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.”

BREW IT

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

Malts:
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:
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.

Hops:
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.

Fermentation:
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.

Whistlestop Chili Steam

Layger Brewhaus Beer Label - Whistlestop Chili SteamA Layger Brewhaus Original Recipe

Longtime Layger Brewfriends may recognize this mashup between Steampunk Lager and Flamin’ Mamie Chili Honey Pilsner from Oktobertheseventhfest Part Drei in 2008. Whistlestop drinks smooth and spicy like Steampunk yet ratchets up the heat in the back of the mouth. Get steamed!

Recipe has hopped on the last train to Mexico…

Steampunk Lager

Layger Brewhaus Beer Label - Steampunk LagerBeer Beta:

Style: California Common (aka “steam lager”)
Malts: pale malt extract, 80L English crystal malt
Hops: Northern Brewer
Yeast: California lager
Other: Irish moss

Anachronic Tonic

Questions? Ask the Brewer: Jon

Octobertheseventhfest comments:

“Smooth lager with mild hopness overtones. Like the name invokes, this brew has a wonderful brass coloring that compliments its almost pale ale finish. Certainly an excellent creation.”—Greg

“An ode to the future, but equally the past. Refreshing and light but the complexity is vast. I’d enjoy this everyday making love with my mouth. But after this poem I think I’ll run south.”—Ben W.

BREW IT

This rendition based on the Big Brew ’03 Steam California Common Lager available at What’s Brewin’ in Boulder, CO

Overview:
this is a California steam lager, refreshing and clean, some ale-like fruitiness
light body, medium hoppiness, pale color
makes 5 gals

Ingredients:
7 lbs pale extract
1 lbs 80L English Crystal malt
9.3 HBU Northern Brewer hops (bittering) (HBU = ounces x alpha acid %)
.5 oz Northern Brewer hops (flavor)
1 tsp Irish Moss
.5 oz Northern Brewer hops (aroma)
Wyeast 2112 California lager or White Labs California lager

Instructions:
1. heat 2 gals water to 165 deg F, remove from heat
2. put cracked grains in grain bag and steep 20 mins
3. remove grain bag, sparge, discard
4. return to boil then remove from heat
5. add 9.3 HBU Northern Brewer hops, return to boil
6. boil for 30 mins
7. add .5 oz Northern Brewer hops and Irish Moss
8. boil for 15 more mins
9. at end of boil, add .5 oz Northern Brewer hops
10. ice bath for 30 mins
11. transfer to FERMENTOR bucket and top off with cold water from sink sprayhose to 5 gals
12. when wort has cooled to 70 deg F, add yeast and stir well
13. ferment between 58 and 62 deg F