Here is the recipe for Chip’s Brew In A Bag batch of svagdricka as seen brewed in Chop & Brew – Episode 54. The recipe is based on suggestions from Swedish homebrewer/craft brewer Mikael Holmlund and scaled down to a smaller 3 gallon batch for Chip’s system. Also, this version is certainly a bit different in process. Mikael added boiling water to the mash in three separate additions to raise the temp three times, the final one hitting 161°F, so almost like a mash-out temperature. I went for simplicity with a single-infusion mash.
Chop & Brew Svagdricka
For 3 gallon (ish) Brew In A Bag
- 3.3 lbs Weyermann Bohemian Pils (1.7-2L)
- 0.6 lb Weyermann CaraMunich III (57L)
- 0.19 lb Simpsons Chocolate Malt (375-450L)
- 0.14 lb Weyermann Dehusked Carafa II (430L)
- Total Malt: 4.30 lbs
- 0.75 oz German Hallertau (3.8% AA) @ 60 min
- 0.25 oz German Hallertaur @ 10 min
- Wyeast 2112 California Lager
- Mashed crushed malts in large bag in kettle at 156-158°F for 60 mins
- Add half-gallon of boiling water to bump up to a mash-out temperature
- Move kettle to sink, remove bag and rest bag on clean grill grate placed on top of kettle. Use glass measuring cup to carefully pour more 170°F water over the bag to “hand sparge” and extract more wort from grain
- Pre-boil SG was 1.030, which is supposed to be the OG for the beer post-boil. We’re going to be over.
- Bring to a boil. Add hops as noted above.
- Along the way, I added another half-gallon of boiling water to bring to aprox. 4 gallons and help lower the SG.
- Remove from flame. Chill wort to 62°F. SG was 1.036, so I added another half gallon of cold water to bring SG/OG to about 1.033.
- Pitch yeast. Leave sanitized foil on top of carboy for first full day. Fermented for one week.
- Transferred to keg to a week of carbonation and cold-conditioning.