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Old 04-23-2008, 04:19 AM   #1
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Default Help 5 Weeks to a Wedding What can I brew ?

Ok, I've been asked to bing some home brew to a wedding, in just 5 short weeks, I'm thinking something Irish, But Not Stout ( the bride is an Irish Red ...) Any Suggestions ? I need something that will finish fast and please the masses including some BMC type fellers.

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Old 04-23-2008, 04:28 AM   #2
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+1 on the 123123 I mean hefe

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Something low gravity would be good as it will ferment out quickly. It would also then be low hopped for balance and that would mean it wouldn't need a lot of time for the flavors to meld. I think a Blonde Ale would be good and if you wanted it to be red, add 2 to 3 ounces of roasted barley.

6.5 pounds Pale malt
0.5 pounds Crystal 20L
0.2 pounds Roasted Barley

Willamette hops 5%AA (or similar - EKG, etc.)
1/2 oz full boil, 1/4 ounce at 20 min and 5 min.

WLP001 or 1056 yeast

Nothing fancy and should be quite drinkable.

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Something low gravity would be good as it will ferment out quickly. It would also then be low hopped for balance and that would mean it wouldn't need a lot of time for the flavors to meld. I think a Blonde Ale would be good and if you wanted it to be red, add 2 to 3 ounces of roasted barley.

6.5 pounds Pale malt
0.5 pounds Crystal 20L
0.2 pounds Roasted Barley

Willamette hops 5%AA
1/2 oz full boil, 1/4 ounce at 20 min and 5 min.

WLP001 or 1056 yeast

Nothing fancy and should be quite drinkable.
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Something wheat or maybe a cream ale. My cream ale was good in 5 weeks.

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Hefe, Hefe, Hefe, Hefe. 2-3 weeks in primary then force carb.

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Anything hoppy that I have ever brewed has been perfectly drinkable within 2 weeks of brewday, including a recent DIPA that was 8.5% abv that used a pound and a half of hops.

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I'd go hefe too- but lets not rule out old predicable brown ale. Fast, easy, and most recognizable to the unenlightened beer masses. I use it often to transition people "Here, have you ever had a Sam Adams or Brooklyn Brown Ale"? Most people have, and enjoy what you offer once it's been categorized along with something from their own personal experience.
Hefe is awesome (I'm brewing one in the morning), but for those out there in beer drinking jail- a cloudy beer can be a hard sell. (I love when you tell people that its yeast, and they act like yeast is the last thing that should be in beer).

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I definitely am in with the hefe votes. Particularly since I'm absolutely in love with my first batch of Ed Worts hefe recipe which I kegged just 4 days ago after 11 days in primary and a day of crash cooling (which helped it not be too cloudy). If you have the ability and hardware, you might consider doing two batches: first a brown or blonde you can ferment for 10 days max and then age for about 3 weeks and then a hefe that you can brew 3 weeks before "magic time".

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