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Old 04-02-2007, 02:37 AM   #1
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I just fertilized my lawn today. With global warming my lawn is at least a month ahead of where it should traditionally be. Pretty soon I'll be out there mowing it, and what does that mean? I need lawnmower beer.

Now, as a homebrewer I don't think I should be stuck with Miller Lite when I get done with the "back 40," so I was wondering-- could we work on an official Lawnmower Brew?

At first glance this would seem simple-- make a really light lager with really pale lager malts-- but the tricky thing is to find a way to make the stuff interesting. Making a really good lawnmower beer is probably not all that easy, especially since many of us are not equipped to make lagers. It would probably have to be made with kolsch yeast or steam beer yeast to make it available for everyone.



 
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Old 04-02-2007, 02:56 AM   #2
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50% Pale Malt, 50% Pils Malt. Mash low. Only 8-9lbs grain total.
Cali Yeast. Lower is better for the ferment but that yeast works from like 55-65, maybe broader.
Light Saaz/Cascade depending on preference.

Yeah that would be a good one for the cupholder in the John Deere.


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Old 04-02-2007, 04:13 AM   #3
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How about this: Its a PA

8# 2 row
1# Crystal 10
1 # Vienna
.5# Biscuit
.5# CaraPils

You pick the hops and yeast---- only reason I m bring this to you is Im drinking it now! While mowing my lawn today I had several pints.

 
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Old 04-02-2007, 04:16 AM   #4
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Are you talking about ride on mowers or push petrol / electric. i.e. one hand free or both pushing
I use a four stroke petrol thingy, takes about 4 beers to do the back garden with one taken each time I empty the clippings. Front garden is one beer as it is only small.
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:50 AM   #5
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Maybe there's a slight misunderstanding here about what a lawnmower beer is. I remember in college I used to visit my brother sometimes and his landlord had someone she hired to mow the law around the building where my brother lived. When the guy would finish mowing, the landlord would have two ice cold bottles of beer ready for him (I hope that wasn't his entire pay for the job. Well, actually, that wouldn't be all that bad if it was good beer)!

I suppose if you have a riding mower, that changes things a bit. You're not likely to be nearly as hot and sweaty from riding around on the thing for a half an hour or so. If you are pushing the mower, though, you really need a nice lighter brew that is really thirst quenching and tastes good cold. You probably wouldn't want a warm, thick stout or something at that point.


 
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Old 04-02-2007, 12:57 PM   #6
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Lawn mower beer= adult Gatorade The image I remember as a kid, is my neighbor drinking a can of original Coors after cutting his grass. I prefer an ice cold Pacifico, but you get the picture.

I just bottled as extract made with LDME, some honey malt, Spalt hops and Kolsch yeast. Thats going to be my thirst quensher this summer( as long as lasts!!) You can convert that to an AG recipe no prob, but any small beer will be great for the job. - Dirk

 
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Old 04-02-2007, 01:43 PM   #7
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Her's a bitter I just brewed that might be good for this:

5.5 gallon batch, collect 6.5 gallons of wort
Mash at 152-154 F with 2 gallons water (1 qt/lb)

7 lbs Maris Otter
8 oz Crystal 40L
4 oz Munich
4 oz Flaked barley

1 oz EK Goldings (6% AA) 60 min
1/2 oz EK Goldings (6% AA) 30 min
3/4 oz Fuggles (4% AA) 10 min
1/2 oz EK Goldings (6% AA) 1 min

SafAle S-04 dry yeast

At 75% eff., OG should be 1.041
34.7 IBUs (0.84 BG:GU ratio)

Est. alcohol around 3.8%
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Her's a bitter I just brewed that might be good for this:
I love a good bitter, but I wouldn't call it a lawnmower beer, because IMHO one of the main characteristics of a lawnmower beer is that it has to be good straight from the fridge. I wouldn't do that to a good bitter.
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I love a good bitter, but I wouldn't call it a lawnmower beer, because IMHO one of the main characteristics of a lawnmower beer is that it has to be good straight from the fridge. I wouldn't do that to a good bitter.
I drink all my beer over 50 F so I wouldn't know

I don't like beer too cold, heck I don't like stuff like Miller High Life ice cold. Call me weird, but I like that corny taste that you can pick up more of when it's warmer.
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I drink all my beer over 50 F so I wouldn't know

I don't like beer too cold, heck I don't like stuff like Miller High Life ice cold. Call me weird, but I like that corny taste that you can pick up more of when it's warmer.
I'm with you on that--I do think there are some beers that are good quite cold, though. Not at their best, maybe, but very good.


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