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Old 01-10-2006, 09:43 AM   #1
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Anyone know of a good link for one? I want something to refer to when it is time to brew certain beers....for example, start your pumpkin ale in late August to have it ready by October, or start your Dry Stout by mid January to have it ready by St. Paddy's Day...that kind of thing. I know some beers, like an authentic Oktoberfest, are brewed in March and lagered until the big fest.....

Let's have 'em, or let's create one and post a sticky. I wouldn't mind a monthly reminder either--we could put that up as a sticky as well....."Remember, brew your hefeweizen NOW to have it ready for summer drinking!"

I think that would be kind of cool......

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Old 01-10-2006, 12:56 PM   #2
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I love the idea. I personaly do not know how to go about doing it.

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I agree. It's a great idea and is something I would use.

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I definitely like this idea. I have been thinking about this for awhile now. A post from Walker on this subject, a while ago, got me started.

I planned to stick to German seasonal brews, however. One tool I'm using is MS project to figure out when to brew what beer (given the time spent in the primary, secondary and aging) to brew when. I posted a thread some time ago asking for a program that can be used to figure out a brew calender.

Here is my current Schedule

2 weeks before Easter (during the time of Lent): Starkbier (any brew >16 Plato should do)
month of may: Maibock (I have seen quite a number of recipes floating around)
End of September: Oktoberfest
Month of December: Festbier (I'd go with a strong, >16 Plato, dark Lager)

And then there are of course different kinds of beers you like to enjoy in the spring, summer, fall and winter. Since I will not give them so much time to age/lager, I will plan and brew on an as needed basis.

Only for the Oktoberfest there is a traditional brew time (March) which may pose quite some problems to us home brewers. There is the need to allocate a carboy or keg for 6+ months and I'm not sure if we can actually keep it clean enough to make the beer keep that long. However, I'm going to brew one batch of Oktoberfest in March and another batch at the end of July so I will have 2 batches ready for an Oktoberfest party.

I soon have to get on the Ball for the Starkbier that I want to have ready for Easter. I think something light (like a Maibock) will probably do.

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Old 01-13-2006, 07:37 AM   #5
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Okay...let's get something down so we can compile a calendar.....

Let's start month-by-month? Make suggestions/corrections as necessary, brainstorm, then we'll get a good idea down on paper and create it....

Jan?--St. Paddy's stout (late January...)? Irish Red?
Feb?--Irish Red?
March--Oktoberfest lager?
April--Hefe? (late April to be ready by summer?) IPA?
May--Maibock, Hefe?
June--
July--
August--Pumpkin Beer
September--Spice beer for holidays? Winter Stout?
October--Winter Stout?
November--Stout?
December--
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I would throw in a barleywine or Imperial stout somewhere in the Jan-Mar range for Christmas with the family.

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You guys have no idea how many times I've started doing a chart like this.

I saw one in a book...title unknown...but I didn't need anything else from the pages...so it remained on the shelf.

As for spiced brews for the holidays I would HIGHLY recommend 6 months ahead of scheduled tap date so the spices can mellow...

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Old 01-17-2006, 04:55 AM   #9
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The book you are looking for is A year of Beer. My wife just purchased it for me. In the front of the book it has a chart on what to brew and when to brew it. Starts with Altbier brew first part of Oct. ready to drink mid Dec. Barleywine takes almost 11 months. Others such as Fruit beers brew first of April ready to drinf by mid to lateJune for summer beer.

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Old 01-17-2006, 04:57 AM   #10
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Start typing away.... to inform the rest of us!

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