California Uncommon, French Mouse Pamplemousse, Steamy Pamplemousse, BitterBomb

½ cup DME (for yeast starter)
6 lbs Pale liquid malt extract
1 lbs Victory (aka Biscuit)
8 oz Crystal 40
8 oz Crystal 20
8 oz Caramunich

yeast nutrient (for yeast starter)
Wyeast 2112 California Lager (Temperature Range: 58-68° F)
Start the yeast starter on Thursday evening before brewing on Saturday evening.

Bittering hops: 1 oz Northern Brewer (aka Hallertau NB) (1 hour) – woody flavor
Finishing hops: ½ oz Cascade or Centennial (15 min) – citrusy, floral, spicy flavor
Aroma hops: ½ oz Goldings (Kent/UK/US) (5 min) – spicy/earthy aroma
Dry hops: 1 oz Goldings (Kent/UK/US) (7 days) – spicy/earthy aroma

Adjuncts: Five grapefruit to add at dry hop

Mash: (total boil time 80 min)
1. Heat 3 gals water to 165 degrees.
2. Add grains and steep 30 min at 152-156 degrees. Sparge with hot water (up to 170 degrees).
3. Stir in liquid malt extract and bring to a boil.
4. Add bittering hops and boil 60 min.
5. Add finishing hops and boil 15 min.
6. Add aroma hops and boil 5 min.
7. Cool wort to yeast pitch temp on the yeast package.

Primary fermentation: 18 days at 62 degrees, 2-3 days at 67 (diacetyl rest)
Secondary fermentation: Drop temp 5 degrees per day to 42-45 degrees. Lager for 5 1/2 weeks before dry hopping.

Dry hop:
Begin dry hopping at the beginning of the last lagering week.
Zest five grapefruit. Then slice remaining grapefruit rind into 1” x 2” strips.
Add 1 oz dry hops and grapefruit zest and peel to a nylon bag and soak in carboy for 7 days. Stir once daily. Remove after 7 days. Lager 3 more weeks then keg.

Kennedy’s Coppertop Ale

Coppertop-Kennedy-Label_800x667A Layger Brewhaus Original Recipe

Always soused by light cream head. Sweet nose followed by a light, watery mouthfeel. Toasty notes. Very #. Pleasantly bitter, leathery finish with light, iced-tea tannins.

The Other Presidential Vice

Coppertop Kennedy was Dave’s first all-grain recipe.

FEST QUOTES: “Ask not what your beer can do for you, ask what you can do for this beer! If the missiles come falling this day, I’d be happy to have this find beer in my hand.”

“A presidentially authoritative beer. Conspiratorially seductive.”


Brew night: Sep 17, 2017
All-grain recipe: 5-6 gallons batch size
9 lbs domestic 2-row pale malt
1 lbs Munich malt
4 oz Victory malt
4 oz aromatic malt
2 oz chocolate malt
1 oz black malt
1 oz roasted barley

1 tsp Irish moss
¼ tsp calcium chloride

½ oz Northern Brewer at 60 min
¼ oz Fuggles at 10 min
¼ oz Fuggles at 5 min

Yeast: White Labs WLP001 California Ale

Heat 4 gals water to 163 F.
Add calcium chloride.
Mash grains at 152 F for 60 min. // 120 min
Sparge at 168 F.
Collect 6 gals of wort and bring to boil. // 6 ½ gals
Add ½ Northern Brewer hops and boil 60 min.
15 min left: add Irish moss
10 min left: ¼ oz Fuggles
5 min left: ¼ oz Fuggles

Cool wort to 70 F, aerate, and pitch yeast. Ferment at 68 F.
Let fermentation stop. Let beer settle for 2-3 days. Rack to secondary.
Kegged: Oct 17
Carbonate to 2.6 volumes of CO2.

// 1.042 OG
// 1.017 Rack = 3.41 alc so far
// 1.019 finishing gravity
= 3.02% alcohol by volume

Apple Pieder: Apple Pie Cider

A Layger Brewhaus Original Recipe

The goal taste profile for this cider was to bulk up the E+D’s Dry Apple Cider No. 41, which turned out too dry and had almost not body due partly to being watered down to hit the goal batch size. Dave also wanted to add some apple pie seasonings and spice in order to enjoy this cider during the late fall. To add some malty heft to this recipe, the solution was simple: add some malted grains!

The actual taste profile was good and fairly close to Dave’s intentions. The cider was a little too tart, so consider reducing the lemon ingredients. The cider had good body and a nice contribution of malt flavors. The cinnamon was present, but not strongly after almost a year in the keg. The nutmeg flavor faded fairly quickly over time in the keg.


Apple Pieder Apple Pie Cider
5 gal batch size (need a 6 ½ gal, wide mouth carboy), 6 weeks start to finish.


