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Old 12-05-2009, 01:58 AM   #1
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Default Homebrewing Tendencies and Trends

I started homebrewing in September of this year and this is what I have brewed to date:

Cologne Kolsh - OG 1.043 FG 1.011
Belgium Amber - OG 1.045 FG 1.012
Holiday Apple Spice - OG 1.078 FG 1.012 I know..KILLER ABV
Oatmeal Stout - OG 1.064 FG 1.016
Honey IPA OG = 1.062 FG = 1.011
American Amber OG = 1.040 FG = 1.009
Peach Wheat IPA OG = 1.065 FG = 1.011
Belgian Style Pale Ale OG = 1.065 FG = 1.023
Honey Nut ESB OG = 1.0625 FG = 1.019


My brief brewing history has led me to see a trend. I tend to brew hoppier, stronger, higher gravity brews. My theory is that I am brewing beers that I like and that I cannot afford to by on a budget.

Has anybody else noticed a trend towards more eccentric, micro styles of beer for the homebrewer?

My neighbors always ask me if I can make bud light...why would I want too?!

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Old 12-05-2009, 02:09 AM   #2
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I've only been brewing since September as well, and I agree. I've brewed styles so far that I know I like, and one that I've never had before but thought it looked good. I've never had a bitter before, so my next brew will be one of those, at least I'm leaning that way, trying to fill in some gaps in what I've tasted.

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Old 12-05-2009, 02:45 AM   #3
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I've only been brewing since September as well, and I agree. I've brewed styles so far that I know I like, and one that I've never had before but thought it looked good. I've never had a bitter before, so my next brew will be one of those, at least I'm leaning that way, trying to fill in some gaps in what I've tasted.
bitter is fantastic...if I can offer some advice for a five gallon batch to be bottled....I would go with 1/2 to 2/3 cup of dextrose for carbonation...smoothness, maltiness and balance is a key for bitter. It is simply delicious when done correctly. I even like a little dry hop
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:04 AM   #4
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I suppose there is no single rule to answer that question as tastes come into play, but I bet most home brewers lean in that direction. The average beer I brew has an OG between 1.055 and 1.070. As you get into more exotic beers with heavier gravities the savings of making them yourself becomes more significant. When you get up into the fancy Belgians and Heavy IPA's, stouts, etc you are dropping $10-12 for a bomber when you can brew up 2 cases if you are getting ingredients in bulk for maybe $50-60. It becomes a no brainer.

As to Bud light, well as it's often said, very few home brewers could pull it off. The level of filtering and clarity is significant, and there is not anywhere to hide even the slightest flaw. Pretty much not doable without mechanical filtering and pastuerization.

Looks like you have brewed some tasty stuff, but the king killer would have to be that Honey Nut ESB with the 1.623 OG I'd like a bottle, and a soft mat to land on when I hit the floor.

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Old 12-05-2009, 03:09 AM   #5
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i see a trend. take some sweet delicoius wort, add yeast. they fart co2 and piss ethanol!

hit the brakes.

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Honey Nut ESB OG = 1.623 FG = 1.019
what the hell? thats 79% abv. typo?
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I think when you settle in to homebrewing, and drink almost exclusively homebrew your gravities will come down a bit. I do like a nice strong beer from time to time, but I tend to prefer a beer I can drink 2-3 of and not be drunk. Since I only drink homebrew at home I usually brew moderate beers. Maybe your drinking habits are different. If you do end up drinking only homebrew I think you will want more session beers down the road. Have fun with crazy brews and interesting ingredients. If you try something unusual that tastes too strong in any direction set it aside and come back in a couple months, it does help.

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i see a trend. take some sweet delicoius wort, add yeast. they fart co2 and piss ethanol!

hit the brakes.



what the hell? thats 79% abv. typo?
I fixed it! 1.0625 was the actual reading....man..give a guy a break!
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i wanted to know the secret of 79% without distillation or anything illegal is all.

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Old 12-05-2009, 04:31 AM   #9
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I am trying to create a few more "sessionable" beers lately, that ESB was only supposed to hit 1.056..but I was too efficient! Tomorow I have a 1.047 nut brown planned for 75% efficiency..I have a feeling it will come in at 1.050 or so...but I think I will mash at 154....so I get some sweetness to compliment the nutty deliciousness....some maple syrup would be nice but my liver needs a break.

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Old 12-05-2009, 04:45 AM   #10
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9 beers since sept.?! Geez thats alot of brewing!

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