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Old 07-08-2012, 11:38 PM   #1
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Nothing earth shattering here but I am thinking about the evolution of my homebrew taste. The more I brew, the more i appreciate the "middle of the road". Early on, i went for very dramatic beers. The sorts that generated "wows" from friends. Lately, I am brewing less dramatic beers that just taste good. i love to brew the same recipe with very slight changes. Maybe I'll regain my sense of adventure someday but for now, it's great brewing in the middle of the road.

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Old 07-09-2012, 12:00 AM   #2
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I've been brewing with a lot of Noble hops. Then realized they don't have the "bite" that Cascade and the West Coast style hops have. I like the beers, just not the big wows and pop I had been brewing for the last year.
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Old 07-09-2012, 12:10 AM   #3
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I'm with you on that. I tried different styles and found a couple I really like so I look to brew them again or something new that seems similar

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Old 07-09-2012, 12:12 AM   #4
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When I started brewing, I was all about the bigger beers. Lately, I've been brewing a lot more session beers. Of the last 10 beers I've brewed, 7 have been below 5% alcohol, and 4 of those below 4%.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:32 AM   #5
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Making a good tasting session ale that isn't thin is just as much of an accomplishment as making a higher gravity beer....at least that is my opinion.
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Old 07-09-2012, 04:17 AM   #6
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Making a good tasting session ale that isn't thin is just as much of an accomplishment as making a higher gravity beer....at least that is my opinion.
I kind feel the same way - it can be a challenge to brew a beer that you want to keep drinking vs a beer that is way over the top and you almost need recovery time between servings

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Old 07-09-2012, 05:36 AM   #7
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I agree with all you guys. Started with big 8%+ beers, and the last 8 batches, 6 have been 5% and under, with 4 at 4% and under.

I also use to only drink IPA's and wanted to make everything heavily hopped. Now, I seek balance in a beer. The intense hop flavors, especially when I started brewing, were covering defects in my beer. I wasn't able to learn from the ingredients I was using.

It's nice to be able to have my bitter(3.8%abv) with a pair of tacos for lunch on my days off without getting completely smashed.

Also, I tend to drink wine when I want to get drunk, I just feel to full after three beers. If I drink a beer that's 9% I feel like I just ate a burger and fries. Those beers have their place for cold winter nights, IMO.
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Old 07-09-2012, 09:48 AM   #8
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i'm the opposite. i have always brewed lighter beers. i'm planning to change that soon though with my first foray into brewing a belgian

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Old 07-09-2012, 11:34 AM   #9
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While i also began with huge hop/alcohol bombs, I'm more into expanding my range than necessarily toning down my beers. One of my favorites was a 3.2% pale mild that had great body & flavor--I nearly killed the keg in three weeks!

But I'm also fermenting a BGS with Brett Brux that will end about 11.5%, the Tripels for 12 Beers of Christmas at around 9.5%, a Black IPA, Belgian IPA, and Imperial West Coast Red in the 7-8% range, and an orange wheat around 5%. on Thursday, I'll round out the low end with Saison and a milk stout.

I think a well made beer has to be flavorful and drinkable, no matter what the style or ABV.
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Old 07-09-2012, 07:13 PM   #10
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I am trying to get into the habit of always having something really drinkable on tap (smooth, lower ABV, tasty) and also a "crazy" beer done seasonally So I have the choice of something adventurous but a fall back of an easy drinking one as well.
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