For brew night:
White Labs WLP775 English Cider Yeast, $9
1 ¼ tsp Wyeast Yeast Nutrient
6 quarts Santa Cruz Organic 100% Apple Juice (cloudy, not from concentrate, pasteurized, ascorbic acid) = $14
1 gal Tree Top Fresh Pressed 100% pure juice Honeycrisp Apple Juice (cloudy, not from concentrate, pasteurized, no additives) = $2.50
1 gal Tree Top Fresh Pressed 100% pure juice 3 Apple Blend (clear, not from concentrate, pasteurized, no additives) = $2.50
2 lbs dark brown sugar
1 lbs Crystal 60
8 oz Crystal 90
8 oz Munich Light
1 cinnamon stick
24 fl oz (2 cans) Tree Top frozen apple juice concentrate (12 fl oz is about 1 lb.)
1 gal distilled water = $1

For secondary:
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice
1 Tbsp vanilla
2 oranges
1 small lemon
8 oz raisins
8 oz dried plums
4 lbs of a variety of tart apples (cortland, granny smith, gala, mcintosh, honeycrisp, braeburn, jazz, golden delicious)


1-2 nights before brew night, make a yeast starter. Substitute apple juice for half of the water. Use light dry malt extract powder and yeast nutrient.

Make wort: Heat 1 gal tap water to 158 deg and steep grains for 60 min. Boil yeast nutrient 15 min. Heat 1 gallon sparge water to 180 deg, sparge grain tea.

On brew night, add to a 3 gallon or larger boil kettle and begin heating:
All the apple juice except the frozen concentrate.
2 lbs dark brown sugar (one pound sugar in a 5 gal batch = 1% more alcohol)

While the juice is heating, add 1 ¼ tsp yeast nutrient to 2-3 cups water and boil 10 min then add to the kettle. (1 ¼ tsp yeast nutrient for a 5 gal batch is more than the usual amount of yeast nutrient one would use for beer. Northern Brewer says this compensates for the lack of yeast nutrients in apple juice that are normally present in malt-based wort.)

Bring to 140 F and hold at 140 F for 15 minutes.

Remove from heat then add 2 lbs frozen apple juice concentrate (About 24 fluid ounces. This just adds sugar and helps cool the “wort”.)

Cool the wort to 80 degrees. Sanitize a carboy. Transfer the juice to the carboy. Top with enough distilled water to reach 6 gallons. Pitch the yeast starter.

Primary fermentation (1-2 weeks): Maintain your yeast’s preferred fermentation temperature until fermentation is under way, then drop temp to the low end of your yeast’s preferred temp range. WLP 775 English Cider Ale yeast’s preferred range is 68-75 degrees. Ferment to dry flavor, 1-2 weeks. If fermentation is slow or smells sulfurish, boil then add ½ tsp yeast nutrient every 24 hours until fermentation seems finished. Make sure to boil the yeast nutrient for 10 min before adding to the wort.

Secondary (4 weeks)

Boil some tap water for 15 minutes to sterilize, then remove from heat. Add these to the pot and cover for 15 minutes:
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp nutmeg
1 tsp allspice berries or ground allspice
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp vanilla

Needed for dry hop during secondary:
2 oranges
1 small lemon
8 oz raisins
8 oz dried plums
4 lbs of a variety of tart apples (cortland, granny smith, gala, mcintosh, honeycrisp, braeburn, jazz, golden delicious)

Pasteurize (by steaming for 20 minutes):
8 oz raisins
8 oz dried plums
Grain or hop bag
2 cinnamon sticks

4 lbs of a variety of tart apples (cortland, granny smith, gala, mcintosh, honeycrisp, braeburn, jazz, golden delicious).
2 oranges
1 lemon
Paring knife and cutting board.

Dice the apples, discarding the stems and bottoms. Zest the oranges and lemon. Add the apples, zest, raisins, plums, and cinnamon sticks to the grain or hop bag. Add all to carboy. The addition of the sugars in the apples, raisins, and plums will cause another small fermentation. Every few nights, stir the grain bag with a sanitized metal spoon to make sure all the “dry hop” ingredients are coming into contact with the cider.

With 1 week left in secondary, you can add 1 oz oak chips if you like. Just boil the chips for 15 minutes to sanitize and pour the oak chip water and chips directly into the carboy.


Removing the apples, raisins, and plums will drop the batch size back down to around 5 gallons. Do not top with water at this time! That will noticeably dilute your cider, making it watery. Keg as usual. Carbonate at around 12psi at 45 degrees for one week. Serve at 45-50 degrees.

Common cider adjuncts: brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg.
Less common cider adjuncts: all-spice, clove, cardamom, vanilla, orange, honey, molasses, raisins, dried plums, oak chips
Resources: cidersage.com, ciderschool.com, Northern Brewer cider pdf, http://drinks.seriouseats.com/2011/05/homebrewing-how-to-brew-with-spices.html