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Old 01-25-2013, 07:59 PM   #1
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I recently acquired 2 small food grade buckets from my local grocer. They ought to handle 2 gals.

I am considering making an ale that is similar to a light BMC for those who prefer their beer in such a way. I plan to make it something like MoreBeer's American Light Ale. I'd try for 8-10 IBU's I suppose. Maybe 0.1 oz @ 60 mins with little DME in the boil (1/2 lb rice DME and 1/4 lb carapils).

I would also make a pale ale and would split 1 oz of hops between the two. The pale I'd make 40-45 IBU's as an introduction to hoppy beer to help along those who don't care so much for an IPA.

I'm not really looking for highly bitter, but a strong hop presence, and so I'm thinking 0.2 oz @ 60+ mins, 0.4 oz @ 15 mins, and 0.3 oz @ 5 mins.

MoreBeer offers Santiam (5-8%), Tettnanger (4-5%), and Vanguard (5-6%). Of those which should I use? I want plenty of flavor in the pale, but not so noticeable in the "mild ale." In this "mild ale" I'd want it something similar to Bud Light I guess...

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Look at using some of the Noble hops like Hallertau or Czech Saaz...

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I'm considering much higher AA% hops and using minuscule amounts in this "mild."
How would it work if I were to use a hop such as Columbus with a mere 0.05-0.075 oz as a 45-60 min bittering only addition?

At 45 mins will it still leave some hop flavor? I'm trying to use the 1/4 lb of carapils with the 1 lb of rice DME for the boil, and adding the light DME at flameout to preserve the light color.

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I was originally looking at "nobleish" hops... But I'm not sure if I care for a hopppy pale made with them as a large portion of the aromatic addition.

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I used Hallertaus in a light "lawnmower beer" blonde ale I brewed last summer. 1 oz at the 60 min, and 1 ounce at the 2 min. Not bitter at all.

Edit: This is for a 5 gallon boil.

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How would an all Apollo or Bravo pale turn out? It states they are generally used only for bittering...

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@ 45 minutes,their might be a little flavor left,but not a lot to me. For the BMC crowd,I def think Czech saaz or NZ motueka would be good with some German noble hops. The intro to hops one you could use a little American hos like columbus,cascade,or amarillo. But in reduced quantities.
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I figure a noble type hop would be ideal for this "mild ale", but I'm not so sure it would make a wonderful high IBU pale.

I've been using Liberty, Willamette, Perle, and Mt Hood mostly in my lower IBU beers, and they turn out quite well. I like it in wheats, blondes, and ambers.

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The beuaty of homebrewing is you don't have to go by the rules. Just because a hop says "aroma" doesn't mean it can only be used later in the boil.

I make a hoppy Amber that uses 7 oz of Cascades. 1 oz additions at 60, 20, 10, 5, and 2 minutes. Then 2 oz for dry hop. Cascades are an "aroma" hop. But this beer turns out with nice hop flavor, and a nice bitterness as well.

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Bravo is nice, not overly harsh as a buttering hop. If your looking for a really clean bitterness I suggest magnum or maybe warrior. I have no experience with Apollo so can't help you with that.

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