Thursday, June 10, 2010

Caribbean Lime Lager

Brewing: Caribbean Lime Lager
Features: clean, mellow and delicious (4.6% abv)
Price Range: $13.00

Overall Rating: Brewed On 12-Jun-2010

This smooth, mellow beer is slightly sweet, with just a kiss of lime. Finishes clean and dry. A bit of sunshine really brings out the flavor. Reggae music is optional. Yeah Mon!

Caribbean Lime Lager
1 Can Englishman's Nut-Brown Ale
1 Pouch Booster™
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of beer mix)
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup Honey
2 Small Limes (with juice and grated zest)

Fermentation, Carbonation And Conditioning Times:
21 days for fermentation
21 days for carbonation
21 days minimum conditioning at 50-70F
02 days minimum in fridge

Fermentation: 12-Jun/03-Jul
Carbonation : 03-Jul/24-Jul
Conditioning: 24-Jul/14-Aug (55-70F)

Brewer's Comments:
This will be the first Caribbean style beer I have ever brewed. I sampled this brew with a friend today before bottling and it definitely had noticeable lime flavors. We agreed that this will make a nice refreshing drink on a hot summer day. I've added this recipe to my reorder list already, this will be one of my most frequently brewed warm weather beers.


The ingredients used in this recipe require average fermentation and carbonation times in order to allow the yeast to work. I typically allow 3 weeks for fermentation at a constant 70F for all my beer recipes.

Just as in the fermentation process your carbonation times will depend on the complexities of each recipe and the amount of additional ingredients that are added. As a general rule of thumb recipes containing many ingredients will take longer to carbonate than recipes with few ingredients.I let my bottles carbonate for at least 3 weeks before moving them down to the conditioning, or lagering room.

Conditioning, also known as Lagering the beer allows the beer's flavors to fully merge and mature in the bottle before drinking. In a basement, with a consistent year round temperature range of 50-65F, naturally brewed beer can be stored for up to 6-12 months as it will be preserved by the alcohol. Prior to drinking the beer should be refrigerated for 24-48 hours and served cold in a clean glass.

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