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Old 08-30-2009, 10:24 PM   #1
Jun 2009
Columbus, OH
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I'm considering brewing for a friend's wedding. It's still a year out; they're thinking October of 2010. Still, I want to be able to make them some wedding beer, and I need some ideas for cheap but crowd pleasing beer. I'm planning to buy all the ingredients in bulk and then make separate brew sessions, using multiple 5gal buckets. I'll probably then go on to kegging but I'll have to figure that out in the future. The big deal is that I'm trying to keep the ingredient cost significantly below the cost for an actual BMC beer. As far as my calculations have gone, when we can get a BMC keg for 70-75, that's hard to do.
I figure I can probably hit 60 without too much strain but if anyone has any ideas or guidance, I'd appreciate it.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:33 PM   #2
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I would go with an american blonde or cream ale. Hefeweizens and Wits could work too, if you want an additional flavor.
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Old 08-30-2009, 10:47 PM   #4
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How many taps are you planning to have?

I would do either biermuncher's cream of the three crops, or centennial blonde, maybe something like a hoegaarden or Blue moon type clone,a nice wit with orange peel....then maybe something a little more challenging for beer geeks....I can highly recommend conroe's as a nice and crisp amber/red is sort of a crafbrewer's version of budweiser's attempt and an "american ale"
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:02 PM   #5
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I'll go ahead and plug my Kentucky Common, mainly because I can't get over how many people have loved it, from Craft to BMC drinkers. It's a great, quick, cheap session beer. The keg was pretty much gone in 2 weeks. I took the last few pints to a party last night and everyone that tried it wanted more. I honestly didn't think the BMCers would like it very much, but they all love it. I haven't had 1 person not like it, and trust me, all these people are brutally honest.

You can see the two recipes here. The second one is still in primary. The first went grains to glass in under 2 weeks and was fantastic.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:07 PM   #6
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I agree that BierMuncher has the ticket for ya. I did the centennial blond as a lager with s-23 yeast...and it was killer awesome! Cream of 3 crops is sure to please 8 out of 10 uneducated beer drinkers.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:14 PM   #7
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If you're an extract brewer and the goal is to make beer cheaper than BMC, I'd say forget it. If you're willing to spend some money to make it special, then it will be worth it. You're looking at $75 in extract for 15 gallons right there.
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Old 08-30-2009, 11:16 PM   #8
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i just did 40 gallons of Honey Wheat Ale for my sister-in-law's wedding. the wedding is this sunday, i'll let you know how it turns out!
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Old 08-31-2009, 01:49 PM   #9
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One more vote for BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde. I've done extract and AG versions - it's a winna!
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Old 08-31-2009, 03:28 PM   #10
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Edwort's Kolsch. Very easy. Very cheap. Very mild and neutral and enjoyed by everyone, including BMC drinkers.

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