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Old 02-13-2010, 12:21 AM   #1
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When i first started homebrewing I was trying to brew crowd pleasers, pale ales, amber ales and other medium gravity ales. Over time I have started to discover that it is way more worth my time to "shoot for the moon" so to speak and brew styles and types of beer that are commercially expensive or commercially rarely available. I have found myself brewing and formulating more barly wines, strong scotch ales, belgian trappist style ales, old ales..etc..etc...etc.. These big huge beers that cellar well and cost you an arm and a leg at the beer store.

I enjoy a good pale ale or wheat beer as much as the next guy, but for me as a homebrewer, the ROI is much, much larger with a barley wine that I can give as gifts and savor for a very long time and it improves with age.

Has anyone else had a similar epiphony so to speak?


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Old 02-13-2010, 12:26 AM   #2
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That's interesting. I find that my experience has been totally different. I also used to go for more diverse styles, and crowd pleasers, but then I changed. I realized I am a total hophead. I like IPAs and APAs and hoppy ambers, so I started brewing about 80% hoppy beers. I throw in an oatmeal stout or an alt now and then, but I rarely brew any high ABV beers or anything not "hophead material".

I do have to brew ambers, for my spouse. I have to have at least one beer on tap that is approved, so that all of my other beers can simply please ME!


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Being a malt-o-holic, I've been brewing huge beers from the start. It's only recently that I've been appreciating the simplicity and ease of smaller beer.
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Old 02-13-2010, 12:35 AM   #4
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I used to think huge beers were cool. I still brew them for special occasions, but I find myself brewing more hefeweizens, witbiers and bitters. All low gravity session beers.
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I'm a lot like Edcculus. I brew almost exclusively session beers. So far I have only brewed 1 beer above 1.060, the rest have been small beers. I will brew a big beer every once and a while (planning a barelywine soon), but I just love smaller beers.
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Old 02-13-2010, 02:47 AM   #6
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Yea, I'm tending towards sessions. Love the taste of what I produce, and just want to be able to drink, and drink, and drink it.

Can't do that so much with a barleywine.
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I like to brew a big beer on occasion, but since they last for a while I don't need to go crazy on them. I brew lots of session stuff, so that way I don't have to go out and buy beer.
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I am with the last few posters. Big beers just don't do it for me.

I want quality flavor along with massive quantities

OG under 1.050 seems to fit most of what I like. LOTS of flavor and aroma hops.

I have made an Oktoberfest style with lost of malt and a couple of Blondes and American Wheats. All session beers.

I feel that is a big reason I came back to homebrewing. Too many commercial micro-brews are 1.060 and above. It is rare to find a micro session brew. If you do, the price is the same as the higher gravity brew. That doesn't work, for me.
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crowd pleasers?! oh no, my friend, not for me. I'm gonna brew what I think I'm gonna like.

granted, I'm a newbie. and I do like big beers, I've not met a barleywine I didnt like, and belgians are great too.

at this point I'm trying to build up a pipeline. after that, I'm sure I'll throw in some big brews, but 2 to 4 (12 oz) big beers is plenty for me at one time. after that I'm gonna move on to a session brew.
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I have been using close the same APA recipe but varying the hops. I want to find which hops I like best. Seems I like Cascade and Amarillo the best so far. No surprise from what I've been reading here.

So, I brewed a Stout this week. Still used Cascade and Amarillo, but added a little Goldings. Probably a little hoppier than a stout should be.

The next will be a red ale. Yep, and American red ale with Cascade and Amarillo! After than I am out of ingredients. Might change direction, but I really want to use some citra hops. Hmmm...


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