Monday, July 28, 2008

What to brew next...

So, for whatever reason it seems like we've been brewing more in fits and starts since Dorrie was born. Anyway, we haven't brewed anything since our Rauchweizen which was about two months ago. However, we've got big plans ahead. We have to brew a keg for our homebrew club's Oktoberfest party, another keg for our church's Oktoberfest party, and then four for our own Novemberfest party. As such, we're going to have to start brewing soon.

So I've been thinking of what to brew for these various events. Since we have a 10-gallon system, we'll need to brew three times. One given is that we'll brew an Oktoberfest/Märzen, with one keg going to our church's O-fest party and the other being reserved for our Novemberfest party. Since that's a lager, we'll need to get on that ASAP.

The remaining question is what to brew for the other two beers. We'll want something nice and drinkable for our N-fest party as well as the club's O-fest party. One idea is to brew a Düsseldorf-style Altbier and a Hefeweizen, with one of the Altbiers going to the club's party. That would mean one keg of Oktoberfest, one keg of Altbier, and two Hefes for our Novemberfest party. Another option is to brew a Kölsch and a Dunkelweizen, with one keg of Kölsch going to the O-fest party. The only negative there is then we'll only have one keg of light beer for our party (and for better or for worse the light beers are always popular). Of course, we could always send the keg of Dunkelweizen to the club party. Finally, one thought is to brew a Dampfbier instead of the Hefeweizen, just to make things interesting (after all, how many people have ever tried a Dampfbier?).

Anyway, just thought I'd collect my thoughts here to see if it inspires me to go with any particular selections. And of course, if anybody else out there has an idea let me know. We're definitely brewing the Oktoberfest, so the two other beers I'm looking for would either have to be two ales or an ale and a relatively low-gravity lager. Any other suggestions?


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