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Wedding beer prototype #1: European lager

I haven’t posted a beer recipe/review in a while! Here’s one for a European style lager that I’ve been working on. The beer fits best in BJCP Category 5C German helles exportbier (not that I’m overly concerned with that). This is a prototype for a beer that I intend to brew 100L of for the wedding of two dear friends. The goal was a crowd pleasing light, dry, neutral, 5% ABV-ish beer that was balanced with just the right amount of bitterness, but not so much that American light lager fans are neglected.

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This beer is a simple beer

The first brew on my new system wasn’t entirely smooth sailing. A learning experience to be sure. I had my concerns that what I created wouldn’t be palatable at all. 2 weeks later I was pleasantly surprised by the result; a lovely session IPA. I used a super simple grain bill and hop schedule. So simple that this beer is ALMOST a SMaSH (single malt and single hop for the unacquainted).

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Hazy brother: a Trappist single

I’ve never brewed or even drank a Trappist single before. From what I understand about this beer style, it is not typically available for sale, and certainly not export. Rather, the Trappist single is a beer that is produced for the sole purpose of quenching the thirst of monks during their studies of life, the universe, and everything. The definition of the style is less about about the actual physical characteristics of the beer, and more about the purpose of the beer…

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Bursting with Sorachi Ace

One of my favourite Saison’s is Brooklyn Brewery’s Sorachi Ace. It is a remarkably dry, highly effervescent and quenching beer with an interesting, but not distracting dimension added by the lone hop variety, Sorachi Ace. Naturally, I wanted to brew it myself… so I did. It’s all gone now so I guess it went alright! I made sure to take some tasting notes before it was all gone.

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