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Old 11-01-2013, 12:08 AM   #1
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Hopefully someone will humor my noob question. I see all the indiana pale ales, dark beer. What I really want to make is a bud light or a rolling rock. Of course i would like to customize it to my taste but why is everything i see dark beer. Is making light beer different? What in the brewing process makes light beer different from dark beer?

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Old 11-01-2013, 12:16 AM   #2
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A light lager is what you are looking for, and loads of people make them. The color, abv, body, etc depend on the grains used in particular recipes. Search the recipe forums for something you like, then a little trial and error go a long way towards making something you really enjoy.

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Old 11-01-2013, 12:38 AM   #3
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Dark beer uses some darker malt. For a light BMC type, Google Cream of three crops. This should be close to what you are looking for. Seems like you might be new at this, so a lager is not likely to be the first choice.

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Tempting.....I think you got me sold. lol I found a set of beer brewing equiptment on craigslist for $60. Looks to be a complete setup. I'll have to check up on it.

Can you (or anyone) recommend a recipe similar to bud light or rolling rock, preferably something simple; but if it's not a simple recipe i will do the research and figure it out. EXACTLY, brew something id enjoy.

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I am new at this. Thanks. googling "Cream of three crops" right now.

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Old 11-01-2013, 04:19 AM   #6
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The Bud-Miller-Coors beers are actually rather difficult to brew. They don't have much maltiness or hopiness to hide any flaws. They use lager yeast, which requires temperature controlled fermentation and lagering.

If you like BMC beers, I would recommend starting with a low hop pale ale, a blonde, a cream ale, or a hefeweizen. If you like and are comfortable with those, but don't want to move on to hoppier or maltier styles, you can then learn to do a lager, like a Pilsner. I love Pils and German styles. American light lagers include corn or corn sugar to lighten them up, there's recipes for those also.

You can lager with a tub and ice bottles, or find an e-bay freezer with a temperature controller.

Start simple, learn to make a light, clean Ale, then research lagers if you want to take it to the next level.

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