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Old 12-11-2012, 03:04 AM   #11
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9% ABV or higher should be the target. 13% - 15% if you can dial in the right yeast to do a high gravity beer. There are a lot of guides on HBT and on the web.

Imperial Stout
Belgian STrong Ale
Wee Heavy
Barleywine.

All are great and can spend almost the entire time in a carboy before bottling.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:22 AM   #12
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Great point. Shame on me for not thinking of my wife's preference first! I think she would like a Saison, but I don't know if that does well over 9 months. A Saison would be nice to drink in September too.

She's pretty open minded about beers. Give her a unique flavor and a good back story and she's sold.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:25 AM   #13
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I haven't seen this yet, but I've tried Pliny the Elder. Awesome beer. Seems to me though, that I remember reading on the bottle that this beer should be drunk immediately, no aged. I think it's because of he hops they use. I may be wrong though.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:39 AM   #14
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How about an old ale? Ferment it and then age it in some wood for a while before going to bottle or keg. Got one I kegged just over a week ago that started in March of 2012. It spent about six months aging on medium toast cherry wood.

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Old 12-13-2012, 05:59 AM   #15
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I would suggest a nice, strong weizenbock. They are perfect for the fall and age wonderfully.

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:03 AM   #16
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No, this one is for you. You can start a saison for her in the summer when its saison making time

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:46 PM   #17
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Congrats! First one?
My first (son) is 19mo, and my second is on the way...FeBREWary...girl.

Do two batches!

I would do a stout for you, and a cider for her. Then you can always mix them for a snake bite.
BTW, cider is super easy. Especially if you keg.

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:54 PM   #18
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I haven't seen this yet, but I've tried Pliny the Elder. Awesome beer. Seems to me though, that I remember reading on the bottle that this beer should be drunk immediately, no aged. I think it's because of he hops they use. I may be wrong though.
yep, don't sit on those hoppy beers...they don't stay hoppy.
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Old 12-13-2012, 03:38 PM   #19
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First off, Congrats! I'm a Daddy-To-Be as well (Due in March) My recommendation would be to do it NOW. There will be a ton of new house projects, furniture shopping, etc, that will take over your weekends. It's flying by for me, that's for sure.

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Great point. Shame on me for not thinking of my wife's preference first! I think she would like a Saison, but I don't know if that does well over 9 months. A Saison would be nice to drink in September too.

She's pretty open minded about beers. Give her a unique flavor and a good back story and she's sold.
I brewed the Cottage House Saison last March and let it age a while. We drank the last one on Thanksgiving after it had been in the bottle for seven months and it was great. If you brew it soon I think it could be great on due date. Here's the recipe, from this site: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/cott...saison-254684/
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