Lone Wolf Lager


I named this brew Lone Wolf in respect to the film Lone Wolf McQuade, starring Chuck Norris. I watched this film enthusiastically when I was just a pup with my father. My favorite scene was when David Carridine kicks ol’ Chuck’s ass and buries him under the desert floor inside his Ram Charger.

In desperate efforts to keep cool and composed, Chuck (McQuade) reaches under the seat where he always stashes his reserves of Coors Banquet beer. He attempts to pour some in his blistered lips but it induces too much pain. So, he takes it like a man, and pours the refreshing liquid over himself.

As a child I was impressed. This was the ultimate sign of badassedness. This image has always remained in my mind. So when it came time to brew a refreshing lager beer, I brewed the Lone Wolf Lager. Feel free to pour some over your head, in case you find yourself asskicked and buried under the desert floor.

As you will find with many of my recipes, I often do not wander from a regular yeast strand that I prefer, WLP810 White Labs San Francisco Lager. I began using this patchable tube as what I felt was a cheater way to brew up a beer with lagereque characteristics. Cheater because it will ferment well at ale temps with a range of 58-65°F. I have pushed it beyond that with great results.

I feel it is an appropriate anarchy yeast strand, a yeast that breaks the rules. doI enjoy it as it leaves the beer very clear and clean on the finish.

Anyway, here is the recipe that I have been attempting to please all the yellow fuzzy water drinkers with.It is based on a “bud” clone, but misinterpreted to fit my needs. Where they called for Hallertau, I opted for a US substitute, Mt. Hood. Where they called for rice, I swapped in a Midwestern substitute, corn and of course where it calls for WLP 800 Pilsner Lager Yeast, I used the 810.

This brew has served me well and served as the base for my rice experiment brews where I substituted the rice for stuff I find at the local hippie market red rice, brown rice and so on. More on those recipes later…

Regular Guy Lager
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 8 gal
Estimated OG: 1.043 SG
Estimated Color: 2.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 22.5 IBU
Boil Time: 90 Minutes

Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) (2.0 SRM) Grain 75.00%

2.00 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 25.00%

1.00 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (90 min) Hops 22.5 IBU

1.00 oz Mt. Hood [6.00 %] (10 min) (Aroma Hops
1 Pkgs San Francisco Lager (White Labs #WLP810)

Mash at 148-150F
Ferment at what ever temp you feel, after all, its ANARCHY!

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