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Old 01-04-2010, 04:00 AM   #1
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Default Is there such a thing as a good, light beer?

I would like to brew something low on the caloric scale that does not taste plain like "Coors Light".

Can this be done?

Has this been done around here?

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Old 01-04-2010, 04:05 AM   #2
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I hope you're prepared for the onslaught. You know people can be pretty fanatical around here (and that includes light beers)...

Kidding aside, I haven't brewed any "light" beers yet, but I imagine something dark and roasty but dry. Guiness draught = 126 calories/12 oz - Bud Light = 110

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Old 01-04-2010, 04:08 AM   #3
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I remember a thread about it and Forrest posting a recipe he has for it. I can't for the life of me remember a keyword to give you to search.

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I am just seeing what I ideas people can come up with. I already limit myself to 2 or less a day. I always brew big beers with around 300 calories a bottle.

The doc says he would like to see me drop 30 pounds. Easier said then done, after 30 that is.

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Maybe if we say Austin Hombrew Supply Austin Homebrew Supply Austin Homebrew Supply three times, Forrest will pop up.

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I've never tried to brew a low calorie beer, but my cream ale has 229/pint and my fizzy yellow beer has 237 a pint. That could probably be reduced by using less malt (for a lower OG) and still provide plenty of flavor.

If you make a beer with an OG of 1.040 or so, using 7 pounds of pilsner malt and 1 pound of corn sugar for a 5 gallon batch, the calories would be about 175 per pint.

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I've never tried to brew a low calorie beer, but my cream ale has 229/pint and my fizzy yellow beer has 237 a pint. That could probably be reduced by using less malt (for a lower OG) and still provide plenty of flavor.

If you make a beer with an OG of 1.040 or so, using 7 pounds of pilsner malt and 1 pound of corn sugar for a 5 gallon batch, the calories would be about 175 per pint.
1 lb of corn sugar! Houston we have a problem.
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I brew in the mid thirties (1.03ish) to the mid forties (1.04ish) all the time with great results.

You can get plenty of flavor in that gravity, and have a nice refreshing brew.

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What is the highest attenuating yeast?

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WLP550 has a listed attenuation of 78-85%.

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