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Old 05-18-2011, 08:05 AM   #1
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Would like to attempt to make a beer/mead/etc. that might convert my girlfriend into a beer lover. She never drinks beer, doesn't like the taste, so she says but she hasn't tried any beer's besides a select few.

I'm thinking something really light bodied with citrus or apricot notes and maybe a few more aromatics, like maybe even lavender? She loves lavender. She will only drink like really sweet wine cooler type stuff when she does drink so it will probably be an arduous task.

Any feedback welcomed! Cheers!

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Old 05-18-2011, 09:32 AM   #2
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IDK about mead, but making a beer for someone that doesn't like beer could mean you have to drink a lot by yourself. Not necessarily a bad thing, but your tastes may be different.

Personally I recommend finding styles she kinda likes and work from there. My wife doesn't like most beers but I do know that she's partial to some lambics, wheat beers, and generally lighter beers. She prefers beers with fruit, and sounds like she has similar wine preferences to your gf. If you can force her to try some shock top, sam adams blackberry witbier, hoegaarden, framboise, kriek, etc. you may find what styles she likes better and work from there.

I've noticed trying to find a beer style my wife likes a bit difficult because she doesn't like beer that just tastes like plain beer. I know, very vague description, but she basically doesn't like any beer that follows reinheitsgebot. I haven't had her try many beers with esters that she may like, but I suspect playing with yeast might come close to getting a "plain" beer that she likes.
*edit* My wife's favorite beer is Magic Hat #9, have your gf try that as well.

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Old 05-18-2011, 01:40 PM   #3
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I agree, try a few commercial beers on her before you brew something she might not like. I think too often girls are given bland/fruity beers, what does she like to eat/drink? How about a coffee stout? A vinous Flanders Red? A citrusy IPA? It sounds like she just hasn’t had much exposure to good beer, show her the range that exists.

I’ve had a number of female roommates over the years that I’ve converted into beer nerds. They’ve been won over with beers like Pannepot, Cantillon Fou Foune, and Weihenstephaner Dunkel. Don’t pressure her, just let her have a sip of whatever you are drinking (if she likes it buy her one).
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Old 05-18-2011, 02:02 PM   #4
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You let her have a choice? Hell my wife drinks what I give her and does it with a smile on her face, or she gets the the backhand.


But, w/out knowing what she likes I do the Blue Moon Clone on here or a lighter blond.

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Old 05-18-2011, 02:07 PM   #5
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I agree with Oldsock, just let her have a sip of whatever you have. Eventually she will try one that "isn't too bad". And then after that she will finally go with you to the liquor store and pick up a sixer of the beer she likes. Then you can brew something like that.

I got tired watching my gf pay $11 for a sixer of Left Hand Milk Stout, so I brewed up the clone. It's on tap now and everyone is happy.

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Old 05-18-2011, 02:08 PM   #6
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And while experimenting with light stuff, don't forget about the heavy stuff too. Who knows? Maybe a sip of Rochefort 10 served in a Bordeaux glass will make her a convert.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:27 PM   #7
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And while experimenting with light stuff, don't forget about the heavy stuff too. Who knows? Maybe a sip of Rochefort 10 served in a Bordeaux glass will make her a convert.
My wife and her friends love Watermelon wheat. My friends secretly do as well.

Amount Item Type % or IBU
0.50 lb Rice Hulls (0.0 SRM) Adjunct 5.00 %
5.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 55.00 %
4.00 lb Wheat Malt, Bel (2.0 SRM) Grain 40.00 %
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (60 min) Hops 8.7 IBU
1.00 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (15 min) Hops 8.6 IBU

7.00 lb Watermellon (Secondary 10.0 days) Misc
1 Pkgs American Hefeweizen Ale (White Labs #WLP32Yeast-Wheat

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10.00 lb
Single Infusion, Light Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
75 min Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 165.3 F 150.0 F

Rack on top of Watermellon in Secondary

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Old 05-18-2011, 05:37 PM   #8
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+1 on the blue moon or something like it. I think a wit's a good gateway beer.

thenagain, both my mom and sister (traditional beer haters) were turned on by different stouts. Anything that might be chocolatey, full bodied, and sweet are the trick.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:46 PM   #9
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This is one of the most asked questions here, I haven't figured what I can make that my wife would love. I just brew what I like, maybe someday she will enjoy one. I personally gave up trying to get her involved in this hobby, she is just not into beer like I am.
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Old 05-18-2011, 05:46 PM   #10
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