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Old 07-05-2012, 11:55 PM   #1
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So my homebrew club wants to do lawnmower beers for the next meeting. I dont even know where to start.

should i use rice? if so, do i just buy the stuff from the store?
i have a lot of 2 row, is that cool?
hops? i have 2 ounces of east kent goldings and 8 oz of columbus

i could probably care less about this beer but i may as well give it a try for the club and my coors light firends
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:31 PM   #2
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Look up cream of 3 crops in the recipe section. That would be a good starting point.
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Old 07-06-2012, 12:35 PM   #3
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So my homebrew club wants to do lawnmower beers for the next meeting. I dont even know where to start.

should i use rice? if so, do i just buy the stuff from the store?
i have a lot of 2 row, is that cool?
hops? i have 2 ounces of east kent goldings and 8 oz of columbus

i could probably care less about this beer but i may as well give it a try for the club and my coors light firends
I would not use rice. In fact, I've made that Co3C twice, and my brother made it once, and I didn't like it any of those times. I know I'm in the minority there. But it is what it is.

Regarding rice, if you do attempt a recipe with it, you should get minute rice from the store. That rice is already gelatinized so it's ready for mashing.

If you are prepared for making lagers, a simple combination of pilsner malt and saaz or hallertau makes a fine pilsner that is light to drink. Shoot for an OG of 1.050 or less, and do everything you can to minimized the body of the beer (I do a protein rest at 120F and then a sacc rest at 147). Lager yeast and fermenting cold will eliminate most of the fruity ale-like phenols and leave you with a quenching beer.

I filter and keg my pilsners. This is the best way to make the lightest, clearest pilsner, but the same can be done by keeping the bottles at fridge temp for weeks. Otherwise, the yeast will be floating around and will affect the flavor.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:41 PM   #4
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You don't have to make Coors Light. For me, the best lawnmower beer is a gose or a berliner. But you could make a cream ale, a kolsch, an American wheat, a table saison or a smallish English Bitter.
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Old 07-06-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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I vote for cream ale, hefe or saison. All can be ready quickly and are very cheap to make.
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I just rocked through a keg of Kolsch. I'd recommend either that Kolsch yeast or the California Lager yeast fermented around 60*. Keep your grainbill simple and the hops simple too.
If you really want you could do a SMaSH and just hit it with some 2-row, something like cascade and one of those yeasts. I would drink that.
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I just rocked through a keg of Kolsch.
It's a great idea.
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I third the idea of a kolsch. So good. Brewed the recipe from Jamil in brewing classic styles and it is amazing.
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I made a Kolsch for my Mich Ultra father and he loved it.
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I make a Cream Ale with 2-row, 1# Victory, & 1/2# flaked maize. I FWH with 3/4 oz of Magnum. Use US-05 fermented in the low 60's. All my BMC friends love this beer, I don't think it's too bad either. Lawnmower beer doesn't need to be tasteless.
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