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Old 10-20-2008, 07:29 PM   #1
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Default Trying to make a brew that SWMBO will LOVE...

She likes malty. I like bitter and hoppy. I've been able to find middle ground with a well balanced amber, but after brewing an ESB and APA for me I wanted to do the next one more to her liking. Her favorite style of store-bought brews is Oktoberfest. What would be a good style to brew that is similar to Oktoberfest, but also one that I can brew with extract (+spec. grains) and Ale yeast (I'm not lagering yet). Any suggestions?


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Old 10-20-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
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My vote is for a brown ale or maybe a porter on the lower end of the spectrum for porters.


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Old 10-20-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
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My SWMBO is similar. I have found that she is generally a fan of Ambers. I just yesterday brewed a Scottish Export 80/- that she really loved the smell of as I was transferring to primary.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #4
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any of the Scottish schilling beers would fit the bill. 60/- (light), 70-/(heavy) or 80/-(export)

malty and yet balanced.
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Old 10-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
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I'd go with a mild...or an Irish Red. All about the malt!
I got the Smithwicks clone from AHS...TOTALLY hated their hops schedule, so I re-arranged and trimmed it into style for an Irish Red, and it came out freeken awesome. Very Nice and Malty...very red, and very good!
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I'd say a brown or a scottish ale.
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A sweeter or maybe a raspberry porter might do the job.
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What about a "mocktoberfest"? An ale, but using the octoberfest type ingredients and a nice clean fermenting ale yeast at the lower range of the temperature for the yeast.
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I agree with the scottish shilling suggestions.

Hell, I just brewed a simple blonde ale with a scottish yeast and it came out very smooth and surprisingly malty! (half the batch was with WLP001, it was not anywhere near as malty tasting)


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