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Old 06-19-2008, 02:20 PM   #1
Jul 2007
Indiana, PA
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hey all -

I still haven't purchased my whole set up_yet_, but I am borrowing a brewing buddy's rig to do my first AG. Now the question is what to brew.

Initially I'm thinking some thing easy (IPA, Porter. . .something along those lines), but I keep getting this inkling to do a saison, because I've never made one before.

Now I will have training wheels on this one (read: said equipment's owner), and I've done 6+ PM batches, so I have the basics of mashing down, but I wanted some input from the constituency on whether or not doing something a bit more complicated would be a bad idea.

I currently don't have a recipe nor fermentation schedule/temp, just throwin' around the idea.

Any thoughts?

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Old 06-19-2008, 03:45 PM   #2
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Isn't it like some sort of tradition to do EdWorts haus Pale for your first AG? It's easy enough...and apparently very good...or at least popular.
That's my vote. Ed's Haus Pale.
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Old 06-20-2008, 12:26 AM   #3
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Ill second the above, Eds Haus Ale, really simple, and very tasty, good luck, and welcome to AG

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Old 06-21-2008, 11:56 AM   #4
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or BMs centennial blonde got my cherry.

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Old 06-21-2008, 03:02 PM   #5
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I have never made a Saison, is there something different about them like doing a step mash? I just quickly reviewed a couple of recipes and they were not stepped which would complicate things. That said the smaller beers would turn around faster so you could taste the result sooner.

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Old 06-21-2008, 07:27 PM   #6
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I'm a fan of the Centennial Blonde. But it all really comes to down to what you're in the mood for. If you're comfortable with your buddy's rig, and he'll be with you, I say go for what you want. Remember to relax, and have a home brew.

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Old 06-21-2008, 07:33 PM   #7
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Nov 2006
Marietta, Georgia
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Make BM's Centennial Blonde!!
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Old 06-22-2008, 01:52 AM   #8
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I did an English Bitter for my first, but I think I stout is very easy also.
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Old 06-22-2008, 09:20 AM   #9
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haus Pale - but cascades seemed to have become rarer than gold, and harder to find than a virgin at at a ??????.

So how long must a hop head live with withdraw symptoms?

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Old 06-22-2008, 01:28 PM   #10
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+ 1 on Edwort's Haus Pale Ale. I am also new to AG (doing 3rd batch today) and the Haus Pale was real easy to make.

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