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An alternate-historical style
« on: December 21, 2010, 06:45:02 PM »
It's kind of interesting watching Sam Calagione brew historic beer styles but I want to take the game up a notch:  I sometimes read fiction in the 'alternate history' genre so I thought I would brew to a might-have-been style.  I'm going to base my attempt on Eric Flint's 1632 series of novels.  It's going to be a kind of Gotlandsdricke/Dunkel/Altbier hybrid.  I think I've just about got the recipe down, and will post if it turns out well.  Meanwhile, I think a have a really nice label designed: 
http://www.vekturopis.com/pub_img/beer/ga1632.jpg
Primary: gotlandsdricke/alt/dunkel hybrid
Secondary: pale barleywine,
Bottled:  Gotlandsdricke
               Oatmeal/blackberry stout
               Honey Kolsch

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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #1 on: December 21, 2010, 06:53:30 PM »
Cool! Covers most of my genealogy.

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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 01:24:06 AM »
This kind of approach is what homebrewing is all about.  While there are plenty of existing styles that I love, I've started many of my recipes on abstract ideas or culinary flavor combo's that I thought would work in a beer.  Sounds like you might have a good flavor combo between the styles.  Cheers, I like the coyote arm warning on the label too.

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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 02:08:35 AM »
Very cool.....
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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #4 on: December 22, 2010, 02:21:36 AM »
Thanks for the kind words.  I'm basing this mostly on my Gotlandsdricke recipe, which I really love.  I figure to get a little Dunkel influence by having around 34% light Munich in my malt bill.  Rather than the WY1028 London Ale that I used for the Gotlandsdricke I plan on WY1007 German Ale, ferment nice & cool (hence the Altbier influence).  I'm going for a beer that you might find in Leipzig today if Swedish king Gustavus Adolphus had prevailed in the 30 years wars in the 1600s.  May have to throw a teaspoon of Quick Grits into the mash in honor of West Virginia, but you have to read the books to get that reference.
p.s. - glad someone read the warning on the label  :)
« Last Edit: December 22, 2010, 02:23:18 AM by ipaguy »
Primary: gotlandsdricke/alt/dunkel hybrid
Secondary: pale barleywine,
Bottled:  Gotlandsdricke
               Oatmeal/blackberry stout
               Honey Kolsch

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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #5 on: December 22, 2010, 08:37:56 AM »
Very nice label.  I've read the first two of the books (hard to beat the first one).

I made a beer in a similar vein I call a "Double Nut Dunkel".  It's basically an imperial version of a cross between a nut brown and a dunkel.  It's pretty good, but I've never entered it in a competition.  There was no alternate history involved though, the name inspired the recipe. ;D
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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #6 on: December 22, 2010, 09:32:05 AM »
I love the 163X series, it's super fun!
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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #7 on: December 22, 2010, 01:33:12 PM »
The label is great. Love the concept of an alt history beer.

For the scifi/fantasy folk, I've stumbled across this web site  http://www.fantasybrewmasters.com/

Discussions of what an alien race would be drinking, or middle earth dwarfs session beers.  Fun stuff.

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Re: An alternate-historical style
« Reply #8 on: December 22, 2010, 02:32:09 PM »
Thanks for the cool link, beerrat. I'll definitely be exploring that site.  As far as brewing to style, I figure that I'm totally covered as a BJCP 22-B Other Smoked Beer.
Update:  beerrat, I don't know how well I can get a long with those Fantasy geeks.  I'm a science fiction fan who goes into an insane range when they lump 'Fantasy & Science Fiction' together in the bookstore.
« Last Edit: December 22, 2010, 04:53:24 PM by ipaguy »
Primary: gotlandsdricke/alt/dunkel hybrid
Secondary: pale barleywine,
Bottled:  Gotlandsdricke
               Oatmeal/blackberry stout
               Honey Kolsch