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Old 03-27-2012, 01:13 AM   #1
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i'm stuck... i'm either brewing variations of IPAs, sours or experimental crap... and everything i brew (sans sours and experimental) tends to be high gravity.

to that point i brewed a BMC the other day and the gravity was 1.074 (planned on 1.070 but my efficiency was higher than i anticipated)... i need help... i want a lower alcohol beer (4-6%) that i can geek out on... right now my choices are;

- pale ale (i checked, only brewed one in the last year+) - but booooring.
- kolsch (i have no desire in brewing a lager of any sort)

i don't care for stouts, but i do love porters... i wouldn't mind it being something weird or odd, just no lagering - i have no capability or desire to lager.

any ideas?

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Old 03-27-2012, 01:24 AM   #2
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I found myself in a similar situation, so I'm going to brew a mild american brown ale. I've actually never brewed one, but I like them. Seemed like the obvious choice when it hit me..

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:35 AM   #3
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English Mild.

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Old 03-27-2012, 02:37 AM   #4
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Hard to beat a good ESB.

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:21 AM   #5
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I am brewing a French Saison soon and aiming to hit 4.5% ABV. Another great choice is Dry Irish Stout.

If you want to do some off the wall brews you could mash 6 apples or pears in your Kolsh or how about a corn centric spicy chocolate Myan/Aztec thing?

I recently had a Point Brewery Cascade Pale ale and it was super aromatic with mild bitterness and flavor, nice light and crisp. Light Pale Ales done well are not so easy to make...

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Old 03-27-2012, 04:28 AM   #6
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Hard to beat a good ESB.
+1 This!

When the IPA/IIPA seems to become too commonplace go for the Euro's like an ESB.
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If you like porters then do one. You can go crazy by experimenting with imparting oaked flavors, vanilla (with vanilla beans, soaked in bourbon) and chocolate and coffee in the secondary.. Just not all at the same time

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Just an English Bitter. Lower gravity than the ESB.

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I'm a hop guy, but I LOVE experimenting with porters. There is so much you can do in secondary. If you have the capacity to split a batch, and age one on coffee and one on oak and bourbon, or whatever you can dream up, go for it. It is amazing how different the exact same beer will taste when aged differently and might hook you into a different aspect of brewing.

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Wheat? California Common?

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