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Old 04-06-2009, 11:46 PM   #1
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So my girlfriend tries really hard to appreciate my hobby of homebrewing, but she's not the biggest fan of most of the beers that I like (namely hoppier, stronger, darker) beers. So I recently tried to brew the Centennial Blonde to accommodate her and the feedback was that it was too light?! Im pretty sure I hit the proverbial nail on the head recipe wise, so I think it really is a matter of her taste.

Any suggestions as to what I should try to brew her next? Im thinking she might get into the Saison for Big Brew.

 
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:52 PM   #2
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Sounds like she needs a nice American Amber.

 
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:52 PM   #3
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So my girlfriend tries really hard to appreciate my hobby of homebrewing, but she's not the biggest fan of most of the beers that I like (namely hoppier, stronger, darker) beers. So I recently tried to brew the Centennial Blonde to accommodate her and the feedback was that it was too light?! Im pretty sure I hit the proverbial nail on the head recipe wise, so I think it really is a matter of her taste.

Any suggestions as to what I should try to brew her next? Im thinking she might get into the Saison for Big Brew.
What commercial beer does she like? Some people like saisons, some don't, but to me it's an acquired taste. If she likes certain styles of beer, then I'd suggest making one of those.
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Old 04-06-2009, 11:54 PM   #4
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Clearly we're going to need some pictures of said girlfriend before we can make a proper recommendation.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:03 AM   #5
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Clearly we're going to need some pictures of said girlfriend before we can make a proper recommendation.

Agreed, how are we to make a recommendation without knowing what said future brew babe looks like?
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:05 AM   #6
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Cream ale with couple pounds of vienna malt. Best of all worlds, great flavor, but light on the palate with a nice hop balance.
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:46 AM   #7
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So far the beer she likes best commercially is Harp. Ill work on a picture...but I dont know how thats going to help with the taste assessment...

Let me see which one she looks hottest in....

 
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Old 04-07-2009, 12:55 AM   #8
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Here we go.



Now start with the recommendations

The Centennial Blond has a pound of vienna which is about 6 % of the grain bill. Youre thinking more of that in a more highlighted form? What flavor of the beer is the Vienna contributing too, I can see if I can get her to tell me if that would work for her?

 
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:00 AM   #9
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Harp is pretty sweet and slightly more bitter than a standard lager. Work within that--go for malty, with what you as a hop-head would consider "not hoppy" beers but a BMC drinker would call "somewhat hoppy" beers. Say, 15-45 IBUs, skewing toward the lower end unless the malt level is pretty high to balance it out.

Do you have a decent beer store near you that sells singles?

If you do, I'd buy her a 6-pack of assorted stuff at the sweet/malty but not sickening end of the spectrum. Maybe a Sam Smith Nut Brown Ale, a Bell's Oberon, a Paulaner Hefeweizen, an Anchor Steam Ale, a Fuller's London Porter, and a Leffe Blonde.

Something with a lot of variety, but you know she doesn't like hop bombs and she doesn't sound interested in complete lawnmower beers. So work within the very broad slice of beers that might appeal to her to pin down something doable.

I intentionally left lagers out of the choices (even though that's what you gave as an example) because they're tougher to brew, but if you have the right temperature control then throw a couple of them into the mix as well.
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Old 04-07-2009, 01:00 AM   #10
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Try Orfy's Mild or his Boddington's Clone. Both go over very well and are maltier beers.
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