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Old 01-12-2013, 02:43 PM   #11
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Ah heck, just go to the LBHS and ask for ONE tablespoon from every container and ONE hop pellet from every package. take a photo of the guy's face.


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Old 01-12-2013, 02:44 PM   #12
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I just counted 43 malt varieties in the northern brewer catalog. I like the previous post suggesting .5 oz of each, but I would try .25 oz. If you used 2-row plus 29 other malts, thats only 7.25 oz of specialty malts. How bad could it be!

On second thought, maybe just get 5 kernels of each of the specialty grains that aren't already in your favorite recipe. Then, technically, you've used 40 ingredients but there wouldn't be any noticable flavor difference (i dont think...)

Good luck with that!


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Old 01-12-2013, 02:57 PM   #13
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Just make her a nice light beer, she will still love you even if it doesn't have 40 ingredients!
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:12 PM   #14
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How about you make her favorite beer and name after her that seems more appropriate. The random 40 ingredient brew would more than likely taste like shh and then she will be mad at you for wasting money lol
She won't be mad about that. She even said she doesn't care what it tastes like as long as there's 40 ingredients in it.

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How would she know?
She brews with me. Or at least is out in the garage with the wives of my brew buddies while I make it. She will want to see each ingredient go in to the mix.

I'm going to give this an honest shot. I think I can do it as long as I don't put in much of any one thing other than base malt and hops.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:23 PM   #15
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Seriously, if you do the "one hop pellet per ingredient" route, that will knock out a nice hunk of it without it being a disaster.

Quarter ounce of a bunch of speciality grains, and you are golden.

I honestly think that you can absolutely make a drinkable to good (if not amazing) beer, provided that you take a good recipe for the base, then jazz it up a bit with the miniscule amounts of the extra ingredients.

I think it's a fun idea, OP. Please do post back and let us know how it turns out. Heck, I might brew a 40 ingredient beer for me own 40th birthday!
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She won't be mad about that. She even said she doesn't care what it tastes like as long as there's 40 ingredients in it.

She brews with me. Or at least is out in the garage with the wives of my brew buddies while I make it. She will want to see each ingredient go in to the mix.

I'm going to give this an honest shot. I think I can do it as long as I don't put in much of any one thing other than base malt and hops.
Fruit salad in the secondary. That should help get you to forty.
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Old 01-12-2013, 03:34 PM   #17
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I believe I see the problem here. You are are using you're brewing mind and trying to come up with a legitimate recipe that you think will turn out well. Fortunately, at least from your comment, she hasn't specifically ask for that.
8 lb of 2 row
.5 oz of.....black malt
candi sugar
carafa
crystal 20
crystal 40
crystal 60
crystal 80
Vienna
malted wheat
flaked wheat
white wheat
honey
table sugar
dextrose
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Lactic Acid
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DME
Bell's yeast
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Lime peel
Lemon peel
Bitter orange peel
Sweet orange peel
corriander seed
seeds of paradise
vannilla
coffee
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your 10 hops makes 40!

The beer will probably suck a**, but look at the plus side: You have fulfilled your SWMBO wish, you can get out of what ever you don't want to do for the next 6 months by saying "can't afford it after making [U]that[U] beer, and you will get to know the guys at your LHBS REALLY WELL (probably best to give them a cooling off period before you go back).

Good luck!
..multiple yeasts are also a possibilty....

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Instead of .25oz of different malts. Make you recipe, and then add one gram of whatever malts you can find, or have on hand, to the mash. Chances of it having any real impact on the brew is very low (almost nil). You could even do .1 gram of the other hop varieties for the 60 minute addition, then load up on the flavor/aroma additions to balance.

If she wants 40 actual ingredients, then you can give her 40 ingredients. Doesn't mean she'll taste more than a few of them though. If she asks why it's so damned good (compared to tasting like rotten ass) you could tell her that while it's 40 ingredients, you used you BRAIN to override her neurosis over the number 40 and came up with something worth drinking.

You'll have to let us know who many nights you spend sleeping on the couch after that.
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She won't be mad about that. She even said she doesn't care what it tastes like as long as there's 40 ingredients in it.
Katie bar the door!

I just had a vision of a larder full of different 55lb bags of grain stacked to the ceiling.
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Katie bar the door!

I just had a vision of a larder full of different 55lb bags of grain stacked to the ceiling.
Sweeeeeeeet...

BTW, it might be better to have a combined count of ingredients, and additions/steps that comes out to 40. Hop burst it and you could get several of that count eliminated quickly.


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