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Title: What are your house styles?
Post by: sienabrewer on April 02, 2010, 12:42:25 PM
I'm at a point where I would like to make and fine tune some house styles that I brew over and over again.  I've been going all grain for about 2 years now and have usually just brewed what I felt like.  It's fun, but I'm not really getting a sense of fine tuning and really zeroing in on styles I really like.  Plus now that I have a mill I am buyingi n bulk.  So I ask what are house styles you always have?  I'm not looking for recipes.  I'm thinking of doing a German style blonde, IPA (east coast style), ESB, and a stout.  I plan on always having these styles around, while supplementing them with something that suites the season from time to time.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: greymane on April 02, 2010, 01:05:49 PM
A West Coast style dry and brutally bitter Rye APA is always on tap and in the pipeline. Also, something lighter (e.g., wheat or pale ale) for the other tap on the kegerator.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: mnstorm99 on April 02, 2010, 01:23:24 PM
I can only fit two kegs in my kegerator, so I appreciate that you say house "style" as I will always have some sort of a pale ale (english bitter or ESB, American pale ale or IPA) on one of my taps.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: rjharper on April 02, 2010, 01:28:00 PM
I've always got a dry Hard Cider on tap, and usually an Oatmeal Stout too.  Those seem to be the favourites around here.  I frequently knock out an Irish Red that makes a popular session beer too.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: enso on April 02, 2010, 02:29:06 PM
I try and always have my APA available.  It is the only beer I regularly brew 10 gallon batches of.  Unfortunately I am not always good at planning ahead so that it is available. 

I also like to have a good session ale on tap.  Something in the 2.6% up to 3.6% range.  That usually is something I do always have available and tends to be a Scottish 60/- or 70/-, or a dark mild.  Other than that my brewing is still erratic other than being in a slightly seasonal mode.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: tygo on April 02, 2010, 02:31:07 PM

I also like to have a good session ale on tap.  Something in the 2.6% up to 3.6% range. 

Me too but my session ales are usually in the 5-6% range  ;D

I like having a pale ale around, usually an ESB but sometimes APA or (like now) both.

Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: denny on April 02, 2010, 04:02:27 PM
At the very least, I always have a super hoppy IPA for my wife and something Belgian for myself.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: a10t2 on April 02, 2010, 04:21:48 PM
APA and a black lager are almost always on tap. Generally a porter too, and lately I've been on a Belgian kick, so either a dubbel or tripel. Usually some pilsner or helles from a lager "starter" lurking around too.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: euge on April 02, 2010, 05:56:26 PM
I brew Bitters almost exclusively now- though some frequently are a fusion of American and British ingredients.

Plans are to branch off into Steam Beer in the next few months.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: zacbwb on April 02, 2010, 06:10:36 PM
We have an Oatmeal Stout that I make whenever we are reaching for the last few bottles...other than that we recently made a Lagunitas Brown Shugga clone that turned out so well that it will probably be added to the "always have available" rotation.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: bluesman on April 02, 2010, 06:29:47 PM
I have room for seven kegs in my chest and usually keep about five on tap daily. The one style that has the most frequency is an IPA by far.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: makemehoppy on April 02, 2010, 06:33:13 PM
I like to keep an APA or IPA on tap in the 5-6% range. I also try to always have a Porter available. I then do other styles by whim. Right now I'm thinking of keeping my Scottish Ale in constant rotation.  Finally I'm trying to perfect a Belgian tripel in small batches. I'm on my 3rd attempt and going is slow as I like to wait at least a few months for aging to see what I want to adjust.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: beersk on April 02, 2010, 07:15:12 PM
I have room for seven kegs in my chest and usually keep about five on tap daily. The one style that has the most frequency is an IPA by far.
Wow, you must be able to bench press a ton!
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: chumley on April 02, 2010, 07:24:30 PM
An IPA in the 1.060-1.070 OG range, and a pilsner in the 1.045 - 1.055 OG range.

