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Dave I
11/11/06 12:42 PM  
Fatherhood Ale . . . Recipe Advice Needed!
Hey guys. I just found out as of a couple of days ago that I am likely to be a dad next summer. I would like to stockpile some beer including some that would age well since I probably will not be able to brew much for a while surrounding the birth. I will likely brew some session beers or just beers that taste better while young to drink in the immediate aftermath of the birth and some stronger ales or lagers that will age nicely until the baby is older and I get a chance to brew again.

Anybody have any recommendations for beers that would age well, either recipes or beer styles (Belgian or otherwise)? I am thinking about making one or more of the Barley Wine recipes from the Barley Wine swap, maybe brewing a Lambic and letting it sit for a few years and making a gueze out of it, and/or a Baltic Porter.

Feel free to flood me with ideas and recipes.

-Cheers

Granite
11/11/06 03:16 PM  
Re: Fatherhood Ale . . . Recipe Advice Needed!
I just found out a couple days ago that my wife is pregnant also so i'm in the same boat. I've been brewing as much as I can to stock up but I'm not to worried about having to stop brewing. Mash in, change a diaper, mash out, feed, lauter, burp, boil, change diaper. Just more steps in the brew day.

I have a bunch of different big beer recipes if your interested so let me know and I could send them to you. Maby we could start a new father beer trading club.

Dave I
11/12/06 10:38 AM  
Re: Fatherhood Ale . . . Recipe Advice Needed!
Granite, sounds cool. I'm glad you have your schedule is set. As for the timeline about finding out your wife was pregnant a couple of days ago . . . There must be something in the water, eh?

I would love to see your big beer recipes. Feel free to post them or sent them to me at:

halowords at aol dot com

A New Father Beer Trading Club could be cool. I do not think I am brewing any original recipes this spring, but the ones I am are all pretty tried-and-true from the reviews I have heard of them thus far. I might branch out after the planned batches age and are consumed to see what I might want to do differently, but the ones I would like to do all sound like they are going to be perfect as-is. If you do not mind that then that would be great.

-Cheers

SteveG
11/13/06 10:34 AM  
Re: Fatherhood Ale . . . Recipe Advice Needed!
Dave, I think the lambic in particular is a great idea. I plan on making one next weekend via my ambient approach that I expect to take 2-3 years to come of age. I can imagine a beer that not only can age but must age would fit your bill nicely. A good excersize in patience!!
Dave I
11/14/06 10:32 AM  
Re: Fatherhood Ale . . . Recipe Advice Needed!
"Dave, I think the lambic in particular is a great idea."

Yeah, I think it might be a good time. What better way to "forget about" a beer than by being distracted by a little rugra . . . er, I mean, little gift from God.

How do you make an ambient lambic in America? Do you let it ferment with bacteria native to your area? If so, how similar is that to the lambic yeast floating around in Belgium?

-Cheers

SteveG
11/14/06 10:55 AM  
Re: Fatherhood Ale . . . Recipe Advice Needed!
<How do you make an ambient lambic in America?>

There are airborn yeasts and bacteria all over the world. Well, maybe not in Antarctia! Then again who knows, they are resislant little buggers.

<Do you let it ferment with bacteria native to your area?>

Yes, more specifically from my basement

<If so, how similar is that to the lambic yeast floating around in Belgium?>

Similar enough I guess considering there is plenty of variation in Senne valley lambics. It was my second placer in the Franco-Belgo thing. I've talked about it a lot here, try putting ambient ale in the "search for" box, looks like I've brought it up in 9 posts.

 
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