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McCall St. Brewer

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My last 4 or 5 batches have all been pretty similar beers, EdWort's Haus Pale (X2), Vail Pale Ale (X2) an Ahtanum IPA. Basically pale ales with lots of Cascade/Centennial hoppiness.

I think it's time to switch gears a bit and do something different, but I don't know what. First off, I don't really care for wheat beers or stouts, so those are pretty much out. I don't want anything with fruit or spice or anything like that in it, either. A porter might be nice, I suppose.

Maybe something German, though, and possibly even lagerish. I don't have a lagering fridge, but my basement is very cool this time of year. My ferments are at about 57 F I suspect that if I were to put my carboy on the floor it would get substantially cooler than that.

I think what I want, though, is more emphasis on malt instead of hops, but still a clean, crisp beer. Maybe even a Kolsch? I haven't made an all grain one of those yet.

Any suggestions?

Whatever I do has to wait a little bit, though, as all my storage space is full. I either need to drink a bunch of beer from my keg, or (gasp) bottle a batch to free up a carboy. I suppose I could buy another keg, though (I've come to detest bottling).
 

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Wow! No stouts? Ouch.

IMHO pale ales and IPA's and Kolsch's and light lagers are certainly different, but not what I would consider "really branching out"

Go with a porter I would say. Look in the recipe forum.
 

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How about a Kolsch? It should ferment well at those temperatures with a good starter. Then use that yeast to make a Baltic Porter, it is usually made with lager yeast but this would work too. This will give you 2 very different beers and save you some $$ on the yeast.
 

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If you really are liking a nice Lager then make a German Helles (Helles Bells) or a Munich Lager. If you have not tried an northern English Brown Ale then that is another option.
 

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If you're looking for a porter I recommend this one:

https://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=46844
Thanks, Ohiobrewtus, you just made my day!

I was in Youngstown for the holiday at one of my favorite restaurants there. They told me they had G.L. Christmas Ale on draft which is okay so I ordered, waitress comes back says they're out of it and replaced with the Edmund Fitzgerald...score!

I'll definitely be brewing this one. Thanks!!
 

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There is also California Common which is nice to do in the cooler weather. I would second the Porter or Brown ales as well.
 

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A nice malty English or Scottish Ale should be a good change of pace. Orfy's Hob Goblin clone receives high marks. Its what I'm throwing together for tomorrow.

Craig
 

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I second the Belgian and California Common recommendation. A nice Belgian Pale or Golden Strong would be a nice change of pace without using too many dark grains. I have a CC that I made a few weeks ago that I just put on tap. It's a nice drinking brew.
 
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Hmmm. Although Orfy's Hobgoblin recipe looks real intriguing, I'm thinking either an Alt, a Kolsch or a California Common.

Anyone have a good AG altbier recipe?
 
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