Beer for Christmas

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    So id like to brew beer for a few family members for Christmas and I already have one picked out but need two more. With a small amount of time, anybody have any suggestions on what I should do? The first is a dunkelweizen. I'd like them to be a variety, so maybe an IPA and an American ale? Any other suggestions?
     
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    Google or search here for Dr . Smurtos Golden Ale
    Yet to meet anyone who didn't like it
     
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    I will probably do both of those. That sounds amazing. (plus I get to keep some to myself)
     
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    What process are you using ? ie kits , extract , partials or AG
    there's a mind boggling array of recipes out there that are tried and tested for whichever way you're getting that precious sweet wort ( first world problems )
    End of the day it comes down to what you want in the glass
    Where i live Christmas is usually over 40 C ( 104 F ) so spiced beers and dark beers wouldn't go down well , clean lagers and ales just about disappear , APA's vanish and i swear i had a full glass of that IPA a second ago
     
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    All grain and anywhere from 40F to 5F. Usually no snow. So cold. I'm doing all grain.
     
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    BYO had a nice recipe for a Chocolate Cinnamon and Hazelnut stout. Makes a great desert beer.
     
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    I also thought about trying my hand at another porter. The first one sucked
     
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    So I have a porter, the dr's golden ale, and white Christmas converted to 2 gallon batches and the supplies will be bought today! Thank you guys, can't wait to start brewing these!
     
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    Whatcha using for your porter recipe?
     
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    3.2 lb pale malt 2 row
    .4 black malt
    .4 caramel crystal malt 10
    .4 Munich malt

    .8 Fuggle hops 60 min

    For 2 gallons.
     
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    I have the Sam Adams seasonal pack at home but haven't gotten to the old fezzowig yet! I'm looking forward to it!
     
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    I did a "speed" lager for 4th of July last summer and it went over very well. It went 21 days from grain to keg and carbed at 35 for 4 days. It was great. I did it with a big leftover slurry from a Helles yeast which blew through the fermentation in no time but left a little fruitiness that would lagered out if it sat for a while. I'd have no hesitation starting something like that and kegging it for consumption at Christmas...in fact I may do it - I'm getting low on basic "plain" beer and I need to think about getting a couple of quick batches going. :)
     
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    Yeah I lik
    e experimenting with different beers but its always good to have a "plain" beer too. I haven't brewed many batches anyway so I need to practice with basics. I'd love to start brewing with single grains and taste the differences.
     
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    One more thing: for a winter beer you can't go wrong with a strong Scotch ale. I like strong Scotch ale a lot and recommend it for pretty much all occasions, so I'm biased.
     
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    Nothing wrong with that!
     
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    That Smurtos is one of the most brewed recipes in Australia , I use extra Rye and bump up the IBUs to make my house pale .

    Depending which version you brew it really is a very approachable beer for those either new to craft beer or just mainstream drinkers flirting with craft beer
    Out of interest what recipe you using on that one ?
     
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    Changed the recipe for the porter slightly
    3.2 lb pale malt 2 row
    .4 black malt
    .4 caramel crystal malt 10
    .4 Victory

    .8 Fuggle hops 60 min
     

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