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Old 10-17-2006, 11:53 AM   #1
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Ok, soon I will be brewing a Liberty Cream Ale from MidWest. I want to use this brew to lure some of my friends that drink BMC to micro brews. I was thinking about reducing the hopps some to help reduce the bitterness.
Does this sound like a good plan, or should I just find new friends?

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Old 10-17-2006, 01:43 PM   #2
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You'll never be able to impress all of your friends at once. People have different taste. Just make it your way and if they don't like it, then it's MORE FOR YOU and they can still be drinking that BMC crap. You'll also know which friends really enjoy beer, as opposed to just drinking it for the effects.

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Try adding half of the hops they suggest at 60 min, then put those in at 5-15 min left in the boil. Or just save them for the next batch. What's the recipe? BMC has very, very low, single digit IBUs, so try to shoot for around 8-12 in your recipe.

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if Im doing a blonde for everyone to enjoy I keep it right around 12 IBUs, and everyone is happy

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In my opinion, trying to brew something your BMC drinking friends and family will really like is impossible. Unless they really want to expand their horizons into tastier brews, it just won't happen. My dad likes Rolling Rock and told me that the aftertaste of my homebrew is like a punch in the face. He's talking about Cascade hops. I think the only way BMC drinkers convert is to force themselves into drinking things with a little more bite, which you eventually get used to.

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Here are the ingredients; "Our ingredients for this recipe include 6 pounds of Gold malt extract, 1/2 pound of specialty grains, 2 ounces of US hops, yeast, priming sugar and a grain bag. American Ale Wyeast 1056 Smack Pack"
I think I'll reduce the hops by about a 3rd and see how it comes out.

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you can reduce the bitterness, by moving all your bitter hops(60 min) to the last 20 min of the boil. you'll get a mellowed bitter.

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you can also go FWH if you do all grain. takes alot of the edge off the bitterness and makes it really smooth.


but seriously, if you want a beer BMC drinkers will like do this very easy recipe

7 lbs golden promise
1/2 oz fuggle 60
1 oz fuggle 0


1056 wyeast

keep IBUs right at 12

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Milds using Fuggles, East Kent Goldings, Saaz or any noble hop go over well.

Bobby M - if Cascades wasn't a kick in the face, why would we use it so much in PWN? Not a good choice for BMC conversion, though.

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Thanks for the additional ideas guys. I will have enough equipment to run two batches at once. One will be "light" for the BMC lovers, and the other will be something better.

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