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Old 10-10-2006, 12:54 AM   #1
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Hi guys...

I am looking to see if anyone has any ideas for a "sweet" beer. I have a friend who had the request. He said it was for his wife, who doesn't like "beer-beer", but wanted something with a touch of sweetness... I have no clue where to start!

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:54 AM   #2
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I haven't tried it, but Cheesefood's Caramel Cream Ale (I think that's the "official" name) has gotten rave reviews from folks around here...

http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=2435&highlight=caramel

Long thread, and I think the recipe has gone through some variations, but that's one direction to go.

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A framboise clone would be good.

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:56 AM   #4
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Leave out the hops.

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:38 PM   #5
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Good call, I was actually trying to think of a recipe that my wife would like (she's a BMC drinker) and thought of just using ultra light DME and .25 oz bittering and .25 aroma. I don't think I'd leave out hops altogether, but cut it in half at least.

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Old 10-10-2006, 01:48 PM   #6
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There are some cream ale recipes around that might fit what you're looking for. I don't think of BMC as being "sweet" at all, to me a "sweet" beer is malty, with a lot of body - pretty much the antithesis of BMC.

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Try a Mild. I posted the AK Mild recipe yesterday.

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You're right, comparing a malty beer to BMC was stupid. What I was actually going for is the light side of bitter and hoppy aroma. I think most BMC drinkers just can't make the jump to a bitter but don't mind malty.

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My wife doesn't like beers that are terribly bitter, either. I'm planning on making a brown ale for her in the not-too-distant future. Something along the lines of a Newcastle clone might be a decent choice if you want something sweet and malty (not bitter at all), and she doesn't mind something that's a little darker. My wife HATES light beers and dislikes hops, which is leading me in that direction. She also likes Oktoberfest-type beers, which are not too bitter and have a lot of malty goodness to them. Not BMC-like, though. My next beer will be something like this, although I won't be able to lager it.

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Cut the bittering hops by 25%.

All beer is sweet. You have to add hops to balance it.

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