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Old 05-01-2013, 10:39 PM   #1
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Default Planning my summer pipeline

Hey all, putting some thought into the brews I am going to do this summer. Have a Citra IPA dry hopped in the secondary, and i want to get 3 more in the works. I'm really feeling the summer brews right now, IPAs, wheats, maybe a shandy? what would your top 3 be? I'm looking for some inspiration here.

Been thinking an american wheat with some sort of fruit (kiwi or mango perhaps?), an amarillo apa, or maybe that blood orange hefe I've seen on the forums.

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Old 05-01-2013, 10:59 PM   #2
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Here's my goto summer beers..
Saison
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Sess ipa

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:07 PM   #3
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Well, these aren't necessarily summerish beers, but this is my current plan:

Bottle conditioning - Mosaic IPA
Fermenting - Cream Ale
Next Up: Wee Heavy (with Edinburgh yeast cake from the cream ale), Nelson Sauvin Pale Ale, Barrel-Aged Imperial Mild, Boh Pilsner, English Curry IPA

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Old 05-01-2013, 11:09 PM   #4
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Got to go saison, saison, saison.

After that, probably a nice cream ale for easy drinkin, and a hoppy but not over the top pale ale or milder IPA.

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Old 05-02-2013, 01:04 AM   #5
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Looking forward to making some watermelon ale.

Last year a guy bought his effort to the club and I swear you could spit out watermelon pips after every sip. Great stuff.

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Old 05-02-2013, 08:22 AM   #6
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I plan on brewing way more than 3 batches, but my top 3 summer beers (not in order) are:

Cream of 3 Crops ale (Biermunchers recipe)
Lemon-lime blonde ale (already in bottles, but I'll brew another batch next month)
Scottish 70- schilling

I also plan to brew a few pale ales, IPA's, and a few low gravity session beers before summer is through...

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Old 05-02-2013, 09:59 AM   #7
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Only new idea I'll add is a little Belgian I make: 4% 3/4 pils, 1/4 wheat, about 22IBUs of Glacier, Abbey ale yeast. Amazing--light, a touch sweet from the pils, and crisply refreshing!

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So far my summer pipeline is pretty lame, but I did just brew an orange/coriander pale ale (recipe on this site). It is one of the best home brews I have made and a perfect summer beer. Hoppy but drinkable by people who aren't huge into homebrew. It went real fast last time I made it.

I also have some skeeter pee going for the summer and am planning on a Belgian and might try my first siason this year.

Take a look at the orange coriander pale ale if that is your thing. The flavorings are very subtle, it is like a great pale ale with a little more interest.

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+1 to Saison. I have a honey chamomile wheat from the recipe section going. If you can lager try a Kolsch. There is no substitute for a good Belgian Witbier is the summer, I particularly like Jamil's recipe from brewing classic styles it is outstanding.

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Saison
Saison
IPA

Yes, Saison twice. I have the unhealthy obsession with delicious saisons, so they tend to be made a lot, especially in summer.

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