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Old 02-18-2008, 07:01 PM   #1
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Default Help, my brews are boring!

I've been stuck in a bit of a rut lately where all my brews are becoming very similar. I've brewed a couple of batches each of EdWort's Haus Pale, my Vail Pale Ale, a modified version of EdWort's Stone IPA clone (I subbed Ahtanum hops for whatever it was the recipe called for).

All of these batches turned out very drinkable, but they also are all very similar to one another.

I think it's time to switch gears a bit, but to what? Part of the problem I have is that I am a bit picky with beers about the styles I like. For example, I don't like wheat beers and I don't like stouts. I also don't currently have the capability to lager.

Anyone have any suggestions? Recipes?

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Old 02-18-2008, 07:56 PM   #2
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Well, what do you like? From your choices there, you are really focusing in on essentially like some base malt and crystal so they really are similar I think. Have you tried your hand at lagering? Maybe a Pils or an Octoberfest (getting close to that time!). Or perhaps venturing into a higher gravity brew like a Dubbel?

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Old 02-18-2008, 08:02 PM   #3
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Do you like malty brews? How about something like Orfy's Hobgoblin clone?

When I was in a bit of a rut last year, I did a Belgian dark strong because it was wholly different from anything else I had ever made. Maybe something like that?

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Old 02-18-2008, 08:16 PM   #4
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Looks like you're stuck in a pale ale rut, more than anything...How bout a porter or stout, or a hefe?

How about something that get's little play like a Dortmunder?
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Old 02-18-2008, 08:21 PM   #5
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Try a Belgian beer like a Saison or Wit. Something that is still light in color buy has a unique flavor. You could also try something like an ESB or mild.
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Old 02-18-2008, 09:03 PM   #6
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I would recommend an ESB. Nice and Malty, but still some hop character. Probably my favorite brew.

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Old 02-18-2008, 09:03 PM   #7
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How about an English beer like a brown or ESB?
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How about a lighter colored ale like a Kolsch or a blonde with one of the german liquid yeasts is a nice change of pace. Less hoppy, more clean and crisp. Get you ready for the warmer months...BierMuncher's Centennial Blonde gets rave reviews.

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For years I was happy grabbing a 12 pack of Natty Ice on the way home, and now that I have started homebrewing I have to brew a different batch every week. My fridge is like the sampler platter at the brewery.
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