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Old 10-17-2010, 09:22 PM   #1
Jul 2010
Jewell, Iowa
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Hello all. I am seeking some suggestions and or recipes for a beer I am going to brew for my brothers wedding (rehearsal dinner). The wedding will be in the summer. I am looking to brew something that will appeal to the whole crowd. I would like it hopped enough to know of its prescence, yet not to bitter. I would like a slight hoppy aroma also. I was thinking of a cream ale, or an amber ale. I am open to any suggestions for this upcoming brew.

I am an all grain brewer, but am not opposed to an extract or partial mash. I also dont know if I should just do an extract(just to play it safe). Thanks for the help.

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Old 10-17-2010, 09:31 PM   #2
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Cream Ale for sure. Do it all grain, its cheaper. Warthog Cream Ale in BYO clone issue is very nice.

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Old 10-17-2010, 09:38 PM   #3
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Florence, OR
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A Saison, Blond Ale, or American Pale Ale.....definately an Apfelwine!

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Old 10-18-2010, 02:43 AM   #4
Oct 2010
San Francisco
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if it were me, I'd go with a lighter, sweeter pale ale hopped just enough to please yourself, but accessible enough to everyone else.

an amber wouldn't be a bad choice though.

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Old 10-18-2010, 02:56 AM   #5
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Seattle, WA
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Summer lime ale
Briess Pilsen_1.1_3
Briess Vienna Malt_3.5_1
Briess White Wheat Malt_2.5_5
Flaked Rice_1

Boil addition
Boil for (min)_Ingredient_Amount
60_Hallertau - US_0.5
20_Irish Moss_1tsp
5_Hallertau - US_0.5

Safale S-04-Whitbread Ale_Packs_1
Zest from 2 limes into fermenter

Original Gravity_1.042
Final Gravity_1.008
Final ABV%_4.4

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Old 10-18-2010, 04:24 AM   #6
Mar 2010
Palo Alto, CA
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I like the saison idea. Plus you can get those beers to a fairly high ABV so people will get a little sloshed

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Old 10-18-2010, 02:05 PM   #7
Aug 2009
Charlottesville, VA
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American wheat, with a little extra hoppiness added. I think wheat beers are accepted enough by megaswillers, but you have a chance to show off what real beer can be like by adding some extra hops. Maybe 1oz at 10 and 0min, and a dash of dry hopping? 35IBUs, 1.055

You could also do an amber ale with the same stats. Bottom line: when appealing to a large crowd, you have to avoid all the extremes: not too dark and acrid, not too bitter, not too sweet, not too much hoppiness.

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Old 10-18-2010, 02:10 PM   #8
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Greenville, SC
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Witbiers usually go over extremely well in mixed crowds.

Orange/spicy/floral flavors go over well with the women
If you say "its like Blue Moon", the people who kind of think they know about beer will like it
Beer nuts will like it because Witbiers are really good beers, esp in the summer!

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Old 10-18-2010, 08:04 PM   #9
Sep 2009
Tucker, GA
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I would go with Jamal's American Blonde Ale, it is in Brewing Clasic Styles Book. It is a cheap, easy, and great recipe. Can't remember all of it but mostly 2 row, crystal 20 I think, Willamette hops, and White Labs Cali Ale yeast. Brew put in primary for 2 weeks 68 degrees (i think). I cold crashed mine for 2 weeks. Serve out of a keg!
Beer is proof God loves us, and wants us to be happy.
-Ben Franklin

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Old 10-19-2010, 12:48 AM   #10
Jul 2010
Jewell, Iowa
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Thanks for all of the suggestions. The wheat beer sounds interesting. I have never done a wheat beer. Am I wrong to think that nothing changes??

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