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Old 08-05-2008, 01:00 AM   #1
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Default Party in 4 weeks, I need to brew 1 more beer to serve...

...and it needs to be quaffable. I was thinking about doing BM's Oktoberfast, but I don't know if I have enough time to get that done (brewing again tomorrow, party is 8/30). I figured light abv beer with 50%+ wheat is my best bet since I can easily give it 2-3 weeks then keg + force carb it, but I wanted to see if anyone had any better ideas.

Here's my lineup so far (12+ guys that can all drink coming over for Beerfest '08)

Bottles:

Hefe
IPA
American Brown
Southern English Brown
Robust Porter
Belgian Pale Ale
American Pale Ale
Apfelwein

Kegs:

Blonde Ale
Roggenbier


I have quite a few higher abv beers in the works right now, but none of them will be ready for the party, nor will I have time to let something complex have the time it needs to age.

Ideas? Any glaring holes in the lineup?

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Why not try http://homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42841 seems to fit the bill. I have a batch going and it looks promising, and there is tons of positive feedback on it.

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Why not try http://homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=42841 seems to fit the bill. I have a batch going and it looks promising, and there is tons of positive feedback on it.
Certainly not a bad idea, but I already have a Blonde Ale in the lineup for the party. I'm not looking so much for a recipe as I'm looking for a suggestion on a style.

These are mostly guys that can appreciate homebrew, but they're certainly not going to be able to appreciate an IIPA, any stout or something like a Barleywine.
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My first thought was a Mild Ale but it looks like you have a couple of browns going already. A low ABV wheat is probably a good bet too. I've made a few batches of 3.5%-4% American Wheat using smoked malt for most or all of the barley and everyone loves it. Great for chilling on the deck with some meat on the grill!

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Epic line-up! I would be set or a party with only half of what you got.

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Well, I don't really have any good suggestions beyond an American wheat but I wanted to you to know that I think my invitation got lost in the mail...........
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You certainly don't need more variety, so are you just going for more volume? If so, go with more of the APA (or a different recipe on the lower end that can be drinkable that quickly).


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use 8lbs of grain max, and two oz of low aa hops and you should be set in three to four weeks.

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Whenever i'm in a jam and need/want to come up with something quick, I always throwdown a British Bitter. Low ABV, done in 3 weeks easy and most definately quaffable. However doesn't meet the want for wheat. That's just my .02

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Well, I don't really have any good suggestions beyond an American wheat but I wanted to you to know that I think my invitation got lost in the mail...........
I'll tell ya what, if you can make the drive, then you're welcome to come down and drink with us, Yoop.

Some good suggestions here. The Hefe, IPA, APA, and ABA will be in bottles, but there's a limited amount of them available so I was looking to add another brew to the lineup for a bit of variety.

I had it down to a Mild and a quickie wheat that I came up with. I'm brewing tonight, so let me know what you think of these. If I brew the Mild I'm committing myself to brewing a Northern English Brown and Brown porter using the same yeast... rough job, but someone's gotta do it. I'm leaning towards the Mild just to add a bit more variety, but then again if I brew up the Wheat the keg will likely be gone by the end of the night.

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
6.00 lb Pale Malt, Maris Otter (3.0 SRM) Grain 80.00 %
0.75 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 10.00 %
0.50 lb Carafoam (2.0 SRM) Grain 6.67 %
0.25 lb Chocolate Malt (450.0 SRM) Grain 3.33 %
0.75 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (60 min) Hops 13.7 IBU
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [5.00 %] (10 min) Hops 3.3 IBU
1 Pkgs British Ale (White Labs #WLP005) Yeast-Ale

Wheat

Amount Item Type % or IBU
4.50 lb Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 52.94 %
4.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 47.06 %
1.00 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 18.9 IBU
0.25 oz Cascade [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 2.4 IBU
1 Pkgs Nottingham Yeast (Lallemand #-) Yeast-Ale
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