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Old 07-05-2011, 07:34 PM   #1
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Default What to brew for son's first birthday party

Just got the go ahead to brew the beer for my son's first birthday party. We are having the party lakeside, and I am making a low country boil for the food. There will be a mix of people there that drink the typical BMC and that drink good craft beer. I am slated to brewing two kegs. The party will be August 6. I know this isn't much time, but lately I have been able to go from grain to glass in two weeks pretty consistently. So the questions, what to brew. Considering the short turn around time I am thinking something on the lighter side, and also that I will have to move the kegs there the morning of the party, something that if its cloudy it won't be a big deal. The obvious would be a Wit or Hefe.

I would like to do something besides a wheat beer .... any other suggestions?? What goes good with a low country boil?

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Old 07-05-2011, 07:37 PM   #2
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Kolsch! It appeals to nearly everyone. It can be done in 4 weeks. Just in time for the party.

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Enfamil?

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Really?? I was under the impression a Kolsch needed more time to age. I have half a pound of hallertauer hops, and a bunch of Kolsch yeast, just need to cook up a starter. Any recipe suggestions?

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Enfamil?
Not for my boy. He drinks from the tap, mom.
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Ummm.... Chocolate Milk...

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Really?? I was under the impression a Kolsch needed more time to age. I have half a pound of hallertauer hops, and a bunch of Kolsch yeast, just need to cook up a starter. Any recipe suggestions?
Here is a Kolsch recipe that I really enjoy.

Code:
BeerSmith 2 Recipe Printout - http://www.beersmith.com
Recipe: Kolsch
Brewer: 
Asst Brewer: 
Style: Kölsch
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (0.0) 

Recipe Specifications
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Boil Size: 6.79 gal
Post Boil Volume: 5.98 gal
Batch Size (fermenter): 5.25 gal   
Bottling Volume: 5.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 3.9 SRM
Estimated IBU: 23.9 IBUs
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Est Mash Efficiency: 76.7 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amt                   Name                                     Type          #        %/IBU         
9 lbs                 Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM)            Grain         1        90.0 %        
8.0 oz                Munich Malt (9.0 SRM)                    Grain         2        5.0 %         
8.0 oz                Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM)                Grain         3        5.0 %         
1.50 oz               Tettnang [4.50 %] - Boil 60.0 min        Hop           4        23.9 IBUs     
1.00 Items            Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 mins)        Fining        5        -             
0.50 tsp              Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 mins)          Other         6        -             
1.0 pkg               German Ale/Kolsch (White Labs #WLP029) [ Yeast         7        -             


Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge, Mash Out
Total Grain Weight: 10 lbs
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Name              Description                             Step Temperature    Step Time     
Mash In           Add 12.50 qt of water at 160.2 F        148.0 F             90 min        
Mash Out          Add 8.00 qt of water at 206.8 F         168.0 F             10 min        

Sparge: Drain mash tun, Batch sparge with 2 steps (1.51gal, 1.51gal) of 168.0 F water
Notes:
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Mr. Malty Hybrid Fermentation Type Starter
Ferment for 2 Weeks at 58 Degrees F

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Old 07-05-2011, 08:06 PM   #8
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He'd probably like a sweet stout.

If it were me I'd make an APA and an Amber. I like to keep it simple, but I don't usually cater to the lowest denominator.

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Classic American Pilsner might be a good bet if you can do lagers. I made one recently and it was ready and fantastic within that time frame. Use a bit of gelatin and it can look pretty too.

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I vote for Kolsch and APA

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