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Mixing beer and water
« on: June 13, 2021, 03:46:02 AM »
I guess I'm officially old now, i feel like I've heard stories of old men diluting their beer with water. I was catching up on some old boak and bailey blog posts and saw them mention that certain IPAs mixed with water emulate cask IPA and bitter. I tried with bells two hearted and it was a reasonable substitute for cask IPA at 12oz beer and 4oz tap water. I've tried it with more modern IPAs and didn't love it but for an old school IPA it comes close enough to cask.

Has anyone tried this? Any beers it works well with?
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2021, 10:29:55 AM »
No ... but I have put ice in my whiskey before!

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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2021, 11:54:02 AM »
No ... but I have put ice in my whiskey before!

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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2021, 01:40:57 PM »
It's kind of like adding water to overproof whiskey. It opens up the flavors and aromas.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #4 on: June 13, 2021, 01:42:51 PM »
I keep a keg of carbed water in the fridge and frequently use it to reduce the strength of the beer I'm drinking.  Any style.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #5 on: June 13, 2021, 02:47:35 PM »
I keep a keg of carbed water in the fridge and frequently use it to reduce the strength of the beer I'm drinking.  Any style.

That's an old Charlie Papazian trick. I loved his idea for "QuarterBock". Basically it was a 5 gallon beer of Doppel Bock where one gallon was pulled aside and diluted with 3 gallons of deaerated and carbonated water (and drank on Saturdays or Sundays during football season -- hence the name). I had forgotten about that until just now. But it is such a great idea.


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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #6 on: June 13, 2021, 03:04:39 PM »
I keep a keg of carbed water in the fridge and frequently use it to reduce the strength of the beer I'm drinking.  Any style.

That's an old Charlie Papazian trick. I loved his idea for "QuarterBock". Basically it was a 5 gallon beer of Doppel Bock where one gallon was pulled aside and diluted with 3 gallons of deaerated and carbonated water (and drank on Saturdays or Sundays during football season -- hence the name). I had forgotten about that until just now. But it is such a great idea.

I just mix it by the glass as I want it.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2021, 03:47:24 PM »
I keep a keg of carbed water in the fridge and frequently use it to reduce the strength of the beer I'm drinking.  Any style.

That's an old Charlie Papazian trick. I loved his idea for "QuarterBock". Basically it was a 5 gallon beer of Doppel Bock where one gallon was pulled aside and diluted with 3 gallons of deaerated and carbonated water (and drank on Saturdays or Sundays during football season -- hence the name). I had forgotten about that until just now. But it is such a great idea.

I just mix it by the glass as I want it.

Yep. I got that. Just remembering what I read in the book.

I have kept a keg of carbonated water on tap too. Need to do that again.

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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2021, 06:16:47 PM »
Fizzy water is a good idea. I can only fit 3 kegs in my keezer right now but a bigger freezer is in my list to pick up this summer. Wouldn't mind having some non beer things on tap.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2021, 06:34:29 PM »
I recently started adding water to the glass when I discovered my “lite” lager still has too much flavor. And now with the heat of summer, for any style where I want chuggability, I will likely water it down, just a little bit.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2021, 03:18:31 AM »
I used to have a boss who would order a Miller Lite and a water. He'd drink half the beer, fill the glass back up with water and drink through it. His explanation: you get more beer that way.

Maybe that was his way of slowing down his drinking around certain people because he was well known to get tanked regularly.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2021, 02:37:02 PM »
If using plain tap water, would the chlorine/chloramine form chlorphenols in the beer?

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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2021, 03:26:08 PM »
If using plain tap water, would the chlorine/chloramine form chlorphenols in the beer?

Based on what I know of the process, no it wouldn't.
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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2021, 09:50:27 PM »
I used to have a boss who would order a Miller Lite and a water. He'd drink half the beer, fill the glass back up with water and drink through it. His explanation: you get more beer that way.

Maybe that was his way of slowing down his drinking around certain people because he was well known to get tanked regularly.
Maybe he was trying to improve the flavor

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Re: Mixing beer and water
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2021, 05:43:00 AM »
im sure i will be this old someday.

an adage ive sadly developed myself is that "anything you say 'i wont ever do that', you will"

currently though i try to chase drinks with water or food if anything.