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Old 05-29-2009, 01:28 PM   #21
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I completely agree that its quality not quantity, the quantity days are long gone. I have been drinking beer now for over thirty years but just recently started to brew my own (slow learner I guess). It is more of the taste and the adventure with brewing that I really enjoy after three or four weeks you get to taste your creation. I was in the military over in Germany for two years and right around Christmas would get a beer called Perminator, this stuff would knock you down quick, the first taste would be great but the finish was like a shot of straight whisky. Now I enjoy one to two beers at a time and life could not be tastier.

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:33 PM   #22
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I agree 100% with this post.
I calculate apprx the ABV of my beers so I have a number to tell people when they ask. Plus it's good to know which beers not do down real quick before you run to the store!, but if I'm just drinking a beer, I don't pay attention to the ABV so much. There are sometimes when I want a big beer with an alcohol burn, but generally I just want a nice Pale or Amber...(Self realization right there!) I need to brew more of these.
I get request after request for more weizens. I love to oblige. It's a quick turnaround, low(ish) ABV and smooth as silk. Even my friends who chase high gravity beers consider a weizen (mine or not) the go-to "easy" beer. It's just something we all can hang out and enjoy without worrying about someone becoming "that guy". Those days are gone. Even when we're celebrating or mourning, no one gets drunk.

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:44 PM   #23
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The responses in this thread have given me hope that the session beer is still alive and well!

I'll admit - I get annoyed with the Bigger, Faster, Louder, More trend that seems to dominate the output of so many American craft breweries.

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:44 PM   #24
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You know, I LOVE beer. Love it. Love the smell, the taste, the aroma, the mouthfeel. At 135 pounds, if I drink more than about 3 "big" beers, I'm toasted. I don't want to drink BMC swill, though. So, I can make a 5% IPA that tastes great, and doesn't get me ripped. Even though I am capable of making a good barley wine, the vast majority of my beers weigh in between 4.8% and 6%. Because I can drink a "couple two tree" of them, and still have a family life. Having one while I'm out for a paddle (avid kayaker), or out in the boat, or while hiking, or enjoying the view at the lake, is awesome for me.

Maybe it's the whole "quality vs quantity" thing for me- I would rather have a couple of excellent beers than a case of swill to get me drunk. I'm about 99.9% over the getting drunk phase of my life. If I get a bit drunk now, it's purely by accident- it means I was enjoying some craft beers a bit too much!
That is SO me... aside from the 135 lb thing (I'm happy to say that number is no longer exactly half my weight). But I'm all about enjoying a good beer and not "getting my buzz on." Although it certainly does happen from time to time for the same reason as you.
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Old 05-29-2009, 01:54 PM   #26
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The responses in this thread have given me hope that the session beer is still alive and well!

I'll admit - I get annoyed with the Bigger, Faster, Louder, More trend that seems to dominate the output of so many American craft breweries.
I'm still convinced that IIPAs and other intentionally over-hopped beers are a fad. It's kinda like a frat boy saying how he LOVES to eat habeneros and thai chilis when all he's trying to do is impress his friends. And when he does, they join in on it too. Don't get me wrong I love hops, I just appreciate them more when they balance a beer and not over-power it.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:31 PM   #27
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I agree with the OP. I am on my second batch, and am still experimenting, but I am brewing more for flavor, and for a uniqueness. I think I am going to get a sick satisfaction out of asking my friends if they want a Vanilla Cream Ale or a PB/Choco Porter when they ask for a beer and watching them have an aneurysm trying to figure out what either of them will taste like. ABV is much less of a concern of mine than making something that you just can't buy at the store and having people tell me "Damn! You should sell this!"

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:00 PM   #28
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Sure. We can all agree that craftsmanship and creativity take a front seat to alcohol content when we brew. And, I agree, these will always be at the goal of every true brewer. But, people are kidding themselves if they think that the passion to do what we love doing would be the same if there was no alcohol involved.

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:02 PM   #29
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The responses in this thread have given me hope that the session beer is still alive and well!

I'll admit - I get annoyed with the Bigger, Faster, Louder, More trend that seems to dominate the output of so many American craft breweries.
I've tried a decent number of the popular names that come up on this forum often so that I know what people are talking about. I rarely bother looking for them any more for that same reason. Many of them are just too much of everything.

I've been messing around now for what seems like ever tweaking a bitter at 3.5% to 4%. It's more challenging to get it right with less than it is to make a malt monster and throw a ton of hops at it.
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Agreed. Anyone who homebrews to just get loaded is doing it for the wrong reasons.
Agreed. If it's any consolation, they probably won't be doing it for long.

Homebrewing is WAY too much work if you're just looking to get loaded. You can buy airlock-quality vodka for cheaper than you could ever homebrew.



In the spirit of the thread, I generally shoot for 5 to 6.5% ABV depending upon style. My last few batches have been a dunkelweisen at 5%, a specialty lager at 6% and a hefeweisen at 5.5%. I also made a strawberry cider (It's Summer and there's fresh strawberries! Let's ferment them!) at upwards of 7%, but that's more of a specialty thing.

But it depends on the beer. I make a coffee stout that really needs to be closer to 9% in order for everything to balance and I've made a crisp pale ale at 4% that came out great.
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