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Old 03-08-2011, 10:59 PM   #1
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I have a friend coming in from the Ukraine and would like to treat him to a predominant Ukrainian style beer. I'm not to familiar with Ukranian beers but I know he likes a witbier style and have found a beer called Obolon Bile. (nice name huh?) I can brew a standard witbier but would like to know what kind of spices or hops you would find to make it more of a "Ukranian beer". I would like to do a 10 gallon all grain batch. Any ideas or help? Much appreciated it!

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Old 03-09-2011, 02:04 AM   #2
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Well, the Ukraine isn't exactly known for making any contribution to beer. Heck, even Obolon didn't exist until 1980. Bile is just a Belgian Witbier made in the Ukraine. They have their own little spin on it, but it certainly isn't "Ukrainian Beer." So, I would try to find out what makes Obolon Bile unique. Most likely it is just the water. So, I guess one stab at it would be to assume that Obolon doesn't treat their water. Then when you brew, add the salts to try to match your water to Kiev's water supply.

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Where do you get your uranium salts?

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Old 03-09-2011, 03:05 AM   #4
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Baltic porter might be the way to go.

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Where do you get your uranium salts?
I'm not sure what you mean by "uranium." But if you were asking about where to get your brewing salts, you can get them at most any LHBS or OHBS. The tougher thing would be to get a water report for Kiev.

EDIT: To the OP, I did hear that Obolon uses lager yeast to brew Bile. I don't know if its true or not, but some research would probably give you a better idea.
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Uranium salts could be a joke.

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Uranium salts could be a joke.
I guess I don't get it then.
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then just name it 'three mile island lager'.

i've only had two ukranian beers, and they were basically bud that didn't let you read the label.

how about haveing some great AMERICAN beers around to give him something new, and if he's homesick, pull out the pickled herring, vodka, and bread with salt (not kidding).

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I guess I don't get it then.
Chernobyl was in the Ukraine. Uranium salts are radioactive. But I don't know, maybe I'm reading into it.
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Chernobyl. Good one. Oh, and it's not "the" Ukraine. Just "Ukraine". It's a country not a region.

Has any one ever had a Ukie beer that wasn't skunked? Must be better than Bud.

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