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Old 05-29-2009, 01:05 AM   #1
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I read the previous post about black and tan pairings and it got me thinking about snake bites. I already have the plans for the apfelwine I was thinking of maybe mixing it with a blue moon clone or similar wheat. Thoughts?

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:46 AM   #2
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I'm assuming a snake bite is a wheat/cider blend? If so it sounds good.

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Old 05-29-2009, 01:51 AM   #3
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A snakebite is 50% strongbow and 50% guines draft. No exeptions in my opinion.

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:46 AM   #4
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Another good combo is strong bow and harps or boddingtons. never tried the guiness though.

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:47 AM   #5
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I always thought it was lager and cider. Just checked wikipedia and whoever wrote the entry thought so too. Never tried it but I've heard it ordered a few times.

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Old 05-29-2009, 02:42 PM   #6
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I always thought it was lager and cider. Just checked wikipedia and whoever wrote the entry thought so too. Never tried it but I've heard it ordered a few times.
I've always had it as cider and Guinness.
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Old 05-29-2009, 02:51 PM   #7
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I went to a bar once and ordered a snakebite three times...got three different drinks, one of which was a shot!

If I want Guinness and cider I ask for it by ingredient. Black Velvet is what another bar called this drink.

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:51 PM   #8
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Mixing anything w/ Guinness is sacrelige

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Old 05-29-2009, 03:56 PM   #9
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A snakebite is European light lager and apple cider. Fairly popular West Coast drink.


IMHO, EdWort's Apfelwein recipe is too dry for a proper snakebite. It's great by itself, but I think you really want a sweeter cider to counteract the crisp hit of a Euro lager (think Harp, Stella, etc.)

If you were using something sweeter, as most extract homebrews seem to be, then the Apfelwein might work better. Of course, there's really only one way to find out...


EDIT: As a side note, I've been making my cider with Nottingham ale yeast and using honey instead of dextrose to boost it. I use the Costco Kirkland juice and the whole shebang costs about $20 for the batch. It finishes a little sweeter and with more of the wet fruit up front with some complexity from the honey thrown in for good measure. I also add about two Tbsp of yeast nutrient and I find that I can have a batch kegged and drinking within 6-8 weeks.

If you're looking for a sweeter, fruitier alternative, just try switching up your yeast.

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Old 05-29-2009, 04:07 PM   #10
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You all stop the bickering! A snake bite is Guinness and cider (Strongbow style)

Case closed.

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