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Old 01-29-2008, 08:41 PM   #1
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I'm not looking to flame bigger beers or the people who brew them, but I feel in the minority for mostly brewing beers below 6%abv. The bulk of my batches are between 3.5% and 5.5%, with the occasional 6-6.5% IPA. I'd say maybe twice a year I brew something over 7.5%. Anyone else brew smaller beers for the sake of sessionability. I just like being able to drink my beer all day if I feel the urge. I think Biermuncher can relate on this...


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Old 01-29-2008, 08:42 PM   #2
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90% of my beers are below 4.5% (with most of those coming in at about 3.3%). Maybe once a year I brew a big beer of +7%.


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Old 01-29-2008, 08:45 PM   #3
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Looking at my brew-log, it appears that mine are pretty much split 50/50. I'm young though, and so are my friends. We can abuse our livers like that I suppose.
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most are under 7%
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:52 PM   #5
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They take longer to mature, and generally cost more. They can also fail many different ways, and for many people they are disappointed with the results.

In short, they are harder to make correctly.

So making bigger beers is a challenge that for some is simply not worth the time, but for others its very rewarding experience.

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They take longer to mature, and generally cost more.
You can add that to my reasons as well...
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I tend to brew bigger beers. I'm not out to get smashed, that's just what I prefer. I find those more analogous to wine, and with how I'm trying to educate myself and learn, I find pairing food with bigger beers comes more naturally. I'm sure that I will begin appreciating smaller beers soon, when I become more comfortable with the pairings and flavor profiles I'm currently trying to create.

I am also curbing my drinking. Now, I'll rarely have more than 2-3 total throughout the week. Weekends I'll usually reserve one night to sample and, uh..."expand my horizons."
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I've brewed from 3.8% up to 10%. About 80% of mine seem to be in the 5%-6.5% range. Mostly because that's what the style calls for.

If a style calls for low alcohol that's what I'll do, I have never taken something like an APA and thought 'Gee, it sure would be nice to have less alcohol in this'.

Not that there's anything wrong with doing that...
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Old 01-29-2008, 08:58 PM   #9
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Most of my beers have been in the 5 to 6% range. The last two beers I made were under 4.5%. I have not made anything I would call "big" yet. My biggest OG was 1.070.

The only two big beers I'm planning for this year are a Christmas Ale (1.095) in March, and an RIS sometime later in the year. Everything else will probably be 1.055 or less.
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Old 01-29-2008, 09:02 PM   #10
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I see beer as food. Above 6% it becomes more a treat then food and as others say, they do cost more in ingedients as well as time.

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