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Old 01-28-2011, 06:19 AM   #1
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Default Do you focus on a style?

Just thinking about the beer I want to brew this weekend. It's going to be a wheat beer. I love wheat beer. Lager is OK. BCM is lame. I like classic German beer. I'm of German heritage (traced lineage back to the 1520s).

Do you home brew to just make one style that you like or do you mix it up?

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:09 PM   #2
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My favorites are American IPAs or Pale Ales... but I generally like to mix things up.

One of the cool things about home brewing is that you can make many different styles that are otherwise hard to obtain locally.

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:10 PM   #3
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I would have to say no, I dont. 150 gallons last year and no repeats

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:19 PM   #4
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I mix it up

because five gallons of one kind of beer is plenty

Going to get my pipeline stocked up in February, though, I have a week off coming up. Hoping to have all my fermenters full and most of my kegs full as well by the time I head off to work the following Monday. When you have five kegs full you can mix and match a little for variety. (I have a couple of taps on the keg fridge but more often than not one is empty )

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Old 01-28-2011, 12:42 PM   #5
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One of the cool things about home brewing is that you can make many different styles that are otherwise hard to obtain locally.
Exactly. Replicating a style that is very difficult to get fresh in the US is one of my key inspirations when making recipes.
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I try not to do anything exactly the same on the second go around, mostly for the learning experience of it all. That being said, I rarely even attempt to do something too similar the second go around.

But, I still like to have something light (pilsener or lager) on one tap, something a little darker (amber ale, alt, ESB, etc.) on another tap, and something totally different on another tap (wheat, IPA, belgian). Cider is on a picnic tap in the fridge too

You never know what you might have to have on hand in order to please guests!

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:32 PM   #7
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I brew different beers all the time. And I try to expand my brewing horizon, by drinking and brewing different styles. SO when I do that I try to do as much research as possible, drinking commercial versions, reading as much as possible about the style, looking over a ton of other folk's recipes to see what ingredients/process are common to the style. So I kinda get immersed in the style for a bit.

I've done that with styles that I've never been into prior to homebrewing, like Vienna lagers, wits, tropical stouts, saisons, and now my latest "obsession" traditional bocks.

I go through cycles of immersing myself in new styles, and then brewing and drinking old favorites.

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I focus on developing my style.

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Old 01-28-2011, 01:34 PM   #9
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I focus on developing my style.
Exactly.

I am the opposite of Revvy.

I want to make the next great style, not re-create what thousands of others have done.
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yeah, i usually try to stick to creating traditional styles.

i've brewed more porter than anything. bitters would be a distant second.

i'd like to get more carboys so I can do more lagers. i like simple beer.

that said.....i've been getting into belgians lately....

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