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Old 07-25-2011, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hey gang,

SWMBO will be out of town visiting her folks at the beach for a week. I'm planning a Brewathon to fill up the pipeline and brew some beers that can age for a while. I'll have 5 nights and I'm planning on brewing for at least 4 of them. Right now here's what I'm thinking:

RIS
Barleywine
Some sort of sour?
Pumpkin beer possibly?
Maybe an oaked beer?

I've got a brown ale that's waiting for a keg to free up and an Octoberfest and a Saison currently fermenting. These three will take me a while to get through, so I'll have my guess at least 3+ months to age the Brewathon beers. Really I'd have no problem letting them sit longer for that matter.

What would you guys brew?

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Old 07-25-2011, 10:20 PM   #2
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Dark Belgian strong, christmas beer and a porter would be good for a few months of conditioning.

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Christmas in July! Brew up that holiday beer!

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Let WLP530 do its thing on any IPA or DIPA. I still haven't found a way to go wrong with that.

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Tripel for Fall, Dark Strong Ale and a Porter for Winter.

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I would definitely suggest something sour if you have the capacity to meet your patience.

The roeselare yeast would be an easy way to break right in.

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First off, I'm jealous!!!!

But I would brew up a full rainbow of beers:
-A light wheat like a Weihenstephaner
-A bitter like an Old Speckled Hen
-A moderate hoppy IPA like SNIPA
-A sour like La Roja
-A big RIS like Old Rasputian

... but in the end, brew whatever makes you happy while we all hate your freedom! Ha!

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Hey gang,

SWMBO will be out of town visiting her folks at the beach for a week. I'm planning a Brewathon to fill up the pipeline and brew some beers that can age for a while. I'll have 5 nights and I'm planning on brewing for at least 4 of them. Right now here's what I'm thinking:

RIS
Barleywine
Some sort of sour?
Pumpkin beer possibly?
Maybe an oaked beer?

I've got a brown ale that's waiting for a keg to free up and an Octoberfest and a Saison currently fermenting. These three will take me a while to get through, so I'll have my guess at least 3+ months to age the Brewathon beers. Really I'd have no problem letting them sit longer for that matter.

What would you guys brew?
Well, why not a Barleywine... a SMASH even, but brew them using different yeasts... preferably one winding up of Bretts.

That way you can get a barleywine and a sourish beer.
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All good suggestions. Not a huge Belgian guy, which I know is sacriledge, but I hate raisins, and dubbels and quads have that funky dried fruit flavor I can't get into yet.

Today I'm thinking RIS, barleywine, hoppy red (that I'll dryhop closer to drinking) and a Christmas beer.

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