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Old 12-31-2013, 12:31 PM   #1
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Hello all! I have a great dilemma: what do I brew this weekend? Currently I have:
In bottles: Belgian Dubbel, Vanilla Robust Porter, Belgian Tripel, a few farmhouse Saisons, various other odd and ends

In kegs: ESB, Breakfast stout clone

Fermenting: IPA

For those experienced in seasonal brewing, should I be planning anything yet for spring/summer?

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Old 12-31-2013, 01:25 PM   #2
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Maibock maybe.



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Agree that lagers would be a good next step, Maibock would be perfect by 4 months. Assuming you make yeast starters and have a temp controlled fridge.

For late spring/early summer I like to brew any of the following lighter beers: Kolsch, Wheat, Pilsner, Patersbier, and orange Pale Ale.

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I'd go with a Marzen or a nice, light Kolsch. Maybe Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde?

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All very good thoughts. I do have a temp controlled chamber and I do starters so I think a Maibock or Marzen will be nice. I was originally thinking of a Schwarzbier but I haven't come up with a recipe I really like yet. I like that we are all on the same page with a lager though.

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What about a good brown ale or even a low gravity mild.

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Well I brewed a Black Sheep Ale clone which is really tasty. It is currently on tap (I called it an ESB above). It came out a little more bitter than it should have been and my efficiency with a 90min mash was higher than expected and the 4.3% it was supposed to be turned into 5% so I have the session ale side covered although I haven't done a brown ale since my extract starter kit 2 years ago!

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I like Black Sheep. I'll have to make a clone. I often work in Yorkshire and stay in an inn that pulls a good of it pint on tap. The thing I like best about cask conditioned real ale is that a beer can taste different in every pub that sells it. Mind you, I've had some bad ones.

I've got a couple of bottles of Black Sheep Russian imperial stout in the fridge. I think I'll go and get one out. I bought a new beer fridge as a Christmas present to myself.

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I like Black Sheep. I'll have to make a clone. I often work in Yorkshire and stay in an inn that pulls a good of it pint on tap. The thing I like best about cask conditioned real ale is that a beer can taste different in every pub that sells it. Mind you, I've had some bad ones.

I've got a couple of bottles of Black Sheep Russian imperial stout in the fridge. I think I'll go and get one out. I bought a new beer fridge as a Christmas present to myself.
Yeah! Nice! I love that beer too! I lived in Lancaster for about 6 months and I fell in love with this beer while hiking the Lake District. You are right about cask conditioned ales though, if I remember a Lancaster Bomber doesn't taste the same from pub to pub ahaha. I got a few good recipes online and formed my own. I will probably post it on here eventually but I haven't tried it side to side yet.

Ironically, this ale is the first beer I carbonated with CO2 instead of bottle conditioning; its still really tasty though!
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I've been thinking of brewing a really big, nasty beer. Go bold, either an imperial double IPA or a smokey, chile beer!



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