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NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« on: May 13, 2015, 01:31:55 AM »
Hey guys just looking for a recipe that would make a good session beer for the summer. I just brewed a Blonde Ale and plan on doing a Rauchbier Ale but I am looking for a good third recipe to try. I am not a huge fan of IPA's unless they are the lower end of IBUs for that style. Doing a lager could be a challenge but I could attempt it. Anyway if anyone has any good recipes please share!
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #1 on: May 13, 2015, 01:55:25 AM »
How about a hybrid, in between lager and ale. Can you hold a beer at 55° pretty well? If so, it's hard to beat a kölsch style in the summer time.

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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #2 on: May 13, 2015, 02:02:26 AM »
I think low 60s is probably the best I can do. If I am correct WLP029 can ferment pretty well around 60 and keep a clean finish?
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #3 on: May 13, 2015, 02:31:10 AM »
Research a Cream Ale, they can have flavor and are easy summer drinkers.
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #4 on: May 13, 2015, 02:32:09 AM »
Well, honestly I've not brewed a kölsch yet, but it seemed to meet the ideas you were tossing around. Give it overnight and I'm sure you'll get lots of kölsch tips.

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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #5 on: May 13, 2015, 03:06:46 AM »
I'm a big fan of an English bitter.

I also like a Session IPA/India Session Ale for summertime. You can add all your hops at whirlpool and get tremendous hop aroma with a moderate amount of bitterness.

Mmm, Pilsner is a good one too.

Saison is good any time of year, and a Witbier seems to work well in the summertime. So is a Berliner Weiss.

Summer is definitely one of my top four seasons for beer drinking.

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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #6 on: May 13, 2015, 03:29:38 AM »
My go-to summer session beer is my Saison. WY3711 ferments bone dry, but leaves a great mouthfeel behind and finishes a bit tart. It goes down really nicely on a hot summer day.
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #7 on: May 13, 2015, 03:55:58 AM »
I second the kolsch idea. Wlp029 works great at 60F and can give nice lager like results.
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2015, 04:05:06 AM »
Thanks guys really enjoying the feedback! I like the ideas of a Kolsch or a Saison. I will play around with some recipes tonight and try to figure something out. Keep the ideas coming I'm pretty open minded with what I would brew! Cheers!
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2015, 04:12:07 AM »
I just finished my Saison with the 3711.  Simple, simple recipe and left the fermentation temps on the lower side of the range(68-72) to keep the fruity esters in check.  I kept it on the bottom end for OG and paired with that strain it delivers a dry finish. 
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2015, 05:18:40 AM »
Coinkydink. I just pitched 3724 on two batches I brewed today.

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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2015, 12:23:40 PM »
A couple of session beers I like in the summer are a grisette (essentially a low gravity saison) or a patersbier.
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2015, 01:21:31 PM »
Coinkydink. I just pitched 3724 on two batches I brewed today.

+1.  Brewed a 3724 last Sunday.
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2015, 02:13:10 PM »
Grodziskie is my favorite for the summer.
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Re: NEED A SUMMER BEER RECIPE!!!
« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2015, 02:34:22 PM »
So I think I am either going to do a Kolsch or a Saison, those seem to be the popular choice. I haven't brewed either style before but from what I understand is the both have  relatively simple grain bill and hop schedule. Potential grain bills below.

Kolsch:
-8lbs. Bohemian Pilsner
-.5lbs Light Munich
- WLP029 fermented at ~64F
- Not sure on the hops. Any thoughts??

Saison:
-8lbs Belgian Pale Malt
-.5lbs Biscuit Malt
-5oz Crystal 80
-WLP565 at ~70F
-Not sure on the hops was thinking EKG's and maybe some Saaz or Willamette dry hopping to compliment the subtle spiciness from the yeast.

Let me know what you guys think any feedback would be awesome!!
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