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Old 03-26-2011, 04:59 AM   #1
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Default Need a beer style suggestion for a picky SWMBO

Hey folks,

Trying to find something to brew that my wife will actually like, so she can enjoy the fruits of my homebrewing labor, too...here's a little info on her:

-For years she's been a Coors Light girl
-I just recently was able to get her to switch to Miller Lite (I was so proud of her since it does have at least a little more flavor to it)
-She has hated all my beers that I've brewed...Pale Ale, Belgian Tripel, Amber Ale, and even the Brewer's Best Weizenbier kit that I bought thinking she might like
-She HATES hoppiness. She thinks IPAs taste like trees (not too confident she'll like my Rye IPA that I'm about to dryhop tomorrow, haha)

I need to step up the flavor a bit from Miller Lite, but just a small baby step, and low on the IBUs. I think she might be okay with some fruitiness.

Any suggestions?

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Old 03-26-2011, 05:03 AM   #2
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A nice low-IBU blonde ale?

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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f66/cent...10-gall-42841/

There are recipes for both all-grain and extract, whichever suits your fancy. Tell her I said "you're welcome" .
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Old 03-26-2011, 05:06 AM   #4
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Cream ale or light wheat beer, or a lager if you have the time, space, and temperature control.

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All grain for sure! The blonde ale...that's a good idea. I never drink those so didn't even come to my mind. It takes her a month to polish off a six pack, so I think I'll do only 2.5 gallons of whatever I end up doing.

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-She HATES hoppiness. She thinks IPAs taste like trees (not too confident she'll like my Rye IPA that I'm about to dryhop tomorrow, haha)
Does she like grapefruit? If yes, buy some Inversion from Deschutes. No pine to this one.

You may need to go higher end and pick up something like The Abyss. Doesn't look like you've tried anything blacker than black.

Make some chicha and see if she if she'll help you chew corn?

Honestly, some people can't be helped. Buy her a nice Malbec and enjoy your beer.
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Hmm...mashing just 4.5 lbs of grain or so for a 2.5 gallon final batch size in a 10-gallon MLT...any reason that should create problems for me? Worried about heat loss primarily I guess...

Similar note...fermenting just 2.5 gallons in either a 6.5 gallon bucket or 5 gallon better bottle...any concerns there? I figure there should be enough CO2 production to fill that headspace...but I've never brewed anything but 5 or 5.5 gallon batches.

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I just brewed cream of three crops and it tastes like a much nicer Miller lite ... The recipe is on here somewhere !

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Do a traditional German Wheat. They are mellow on the hops. It's difficult to old back. Measure - it takes very little.

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You can ferment that small volume in a 5 gallon container, but its best to have a smaller fermenter for smaller batches.
I <3 my 2.5 gallon carboy.

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