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What kind of beer should I brew for my daughter's Bat Mitzvah?

Asked by Rarebear (22493points) December 5th, 2013

No, my daughter doesn’t drink. But we will be having beer and wine for the adults. Instead of having some store bought beer, I thought I’d brew 10 gallons of my own which makes approximately two cases. I will be brewing for adults who are not necessarily beer geeks like me, so I’m going to avoid the fancy double IPAs. I’m leaning towards a brown ale and a pale ale. It needs to be an ale and not a lager as I’m a little under the gun here in terms of time. Any other ideas? I will be doing one all-grain and one extract brew. I buy the ingredients tomorrow.

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Kardamom's avatar

Considering that you are doing the decorations with a non-Christmas, but still winter theme, maybe your beers could have a Winter Theme too.

I don’t know anything about beer brewing, but that article and recipes sounded pretty tempting.

Seek's avatar

I love brown ale.

Ooh ooh! How about a red ale?

Rarebear's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr A red ale would be good too. I’m going back and forth. The thing about red ales is that they’re actually not all that different in flavor from pale ales—just a little maltier.

@Kardamom Thanks. I’ve done winter beers before. The problem with them is that a lot of them have spices and stuff which are frankly an acquired taste. That said, it would be more interesting than just, say, a brown ale. By the way out of curiosity, how did you know about the theme? Had I mentioned it before?

Seek's avatar

You asked about centerpieces a while ago.

Dutchess_III's avatar

Well…do you have a recipe for Boones Farm?

glacial's avatar

@Kardamom Yikes! That link gave me some computer woes – I’ve flagged it, but I thought I should tell you why.

Rarebear's avatar

@Seek_Kolinahr Ah, right! Good memory!

Rarebear's avatar

@glacial It didn’t do anything to mine.

Seek's avatar

I think your malware detector is on the fritz, ‘cause it’s fine for me, too.

Rarebear's avatar

@glacial Ah, I see now that Ad block blocked some ads.

Kardamom's avatar

@Rarebear I knew about it from your Other Question : )

Rarebear's avatar

@Kardamom Thanks. @Seek_Kolinahr reminded me that I had posted it. Good memory!

Coloma's avatar

Mmmm yes, red or amber or a winterfest brew. Damn it all, I am on the Z-pak for a sinus/ear infection, I want a dark beer. Oh well, have to settle for hot chocolate. lol
A local brewery here makes the most killer Scotch Ale. So yummy!

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

When I brew beer it’s always a stouty brown ale with plenty of chocolate malt. Goooood stuff.

RocketGuy's avatar

Does malty make it more celebratory?

ARE_you_kidding_me's avatar

@RocketGuy smoother less hoppy. For me that’s winter beer. Stick to you ribs kind of warm fuzzy beer. Summer time is IPA time.

Rarebear's avatar

@RocketGuy No, it’s just that many beer initiates don’t like hoppy beers.

Seek's avatar

Hoppy hoppy hoppy!

Hoppy makes me happy. ^_^

Dutchess_III's avatar

Energizer Bunny. Never stops drinking. ^_^

jonsblond's avatar

I’d go with a pale ale if the guests aren’t beer geeks.

RocketGuy's avatar

Personally, I would want pale ale too, but would something malty be more festive?

Rarebear's avatar

Oh a pale is on the list. I’m now looking for ideas for the second one. I’m hedging towards a holiday ale.

Seek's avatar

I’m mad jelly of your guests.

jonsblond's avatar

You just want to brag about how great your beer is. I have you figured out. I think you knew all along what you’d be brewing.

shame on you for teasing us beer lovers

Seek's avatar

Shame, shame, shame.

Rarebear's avatar

No. I really didn’t. I had an idea that I’d do a pale and a brown but I hate brown ales. Kardamommy changed my mind.

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