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Old 05-07-2009, 06:42 PM   #1
red96jeep
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so i'm gonna finally be home this summer, and i want to make the best of it and brew a few beers. i'm working with extract kits right now, and have only done one beer so far, but i hope to expand that. this is where u guys come in, due to my limitations i'd like some simple ales, i only have one fermenter *sad face*

so i want a list of about 5 beers to consider i'll start it out with one that i know i want to do
1: socttish 80 via northern brewer
2:ESB
3:Pale Ale
4:?
5:?

as u guys suggest i'll fill in the blanks with what i want.
p.s. provide any info u want on the beer and say where to get it from.




 
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:40 PM   #2
Joos
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Kolsch is great for the summer time.



 
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:46 PM   #3
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How did the scottish 80 turn our? Or are you still waiting on it?

I'm a newbie as well but I'd suggest just pick a style of ale that you enjoy and are familiar with. In my case I love IPAs and drink them quite regularly so my first 3 batches were different types of IPA. These three were all the same style but different recipes so it has helped me learn how differences in boil strategy and ingredients lead to different tastes. Having that knowledge will give you the ability to identify potentially good recipes in the future so you won't have to randomly guess at something that might not be your taste.

That said I only stuck with IPAs because I'm really fond of bitter pale ales and enjoy this style over most others. If you are not particularly interested in one style over another, maybe it would be better to brew a variety of things until you have a better idea of what you're interested in.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 07:53 PM   #4
red96jeep
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i'm quite a fan of the scottish ales, my first brew was a 60, turned out ok, but being my first brew i made a few expected noob mistakes. i'm planing on starting the 80 when i get home in about a week. but i'd like to play around with a few other styles as well. FYI i'm not a big fan of IPA's but would be up for brewing one if u can suggest a good not too overly hopped recipe.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:44 PM   #5
red96jeep
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oh come on that's all the suggestions i can get? i know some of your guys have to be opionaited and have a beer you just love and want to demand i make!

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 08:52 PM   #6
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i just made a cream ale. it was easy and is light and summery. I highly recommend it. I'm getting ready to make an oatmeal stout, but after that, i'm going for an ESB. If you're into hops, the ESB is a nicely hopped but not overly hopped beer. Even though it is a 'bitter'. The ESB is a great session beer.
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Old 05-07-2009, 09:02 PM   #7
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Try to spread the styles out a bit. Scottish is malty, low hop. ESB is a great choice (not too bitter). Hefeweizen. Brown Ale, or maybe Porter ready for fall.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:00 PM   #8
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hefe for the summer
amber/copper ale for the fall

buy 2 carboys
one for apfelwein - (easier than making cereal)
another for a strong porter

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:12 PM   #9
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+1 to the ESB. I have not made one yet but I do like drinking them.
Hefes and Kolsch are also good choices.

 
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Old 05-07-2009, 11:43 PM   #10
red96jeep
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i'm likeing the idea of a ESB and a brown ale, never had a hefe so i dont know if i would be doing it justice, you guys have any links ro specific recipes i should use?



 
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