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Old 10-11-2012, 12:54 AM   #41
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I'm not sure I understand the direction that this thread has taken. The OP, as a kind gesture, wanted to brew a beer for FRIENDS that they may like. He also wanted to ease them into the experience of a craft that he obviously enjoys. A large amount of responses are on the lines of "screw 'em if they don't know any better". I have consumed my share of mass produced tasteless beers over the years and EVOLVED into enjoying flavorful unique beers. If just one of his friends tastes his well made beer and chooses to experiment with alternative craft beers then all of his effort will be well worth it.

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Old 10-11-2012, 01:41 AM   #42
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I'm not sure I understand the direction that this thread has taken. The OP, as a kind gesture, wanted to brew a beer for FRIENDS that they may like. He also wanted to ease them into the experience of a craft that he obviously enjoys. A large amount of responses are on the lines of "screw 'em if they don't know any better". I have consumed my share of mass produced tasteless beers over the years and EVOLVED into enjoying flavorful unique beers. If just one of his friends tastes his well made beer and chooses to experiment with alternative craft beers then all of his effort will be well worth it.
I got the OP question as "Do any of you brew a boring light lager to appease those that would rather drink BMC?"
To which most people said either (in summary): "NO WAY", "If they don't like my homebrew they can drink their own beer", or "It is not worth it to brew a BMC clone because the time, effort and cost would be more than just picking up a case of BMC from the liquor store".
A boring light lager will not ease anyone into "better" beer, all it will do is keep them on the same track of drinking boring light lagers. Brewing a cream ale or blonde might get them going though...
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:56 AM   #43
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I understand and agree with the concept but why a lager? Why not a simple blond, a light honey ale or a straight up plain wheat? They are all a quick turn around and plain yet tasty enough to enjoy. My wife and her friends drink 55's or ultras but when I have a blond tapped that is their go to beer.
This was my original post in this thread, so I agree with the idea of a simple brew to introduce the flavors of the craft but when I open my doors to my friends I do not tell them I will NOT try to provide something for them to enjoy and just being in my superior presence should be enough for them. If they don't like it then brown bag in their own garbage.
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Old 10-11-2012, 01:59 AM   #44
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No, my friends like beer. Once I move up to 4 taps though I plan on having a wheat on tap, since it's nice to have something light every once in a while.

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Old 10-11-2012, 02:11 AM   #45
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No, my friends like beer. Once I move up to 4 taps though I plan on having a wheat on tap, since it's nice to have something light every once in a while.
I agree. I have 5 taps. The first is carbonated water and the other 4 range from a blonde to an IIPA to a spiced beer to a milk stout. Something for a variety of tastes. It keeps most every one happy. And for the less adventurous there is always Ultra or 55's and PBR in bottles.
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:00 AM   #46
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Im kind of appalled at the prejudice displayed here. I dont see any posts that talk about personal experiences wih lagering; just a bunch of naysayers parroting how difficult and arduous a process that lagering a light beer is; a bunch of critics discouraging someone from taking on a personal challenge.

Have any of you even had a homebrewed Pilsner? Even when brewed with rice syrup solids they're exceptionally tasty.

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Old 10-11-2012, 03:33 PM   #47
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Im kind of appalled at the prejudice displayed here. I dont see any posts that talk about personal experiences wih lagering; just a bunch of naysayers parroting how difficult and arduous a process that lagering a light beer is; a bunch of critics discouraging someone from taking on a personal challenge.

Have any of you even had a homebrewed Pilsner? Even when brewed with rice syrup solids they're exceptionally tasty.
OP didn't ask for recipe or technique advice - he asked if anyone brews "plain, boring" light lagers to appease their friends
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Old 10-11-2012, 03:46 PM   #48
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Im kind of appalled at the prejudice displayed here. I dont see any posts that talk about personal experiences wih lagering; just a bunch of naysayers parroting how difficult and arduous a process that lagering a light beer is; a bunch of critics discouraging someone from taking on a personal challenge.

Have any of you even had a homebrewed Pilsner? Even when brewed with rice syrup solids they're exceptionally tasty.
No one was discouraging. People said they either did or did not brew a light lager. The ones who said no said it was cheaper to buy one. If the op wants the challenge of brewing a clean light lager than go for it. It he succeeds then it will only help him in future brews, especially a kolsch. As far as lagering a light beer, keep it in a carboy at cool temperatures for a few months... or did you mean how to brew a light lager? Just a recommendation, if you are going to call out a thread and the people who posted be sure you are using the right terminology.
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Yesterday, I finally snagged a freezer to use for making lagers, with the intention of having a beer on tap to be able to offer my friends who prefer light, American-style lagers. But as I prepare to make my first lager, the more I read about it, the more it seems there's a bit of "class snobbery" surrounding brewing such beers.

I'm curious - do you guys keep a batch of "plain, boring" light lager on tap to offer your friends who don't like the richer character of a homebrew ale?
kombat my friend, there are people that will never have the love for great tasting beer. This is what I usually do about once a year I buy a case of what ever is on sale for those who are into american light. I brew lagers, alts, and ales but there are nothing lite about them. Brew what you like, let them not into your hobby BYOB.
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I'm absolutely baffled that people seem to have this irrational, instinctive aversion to homebrew beer. I say, "Hey, can I get you a beer?" They say, "Sure, what kind do you have?" "I've got a nice medium-bodied pale ale and a stout." They ask, "OK, but what kind is it? Stella? Heineken?" "No, they're homebrews." Then they back away. "Oh, OK then, don't worry about it, I'm fine with water."
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