Fetchez la Vache
Brew Date: August 21, 2010
Tap Date: December 4, 2010
Yield: 10 gallons
Color (SRM/EBC):
Bitterness (Calc): 26.5 IBU (Rager)
BU/GU: 0.36
Calories: 240 (12 ounces)
Conditioning: Keg
ABV: 8.5%
ABW: 6.7%
Batch No: 19-2010
OG: 1.074
OG (Plato): 17.97° P
FG: 1.010
FG (Plato): 2.56° P
Real Extract: 5.35° P
App. Atten.: 85.8%
Real Atten.: 70.3%
General Information
Method: All Grain
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Malts and Grains
2.00 pounds Sucrose (Table Sugar)  
Total Boil Time: 90 minutes
Name: Canadian/Belgian
Manufacturer: Wyeast
Product ID: 3864
Type: Ale
Flocculation: Medium
Attenuation: 75-79%
Alcohol Tolerance: High
Temperature Range: 65–80°F
Amount: 3000 ml
Equipment Profile

Converted Keg, 10 Gallon/38 Liter Cooler Mash Tun

Batch Size: 10.00 gallons Boil Volume: 12.00 gallons
Evaporation Rate: 9.00% per hour Mash Tun Dead Space: 0.80 gallons
Efficiency: 72% Mash Tun Weight: 9.00 pounds
Hop Utilization: 100% Mash Tun Volume: 10.00 gallons
Loss: 1.00 gallons Mash Tun Specific Heat: 0.30 Cal/gram per °C

Converted 15.5 gallon/59 liter keg boil kettle for full boil with a 10 gallon/38 liter cooler as a mash/lauter tun.

Mash Profile

Single Infusion Mash, Light Bodied Beer, No Mash Out

Grain Temperature: 72°F Tun Temperature: 72°F
Sparge Temperature: 168°F PH: 5.4
PPG: 24.9 Efficiency: 73.8%

Mash profile for most well-modified malts.


# Name Type Time Temp. Description
1 Mash In Infusion 75 min. 150°F

Add 100% of mash water at 162° F / 72° C

Water Profile

Highlands Ranch, Colorado

Calicum: 31.4 ppm
Bicarbonate: 56.9 ppm
Sulfate: 41.1 ppm
Chloride: 0.9 ppm
Sodium: 27.0 ppm
Magnesium: 3.5 ppm
PH: 5.4%

Filtered through standard charcoal system.

  • Add yeast at 66 degrees and maintain the temperature until fermentation is active. Raise the temperature 1 degree every day until it reaches 70. Finish fermentation at that temperature.
  • Lager and cellar for 35-60 days.
  • Alternative yeast: Wyeast Bier de Garde (3725).
Primary: 14 days @ 73° F
Lager: 60 days @ 32° F
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Awards & Competitions
Entry Name: Fetchez la Vache
Competition: Biere de Rock
Date: Dec 4, 2010
Style: Biere de Garde
Place: 2nd (Silver)
Entry Name: Fetchez la Vache
Competition: Gnarly Barley
Date: Jul 30, 2011
Style: Biere de Garde
Place: 1st (Gold)
Entry Name: Fetchez la Vache
Competition: Rocky Mountain Homebrew Club Challenge
Date: Nov 5, 2011
Style: Biere de Garde
Place: 2nd (Silver)
Entry Name: Fetchez la Vache
Competition: Biere de Rock
Date: Dec 3, 2011
Style: Biere de Garde
Place: 2nd (Silver)
Entry Name: Fetchez la Vache
Competition: Big Beers Homebrew Competition
Date: Jan 6, 2012
Style: Biere de Garde
Place: 1st (Gold)
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