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The Negra Modelo is an OG favorite, and for good reason. It's a balanced easy drinker with a rich flavor and a hint of bitterness. This is a great beer for beginners and experienced brewers alike. Check out our video below where Ross and Kyle walk you through the steps of the brew day with the usual shenanigans (but this one's different because there are chips and queso, and queso makes everything better). Brewed with Pilsner malt, Tettnang and Hallertau hops, and Mexican lager yeast. You can't go wrong with this one. Check out the recipe and tell us what you think in the comments.
Pinche cheve guey!
Full Brew Day Video
This recipe is for a 5 gallon batch and it is tailored for our 10 gallon 120 volt brewing system. Watch us use it in the video below.
- SG: 1.043
- FG: 1.012
- ABV: 5.5%
- 8 lbs Pilsner Malt
- 1 lbs 8 oz Vienna Malt
- 4 oz Crystal 60 Malt
- 2 oz Chocolate Malt
- 2 oz Tettnang hops
- 1 oz Hallertau hops
- Mexican Lager Yeast (White Labs #WLP940)
Brew Day Instructions
Fill your kettle with 7.22 gallons of water. Add a campden tablet to remove chlorine.
Finely crush your grain. Heat your water to 156F. This recipe calls for a 60 minute mash.
Once your mash is done, pull your grains, hook them above your kettle, and let them drain. While you’re waiting for your grains to drain, set your controller to 100% power to start a boil.
This recipe calls for a 60 minute boil with one hop addition:
- 60 minute - 2 oz of Tettnang hops
- 60 minute - 1 oz of Hallertau hops
Yeast and Fermentation
Once you've added all your hops, chill your wort to 68F, transfer to a fermenter, and pitch one pack of Mexican Lager Yeast (White Labs #WLP940).
This is an easy drinker but it still has a nice hint of bitterness. Knock a few of these back with some chips and queso and - like Ross says -you'll be "havin' a nice time". You can really pick up on the pilsner malt and the hop flavor is nice and subtle. It's like being whisked off to Mexico, and you don't even have to leave your house!
We highly recommend you try this one out. It's a pretty straightforward recipe, great for brewers who are just starting out. Let us know what you think, and be sure to check out our video here. Salud!
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