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Old 04-22-2011, 02:19 AM   #1
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Like the topic says I think I've been ruined by beers like Labatt's blue, Molson Canadian, Laker, etc. Every time I try a craft brew it's too potent tasting for me. I just drank a Route 666 and wow, just like the hefe last night I was killed by flavor. I'm too used to watered down swill, I'll have to find a clone that's like those, or am I choosing the wrong craft beers?

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Hey, if that's what you like that's what you like. Nothing wrong with that at all.

The only problem I see is the cost- those beers are expensive in Canada, and it's tough to make a LaBatt's clone.

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Like the topic says I think I've been ruined by beers like Labatt's blue, Molson Canadian, Laker, etc. Every time I try a craft brew it's too potent tasting for me. I just drank a Route 666 and wow, just like the hefe last night I was killed by flavor. I'm too used to watered down swill, I'll have to find a clone that's like those, or am I choosing the wrong craft beers?

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you must me new to the scene, ger. your palette has not yet developed enough, we've all been there, you gotta take it slow. I started off with Amberbock; it was the best thing in the world for a couple of months, then slowly i progressed. when i went back and had an amberbock a few yrs later....TERRIBLE. Give it time. don't start off with intense craft brews. maybe venture out with, and i hate to say this but u gotta start somewhere, a blue moon. slowly, you'll desire bigger and better beers. we all used to be like you. now i can down a barleywine like it's iced tea
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i find my tastes tend to drift here and there. don't try to train your taste buds, that's just silly. if you like light and crisp, think about kolsch or cream ale. if you can go lager, you can get much closer to what you like. you might find that you start craving bigger, maltier, or hoppier beers, but maybe not.

that's the best part of homebrewing, you make whatever you want.

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oh and you can certainly make "watered down swill" if u want. just use mostly pale malt, not a lot of hops have an OG around 1040. also, u may find white beers to be very palatable, they're not very intense, that's why i suggested blue moon, but there are plenty out there. maybe even try boddington's, very "watery", but good enough to drink

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I was planning on doing a 2.5gal ag batch this weekend. Nothing fancy, 14 IBU's. I know it'll take time for me to get used to homebrew again, did extract a few years ago, and have an ale bottled and a stout in secondary. I thought I screwed the ale but I guess not. When I first brewed, the extract kit I used was awesome, I still remember it as being the best beer I've ever drank.

The batch I was going to brew is...
3.5# pale 2 row
0.5# crystal 60ish (I toasted myself)
0.5 oz cascade 30 min boil
safale 04 yeast


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Maybe give Bells Oberon a try if you can get it in your area.

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I know it'll take time for me to get used to homebrew again, did extract a few years ago, and have an ale bottled and a stout in secondary.


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maybe i'm not reading this correctly, but are you saying that you have a 2 year old brew still in your secondary vessel? If so.....why haven't you done anything with it?
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Head down to the LCBO and get yourself a six pack (or three) of the flying monkeys amber ale. That is a gateway beer if every there was one. Even their anti-gravity (which is only a 4% light ale) has more actual good beer flavour than anything labatts spews out.

I have a feeling that you will notice your tastebuds starting to demand more!

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Like the topic says I think I've been ruined by beers like Labatt's blue, Molson Canadian, Laker, etc. Every time I try a craft brew it's too potent tasting for me. I just drank a Route 666 and wow, just like the hefe last night I was killed by flavor. I'm too used to watered down swill, I'll have to find a clone that's like those, or am I choosing the wrong craft beers?

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You like what you like. Nothing wrong with that. If you're looking to grow your palate it's best to start small. If you're used to BMC and then drink a triple decocted imperial double dry hopped Belgian fermented Black IPA.... yeah... it's not gonna be your speed and be pretty intense.

Instead try the following styles...

Blonde Ale
Cream Ale
Saison
Witbier

These are all light bodied easy drinking beers, that still have more going on than your average domestic adjunct lager.
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