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Old 02-03-2011, 07:59 PM   #1
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Default Inexperienced Beer Drinkers and home brewing

Being 22 years old, I don't have extensive experience drinking the wide varieties of beers. I've been trying to sample different styles. Upland brewery and another small local brewery have some unique beers which helps.

However, I currently enjoy wheats, ambers, aka the "lighter," easier "drink-ability" beers. I want to venture into brewing different beers like IPA's, porters, stouts and things like that. So far I've done a Fat Tire clone and a dunkelweizen.

Where is a good place to start so I'm not turned off by radical beers?

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Old 02-03-2011, 08:02 PM   #2
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Try a cream ale or kolsch. Wheats or hefe's aren't too much of a stretch. Maybe an amber ale.

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If you want to start going a little hoppier, but not full IPA, try a pale ale.

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Have you had Uplands Helios? I would try that and Sun King's Sunlight Cream Ale and Osiris, maybe Bells Pale Ale or Amber, all good beers that shouldnt be too radical.

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Bells Two Hearted is a really good IPA as well, that I dont think is radical at all

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Bells Two Hearted is a really good IPA as well, that I dont think is radical at all
I know some people consider that a pretty big beer, I love it, awesome IPA, but I know plenty of people who hate it who are of the "lighter" beer persuasion.
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Koelsch and American Pale Ales are great jumping off points. There's tons of commercial examples you can try, and they're pretty easy to make. Once you get familiar with those types, try ramping it up in increments: move from an APA to an IPA, then from an IPA to an Imperial IPA, etc ...

You can also start branching off into variations on styles you're already familiar with. There are so many varieties of wheats out there, because they go so well with a variety of spices and flavorings. You can test the waters of "radical" beer by trying some of the many variations of wheats there are. Wheats are also, in my opinion, pretty darn near indestructible for a homebrewer. You can do so much crazy stuff with them and they'll turn out great.

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Upland has an awesome wheat! I really like brewing pale ales. It gives me a nice clean beer where I can taste flaws or taste different hop varietals or different malts so I can learn about them. It helps me train my palette so I can recognize basic ingredients. APAs are also my go to everyday session beer.

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Why not buy a single bottle or a six pack of different styles and see if you like them before you commit to waiting a month or more for five gallons of something you don't like?

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You might also look into English Pale Ales: Ordinary Bitters, Special Bitters and ESBs in that order so you can sorta slowly move up the scale of bitterness.

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