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Old 02-27-2005, 08:21 PM   #1
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Howdy all, I'm hoping that you all can help me out. I'm looking for a light recipe that my wife might like. I need a recipe to kind of ease her into beer drinking. What seems to be her turn off about beer is the hoppiness of most of it. So I guess what I'm looking for is a light, low hop beer, maybe a little on the sweet side. I'm looking for a beach head to start her down the beery path.

All grain is perfered....but extract will work.

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Old 02-28-2005, 03:08 AM   #2
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Howdy all, I'm hoping that you all can help me out. I'm looking for a light recipe that my wife might like. I need a recipe to kind of ease her into beer drinking. What seems to be her turn off about beer is the hoppiness of most of it. So I guess what I'm looking for is a light, low hop beer, maybe a little on the sweet side. I'm looking for a beach head to start her down the beery path.

All grain is perfered....but extract will work.

And just a quick note for all those that help us all out in this forum you guys rock and have made this a great place to chat about beer. Thanks all.

I would go with a brown ale. Those are typically not too hoppy and slightly sweet. Many of my friends who are macro swill (Bud, Miller, Coors) drinkers exclusively were drooling after they tasted my brown ale. I got comments like "best beer they've ever tasted" and "I'd buy that", and "can I take some of this home!!!!"
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I just brewed a belgian wit beer, which is supposed to be similar to blue moon. It is not very hoppy and a sweeter beer. It has an orange flavor to it. I can get you the recipe i used later if youre interested. I have not tasted it yet since i just brewed it yesterday but im guessing it will be pretty good.

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A few people have asked me for the Brown Ale recipe I used (probably because I keep bragging about it), so here it is:

Extract/Grains:
6 lbs. Light LME
.5 lb. 60L Crystal Malt (steep)
.5 lb. Chocolate Malt (steep)

Hops:
.5 oz. Fuggle (:60)
.5 oz. Fuggle (:30)
.5 oz. Fuggle (:15)
.5 oz. Fuggle (:00)

Yeast:
(White Labs) WLP002 English Ale Yeast

Notes:
Steep grains 155-160 deg. F (15-30 mins.)
Pitch/Ferment @ 65-70 deg. F
OG: 1.047
IBU's: 23.6
Color: 21.5 SRM
Alcohol: 4.5%

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Old 03-01-2005, 05:02 PM   #5
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Brown Ale, Belgium Ale, so what if she doesn't like any of those?

Why don't you just take a recipe for something close to what she already likes and reduce the bittering hops by .5 or 1 oz and add a 1/2 gal of water to the size of the batch. That will reduce the bitterness as well as thin it out a bit.

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Old 03-01-2005, 06:46 PM   #6
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the prolem is she doesn't like beer........yet.

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Strangely enough, I'd suggest an English Bitter, which isn't very Bitter at all and is very accessible. My dad, who only drinks cheap crappy beer polished off darn near a keg of our Bitter and liked it much more than the crappy canned beer. A nice light Bitter is light, has a creamy body with a bit of richness to it and a refreshing, but unobtrusive hoppiness.

A *really* simple recipe is something like (10 gallons):
18 lbs 2-row
2 lbs flaked barley (this stuff is great for the creamy body)
4 oz Fuggles (3.1% alpha) - 60 minutes boil

Add some 20L or 40L crystal if you want it a bit darker and sweeter. Cheers!

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that sounds really good janx, and what i was gonna suggest too. a real simple ale, with low hops and some malty flavor! i might substitute two pounds carapils malt for the flaked barley meself.



i love the hops and since i began brewing my own, i find the commercial, with the exceptions of sam adams (the only real micro brew i can afford) to be rather dissapointing. i've disgraced my hillbilly brethren by embracing the hops...

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Old 03-02-2005, 12:11 PM   #9
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Thanks for all the comments/recipes guys.....I'm going to give janx's bitter a try as my first all grain. Hopefully this weekend I'll have the rest of my hardware, or at least enough to get started!

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Hops:
.5 oz. Fuggle (:60)
.5 oz. Fuggle (:30)
.5 oz. Fuggle (:15)
.5 oz. Fuggle (:00)
Okay, dumb question time...LOL

I just downloaded a recipe program which shows the Hops like above in tme increments.

Now, as I have followed recipes for adding the hops, and want to make sure Im using the time shown in this program correctly...

.5 oz. Fuggle (:60) 60 minutes before end of boil?
.5 oz. Fuggle (:30) 30 minutes before end of boil?
.5 oz. Fuggle (:15) 15 minutes before end of boil?
.5 oz. Fuggle (:00) Aroma right at end of the boil?

Is this correct?

I like the program, and it makes storing them easy.
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