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Old 01-30-2013, 05:26 PM   #31
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I brew lagers b/c I love to drink them, and for the challenge. After a while, it gets pretty easy to brew an outstanding ale. If you can brew a really good Helles that scores in the high 30's/low 40's, you have really accomplished something as a homebrewer. There are nowhere for flaws to hide...it is quite difficult to do it on a level of the best commercial brewers.

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Old 01-30-2013, 05:38 PM   #32
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One point re: clean ale vs lager is that to get a really clean ale, you end up doing most of the same things you'd do with a lager. Relatively cool fermentation, plus a lager-like cold stage for a Kolsch or Altbier. So it's not that different a process.

I'm drinking my first lager now (based on Revvy's vienna) and it is radically different from any of my ales in a way that I don't think could be replicated with an ale yeast.

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Old 01-30-2013, 09:08 PM   #33
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Why brew an ale? There is a huge variety of commercial ales out there, why brew, when you can buy? When I started brewing, there was no craft beer scene, therefore I brewed dark rich ales, as those were hard to find. Now I find myself brewing more and more lagers as the commercial selection is much smaller than that of ales!
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