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Old 01-15-2009, 07:40 PM   #1
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Sorry to bother you guys with this kind of question, but I'm at a loss as to what to brew next. I have some IPA remaining on tap, and I just added a new keg of Wit. A barleywine is in secondary, but is at least 6 months to a year away.

I'm getting the itch and need to get some suggestions!

So far I'm thinking about brewing something lighter that my friends might enjoy more.

Kolsch?
Cream Ale?

I tried a Kolsch the other day and thought it was great. Have not had a Cream Ale yet. What am I not thinking of?


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Old 01-15-2009, 08:03 PM   #2
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what about a maibock if you have lagering ability?

I'm brewing a california common as soon as the ingredients come in from AHS (you hear that Forrest?! SEND ME MY STUFF!!!!) since it is approachable by my bmc friends but also very flavorful


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Do a Saison.
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Cream Ale would be nice. Maybe something off the wall like a smoked porter.
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I don't really have lagering ability (other than place hear a window). I've considered getting set up, but TBH, I just enjoy ales more. California common? I might need good descriptions to know exactly what some of these are.

Saison? Isn't that some sort of Belgian farmhouse ale? I've been tempted to try, but the ones I've seen have been big bottles and expensive. I ended up buying something else.

What are they like? Sorry to sound like a newb, but there's a whole lot of beers in the world, and I haven't gotten around to drinking them all yet.

I'm just trying to come up with something that my father-in-law and friend will want to drink when they come over, or I can send a case to them. They both drink Labatt's. although I think they could branch out a bit from there. FIL likes some other things, like Oberon sometimes. Friend said my Wit was ok, but his wife didn't care for the additives.

So something lighter, but maybe different enough to help them get started branching out a bit more. I'm just dead set on giving my beer away!
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Saison tastes like saison. Sorry, you just need to break down and spend the $10 to buy a 750ml and give it a try. The closest thing to a boring saison is the funkiest Wit you have ever had. Then take the funk and multiply by 5 or 6 and you have saison. Crazy earth shattering spicy phenolic fruity funky. Saisons are just frickin' cool.
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Saison tastes like saison. Sorry, you just need to break down and spend the $10 to buy a 750ml and give it a try. The closest thing to a boring saison is the funkiest Wit you have ever had. Then take the funk and multiply by 5 or 6 and you have saison. Crazy earth shattering spicy phenolic fruity funky. Saisons are just frickin' cool.
Ok, is it tart? I'm not into that. I was afraid it was a sour style. If it's like a crazy Wit, then I'm going to go for it. Take my kid to dance tonight and grab a bottle. I think that sounds good! (except I doubt my friends would like it).

But, now that I know what it is, I can maybe offer a sample of store-bought to my friends and see what they think. I can certainly add this to my list of must-brews! <-- banana sybolizes fruity saison flavors...
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A light beer drinker friend of mine really enjoys when I brew up a mild. I tend to go small with multiple dark malts to create a little complexity but the low IBU and lack of hop flavor make it approachable by the average beer drinker. I just brewed a bitter and am excited to try it, this might also be a good option.
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it's not sour, it's FUNKY!

i would vote that or cream ale if you haven't tried one.

the cream ale was originally made for ale brewers to compete with lager brewers. it's a nice light crisp clean ale. they use corn to lighten the body and the cream ale yeast blend (WLP080) will make it very lager like at lower temps (around 60°F)
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Ok, is it tart? I'm not into that. I was afraid it was a sour style. If it's like a crazy Wit, then I'm going to go for it. Take my kid to dance tonight and grab a bottle. I think that sounds good! (except I doubt my friends would like it).

But, now that I know what it is, I can maybe offer a sample of store-bought to my friends and see what they think. I can certainly add this to my list of must-brews! <-- banana sybolizes fruity saison flavors...
I have had saisons that were tart and others that weren't, similar to wits. My Wit is fairly tart, I have had others that aren't nearly as tart. The commercial ones I have tried are only slightly tart and sour, Hennepin I think has a slight brett character to it and the Dupont has a similar bite to a dry champagne.


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