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communion beer
« on: February 16, 2016, 01:57:45 PM »
Living in Belgium in the Catholic Hemisphere, I plan on brewing a low alcohol beer for a communion party - obviously for the parents - so they don't get whacked on Duvel after half an hour. Now most of them only like traditional Belgian beers, so hop-forward or roasty beers are out of the question. Some possibilities to brew are:
- Dortmunder with Mandarina Bavaria. They will probably like that but I already brewed that so yawn?
- Enkel. Basically a low alcohol version of the Westmalle Tripel (apparently there's five different hops in it!). I've never drunk the Westmalle Extra, maybe I'll have to make an excursion to the brewery first...
- Klein Kabouterke (Little Gnome). A low alcohol version of Chouffe (Pilsner, Amber Candi Sugar, Styrian, Saaz, Coriander, Belgian Ardennes). No idea whether that will be good.
- Kolsch - which I have never tried making. Not even sure what it tastes like. There's a recipe in the current BYO. Question: does it need to be lagered for a month or is there a turbo method like with lagers?

Suggestions/preferences/recommendations/advice?
« Last Edit: February 16, 2016, 02:36:49 PM by homoeccentricus »
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #1 on: February 16, 2016, 02:13:55 PM »
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #2 on: February 16, 2016, 02:32:51 PM »
I came up with my suggestion before I read all of your own ideas.  My idea in common with yours: Kolsch.  Also I think a Duesseldorf altbier would be perfect as well.  Be sure to use Wyeast 1007, it is just a lovely bready yeast, perhaps bringing to mind the Bread of Life.  Could do the same with either Kolsch or altbier.  Yeah.

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Re: communion beer
« Reply #3 on: February 16, 2016, 02:51:34 PM »
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Sounds good to me. And a monk style beer would sort of fit the theme of the occasion.
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #4 on: February 16, 2016, 02:57:48 PM »
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Sounds good to me. And a monk style beer would sort of fit the theme of the occasion.

The theme of the occasion would be more to drink than anything else  ::)
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #5 on: February 16, 2016, 03:00:01 PM »
If you really wanted it to be a Catholic themed non hop forward beer then the beer ought to be a Gruit.  ;)
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #6 on: February 16, 2016, 03:12:54 PM »
The theme of the occasion would be more to drink than anything else  ::)


Fair enough.   ;D
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #7 on: February 16, 2016, 03:19:02 PM »
If you wanted to go with the consuming stale bread theme, then you could brew a kvass. And pair it with a table strength saison brewed with the cheapest wine you can get your hands on. That would fit the communion theme as I remember it.

Then again, maybe your clergy is classier out your way....

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Re: communion beer
« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2016, 03:28:27 PM »
The litte gnome sounds excellent and a Patersbier really fits the bill.

But, why do I get the feeling you'll go for a 7-day "koelsch"? ;)
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #9 on: February 16, 2016, 03:29:43 PM »
Hm, clearly it was a mistake using the word "communion" on this forum. Please replace all instances of "communion" by "binge".
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #10 on: February 16, 2016, 03:38:42 PM »
But, why do I get the feeling you'll go for a 7-day "koelsch"? ;)

Because I have started a beer judge course and I need to get to know the style?
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #11 on: February 16, 2016, 04:32:33 PM »
If you wanted to go with the consuming stale bread theme, then you could brew a kvass.

I actually love this idea.  In fact I just bought numerous pounds of rye bread for this exact purpose -- I'm making a kvass for the first time very soon.  I have even saved an ounce or two of dried currant leaves which research says were traditionally used to flavor the kvass (in addition to mint or lemon).  Coming soon to a homebrew club near me.  :D
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #12 on: February 16, 2016, 05:26:46 PM »
But not to a communion party in Belgium because you would be excommunicated.
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #13 on: February 16, 2016, 06:51:51 PM »
But not to a communion party in Belgium because you would be excommunicated.
What's a good communion party without an excommunication?
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Re: communion beer
« Reply #14 on: February 16, 2016, 07:27:06 PM »
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