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General Category => Homebrew Weddings => Topic started by: Reuben Gottlieb on November 20, 2018, 12:03:33 AM

Title: Brewing for My Wedding Project
Post by: Reuben Gottlieb on November 20, 2018, 12:03:33 AM
Hey all!

Unfortunately, my wedding venue isn't allowing me to serve homebrew at the actual party. However, they are allowing me to serve my groomsmen, father, future father-in-law and uncles before the wedding. I will also be able to provide homebrew at the post-wedding party at the hotel.

My question to you all is, how do you go about brewing a beer that will be fun to design, brew and work on for the next 9 months? I want this beer to be for the masses but I also want it to be a beer I want to work on and feel proud that I made.

My plan right now is to brew a Saison that has some Brettanomyces. I don't have temperature control capabilities in my small apartment, so since the wedding is in August, I only have so many options.

So far, my plan is to use Bootleg Biology's "Mad Fermentationist" Blend and dregs from my favorite sours and brett beers. I am trying to make my own "house culture" and I think it would be pretty cool to serve a beer that was made with dregs from my favorite beers.

I have a lot of juicy hops like Citra and Galaxy. Is going "juicy" the right approach?

I brewed my first test batch and so far am really enjoying it. I have only shared this with homebrewers at a local bottle share, and people seemed to enjoy it as well.

Malt:
Bohemian Pilsner: 65%
White Wheat: 21%
Flaked Wheat: 5%
Acid Malt: 3%
DME Wheat (For stater): 6%

Hops:
24.1 IBUs
Huell Mellon & Mandarina Bavaria

Additives:
Added an oak spiral

Thanks in advance for your thoughts.
Title: Re: Brewing for My Wedding Project
Post by: Tim Cline on November 20, 2018, 04:17:03 AM
Congrats on the engagement and the upcoming wedding!

I do not really have any feedback to give you on the recipe as that is not a style I brew very often. However, I just got married this past Saturday and all the beer we served was beer I brewed. A couple things we did that you might consider:
- If there are any beer lovers that you want to do something special for, consider brewing something specifically for them. The pastor that married us loves porters, stouts, and dark lagers. I brewed him a porter modeled after some of his favorites.
- We had a hotel block reserved for anyone who wanted to stay in town after the wedding. We gave every person who stayed at the hotel a gift basket with a bottle of each of the beers they would get at the wedding.

Everyone loved the beer and it was a huge success. It made the wedding more memorable and unique to us. I would highly recommend brewing for your wedding if at all possible.

If interested, these are the recipes and fermentation specs from the beers I served: https://timcline.github.io/homebrew/
Title: Re: Brewing for My Wedding Project
Post by: Reuben Gottlieb on November 20, 2018, 04:24:36 PM
Thank you for your well wishes!

I appreciate your insight. Perhaps, it is best I ask a few people what they would like to drink. Would be a shame to brew something that people won't drink.