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Old 03-27-2009, 04:50 AM   #1
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I am going to be brewing my first all-grain brew some time next week. I am really looking forward to brewing an Oberon clone soon after I culture some yeat from a Bell's Oberon in early April.

What I want to do before I brew the Oberon is kind of get my feet wet with a simple summer beer brew. Most of my friends and family like a good summer beer, nothing too heavy. Gotta be able to drink it all day while we play volleyball in the water at the lake.

I brewed the extract version of Bier Munchers Centennial Blonde and so far it is very good, but I want to try something different. So, does anyone have a really good summer time beer recipe for my first try at all grain?


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Old 03-27-2009, 05:56 AM   #2
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Try a Kolsch or BM's Cream of three crops Ale.

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Old 03-27-2009, 06:39 AM   #3
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Do a cream stout. Nothing says "F-you, summer! I've got A/C!" like a stout.
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Old 03-27-2009, 06:59 AM   #4
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I'd go with a wit. Simple, and perfect for summer.

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Old 03-27-2009, 11:34 AM   #5
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I just did my first AG a few days back and went with a Kolsch. Kolsch is a great Summertime brew.

If you go with a Kolsch - make sure to mash at 149 or 150 for a bit longer (75 minutes or so) instead of the normal 152 - 154 area to give it the proper finish.

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Old 03-27-2009, 12:23 PM   #6
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A nice Blond ale would be nice.
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Old 03-27-2009, 12:27 PM   #7
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Another vote for a simple cream or blond ale.

We've gone through three kegs of MO/Vanguard SMaSH now

1.040 OG
16 IBU .5oz @ 60, 30, and 5

Mash at 154, ferment at 65*F for two weeks.

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Old 03-27-2009, 02:02 PM   #8
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I would go with a blond ale, like BM's Centennial Blond, or EdWort's Haus Pale Ale. I am a big hop head, so a pale ale is very easy drinking for me.

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Old 03-27-2009, 02:07 PM   #9
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Blonde ale, cream ale, light lager, or a light hefe should fill the bill.

I have either just kegged, are going to keg this weekend, or are about to brew all of the above, so I am overloaded with light stuff.

A light amber ale would be nice, too.

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Old 03-27-2009, 04:42 PM   #10
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This was my first attempt at an all-grain, and was thoroughly enjoyed by my friends and I all last summer. I plan to re-make the beer this year, it was so good. Incidentally, after having a few of these, I discovered it tasted very similar to Sam Adam's summer ale.

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