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Old 03-01-2009, 09:31 PM   #1
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Does anyone know if there is a way to brew a light calorie beer? I have basic equipment and knowledge of how to brew, but I'm starting to get fat!!!

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:49 AM   #2
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Reduce your grains/malts, to be around a 4% alc content. I do extract only and have done a couple English Milds. I steep around a 1/2 to 3/4 lbs of grains and use a 3.3 can of LME and 1lb of DME with some hops. According to Beer Calculas I'm around the 110 calorie mark. Want it lower? Eliminate the steeping grains or a pound of malt. But would you want to drink it then?

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:53 AM   #3
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Drink good beer.Fat and happy is better then thin and mich ultra.

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Old 03-02-2009, 12:58 AM   #4
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Unfermented sugar is a serious calorie contributor. The best way to make a lite beer, IMO, is to brew something very basic and crush up beano tablets into the fermenter.

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Miller Lite clone

Found this recipe in one of the books that I have.
SWMBO asked me to brew it once.
But personaly I would never brew it, as I think it would be a lot cheeper to buy at the Store.

Ingredients

2.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 36.4 %
1.75 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 31.8 %
1.75 lb Pale Malt (6 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 31.8 %
0.50 oz Cluster [7.00%] (60 min) Hops 15.1 IBU
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
0.50 tsp Amylase Enzyme (Primary 3.0 days) Misc
1 Pkgs Pilsen Lager (Wyeast Labs #2007) Yeast-Lager

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65 degrees add yeast
ferment 4-6 days in primary at 50 degrees
transfer to secondary and add disolved amylase enzyme
maintain 50 degrees for 2 weeks
then larger one more week at 40 degrees


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Old 03-02-2009, 03:12 AM   #6
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Alcohol is the enemy!
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:23 PM   #7
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Unfermented sugar is a serious calorie contributor. The best way to make a lite beer, IMO, is to brew something very basic and crush up beano tablets into the fermenter.
+1.

But seriously, look at the other sources of carbohydrates in your diet. A bottle of Sierra Nevada Bigfoot barleywine might set you back 330 calories, but less than half of a McD's Double Quarter Pounder with Cheese (740 calories!!) We won't even mention the 2700 calorie Chili's Awesome Blossom that nobody minds devouring...

Beer Calories, Beer Alcohol, Beer Carbohydrates.

I say cut out the other factors, then go after beer.
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Old 03-02-2009, 01:25 PM   #8
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Miller Lite clone

Found this recipe in one of the books that I have.
SWMBO asked me to brew it once.
But personaly I would never brew it, as I think it would be a lot cheeper to buy at the Store.

Ingredients

2.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 36.4 %
1.75 lb Corn, Flaked (1.3 SRM) Grain 31.8 %
1.75 lb Pale Malt (6 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 31.8 %
0.50 oz Cluster [7.00%] (60 min) Hops 15.1 IBU
0.25 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
0.50 tsp Amylase Enzyme (Primary 3.0 days) Misc
1 Pkgs Pilsen Lager (Wyeast Labs #2007) Yeast-Lager

Notes

65 degrees add yeast
ferment 4-6 days in primary at 50 degrees
transfer to secondary and add disolved amylase enzyme
maintain 50 degrees for 2 weeks
then larger one more week at 40 degrees
Obviously that recipe is wrong. You have to put the hops in three times.
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Obviously that recipe is wrong. You have to put the hops in three times.
Why three times? Late addition hops might not be appropriate for a BMC clone.
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Why three times? Late addition hops might not be appropriate for a BMC clone.
Miller's new ad campaign describes how it's "triple hopped," and they add the hops three times, not just once, so you can really taste it!
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