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Reno_eNVy 11-09-2011 04:11 AM

I don't usually do this, but....
What should I brew next? (I know, I know... I'm better than this, I swear :D)

I recently got SWMBO on the "let's brew something soon" bandwagon... but we're both drawing blanks.

We want to do something:

- That's not summery (our Honey Orange Hefe, wit or Bitter are out)
- More appropriate for the current or upcoming holiday season
- That can be enjoyed by beer drinkers of varying experiences (i.e. some beer geeks, some not, some budding enthusiasts)
- Maybe a little bit on the off-kilter side
- That could be ready by Christmas

I'm an all-grain brewer. I have plenty of experience with weird beers (I have an amazing sahti recipe) and high gravity beers. I have a freezer meant for temp control and lagering.

So really, the sky's the limit. Can anybody please make some suggestions?

DReimerMT 11-09-2011 07:02 AM

I would be interested to see something like a peppermint stout. Shoot why not a peppermint imperial stout.

Chuginator 11-09-2011 09:36 AM

Looks like you're a fan of brewing with adjuncts. Maybe a winter lager with juniper berries or spruce tips?

bullinachinashop 11-09-2011 09:42 AM

I like the idea of peppermint, but maybe in a porter.

Dwain 11-09-2011 01:10 PM

I would go with EDWort's Porter. It's really smooth but will knock you out.

Homercidal 11-09-2011 01:49 PM

Make a Christmas ale. If done right away, it can be finished in time for the holidays. Dark in color, but light on hops and with a touch of holiday spice.

There is a recipe on here for a Holly Ale that sounds promising.

seabass07 11-09-2011 02:01 PM

Or a christmas porter.

Reno_eNVy 11-09-2011 03:31 PM

Thank you so much for your suggestions.

I already have a pumpkin ale on tap so I might avoid a spiced beer.

I like the idea of a peppermint something.... never made a beer with mint in it but it's worth a shot.

I also very much like the idea of a winter lager with juniper berries. The juniper in Reno is usually best around February (when I usually make a batch of sahti) but I'll have to go out into the hills and see what they are looking like.

But I'm still probably a week out from brewing so if anybody else has any ideas, I'm open for suggestion :)

weirdboy 11-09-2011 03:33 PM


Originally Posted by DReimerMT (Post 3469675)
I would be interested to see something like a peppermint stout. Shoot why not a peppermint imperial stout.

Good luck having a peppermint imperial stout ready by Christmas...

Normally I would think of something like a winter warmer type of brew, but that, too is probably going to take longer than Christmas to start tasting good. Honestly, given the time constraint you might consider something like an English Mild, as those can be ready quickly and will have a nice rounded mouthfeel and maltiness that would go well with Christmas-y types of flavors, or alternately may even be a bit roasty giving you something vaguely similar to a stout, but easier drinking.

azscoob 11-09-2011 03:39 PM

I brew a chocolate mint milk stout, it is ready fairly quickly, and is quite tasty young as well. My wife likes to have a pint with a couple pieces of dark chocolate on the side. Me I like to whip up some chocolate covered bacon strips. they go quite nicely with the beer as well.

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