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    Default Back to the basics/classic and what to brew...

    Ok, so this year is the year I get back to the basics of brewing.
    I need / want to be able to brew good versions of the basic styles of beers, This year I want to concentrate of 5 and only 5 styles, yet I am not sure what they are yet, so what would be your 5 must know how to brew beer styles.

    Currently this is where I am (in no particular order)
    1. Irish Red Ale – First beer I ever brewed, time to get it nailed down
    2. Stout/Porter – I think everyone should know and understand the DarkSide
    3. IPA- because IPA!
    4. Fizzy Yellow Ale – for the masses
    5: American Wheat - because I never have

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    On Deck: Irish

    Keg 1: Stout
    Keg 2: Un-Common Ale

    Total Gallons brewed (2015) - 0

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    1. Pilsner. Verstaile. Popular. Classic. It is easy to build on this style by swapping malts, changing hops etc. Small tweaks yield interesting results.
    2. Any form of an English pale ale. There are many but I found it deceptively difficult to make one that was good tasting in the sublime, understated and complex way a good English ales tends to be.
    3. IPA. Not my favorite style but learning to get the best character out of a key ingredient, hops, is a worthy pursuit.
    4. Marzen or Vienna lager. Play with these styles and really learn about what you can do with a straight malty beer. I found using the different base malts was particularly rewarding.
    5. Adjunct lager. If you get this one right, you know your process is good.

    Honorable mention: Brown ale or porter.
    Drinking: Raspberry strong ale, APA, Saisson
    Conditioning: Maibock, American Standard Lager, Red Ale
    Primary: Lambic, English IPA

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    A noble list indeed, but for now Iwant to get the ales down right then move to lager/pils style
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    On Deck: Irish

    Keg 1: Stout
    Keg 2: Un-Common Ale

    Total Gallons brewed (2015) - 0

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    I want to become proficient at doing the partigyle thing by blending runnings so you have more control over the outcome. I guess since it's one mash I'm gonna put 2 beers where I think I might PG.

    Stout/ brown
    Amber/ blonde ale
    Belgium tripel/ dubbel- in the summer when you can get lots of nice Belgiums
    dortmunder or helles
    Irish Red- because I haven't brewed one yet and it's long overdue

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    Quote Originally Posted by MX1 View Post
    A noble list indeed, but for now Iwant to get the ales down right then move to lager/pils style
    Not a bad idea. I dove into lager brewing right away because generally speaking that is what I like drinking. I do not think my mistakes in lagers were worse than those most newbies make with their ales. They just happened at cooler temps.
    Drinking: Raspberry strong ale, APA, Saisson
    Conditioning: Maibock, American Standard Lager, Red Ale
    Primary: Lambic, English IPA

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    Just to be clear - Brewing something "Special" does not equal anything REMOTELY CLOSE TO BREWING ZIMA!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lamppa View Post
    It had a 'turbo' button. Like why the fuck would you ever run it NOT on 'turbo'?

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    All this talk of red ales...I think I will brew on next week.
    Drinking: Raspberry strong ale, APA, Saisson
    Conditioning: Maibock, American Standard Lager, Red Ale
    Primary: Lambic, English IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewMeister Jeff View Post
    Just to be clear - Brewing something "Special" does not equal anything REMOTELY CLOSE TO BREWING ZIMA!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lamppa View Post
    It had a 'turbo' button. Like why the fuck would you ever run it NOT on 'turbo'?

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    Ok, so far here are 3 of the 5 beers I would like to brew this year, take a look and tell me what you think, or what I might need to re-think.

    I know I ask, and lean on you guys a lot but without you, I would just be a shitty guy making shitty beer!

    There are 2 versions of each file, a txt or an html. Didn't want to take up a huge post with 3 different grain bills and such

    Thanks

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    Your red ale looks bang on. It should be really good.

    Blond ale...with 75% Vienna it will not be blond I don't think.
    Drinking: Raspberry strong ale, APA, Saisson
    Conditioning: Maibock, American Standard Lager, Red Ale
    Primary: Lambic, English IPA

    Quote Originally Posted by BrewMeister Jeff View Post
    Just to be clear - Brewing something "Special" does not equal anything REMOTELY CLOSE TO BREWING ZIMA!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Lamppa View Post
    It had a 'turbo' button. Like why the fuck would you ever run it NOT on 'turbo'?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattfink View Post
    Your red ale looks bang on. It should be really good.

    Blond ale...with 75% Vienna it will not be blond I don't think.
    Not a true Blond Ale to style, but a fizzy/malty/ little more hoppy than a normal BMC, think of it as a gateway beer.....
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    On Deck: Irish

    Keg 1: Stout
    Keg 2: Un-Common Ale

    Total Gallons brewed (2015) - 0

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattfink View Post
    Not a bad idea. I dove into lager brewing right away because generally speaking that is what I like drinking. I do not think my mistakes in lagers were worse than those most newbies make with their ales. They just happened at cooler temps.
    Yeah aside from drinking mostly ale when I started homebrewing (now it's about 50-50) I didn't have to buy, build, or do anything to ferment in nice ale range since my basement is between 60 and 70 all year. If I had realized how effective the simple swamp cooler is and that you can lager in bottles I would have started lagering earlier than I did.

    I think it was your advice finally pushed me over the edge. Cheers.

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