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Old 01-04-2010, 01:59 PM   #21
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There are plenty of Mild recipes that come in around 3%. My Bent Rod Rye is about 4% and very tasty. Also a good way to use up small amounts of leftover hops. The first time I brewed it, I used 7 hops for a total of only 1.75 ounces. Probably around 140 kcal/pint.

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:14 PM   #22
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Hmm. Maybe this thread should be the unofficial HBT 2010 Resolution thread. Everyone can promise to brew a few lighter batches this year. I'd be up for that! We could even share the recipes, maybe have a recipe database section set up for lower-calorie brews...

Just a thought.

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northern brewer's ordinary bitter kit is at 142 calories. 3.5%abv. and good.

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Old 01-04-2010, 02:32 PM   #24
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1 lb of corn sugar! Houston we have a problem.
Er, ok, you don't like my recipe. But it I don't get why it'd be a "problem".
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Some people are sensitive to corn syrup based products. Corn sugar would be in the same family, I believe. However, most reports show that high-fructose corn syrup is what we need to watch intake of. Something about molecular linking to fat cells, not allowing them to naturally break down in the body.

I'll try your recipe, Yooper! I liked your Cali Common a ton. BTW, do you have calorie numbers on that brew? (the one which you'd suggested using Victory malt in, not the one you won competitions with recently)

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Some people are sensitive to corn syrup based products. Corn sugar would be in the same family, I believe. However, most reports show that high-fructose corn syrup is what we need to watch intake of. Something about molecular linking to fat cells, not allowing them to naturally break down in the body.

I'll try your recipe, Yooper! I liked your Cali Common a ton. BTW, do you have calorie numbers on that brew? (the one which you'd suggested using Victory malt in, not the one you won competitions with recently)
Nah, don't try it! I just put numbers together, but I wanted to know why the aversion to corn sugar. There a lots of recipes out there for hybid beers that would be a lot more tried and tested. I usually don't use corn sugar in beer, unless I'm going for a thin bodied "lighter" beer or need to boost up the ABV (like in an IIPA).

Anyway, the CC recipe comes in at 251/pint, according to Beersmith.
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I have never understood why "Light" beers are so popular. If I want to drink a beer, I want to drink a "beer." If you are thinking that alcohol will cause you to add weight, maybe you should consider drinking root beer... or even a nice cold glass of ice water.
Light Beer? Not me.

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I brewed up Orfy's Mild Mannered Ale and mashed at 158°F. It came in at 2.9% ABV and 164 cals/pint. It came out so full bodied and flavorful that you would never guess it was 3-2 beer.

Are you asking "lite" as in "diet" or "light" as in light body and color?

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I'd shoot for a low OG, over going for really high attentuation. If you follow the latter path, you are more likely to end up with something more BMC-like, and I'm thinking that is not what you want. I'd probably use a number of specialty grains to boost the flavor. These also however tend to result in a higher FG, which means more calories, which is why you want the OG to be very low, like 1.030. Choice of yeast would be a major factor. You DO NOT want something clean fermenting, again, it would end up BMC-like. I really like White Labs Saison II yeast. It attenuates pretty well, but leaves a very rich/sweet taste, suggestive of a MUCH higher final OG

Maybe something like this:

6 oz wheat - for body and some sweetness
6 oz cararoma - just to make it more interesting
6 oz Crystal 60 - ditto
maybe 1 oz of a roasted malt (debittered?) to give it a darker color, which aids the illusion of a fuller flavored beer.
5.25 lbs of Base malt.

I'd probably want to keep the hops under 30 IBU's.

This should give an OG ~ 1.030, and result in a beer with about 100 cal/12 oz. serving. Only 2.5% ABV

Heck, I may try this.

In playing around with the online recipe calculator I found, by using yeast with different avg. attenuation they only changed the calorie content a tiny bit. A 0.03 change in FG only resulted in a 2 calorie difference in a 16 oz serving.

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If you are looking for low calorie only, that is easy, I made a wit that went from 1.042 to 1.008 that tasted fantastic and only has about 137 calories.

The thing is that it has a whole lot more carbs than a light beer made with corn and that has crap added to it to breakdown the leftovers to convert into more alcohol and loose taste.

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