Trying to make a brew that SWMBO will LOVE... - Home Brew Forums
Register Now For Free!

Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > General Beer Discussion > Trying to make a brew that SWMBO will LOVE...

Thread Tools
Old 10-20-2008, 07:29 PM   #1
Aug 2008
Zeeland, MI USA
Posts: 25

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?

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:33 PM   #2
Brew the brew!
nukebrewer's Avatar
Oct 2008
Groton, CT
Posts: 5,666
Liked 2865 Times on 1733 Posts

My vote is for a brown ale or maybe a porter on the lower end of the spectrum for porters.
The only thing more asinine than stupid rules is the enforcement of rules simply because they are the rules.

Inhopsicated: A Beer Blog

Inhopsicated on Twitter

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:33 PM   #3
Four Beasts Brewery
Brooklyn-Brewtality's Avatar
Aug 2008
Posts: 2,278
Liked 24 Times on 19 Posts

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.
Kegged: Berlinerweisse, Dubbel, Galaxy Wheat
Bottled: Golden Strong, Mild, IIPA, Rauch
Fermenting: Saison, Imperial Wheat Stout, Brett Saison, APA, Brett Roggenbier

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #4
Zymurgrafi's Avatar
Feb 2007
Posts: 2,427
Liked 10 Times on 10 Posts

any of the Scottish schilling beers would fit the bill. 60/- (light), 70-/(heavy) or 80/-(export)

malty and yet balanced.

Bristle Bros. Brewing

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:36 PM   #5
Senior Member
BigKahuna's Avatar
Feb 2008
Eastern Colorado
Posts: 5,970
Liked 52 Times on 45 Posts

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!
Seriously. I'm here for BEER
It's Not The Size Of Your Rig That Counts....It's How Often You Use It.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:37 PM   #6
Lost Pirate
Apr 2007
Lorain, Ohio
Posts: 218

I'd say a brown or a scottish ale.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:44 PM   #7
Tenchiro's Avatar
Jun 2007
Providence, RI
Posts: 2,973
Liked 6 Times on 6 Posts

A sweeter or maybe a raspberry porter might do the job.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 07:44 PM   #8
Ale's What Cures You!
Yooper's Avatar
Jun 2006
UP of Michigan, Winter Texan
Posts: 69,873
Liked 8086 Times on 5643 Posts

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.
Broken Leg Brewery
Giving beer a leg to stand on since 2006

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 08:36 PM   #9
Vendor and Brewer
Bobby_M's Avatar
Aug 2006
Whitehouse Station, NJ
Posts: 23,379
Liked 1790 Times on 1139 Posts

Belgian Wit
Welcome to I love you.
New Stirplates are IN!
Chugger Pumps, Pump Kits, Camlocks, Sightglasses, Clear USA made Silicone Tubing, RIMS, Electric Install Parts, etc.

Reply With Quote
Old 10-20-2008, 09:00 PM   #10
Sep 2008
Spokane, WA
Posts: 261

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)
My semi-regularly updated beer blog: PremiumBitter
PRIMARY 1: Baltic Porter | WLP001
PRIMARY 2: Chocolate-Spearmint Winter Warmer | WLP028
SECONDARY: Spokane Falls Fresh Hop Ale (IPA) | WLP001/WLP028 (Amarillo/Columbus dry hop)
Liberator Doppelbock
Yellow Marmot Ale (Golden Ale) | WLP001
Yellow Marmot Ale (Golden Ale) | WLP028
UPCOMING: Premium Bitter, Imperial Steam Beer, Strong Scotch Ale, Munich Helles, Schwartz Bier, Rauch Bier

Reply With Quote
Thread Tools

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Why I love SWMBO Displaced MassHole General Chit Chat 8 12-05-2008 04:10 AM
Why I love my SWMBO Cape Brewing General Beer Discussion 23 08-18-2008 02:43 PM
Help-SWMBO is gone for evening-want to brew-limited ingredients - what can I make? Rhino17 All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 12 07-25-2007 04:22 AM
Something the SWMBO will love 98EXL Extract Brewing 30 07-14-2007 04:04 PM

Forum Jump