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Offline amh0001

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What is your best session beer recipe?
« on: December 27, 2012, 05:02:39 PM »
Lately I've been working a lot and session beers are really appealing to me. I like to be able to drink one or two and not feel it at all in the morning.

My favorite has is O'flannagins stout! It came out to about 4.2% abv and very tasty.

So what are your favorite session beers recipes?


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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #1 on: December 27, 2012, 06:05:20 PM »
I've been working on a session Pale Ale in the mid-4% range and a roast porter right at 4%. Neither recipe is quite where I want them yet, but even in their current not-ready-for-primetime incarnations, they are still quite tasty and go down real easy. The key is finding that sweet spot where it is flavorful without blowing out your palate, and easy-drinking without being thin-bodied.
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #2 on: December 28, 2012, 12:24:06 AM »
I like enough munich to get me to 1.036, enough boil hops to get me to 30-40 IBU and lots of flame out and dry hops.

If no munich around, pale ale and an lb of medium (c45ish) crystal will do.
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #3 on: December 28, 2012, 05:45:16 AM »
I like a helles, pilsner, or Berliner weisse.  Very simple recipes.
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #4 on: December 28, 2012, 05:47:46 AM »
I am a big fan of the English Mild.  There is a solid recipe on the AHA website as a starting point.
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #5 on: December 28, 2012, 06:32:34 AM »
Northern Brewer has Dry Dock Brewing Co's Mild included in their pro series recipe kits.  I haven't made the beer myself, but I have had it many times at Dry Dock and it's one of the best milds that I've ever had. 
http://www.northernbrewer.com/shop/brewing/recipe-kits/pro-series/dry-dock-brewing-co/dry-dock-ss-minnow-mild-pro-series-all-grain-kit.html
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #6 on: December 28, 2012, 07:50:18 AM »
ive not tried it, but the San Diego Session Ale in the back of Greg Koch's Stone Brewing book is one I am planning on making soon.
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #7 on: December 28, 2012, 09:02:39 AM »
I make a rye ale that is basically 80% Base 20% Rye, with a healthy amount of Crystal and Pacific Jade, and a touch of Perle hops, that is spicy, herbal, and delicious, and is about 4.5 abv. My English Mild is quite good as well starting at 1.036. Otherwise, I love a good dry stout at about 1.040, with the roast malts being 5% Pale Chocolate and 5% Roasted Barley. Love me some session beers.
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #8 on: December 28, 2012, 09:04:41 AM »
ive not tried it, but the San Diego Session Ale in the back of Greg Koch's Stone Brewing book is one I am planning on making soon.

+1 on  Kelsey McNair's West Coast Bitter.  Made it twice.  Fantastic brew!

I am working on fine tunning the NHC commerative San Diego Dark session ale with some modifications.  Converted all the grains to British equivalents.  English Yeast (WLP007) then hop bursted with classic "C" hops for about 25 IBUs.  Basically English Mild with American hops :D

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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #9 on: December 28, 2012, 09:48:28 AM »
I am still doing small adjustments to my Timothy Taylor clone.
http://www.homebrewersassociation.org/forum/index.php?topic=11209.msg139369#msg139369

Probably a little on the water (more SO4), pitch rate (more), and fermentation temp (higher). Also some Extra Dark British Crystal.

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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #10 on: December 28, 2012, 06:16:24 PM »
ive not tried it, but the San Diego Session Ale in the back of Greg Koch's Stone Brewing book is one I am planning on making soon.

+1 on  Kelsey McNair's West Coast Bitter.  Made it twice.  Fantastic brew!

I am working on fine tunning the NHC commerative San Diego Dark session ale with some modifications.  Converted all the grains to British equivalents.  English Yeast (WLP007) then hop bursted with classic "C" hops for about 25 IBUs.  Basically English Mild with American hops :D

+2 on the West Coast Bitter mentioned above.  Excellent.  Thanks hoser.
Is that is a SanDiego session?

At my house I call it an American Bitter
use mostly homegrown hops
and am using Dennys favorite yeast for this latest rendition.

Yep, the American Bitter.  Hopped like an IPA, under or at 4%.

Cheers

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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #11 on: December 29, 2012, 05:19:18 AM »
I brew this one quite a bit.
1.040 og
30 ibu
95% maris otter
5% wheat malt
challenger @ 60 min
Mt Hood @ 10 min
Mt Hood  dry hop
mash @ 149ºf
90 minute boil
wyeast 1318 London Ale III
« Last Edit: January 16, 2013, 05:02:34 AM by dzlater »

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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #12 on: December 30, 2012, 12:06:09 PM »
I've got a 1.040 Lemongrass wit
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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #13 on: December 30, 2012, 04:37:27 PM »
ive not tried it, but the San Diego Session Ale in the back of Greg Koch's Stone Brewing book is one I am planning on making soon.

+1 on  Kelsey McNair's West Coast Bitter.  Made it twice.  Fantastic brew!

I am working on fine tunning the NHC commerative San Diego Dark session ale with some modifications.  Converted all the grains to British equivalents.  English Yeast (WLP007) then hop bursted with classic "C" hops for about 25 IBUs.  Basically English Mild with American hops :D

+2 on the West Coast Bitter mentioned above.  Excellent.  Thanks hoser.
Is that is a SanDiego session?

At my house I call it an American Bitter
use mostly homegrown hops
and am using Dennys favorite yeast for this latest rendition.

Yep, the American Bitter.  Hopped like an IPA, under or at 4%.

Cheers

Yes. I believe the San Diego Session from Stone and the West Coast Bitter are the same beer, different name.  The Bitter American recipe from 21A is also fantastic.  I think their is a recipe from Shaun O'Sullivan floating out there somewhere....maybe the morebeer or BN forum?

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Re: What is your best session beer recipe?
« Reply #14 on: January 12, 2013, 12:27:12 AM »
I brought at 2.6% ABV mild to NHC this year,

40% Pale
40% Light Munich
10% Dark Munich
5% Crystal 60
5% Chocolate

Started 1.042, ended 1.026. Mashed at 162. Was very drinkable, not cloying at all. Tasted like a bigger beer than it was. The version I brought to NHC had 1qt of Cold-brewed coffee and 2cups of Cocoa Nib Tincture added.
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