Monday, July 23, 2012

Honey Badger Lager

The first official Lower Breaux Bridge Brew House beer pays homage to this blog's city of origin: Washington, D.C. . . well, sort of. The brew dudes decided to start with something simple and "presidential."

This country has a history of home brewing commander and chiefs -- starting with the first, George Washington, and most recently, Barack Obama. But that's enough history, says beer agent 007.5 (Pete) and Brewmaster Fred, now on to brewing.

President Obama recently brewed a batch of beer, which he simply called Honey Lager. Per their non-disclosure internal sources (some may call it a leak, but leaking beer is a major disaster), the boys ascertained that the recipe was a knock off of the Rocky Raccoon Crystal Honey Lager from the book The Complete Joy of Brewing.

Taking a cue from the original, woodland creature-inspired brew name, it was only natural for the Louisiana native football enthusiasts/beer buffs to rechristen this lager the Honey Badger in honor of LSU's defensive back Tyrann Mathieu.
Cooking the wort.
  • 1 (3.3 lb can) light liquid malt extract
  • 1 lb honey
  • 1 lb corn sugar
  • 2 oz cascade hops
  • 1 pack ale yeast

  1. Combine the malt extract, honey, corn sugar, and 2 gallons of water in a large pot.
  2. Place one ounce of hops in a brewing bag (a.k.a. an old clean sock tied at the top with fishing string . . . I told you LBB was low-tech). Add bag to the pot.
  3. Bring to slow rumbling boil for 1 hour.
  4. Add the second ounce of hops for the last 15 minutes of the boil.
  5. Transfer the mixture (know as the wort) to a 6 gallon bottle half-filled with water.
  6. Pitch the yeast (in non-brewer talk, this means adding yeast to the unfermented wort).
  7. You really should read a brew book while enjoying a cold one to fill in the details.
Then, the fun begins.

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