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Old 08-10-2012, 04:54 AM   #11
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What I don't understand is why must you 'age' it. It would make sense to me if you said "I still want it to taste fresh in six months".

Because your other criteria is: low ABV beer doesn't really fit in with the concept of aging.

So is your question actually: how do I keep my beer fresh for six months? If so I have no clue.

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I don't consider up to 7% ABV low exactly, but your point of fresh beer is sound. Aging, as per my previous post, fits best with what I am personally going for.

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Oktoberfest! It even fits into the style history. Six months from march to September. It is favored by the bmc crowd as well. Seems like a perfect fit. Question is if you want to lager it for that long?

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Should have thought of it sooner - Helles. Just moved one to a keg to lager. Not sure if it is really a 6 month necessity as far as aging. But I have never brewed a lager that wasn't better at 4 or 5 months than it was at 2 or 3. This would definitely appeal to BMC. Gold color, crystal clear, nice flavor but not overpowering in any area.

The other one would be a maibock.

Could keep a rotation of beers aging and serving:
Spring - Maibock (on the light side)
Summer - Helles
Fall - Oktoberfest
Winter - Alt???

In my experience, these beers have a great deal of appeal to almost all beer drinkers, even the BMC crowd.

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Should have thought of it sooner - Helles. Just moved one to a keg to lager. Not sure if it is really a 6 month necessity as far as aging. But I have never brewed a lager that wasn't better at 4 or 5 months than it was at 2 or 3. This would definitely appeal to BMC. Gold color, crystal clear, nice flavor but not overpowering in any area.

The other one would be a maibock.

Could keep a rotation of beers aging and serving:
Spring - Maibock (on the light side)
Summer - Helles
Fall - Oktoberfest
Winter - Alt???

In my experience, these beers have a great deal of appeal to almost all beer drinkers, even the BMC crowd.
Sound thinking. From my experience, all of the German beers tend to go over well with any crowd.
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Now I understand. You want a beer you can bottle and leave around for a while with no/little loss of quality. How about Edwort's Apfelwein? Belgian Strong may also be a good choice.

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Sound thinking. From my experience, all of the German beers tend to go over well with any crowd.
Yep - could even throw in pilsner, Hefe, kolsch, dunkel, bock as well. All of the lighter ones have mass appeal. Some of the midrange ones surprise the BMC crowd enough that you might even get some converts, or at least they might be curious enough to try a hoppier pilsner, maltier bock or similar beers.
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Should have thought of it sooner - Helles. Just moved one to a keg to lager. Not sure if it is really a 6 month necessity as far as aging. But I have never brewed a lager that wasn't better at 4 or 5 months than it was at 2 or 3. This would definitely appeal to BMC. Gold color, crystal clear, nice flavor but not overpowering in any area.

The other one would be a maibock.

Could keep a rotation of beers aging and serving:
Spring - Maibock (on the light side)
Summer - Helles
Fall - Oktoberfest
Winter - Alt???

In my experience, these beers have a great deal of appeal to almost all beer drinkers, even the BMC crowd.
I dunno brauf, you think it'd turn out better than an Imperial Bud Light?

I'll start with a Belgian Strong Ale and then the Helles, see how it goes over. Any case I'm sure I'll drink it. Now if I could only get them to like anything more complex...
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Now I understand. You want a beer you can bottle and leave around for a while with no/little loss of quality. How about Edwort's Apfelwein? Belgian Strong may also be a good choice.
They go rabid over Edwort's Apfelwein. I make it around 7%, semi-sweet and carbonated. They usually drink it before I think it's any good at all (BMC, remember).

Yeah it's not really Apfelwein at this point but I still use his recipe as my guideline...
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I know its not your answer... but convert your BMC drinkers to good beer, then yuo can brew what you like and everyone will enjoy a good beer.
How about and Imperial White/ Wit or something? I am not sure how long youl need to age that. I have and almost 7% Hefe that I just upped the malts and added some dextrose using the Simple Hefe recipe here in the database. After 2 weeks in the bottle, it tastes pretty dang good!

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