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Old 06-13-2008, 04:46 PM   #1
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So, I'm actually starting to think about waiting to brew my next batch until my first is completed and I can drink some so I get a feeling for what it is like and if I would like to do anything different. Having said this, my brew, which was started on June 6th, simple amber ale made with amber LME and cascade hops, should be ready around the 3rd week of July if I do the 123 plan. So the next batch would be started around the last week of july or beginning of august meaning it would be ready by sept.

Is there any really good fall brews you guys like? On the top of my head pumpkin ale would be okay, more difficult than I wanted. Oktoberfest might be good as well, but is Oktoberfest an ale or lager?

 
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:50 PM   #2
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Oktoberfest is traditionally lagered.

Come fall, I like things that are malty or roasty. Maybe something like an old ale? Barleywine is nice for winter, might be a little young still for the fall. Maybe a Russian Imperial Stout. Something with a little sweetness to it and a lot of body.
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I like brown ales for the fall. I am probably going to have 2 on tap this fall: an American and English version. Stouts and porters can really benefit from the aging for a couple months and are nice on a cool evening.

Oktoberfest is a lager, but you can make a really nice beer using an ale yeast: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=39021

 
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Old 06-13-2008, 04:51 PM   #4
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Oktoberfest is a good choice. Technically a lager, but you can approximate it pretrty well as an ale. EdWort's recipe has been well received, and you'll see others in the database as well.
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Old 06-13-2008, 05:03 PM   #5
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I brewed an Altbier last night that is going to be my fall beer. Oktoberfest is the best fall brew by far IMO, but if you can't lager then an Altbier may be the next best thing.
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I brewed an Altbier last night that is going to be my fall beer. Oktoberfest is the best fall brew by far IMO, but if you can't lager then an Altbier may be the next best thing.
what is Altbier like? I saw it in the store but didn't try it yet. was wondering what an altbier is like

 
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what is Altbier like? I saw it in the store but didn't try it yet. was wondering what an altbier is like
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Better yet, go to Düsseldorf!

I agree, if you can maintain the temps, a Alt or a California common beer would be great for the fall too.

 
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Old 06-14-2008, 01:57 AM   #10
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I'd say a nice porter would work out well. You won't have to wait as long as a Barleywine and it won't be quite as full bodied as a stout. Maybe even a chocolate porter?

 
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