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Old 03-13-2012, 12:15 PM   #1
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Default What is your perfect spring beer?

I'm prepping for my first AG brew day sometime in the next few weeks and I'm having a heck of a time deciding on what to brew! So, I'm turn to the community for inspiration. What type of beer really screams "spring" to you?

To give you a picture of my current cellar, I have a holiday spiced ale, ESB, Irish red and pumpkin porter on draft (yes, I really need to get through that holiday themed beer faster!) In (recent) bottles I have a milk stout which came out superbly and a hoppy brown gone wrong. I don't really know how to describe it, it's not really a brown ale and it's not particularly hoppy... but it's good! On deck I have an applewine that's currently cold crashing and a pre-anchor steam beer that should be ready to bottle later this week, plus a cranberry braggot that probably has another month to go before I do much else with it.

I'm looking for something medium bodied that will be ready soon, and I'm perfectly happy to use a kit. So, what do you think, world? What's your perfect spring beer?


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Old 03-13-2012, 12:17 PM   #2
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American Wheat!


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Old 03-13-2012, 01:31 PM   #3
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Keep it simple for your first AG batch. Go Pale Ale or IPA, bitters, maybe. Don't go crazy with specialty grains or adjunct grains like oats out maize. I've done a couple of SMaSH IPAs that turned out well.

As far as a beer that screams spring, I'd say maybe a kolsch or an APA. Something light-ish, but not wimpy.
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:42 PM   #4
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Bocks! And one of my favorites, Bell's Third Coast Beer (not the Third Coast Old Ale, although that's awesome too.)
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Old 03-13-2012, 01:48 PM   #5
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I love pale ales in the spring! I like em cold too. I'm brewing an American Wheat this weekend for spring, spiced with a bit of coriander and sweet orange peel.
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I brewed an American wheat with zested blood orange peels last weekend in anticipation of spring. I can't wait to sit on the deck with a cold brew on a warm evening.
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Kolsch goes great with Spring
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Kolsch goes great with Spring
+1 to Kolsch, I`m bottling 6 gal. tomorrow
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Considering the warm weather we're having here in the South East, I think I'm going to go right into summer beers. I think Beirmuncher's Centennial Blonde looks like a nice easy session beer.

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Pale ales and hefeweizens are two of my favorites for spring. IPAs are satisfying as well, but I drink those pretty much year-round.


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