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Old 02-09-2008, 10:36 PM   #1
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My family goes up to a cottage in northern Wisconsin around the fourth of July every year. And I guess they want me to bring some homebrew. I know it's very early, but with all the snow we've been getting I can't help thinking about summer.

I'm thinking about doing two brews: an APA and a wit. If I were to add a third beer, I'd consider a porter as it can get a little cool in the evenings and a dark beer around the campfire could be nice.

What would you brew for such an occasion? (I don't have a set-up to do lagers, which are obvious summer beer choices.)

My fear is that with the hop shortage I won't be able to get enough hops for the pale ale. Is this concern legitimate? Or should I start stocking up on hops now (and if I do will they keep ok in my freezer?)?

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Old 02-09-2008, 11:07 PM   #2
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you should be able to get the hops you need. you'll just pay more for them this year.

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Old 02-09-2008, 11:12 PM   #3
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Do a nice belgian wit and an english mild brown ale.

My Blue Balls wit is easy, requires low amounts of hops and the english mild, while it's a brown and flavorful beer, is low hopped and low alcohol. It would make a nice summer (cool) evening beer because there'd be no regrets in the morning.

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Old 02-10-2008, 05:23 AM   #4
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As long as we're talking about belgian wits, I think I've stumbled through the style more by luck than by skill.

I HATE Blue Moon. It's way too sweet and just too fruity for me to enjoy more than a few sips. What parameters do I need to watch to keep my beer from tasting like Blue Moon? I imagine keeping my fermentation on the low side would prevent ester formation.

Besides that...?

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Old 02-10-2008, 01:19 PM   #5
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Use an American wheat yeast (Wyeast 1010) rather than a Belgian wit yeast (3944).

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Where is the cottage? I know several people here on HBT come up this way in the summer.

I'm thinking if you hate Blue Moon (as I do) you might not really enjoy a wit that much. I don't like wheat beers in any way, though, so I'm probably not a good judge. I'd do a cream ale, or lighter flavored beer like the Fat Tire clone rather than a wit.
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Blue Moon is not a very good representation of the style in my opinion. There are a lot of good wits out there you can try, try Allagash White if you can get it.

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Use an American wheat yeast (Wyeast 1010) rather than a Belgian wit yeast (3944).
Coincidentally, this is what Blue Moon does.
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When I give people a home brew for the first time, one beer that goes over good is a nice amber beer. Just something about this style seems to please new people about home brew.

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I know it's very early, but with all the snow we've been getting I can't help thinking about summer.
but, I don't blame you. It's -1° F. here, and snowing. It's suppose to get worse tonight and tomorrow, but I just read an entire seed catalog last night, and am abrady dreaming about the changes I'm going to make to my garden this year.

Come on spring
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