And when its too warm to brew pilsners, cream ale.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: dtblank on April 02, 2010, 07:30:19 PM
Irish Red and IPA
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: dbeechum on April 02, 2010, 07:37:29 PM
Mild, Saison and Double IPA
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: Dbbrewing on April 03, 2010, 02:40:56 AM
I always have my Oatmeal stout on tap.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: HeatStick on April 03, 2010, 02:18:05 PM
    I always have a Scottish Ale and in the warmer months a Minnesota Common.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: majorvices on April 03, 2010, 02:20:20 PM
I brew seasonally but I try to always have an IPA and a kolsch or Helles on tap.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: realbeerguy on April 03, 2010, 02:29:28 PM
Try for an APA/IPA , something dark like Porter/Oatmeal Stout,  third tap Pils, Kolsch in winter, Hefe or Belinerweisse in Summer.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: karlh on April 03, 2010, 05:05:02 PM
I always have a Flanders Red on tap, and have several regulars that surface seasonally (classic american pilsner every winter, oatmeal stout every summer, usually a double IPA or two hearted ale clone late summer). 
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: blatz on April 03, 2010, 05:11:00 PM
I tend to brew somewhat seasonally, but I seem to almost always have:

IPA
Dortmunder or Pils
VMO

If one of those isn't on tap, then surely there are two kegs in the conditioning fridge waiting for an open slot!
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: majorvices on April 04, 2010, 03:59:35 PM
VMO?
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: brewbeard on April 04, 2010, 04:20:58 PM
VMO?

Vienna/Marzen/Oktoberfest

I would have no idea either, but Ray Daniels refers to those beers in that way in Designing Great Beers.


No styles that I always keep around, but usually like to keep one of these types of beers:

Something hoppy (IPA, Pale, IIPA)
Something dark and roasty (dry stout, porter, etc.)
Something with a lot of yeast character (Belgian, hefeweizen)

Then I usually I have a store of big beers, like barleywine and imperial stout, also.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: novabrew on April 04, 2010, 04:23:54 PM
I try to keep an APA and either a Kolsch or cream ale on tap.  After that it's seasonal or whatever I'm in the mood for.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: blatz on April 04, 2010, 04:46:32 PM
VMO?

Vienna/Marzen/Oktoberfest

I would have no idea either, but Ray Daniels refers to those beers in that way in Designing Great Beers.

exactly.

only said that because sometimes I make vienna, sometimes marzen, but they're both pretty close. ;)
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: majorvices on April 04, 2010, 04:55:32 PM
Oh. I tried to read Ray's book but it seemed pointless to me by the time I got 'round to it so I stopped.

I was thinking "Version Marris Otter"
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: dhacker on April 04, 2010, 05:01:07 PM
In the past it has been (primarily) PAs . . But I've gotten on a Belgian kick and can't seem to satisfy my hunger. I'll have 2 of my 7 taps dedicated to Belgian ales by the time May rolls around . .
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: Malticulous on April 04, 2010, 05:22:26 PM
My west coast Red it the one I wish I aways had ready.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: bluesman on April 05, 2010, 02:09:04 AM
I have room for seven kegs in my chest and usually keep about five on tap daily. The one style that has the most frequency is an IPA by far.
Wow, you must be able to bench press a ton!

  ;D

It's funny...I always wonder how some folks really perceive some of the beer jive talk.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: smurfe on April 06, 2010, 12:23:28 AM
I have a Pale Ale recipe I brew consistently. I can't call it APA or a Bitter as I sometimes use English yeast, sometimes American yeast. Occasionally I use Marris Otter but normally 2 Row. I have Blonde Ale I brew a lot to.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: redbeerman on April 06, 2010, 01:36:19 PM
I only have roo for two in the fridge so in the summer,  something German (pils, helles, hefeweizen, Dortmunder), and an IPA.  In the winter, Wee heavy, stout, porter, and an IPA.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: boulderbrewer on April 06, 2010, 01:59:35 PM
I usually have a some sort of pils and IPA on tap at all time. A wheat beer for summer also. The rest of the taps usually have other one off type beers.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: yugamrap on April 06, 2010, 03:17:32 PM
I usually have a house APA, Bavarian Hefeweizen or Cream Ale on tap but, with four faucets, there's plenty of room for variety and seasonal styles.  Today, It's Session Pale Ale, Porter, BVIP and Schwarzbier (I'm working off some winter inventory).  I have IIPA on deck, Maibock and Helles lagering for a few more weeks, and Cream Ale and Märzen fermenting.  My next brew day will probably be a 10-gallon batch of the house APA to lay in some stock for early summer.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: akr71 on April 09, 2010, 04:14:53 PM
I always like to have an 80/- and a stout of some sort available.  I like to make sure I have a wheat ready for the sunny months and an O-fest for, well O-fest.  After that, something hoppy (IPA, APA, dryhopped ESB).
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: 1vertical on April 10, 2010, 01:53:05 AM
I had not thought of this, geeze if I could only make the circuits to everyone's "house"
what a smorgasbord of beer!

