I have a get together with friends most Thursday nights (I have mentioned this before – I even brewed TNBC One for the group). We call it the Thursday Night Beer Club (TNBC). During TNBC, especially when there is a full group and after a few beers, our conversations may cover a wide range of topics. What do you expect from a bunch of buzzed guys winding down the week. Somehow, someway the conversation went to the dark side. Rich was on a roll with part of a sentence ending in “she doesn’t sweat much for a fat girl.”
Of course we all laughed. I immediately stated that I had to make a beer with that name: She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl. I even created a place holder in beersmith so I wouldn’t lose the name.
Coming up with a home brew recipe for a beer with that name seemed easy: make a big, juicy north east IPA. The recipe below was inspired by the vision of a bunch of morons.
Home Brewing For She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl
There was a major mistake while brewing this beer: missing my gravity by 20 points. I figure this will come out in bitterness. When I start tasting, I will find out for sure.
While writing this blog entry, thinking through my process and rereading my notes, I realized there was another issue: raising fermentation temperatures from ~61*F t ~66*F in less than 12 hours. I think that puts a lot of stress on the yeast. I use a heat blanket made for heating plant roots. The lowest temperature is 68*F on the blanket. It might be time to look into and invest in heating options that starts in the high 50s/low 60s. allowing me to bump up it up a degree at a time. Enjoy!
Recipe for For She Doesn’t Sweat Much For A Fat Girl
Brew Date: Saturday, April 15, 2017
Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: S-04, not hydrated
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.50
Original Gravity: 1.070
Finishing Gravity: 1.008
Color: 5.2 SRM
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70%
Alcohol by Volume: 8.14%
Primary Fermentation: 10 days @68*F
7.00 pounds Pilsner
7.00 pounds Maris Otter
1.00 pounds Oats
1.00 pounds Red Wheat
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @ first wort
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @ first wort
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @20 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @15 minutes
1.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @10 minutes
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @5 minutes
3.00 ounces 2016 Rakau @whirlpool for 25 minutes
2.00 ounces 2015 Azacca @whirlpool for 25 minutes
4.00 ounces 2016 Wakatu @4 day dry hop
1.00 ounces 2016 Rakau @4 day dry hop
1.00 ounces 2016 Mandarina Bavaria @4 day dry hop
1.0 tsp Irish Moss @15 minutes
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient @15 minutes
1.0 pounds table sugar @15 minutes
3.0 quarts of rice hulls
~6.0 gallons of reverse osmosis water used
- 2017-04-16 (morning): @62.3*F, added S-04 yeast.
- 2017-04-16 (evening): @62.3*F, fermentation slowly starting.
- 2017-04-17 (morning): @61.1*F, slow fermentation, added heat blanket @68*F.
- 2017-04-17 (evening): @66.6*F, great fermentation.
- 2017-04-18: @66.0*F, great fermentation continues.
- 2017-04-19: slowing fermentation, added dry hops.
- 2017-04-22: added to freezer set @37.0*F.
- 2017-04-23: Bottled with 3.50 ounces of priming sugar and 2.0 cups of water. 25, 22 ounce bottles. Bottle crown label: FAT.
- 2017-05-11: Tasted.
Useless Fact: Dolphins and whales squeal to express delight.