In recent months, both Game of Thrones and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia have been given beers of their very own, and yet, one of TV’s greatest drunks, Mr. Bender Bending Rodríguez, baby, remains hooch-less. That’s why Redditor/hardcore Futurama fan “ChrisWilcox” decided to make some BenderBrau, based on an ale (not a lager; then it’d be called Botwiser) of the same name from the recently cancelled (sigh) show.
Rumor has it if you drink the beer too quickly, you’ll see thousands of Benders. Check out an excerpt of the recipe below. Once again, a homemade product based on something seen on TV has given me a reason to live.
This is what I came up with for the recipe. The grains are: 10 pounds 2 row, 12 oz crystal 60L, 2oz chocolate malt, and 1 oz special B malt
The hops are 2 ounces of zythos hops. I had really wanted to use galaxy hops for obvious reasons but couldn’t find any in stock. I chose zythos because it had a cool name and was similar to galaxy.
For the Yeast I chose wyeast california lager 2112. Its a common yeast for steam beers but its especially fitting because Fry and I both love Rush.
Adding the grain to the hot water. This activates enzymes in the grains that will break down long starch molecules into smaller sugars that can be eaten by the yeast.
Soaking the grains in the hot water for an hour
After an hour the sweet liquid now called wort is drained off.
Now its time to boil the wort. Its boiled for an hour over a propane turkey fryer. Hops are added throughout the boil.
After the boil is finished its time to cool the hot wort back down. Once the wort is down to room temperature we can move it into the fermenting bucket and add the yeast.
Straining out the used hops.
measuring the sugars. 1.052 starting gravity.
Yeast has been pitched and she’s all ready to ferment. If I had a bender robot it would be inside its belly but I don’t so this will sit in my closet for 3-4 weeks at roughly 62 degrees while the yeast go to work on the sugars.
After its done fermenting we take another gravity reading. its lower now which means the sugars got turned into booze which is good.
Time for bottling!
Looking pretty good
There’s the booze, you bring the hookers. Check out the full recipe here.