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1-6, I'm a n00b. 15 27.27%
7-15, beer is awesome. 22 40.00%
16-30, I am awesome. 14 25.45%
31+, I eat awesome for breakfast. 4 7.27%
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:10 AM   #1
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In your homebrewing 'career', how many different sub-categories have you brewed? I just started brewing last year and after getting hooked, I decided that I wanted to brew as many styles as I possibly could this year. Mostly for the expereince of creating recipes for them, but also so that I could get a feel for the overall impression of a lot of styles that I have difficulty finding locally.

Here's my tally as best as I can recall from my brewing notes:

1. American Pale Ale
2. American Amber Ale
3. American Wheat
4. American Stout
5. Belgian Pale Ale
6. Belgian Dark Strong Ale
7. Belgian Golden Strong Ale
8. Biere de Garde
9. Belgian Wit
10. Belgian wit (Imperial)
11. Ordinary Bitter
12. ESB
13. Old Ale
14. Mild
15. Northern English Brown Ale
16. Southern English Brown Ale
17. Sweet Stout (Imperial)
18. Dry Stout
19. Scotch Ale
20. Scottish 80 Shilling
21. Irish Red
22. Hefeweizen
23. Dunkelweizen
24. Weizenbock
25. Roggenbier
26. Blonde Ale
27. Cream Ale
28. Light American Lager
29. American IPA
30. Imperial IPA
31. Robust Porter

I'll be brewing a Brown Porter and an RIS on Friday, with a Baltic Porter and American Barleywine to be brewed soon. If I count Friday's brews that will put me at 33 total.

Dang, I didn't realize that I'd brewed so many styles until I put it all down in writing!


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Old 08-28-2008, 02:13 AM   #2
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You are a brewing stud Ohio. I definately have aspirations to brew more styles, but instead have kept my minimal production focused on beers that I can use as daily drinkers. Someday there will be a belgian trippel aging in 750ml corked bottles, but probably not in the near future.


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Old 08-28-2008, 02:18 AM   #3
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Ive only been brewing a few months so not so many styles yet. It seems almost every brew I make is something different so I'm sure I will have made them all before it is over with. So far the only repeats are stouts since that is the style I like best, but I'm still looking for that perfect recipe.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:19 AM   #4
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OK here we go
Irish Stout.
English Stout
American Brown
American Pale Ale
American Wheat.
Braggot
Mead
Metheglin
Fruit Beer/Spiced Beer (pumpkin)
North English Brown Ale
South English Brown Ale
English IPA
Strong Scotch Ale
Dubbel
Specialty Beer (GaP)

I think thats it. Not including a 2 Apfelweins
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:26 AM   #5
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I'm in the 7 - 15 group...but just for the record, Awesome stand ankle high to me and looks up my grass skirt and hopes to someday grow up to wash my bottles.
1. Show Mead
2. Braggot
3. Melomel
4. Pyment
5. Fruit beer
6. APA
7. IPA
8. Dry Stout
9. Sweet Stout.
10. Coffee Stout.
11. Dunkelweizen
12. Weissbier
13. Kolsch
14. Cream Ale
15. Apfelwein.


This is just this year right?
That's all I'm counting, cause I'll go over my vote now that I start to count....
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:33 AM   #6
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I've done 11 styles, but I've done (or will have done by the end of this month) all of them twice. As much as I'm intrigued by the depth and richness of beer history and diversity, I'm also interested in not only nailing down a style (and I'm not even close) but also exploring its diversity and nuances. That can only be done by repeating a style multiple times.

It's not like I have any kind of grand plan, but as I gain experience I try to go back to some of my earlier beers and redo the recipe and/or style to apply what I've learned since then.

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Old 08-28-2008, 02:42 AM   #7
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You are a brewing stud Ohio. I definately have aspirations to brew more styles, but instead have kept my minimal production focused on beers that I can use as daily drinkers. Someday there will be a belgian trippel aging in 750ml corked bottles, but probably not in the near future.
Not even close. Just because I brewed them all doesn't mean that they were all drinkable. If I create a recipe and it's a keeper I try to reproduce it. If it blows I start over and try it again.

Most of these styles I've only done once. I've done 70 or so batches, so more than half of my brewing has been focusing on styles that I want to try to nail down (Amber, APA, IPA, robust porter, IIPA). Of the 25 or so batches I've done this year I've probably done 16 or so different styles. Eventually I'll get back to rebrewing and tweaking them, but like I said in the OP, I wanted to expand into different styles to find different techniques.

This was not meant to be a brag post. I apologize if it came across that way, that certainly was not my intent.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:43 AM   #8
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I'm at 17 styles right now, so yes, I am awesome.

1. American Amber
2. American Brown
3. American IPA
4. American Pale Ale
5. American Wheat
6. Brown Porter
7. Classic American Pilsner
8. Cream Ale
9. Dry Stout
10. Fruit Beer
11. IIPA
12. Northern English Brown
13. Schwarzbier
14. Scottish Export 80/-
15. Sweet Stout
16. Vienna Lager
17. Weizen/Weissbier
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:52 AM   #9
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I guess if I count Ed's Apfelwein (applewine) and the raspberry and blueberry wheats that I've done for SWMBO that puts me at 35 counting what I'm brewing on Friday.

Man I'm pathetic.
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Old 08-28-2008, 02:53 AM   #10
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I picked 16-30. I've made at least 20 BJCP styles, not including fruit/ vegetable/ spice/ smoke specialty beers. Not all were perfectly within style, but I'd say they were all recognizable at least.

I love the [email protected] out of beer, especially the wide variety out there. When practical/ in season, I try to make every other batch a new recipe, and preferably, a style I haven't brewed before. I move fairly often, so I haven't brewed too many long-agers (can't wait to settle some place for several years so I can do barley wine, gueze, et al.). I've also made some beers that intentionally or accidentally didn't fit any style too well.


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