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Old 02-27-2010, 12:56 AM   #1
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Default Baby shower beer...

Ok, don't laugh too hard...

I've been asked if I can brew a baby shower beer. I'm wondering if anyone knows of some small bottles I can use to bottle the beer, and if it's safe to carbonate in them.

Also taking suggestions for recipes. Need something that can be ready fast, so nothing too high of an OG.

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Old 02-27-2010, 01:01 AM   #2
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Need something fast and for a baby shower?

I'm going to (hopefully) assume that the baby shower guests will all be female, and further assume that they like the lighter stuff. I would suggest brewing up either Biermunchers Cream of Three Crops or Edworts Haus Pale Ale. I simple search will find the recipes for you. I will say that both these beers have a been awesome everytime I've brewed them.

As far as the bottle go, not so sure. I've never seen pony bottles for sale, so no help there.

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Old 02-27-2010, 01:05 AM   #3
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How about some cleaned, sanitized baby food jars?
I know some people re-use them when making their own baby food! Just a humble suggestion!
Let us know what you decide for the beer and bottles!

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Old 02-27-2010, 01:55 AM   #4
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How about some cleaned, sanitized baby food jars?
I know some people re-use them when making their own baby food! Just a humble suggestion!
Let us know what you decide for the beer and bottles!
That's a great idea if you can find some decent sized jar!

We hosted a baby shower for some friends last year and they wanted it to be co-ed. We made barbecue, drank a lot of beer, and it felt like a great get together with a baby gift exchange at the end of it. Everyone loved it. Now that my wife is pregnant, we will be doing the same thing for ourselves when the time comes.

I haven't picked the recipes that I will make, but I have a few ideas. I would recommend Biermuncher's centennial blonde or belgian wit recipes. Those could be ready pretty fast, probably 4.5-5 weeks if you bottle, perhaps sooner.

I have a low abv blonde with a smooth hop aroma that I will probably brew. Do you brew all grain, partial mash , or extract?

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Be careful with the baby food jars. They are likely not designed to hold pressure. Even if they can hold a partial vacuum, it's not a good bet that they'll withstand positive pressure. It'd be a shame to make tiny beer grenades.

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I just did my first partial mash after 10+ extract brews, so I'm interested in doing more partial mashes going forward. I'll check out the recipes you all recommended.

I'm a little skeptical about jars being used... but it's a fun idea. I guess there's another option here - just carb in normal bottles (or 22's), and right before they are served, transfer them to actual baby bottles...

What I was hoping to find is like 6-oz bottles somewhere. There's a winery in town that does a gimicky single-serving wine that way, maybe I could ask them where they got the bottles... but again who knows if they will survive carbonation.

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Don't get me wrong, I think it's a fantastic idea for the event. Just do a little homework/testing before committing.

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In case you are interested, here is an easy recipe that would be ready in 4.5 weeks if you bottle, 2.5 if you keg.

Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 4.65 gal
Estimated OG: 1.038 SG
Estimated Color: 4.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 21.9 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

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Amount Item Type % or IBU
3 lbs 8.0 oz Extra Pale Liquid Extract [Boil for 15 minExtract 50.03 %
2 lbs 8.0 oz Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 35.73 %
8.0 oz Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 7.12 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 10L (10.0 SRM) Grain 3.56 %
4.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 3.56 %
19.83 gm Cascade [5.50 %] (60 min) Hops 12.6 IBU
7.08 gm Cascade [5.50 %] (30 min) Hops 3.5 IBU
7.08 gm Cascade [5.50 %] (15 min) Hops 2.2 IBU
7.09 gm Cascade [5.50 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-SteepHops -
1.00 items Whirlfloc Tablet (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.00 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) [1000ml starter for 24 hours]

Mash at 155 with 2.5 gallons for 60minutes. Sparge at 170 with 0.5 gallons. Top up as high as you can (for me it was about 4.5 gallons), then start the boil. Then top up to 5.25 and add the 1000ml starter.

I fermented for 10 days, force carbed in the keg for 7 days.

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BM's Centenial Blonde would go over well i'm sure

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Small champagne bottles (187ml, or 6.3 oz) should do the trick.
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