If you were to come to my house most likely you would find a Saison lurking around
AND a Stout / Dark of some type. Soon you will be able to tip an oaked rochefort fairly
regularly here as I have to keep that oak solera going.  Coming up is a dry hopped American
strong lager AND a Maibock because it is almost Mai....Cheers!

We have started to make our own soad pop as well and so there is some non-al around too.

Upcoming events are going to be an attempt at an Avery Hog Heaven Barleywine style.

geeze, so many different beers, so little liver..... :-\
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: corkybstewart on April 11, 2010, 11:53:28 PM
I have a 6 cornie kegerator.  The tap on the far left is always a brett beer(saison right now), the tap on the far right is always a stout, either oatmeal or Imperial, and I always have a low hopped Kolsch type beer for my wife.  The other 3 taps can be anything.  Right now I also have a rye ale, a coffee porter and a wee heavy on tap.
My original house beer was a Belgian strong dark, I just brewed it for the first time in 2 years so it will soon be back in the rotation.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: pjj2ba on April 12, 2010, 03:23:29 AM
I brew seasonally. 4 taps available.   I have a pretty set recipe for a porter and stout.  For summer I brew a std lager, a CAP and a pils.  I usually make several Pils, and use that to mess with ingredients/mashes etc.  I do have a house IPA I'll make 2-3X a year.  I'm still messing with my Belgian recipes.  So I guess a Belgian is a house regular, but I don't have a set recipe yet.  Well, I guess I do have pretty set Chimay Blue recipe, but I'm messing with other Belgians.  Also always a Kolsch and an Alt for our annual pig roast
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: beersk on April 12, 2010, 03:53:07 PM
I always have some kind of hoppy beer, an IPA or APA of some sort.  Don't really brew the same recipe all too often as there are different ones I'm always wanting to do.  I also usually have something amber or dark on tap as well.  I've got only 2 taps on my kegerator so I try to keep something either hoppy and malty, or light and dark on tap. 
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: theoman on April 12, 2010, 06:15:53 PM
I always have a Belgian in the house, since I married her.

As for beer, I don't brew enough (probably because I don't drink enough) to really have a house style. In fact, I've never duplicated a batch. That will change with a dark "lager" I made recently. I was inspired by 1554 (New Belgium) and used Cal. Lager yeast. I liked it a lot more than I expected.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: Nagel Family Brewing on April 12, 2010, 08:37:30 PM
Robust Porter/Oatmeal Stout (one or the other)
Cascade APA
Simcoe American Wheat
Seasonal
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: rep on April 12, 2010, 10:55:31 PM
I have found that I enjoy Pale Ales and Amber Ales.

I have a house beer for both styles.

I am now looking at an IPA to add as a house beer.  This is a clone of the Two Hearted.  I also have an Amirillo pale ale that is tasty.

I will brew a style two times before I add it to my house list.  Also, BTW, before I begin brewing ten gallon batches of a style I also brew at least two five gallon batches to get it dialed in.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: dbarber on April 13, 2010, 04:19:27 PM
I have a pale ale that I brew 2-3 times per year, so I guess that is my house beer.  I usually have a lager and some sort of belgian on tap, but style varies.  And there is always an english barleywine, imperial stout and sour beer in bottles.
Title: Re: What are your house styles?
Post by: Podo on April 14, 2010, 02:21:56 AM
I usually have a Pale Ale and an IPA on hand year-round.  Summertime I like to make a stout and some sort of wheat beer (I usually end up with a pale ale with a bunch of wheat in it!), and in the fall I go with brown ale - good football beer.  Winter I normally try something I've never made before, and I also brew something Imperial that will last a while.