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Old 09-06-2013, 03:05 PM   #1
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Default Winter brews!

What's your favorite recipe to sip on during these long, cold winter months? Porters, stouts, IPAs?

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:10 PM   #2
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My problem is that I"m always off on my brews. I'm brewing the beer I want to drink in the summer in the summer and the beer I want to drink in the fall in the fall, etc.

The effect is I'm always a season off.

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:18 PM   #3
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I have octoberfast in the fermenter now, I plan on also doing the black pearl porter soon and perhaps another porter, Brown ale, and maybe a stout. Gotta get brewing so I can drink these in the winter like Don said. Not sure which week winter will be in houston this year, but I wanna be ready, haha

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:21 PM   #4
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I've got a Russian Imperial Stout I brewed back in June that's been lagering for a month or so already. It should be coming into its own right around Christmas. And tonight, I'm planning on brewing a Vanilla Porter for my wife.

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:39 PM   #5
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Oatmeal Stouts are my favorite winter beer. An oatmeal stout and a bowl of chili go great together in the winter. I would say an RIS or Barleywine to warm you up a little bit but they need more time to age. If you aren't a stout fan a good Scotch ale is a lighter winter choice.

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Old 09-06-2013, 03:44 PM   #6
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I agree. I think there are definitely seasonal beers, and I have a hard time keeping up with the seasons (just finished Belgian Wit that was meant to be our summer, haven't started Oktoberfest yet).

Winter months, I like something dark, full and strong- Stouts and Porters. My favorite is a Bourbon stout brewed by Central Waters brewery (small microbrewery here in WI) and I have a lot of oatmeal stouts and things, too. The higher alcohol content helps keep me warm on those cold WI nights!

I am a hophead, but I usually shy away from hoppy beers in the winter- they never seem as good because it's harder to find fresh hops. To me, it's the same reason you don't eat strawberries in the winter. You can still get them, but they aren't as fresh as they are in the summer.

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Old 09-06-2013, 05:05 PM   #7
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I am a hophead, but I usually shy away from hoppy beers in the winter- they never seem as good because it's harder to find fresh hops. To me, it's the same reason you don't eat strawberries in the winter. You can still get them, but they aren't as fresh as they are in the summer.
I would argue that hops are more fresh in the fall and winter compared to the Summer since they are harvested in August.

I am like you though, IPA's and Pales ales just taste better in the summer! More crisp and refreshing.
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Old 09-06-2013, 05:08 PM   #8
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Bock, doppelbock and wee heavy. Spiced strong ales are good too, like this one:

http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/oatbier

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Old 09-06-2013, 06:41 PM   #9
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Bock, doppelbock and wee heavy. Spiced strong ales are good too, like this one:

http://www.brewtoad.com/recipes/oatbier
Excellent! Will I need special equipment to keep these beers at low fermenting temps? I live in Florida and its difficult at times to keep temps in check.
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Old 09-06-2013, 09:49 PM   #10
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Well traditionally you would need to lager the bocks, but I make hybrid versions of them (either lager yeast, s-23, or clean American ale yeast, us-05, at lower ale temps). I usually fill the bottom of my kettle with frozen water bottles, then set my fermenter on top of them. That keeps the temp at 65-68 easy. A company called 'Cool Brewing' makes a cooler for just this purpose that probably works a lot better than my method. It's $50 I think, I'll get one eventually. With the kettle method I rotate my ice once or twice a day, and the key is to pitch at a low temp so the yeast doesn't get too strong a start.

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