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Old 06-18-2008, 01:46 PM   #11
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hey guys i just finished my first all grain and loved it but my friends all think its to bitter. one even said it tasted like a tree. Is there a recipe for a "lite" beer like a dudweiser or something that i can make just to keep the friends happy?
What kind of beer was it? It's probably better use of your time and effort to figure out why it was so bitter. Could they be describing astringency? If so, it doesn't matter what kind of beer you brew and brewing a light lager will only make the flaw more apparent and frustrate you.

If it is just hop bitterness, save it for people that'll appreciate it and make some Kölsch for your BMC friends.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:13 PM   #12
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Brew up a big ol' IPA or something you'll like. Invite your friends over. Hand them cans of bud light in hello kitty koozies. Enjoy your beer.

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:18 PM   #13
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Buy them a case of Buttwiper and SLOWLY add 1 bottle of homebrew (any style).

This will miraculously turn water into beer!

Can I get an AMEN?!

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:24 PM   #14
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My standard response to the question,

Can you make something like Bud, Miller or Coors? is.

"Why in God's name would I want to try and make a style of beer that you can go to any supermarket or C-store in America and buy?"

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:27 PM   #15
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75% Eff.

5# Pilsner Malt
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1 oz cascade at 60 min

No aroma additions

San Fran Lager Yeast WLP810

O.g. 1.055

F.G. 1.017

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Old 06-18-2008, 06:46 PM   #16
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Pick up a can of Cooper's Lager and simply dissolve the syrup in the can with 2 pounds of corn sugar. Sprinkle the dry yeast on top, stir and ferment.

You can make 6 gallons of decent BMC clone in 10 minutes. Why struggle to make a lite beer using all grain? Make fantastic beers using all grain and make a Cooper's kit for the friends. Don't buy any other brand of canned kit. Cooper's is the only canned kit manufacturer that is an actual brewery.

The Cooper's kits turn out well when you need a batch in a hurry to feed your friends so they won't have to "choke down" the most wonderful IPA you have ever tasted.

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What total snobbery. Just because your friends like BMC macro junk doesn't mean they are hopelessly irredeemable if they turn their nose up at your brutal dry hopped double IIPA. I certainly didn't get into brewing to make lazy, tasteless beer out of cans.

Skip the crappy pre-hopped extract kits altogether and brew a nice, complex, malty session mild, english pale ale, kolsch, stout or any of the hundreds of other accessible, easy to drink styles.

Try EdWort's famous haus pale ale recipe. I have yet to see anyone turn their nose up at it, no matter how uneducated their palates.
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Old 06-18-2008, 06:57 PM   #17
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You've obviously never met my wife.

But then she hates all beer, and most kinds of alcohol.

I think that, while I'm anxiously waiting for 19 days from now when I can crack open my first bottle of Ed's Haus Ale, the 30+ IBUs in there may not make it accessible to someone who doesn't at least have a mild appreciation of hops. I know when I started getting into beer, even a pale ale was too bitter for me. I've since gotten more acclimated to alpha acids

I agree that a maltier beer may be the way to go. Do they like Killians, or anything like that? I know some people have a thing against 'dark beer'...

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What total snobbery. Just because your friends like BMC macro junk doesn't mean they are hopelessly irredeemable if they turn their nose up at your brutal dry hopped double IIPA. I certainly didn't get into brewing to make lazy, tasteless beer out of cans.

Skip the crappy pre-hopped extract kits altogether and brew a nice, complex, malty session mild, english pale ale, kolsch, stout or any of the hundreds of other accessible, easy to drink styles.

Try EdWort's famous haus pale ale recipe. I have yet to see anyone turn their nose up at it, no matter how uneducated their palates.
The O.P. asked for something of a light lager. Not a mild not a kolsch or a stout. Why cant we help him find what hes looking for or not help him at all. IMO Ed Worts Haus is my fav homebrew but he didn't ask for a hoppy Pale ale.
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I have tasty homebrew available, if you want BMC, bring it with you, and take whats left when you leave!

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One of the newer editions of BYO has a recipe for a beer named "Pours Lite". I don't know if this is a true light beer clone, but it looks like a good crossover beer for BMC drinkers. If interested, PM me and I'll transcribe the recipe (when I get home from work).

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