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Old 03-23-2010, 05:08 PM   #1
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Default Ideas and Suggestions for a Summer Beer?

As summer approaches, I will begin to ready myself for a batch of something light and session worthy. Normally you would insert a standard lager or pilsner recipe, but unfortunately, there's a 95% chance I would not be able to ferment my beer at the necessary temperature (around 55 F).

What can you guys suggest for a summer brew that I could ferment at ale temperatures?

Or, maybe there's a super cool way to lager a beer in an improvised cold storage facility? I was thinking about claiming a section of my fridge, buuuuut as I've never done a lager before, I'm afraid my food might take on some of the flavors expelled by the fermenter.

Any and all information is appreciated. Thanks.

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:11 PM   #2
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The obvious suggestion here is a pale ale. They are simple to make and you can ferment them at ale temps. I personally prefer a wheat beer for those warmer months and since I live in the desert and can't afford fridge space I sometimes do a Saison which can ferment at 80-85 degrees depending on your yeast.

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:11 PM   #3
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My favorites for summer are.
Lemongrass Wheat
Sam Summer Clone from AHS
Strawberry/Blueberry Blonde

Throw in a few standard Pale Ales or American Ales to have while the baseball game is on.

I've wanted to try my hand at a Kolsch ever since I hard Harpoon Summer last year. From what I've read those can be tricky.

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:15 PM   #4
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+1 on the wheat beer. Throw a slice of orange in a mug and it is fantastic.

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Old 03-23-2010, 05:50 PM   #5
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+1 on the wheat beer. Throw a slice of orange in a mug and it is fantastic.
+2 on wheat. Cream ale is also a nice, light summertime brew.
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Old 03-23-2010, 05:51 PM   #6
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NorthernBrewer's Patersbier. Belgian yeast so no worries about temp.

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Old 03-23-2010, 06:21 PM   #7
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Great. I can't believe the idea of a wheat didn't register in my brain. For some reason I kept picturing a lager, but a wheat ale works just as well. The next step is finding a good recipe. Are any of you guys ever turned off by the idea of brewing another's recipe? I am, for some reason. I tend to try and write my own or change a few things in an existing one. Anyone got any ideas in mind?

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Old 03-23-2010, 06:22 PM   #8
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I'm ordering a Honey Wheat recipe from Austin Brew House when I get home. It's not to be drank until July 4th. Cheers!

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hefewiezen is a great summer beer.

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Old 03-23-2010, 06:36 PM   #10
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A nice american amber is a satisfying beer in the summertime too IMO.

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