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Old 09-24-2011, 01:52 AM   #1
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Default What's your go-to-homebrew?

I just finished bottling the 3rd round on my favorite golden ale. I always like the beer I make... because it's... well... beer, but I always want to try something new. This is the only beer I tear up about when it's gone. I'm curious what everyone else pegs as their go-to-brew?

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Old 09-24-2011, 01:56 AM   #2
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Simcoe Pale Ale. I try to keep it on tap as much as possible. This won 2nd place in the California State Fair this year.

Pale Ale:
22 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1
2 lbs 4 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 2
8.8 oz CaraMunich Malt (56.0 SRM) Grain 3
8.8 oz Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 4
4.00 oz Simcoe [12.40 %] - Dry Hop 7.0 Days Hop 10 0.0 IBUs
1.65 oz Simcoe [12.40 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 6 34.4 IBUs
1.10 oz Amarillo Gold [10.70 %] - Boil 30.0 min Hop 7 15.2 IBUs
1.10 oz Amarillo Gold [9.00 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 9 3.3 IBUs
2.20 oz Simcoe [12.40 %] - Boil 5.0 min Hop 8 9.1 IBUs

I used Denny Favorite for this one. I have also used Nottingham with great results. This is my favorite recipe!

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Old 09-24-2011, 01:58 AM   #3
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I go with a pretty standard Scottish Ale for my go to.
Brewed it about 4 times, very little in the way of changes in the recipe.

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:05 AM   #4
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I haven't ever brewed with Honey Malt, but I do love Simcoe.

I finally figured out how to post from Beersmith, so here's my recipe.
8 gallon batch

16 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 84.2 %
1 lbs Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2 5.3 %
1 lbs Light Munich Malt (5.6 SRM) Grain 3 5.3 %
1 lbs Wheat Malt, US (2.3 SRM) Grain 4 5.3 %
28.35 g Chinook [11.80 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 11 0.0 IBUs
28.35 g Williamette [4.50 %] - First Wort 70.0 min Hop 5 10.2 IBUs
14.17 g Cascade [6.40 %] - Dry Hop 5.0 Days Hop 12 0.0 IBUs
7.09 g Chinook [11.80 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 7 4.1 IBUs
14.17 g Cascade [6.40 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 6 4.4 IBUs
28.35 g Chinook [11.80 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 9 11.7 IBUs
3.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 8 -
2.0 pkg Safale American (DCL Yeast #US-05) [50.00 ml] Yeast

It's a weird ale, and it tastes best warmer than most beers (6.8%ABV), but it's tasty.

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:21 AM   #5
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I really like to have my Robust Porter on tap (it has a decent amount of Black Patent) and my crowd pleaser is my Mandarin Hefeweizen. They're definitely polar opposites, but damn if I don't feel a happy giddiness inside when I have one of them on tap.

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:30 AM   #6
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My Alcoa Puritan ESB is my stand by. It has turned out great every time I have brewed it, but never lasts long enough LOL

Nice question!

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:44 AM   #7
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I have an IIPA, with tons of centennial in it and an ESB. I brew them both with about the same frequency.

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Old 09-24-2011, 02:45 AM   #8
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Mine is Hefeweizen. Not much to it, but while I sip most beers I slam the hefe. I keep brewing different styles and have a pretty good pipeline going, so i have to keep brewing the hefe to have in between other things. it helps that I can have it grain to glass in less than 3 weeks (kegging).

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Old 09-24-2011, 03:52 AM   #9
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My oaked amber is a beer or two from being gone. Im hanging by strings. I have to give one to my girlfriends Dad to give him a good impression hopefully of my beers as he is a bud light only drinker,so he may think some of my other 16+ ibu session beers are too bitter or something,crossing my fingers.
Looking at the bright side i will probably brew it again its all good plus i got a major inventory of many beers plus im going to go get some more Avery's Majahara- so im good to go.
+1 to the hefe, i just bottled mine yesterday.first hefe too
i have plenty of session brews that are currently in their prime, i think its been 3 months,hop aroma and flavor is great- its funny how people say to drink them fast, in my experience its not the case and takes a few months to start peaking out-especially head.Good carbonation more hops + time=good head.

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