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From: Enders <enders@plains.NoDak.edu>
Subject: Brewing to Share!!!
Date: 1990-05-03 16:03:16 GMT

After my experience of this weekend, I'm facing a dilema. I took a
few bottles of my latest batch over to some friends, to introduce them to
the wonderful world of homebrew. However, these folks aren't "beer literate"
(i.e Coors & Bud fans all :^). The general consensus was that everything
I offered them to taste (my own IPA, Bass for comparison, and Anchor porter
for something a little bit different) was "way too bitter" (my brother made
some comment about being served brake fluid :^).


I have had good luck in the past serving Mckesson stout, most imported
lagers, etc. (although, I wouldn't lay Pilsner Urquel on them :-) But, sweet
stout and lager are a bit difficult to brew one's self, if you aren't set up
for it. So, I'm wondering what the collective feeling of the net is on
brewing an ale (or steam beer) that is drinkable by the BudCoorsMiller fans,
but is an example of something better, something different.

I think a plausable set of requirements would be as follows:

1. must be moderately hopped (prob. 6.5-10 AAU / 5gal.)

2. Should be *pale* in color (i.e. should "look like beer")

3. Should have good body, good aroma, good flavor (maybe with a hint
of sweetness?).

This is just a thought. How do YOU deal with introducing homebrew to
the *unwashed masses*? If YOU had to brew something to please total
strangers, what would it be? I'm open to suggestions/ideas/etc.

BTW: The consensus was that my IPA was *real* close to Bass, although
a touch more bitter (fine by me :-).

Todd Enders arpa: enders@plains.nodak.edu
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Minot, ND 58701


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