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Old 01-20-2015, 07:28 PM   #1
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Hey everyone. I truly hate to ask this but I am looking for a very basic recipe. Some of my dumbass friends just will not try home brewed beer so I am deciding to try and make a clone of something light and bland that they are used to in the corporate beer world. Maybe something like a Blue Light, Coors light, Pabst, Cream Ale, etc. All grain recipes please. O know there are a ton of recipes on here but I never see any tasting feedback. No offense at all meant to anyone there, just trying to get some of my friends started in the right direction. Again something very simple would be good to try. Thank you all in advance.

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Hey everyone. I truly hate to ask this but I am looking for a very basic recipe. Some of my dumbass friends just will not try home brewed beer so I am deciding to try and make a clone of something light and bland that they are used to in the corporate beer world. Maybe something like a Blue Light, Coors light, Pabst, Cream Ale, etc. All grain recipes please. O know there are a ton of recipes on here but I never see any tasting feedback. No offense at all meant to anyone there, just trying to get some of my friends started in the right direction. Again something very simple would be good to try. Thank you all in advance.
Hey neighbor! Ever consider trying a SMaSH? I did one with Munton's DME and Nugget hops we grew in the garden. It tasted, in my opinion like what you are looking for. That is what I made for a party full of Labatt Blue fiends and they all loved it.

I'll keep an eye out for a more specific recipe but that is the route I would consider.
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:34 PM   #3
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Hey neighbor. I am open to any all grain recipe. However I have never designed my own recipe and have a small concept on how to do it but not really that much overall. Until I get there I am just looking to borrow a recipe

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I'd say your effort is futile. Do not fall in the trap of brewing a light lager. It is frickin' difficult to brew something that tasteless, and they still won't drink it over what comes in a their familiar labeled bottle. It will be too much flavor, too malty, too hoppy, too bitter, too dark, too ... you name it. They know what they like, and so do you (we).

I was in a local Taphouse a few days ago, 33 craft beers on tap that many patrons enjoyed. Yet there were more than a few drinking bottles of BMC swill. And more than one bottle per.

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I would just brew any good pale ale recipe. Don't tell them what it is, just serve it. I would bet they love it. Then break out something richer, like an amber or brown ale. etc.

I brewed this and it is light and great. http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/s...grain-kit.html

Click the information tab for the recipe and instructions.

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BierMuncher's Centennial Blond Ale.
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/cent...10-gall-42841/

425 pages of people can't be wrong.

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Also make sure to check out and play with brewersfriend.com, you can put in some ingredients that look familiar to you and it will show you what style it matches the most and some stats. It is a great program to play with.

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Brewing a light lager or light ale is much more difficult than it seems. Flaws are amplified much more than in a bigger beer. In reality, it's not a bad idea to brew a small beer to amplify where your process may lack. From a brewing standpoint, the ability for BMC to maintain as much consistency in their product is pretty amazing.

None the less, so long as you are willing to drink it... I certainly wouldn't tell you not to brew it. A cream ale or a Kolsch are not bad styles for a small beer.

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Another recommendation for a blonde ale. They're generally simple and inoffensive. BierMuncher's Centennial is probably top dog around here. IslandLizard makes a good point, though. Most people buy beer with their eyes. One option is to save some Bud Light bottles with the labels intact and bottle a blonde ale in them to see if your friends can even tell the difference.

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OG = 1.045
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8 lb 2-row
½ lb Crystal 15L
½ lb Vienna
½ lb Carapils

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1 oz Willamette 4.5% 60 min
½ oz East Kent Goldings 5.0% 20 min

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Another recommendation for a blonde ale.
this ^^^, simple pale, cream ale, Kolsch or a wit (plenty of Blue Moon like clones in the recipe section) are all on the lighter side and good options. Make something you will like also as your friends may not drink it no matter how great it is.
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