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Old 09-08-2012, 03:45 PM   #1
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Default Brewing the beer for a Company BBQ, what should I brew?

The restaurant I work at is having a BBQ in about 6 weeks, and my mangers asked me if I'd like to brew the beer for it. We live in Austin and most everyone that works at this place are pretty versed in craft beer, but I dont know about the people they will be bringing.

Im going to do two 5 gallon batches, and keg them. Im thinking of doing my 'house' pale ale (all Amarillo hopped, 35-ish ibu's, 10 srm, 5.5% ABV) and then maybe doing doing Yoopers Hoppy Amber (http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/hopp...le-ale-145402/) Both of them are pretty medium gravity, and not TOO intimidating for most.

Any other styles/recipes you guys think might work better?

This will be the first time anyone I've worked with will try any of my beers, and I want to blow them away. I want to do everything by the book, and get super clear, perfectly carbonated, crisp tasting beer. That, and its the only beer for the whole BBQ so I cant mess it up...

thanks for the help!
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Old 09-08-2012, 03:48 PM   #2
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Blonde ale is a crowd pleaser.

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Old 09-08-2012, 03:50 PM   #3
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Isnt 6 weeks kinda soon for fermentation and conditioning? Maybe you should try a real young drinking beer like a bavarian hefe or even a wit?

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I think he'll be fine if he goes for something simple, med-gravity, American style. 10-14 days in primary and then keg leaves 30 or so days in keg to carb, crash, and condition.

More specifically, I would do an APA/ Amber and a Blonde Ale.

APA: 6.0%abv 60 IBUS 15SRM (small IPA w/ more caramel malt for color and sweeetness)
Blonde: 4.75%abv 30 IBUS 5SRM

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You can never go wrong with Cream of 3 Crops

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I plan on doing the 1-2-3 meathod which is exactly 6 weeks. If I need more clarity I'll try gelatin fining. I've never done it before, but if it comes down to it I'll try it.

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Your house pale ale and Centennial Blonde would probably cover most people. Good luck!

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Im going to brew the Pale Ale on Monday on my day off. Then, Tuesday I'll do either the hoppy amber or a Honey Saison (this one: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f71/cott...saison-254684/) both look great, and I think they will go over well. Its Austin, so It should still be in the upper 80's and 90's in six weeks.

Edit: No Saison, not enough time...

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If your first beer is a pale ale maybe you should brew something that is not hop driven? If you are worried about non experienced beer drinkers, one of the things I've found is that they often are not used to biterness and a lot of hop taste. Maybe you could do a porter?

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I would do that for the second one, very BMC friendly.
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