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Old 03-13-2012, 07:10 PM   #1
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Default If you were to brew a batch of beer for a wedding...

What would it be?

I have a couple friends getting married this May and they are doing all homebrew for their reception. Thus, a friend and I are each brewing a 5 gallon batch for them as gifts.

The other batch of beer is a pretty standard Hefeweizen, and I am looking for inspiration/recipes. Anyone have a good allgrain recipe for something light and tasty that could be ready by the start of May? (I know I'm cutting it a little close on the time) Maybe something in the wheat category or a somewhat out there variation on a hefeweizen?

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:13 PM   #2
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I don't have a recipe for you, but I like a nice Red/Amber ale for an easy drinking beer. If you brew a beer this weekend you have time for 3 weeks in fermentation and 3 weeks in bottles. That should be good if you hit everything right and the beer doesn't need to clean up any off flavors.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:19 PM   #3
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I am going to make a honey and heather ale for some Friends reception this fall. It is basically going to be a Fraoch like beer with slightly less of a heather presence, some honey malt and honey. I am planning it to be 5%

Honey has traditionally been associated with weddings/honeymoons for a LONG time.

Another lesser known is apple. I am planning an apple Kolsh and think that would be a nice beer as well.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:20 PM   #4
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I would go with a tasty Oktoberfast Ale and force carb to speed it up. I dont know why but I a nice malty beer going over well at a wedding. Wish I had an all-grain receipe for you but I'm still limited to doing partial mash brews.

Good luck, sounds like fun

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:26 PM   #5
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I have a recipe for a ridiculously hopped blood orange hefeweizen aka the blood orange weiPA. Its extracs but can be converted easily. lots of citra and cascade hops. Made it last year and was a hit with my homebrew crew, best one i ever made (their words, nto mine). Or a regular blood orange hef might be a good option.

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Cream ale and Irish Red are usually widely appreciated. Stick to lower ABV, low or no roast malts and lower IBUs to get a quick turnaround. Also, it helps to go light on the hop flavors and aromas if you're trying to please a wide audience.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:47 PM   #7
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If you use an English yeast strain (WLP002 is awesome), you can ferment your beer and have it ready for packaging in 2 weeks, leaving you 4 weeks for conditioning. I've got some great, fast recipes if you're interested!

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:48 PM   #8
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I'm considering doing something like this, as i am in the early planning stages for my wedding.

The best think i can think of would be 'know your guests' cater to what they like ... or if you don't know, the best bet is just to keep it simple.

Also, +1 to lower abv. Think Session beers.

I plan on doing

Cream ale
IPA
Amber
Apfelwein, instead of Champagne toast.

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Don't get too fancy... If you want a wit or hefe do one. Just don't get too fancy. But, if it were me I'd do a steam beer or something very crisp, clean, and clear. something everyone can enjoy.

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Old 03-13-2012, 07:56 PM   #10
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I highly agree with the Irish Red or Cream Ale suggestion. A sweet, brown ale along the lines of Newcastle is another good recommendation, if you don't know your audience. Anything too hoppy or too heavy will be a hit with some, but will turn others off on homebrew or craft beers. A good middle of the road style is a good plan.

Now, if you know you have a bunch of beer geeks in the audience, brew something crazy.

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