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Old 02-13-2008, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default Need a brew for the SWMBO

Just getting my feet wet with homebrewing. My SWMBO tolerates my brewing, but she would be much more forgiving if I could brew something she will drink. Like most BMC drinkers, I think she just generally doesn't like the flavor of hops, or malt. I've made her take a sample of every beer I've bought in the last 6mos. The only thing she truly said she could "tolerate" was Young's Double Chocolate Stout. Go figure. Must be the chocolate. Anyway, I'm looking for advice on something she might like. I've seen kits for hard lemonades that I'm sure must be better than the commercial stuff. The problem is, I don't have the capability to brew any lagers or pilsners right now. Ed Worts Aplefwein seems to be pretty popular. But, I'm sure neither of us will like it if it tastes anything like Woodchuck, or something like that. Surely, you guys can help me on this. Any advice?


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Old 02-13-2008, 02:51 AM   #2
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from what I've heard, Caramel Cream Ale FTW.

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Old 02-13-2008, 03:00 AM   #3
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Why not make her a mead (aka honey wine).

Make a big production of it, make her think you are slaving away at it. But really, you just heat pasteurize some honey water, cool it by adding it to cold water, add yeast, toss it in a carboy, and aerate. Takes about an hour start to finish.

Much easier than beer... and tasty too. IMHO, brew days are too few and far between to try to placate somebody who doesn't love beer to begin with.


Or, if all else fails, hefeweizens are very popular and served with a lemon. Chicks seem to like anything that's served with fruit.
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I think you would be best off finding something commercial she likes and then brew something similar. I would start with blonde ales, cream ales, wheat beers.

Ed's apfelwein is not like Woodchuck. It is much drier, less sweet and a lot more alcohol. I suggest starting some of it ASAP.
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I think you would be best off finding something commercial she likes and then brew something similar. I would start with blonde ales, cream ales, wheat beers.

Ed's apfelwein is not like Woodchuck. It is much drier, less sweet and a lot more alcohol. I suggest starting some of it ASAP.

+1 that's some good advice.

+1 again appfelwien is really good and it's inexpensive to make.
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You also don't need to brew a whole 5 gallons of Apfelwein if you're worried you and SWMBO won't like it. It is one of those easily scaled beginning recipes. Some people brew up only a gallon in an old wine jug. Of course you might be like most of us and like it and regret not making more...so be prepared on drinking day to brew up a 5 gallon batch.
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Get a couple bottles of Apple Pucker and "bottle" that.
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If she likes Young's, then maybe think of other commercial beers like that. Maybe other stouts, to see if she would like them.

I really dislike fruited beer, or anything sweet. (The caramel cream ale on here was a dumper for me- it was like cream soda with beer added- grosser than gross). I know some women do like that, but I'd say skip the gimmick stuff and make a beer that she would like.
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yeah I wish it were as easy as bottling pucker. She doesn't like most beer, but she's not retarted. Hell she wouldn't drink that crap either. I was kind of hoping someone has been in this situation before. She likes BMC, but I can't do anything that light. Mead may be an option. Although, I had a honey wine the other day (if that is the same as mead) and it was awful. I don't like wine, but this stuff was even worse. If anybody has any more suggestions, I sure could use them. Aplefwein sounds like my best bet now. If I go that route, I will make a full 5G batch. If its that strong, it will get drank.
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Ed's apfelwein is not like Woodchuck. It is much drier, less sweet and a lot more alcohol. I suggest starting some of it ASAP.

QFT


Also, as far as scalability, Revvy is right on. Both my carboys are full, so I grabbed three emptied 1gal wine jugs from a sorority house and got some #6.5 (#6 are better) stoppers and airlocks. I've got two slightly different batches of Apfelwein goin now, and I think the total cost was like $12 (equipment + ingredients).


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