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For all you brewers out there, what are your favorite beers to brew? And why? I got asked this question a little while ago, and it made me wonder what other folks thought.

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  1. Belgian ales, saisons & bieres de garde - they are so expensive when store-bought, yet so perfect for home-brewing (warm fermentation temps!)


    1. I finally brewed a beer that I like, which is an IPA. I need more practice!

      1. I brew about 50% IPA's. I can (over) hop them the way I like, and they are guaranteed to be fresh. Plus most commercial IPA's available to me are either way too "balanced" (too sweet and malty) or just not fresh.

        Second in the running are hefeweizens. Unbelievable how much tastier a fresh unpasteurized hefe is to the german bottled hefe's.

        1. IPA's. If I had to pick one recipe, (I'm not sure exactly of spelling and which of Papazian's books) I would pick Palalia IPA, with one change: add some chocolate malt to the wort.

          1. Any ale. Mainly a basic bitter, also a nut brown. made a Guinness stout clone once which was very good.

            1. I do mostly Weiss and ESB to IPA ales in order to have fresh beer that is to what I like in a style. I do lagers (Helles and Pils)and bocks on special occasions when I can dedicate fridge space for my keg for 3-6 months.

              1. IPA's, Belgians, Dark ales of all types.

                1. Real ale to feed my hand pump. Amazing, but those things seem to dispense beer faster than other types of tap. I have found that my beer just does not last as long...

                  I tend to brew to about 1040, a basic grain bill of 2 kilos British 2 row, some light crystal 200 g, say, biscuit malt and special B 50-80 g each. Hops added though the boil, a little bit every time I walk by, and finish with some fresh hops. 1084 yeast seems to be happy in my house. Primary in glass for a week and a half then into the keg.

                  1. I think my BF and I have done just about everything but lagers. Plenty of Belgian trippels & dubbels. Also saison. Super hopped IPA, lambic, wee heavy and old ale, barleywine.