Beer lovers look for and take pleasure in a great deal of more powerful styles, and with good reason. The richness, intricacy, and depth of flavor we find in a stronger beer like a DIPA, an Imperial Stout, or a Wee Heavy simply cannot be beat. The home brewing Ireland market keeps fulfilling the need for these beers, and homebrewers make their own on top of that.
Can we do that without making dull, unsatisfying beer? There are beers– session beers– that are perfect for times when we desire something milder.
In basic, I consider session beer as having an Original Gravity of under 1.040. If you browse the BJCP standards, there are a couple of designs to select from– and limitless possibility to make up your own to fit your tastes. Milder beers are available from every developing tradition, so you do not have to feel constrained.
The tips listed below aren’t suitable for every batch– some beers are simply implied to be light-bodied and crisp– however if you’re aiming to make a low-alcohol beer that keeps some of the character and mouthfeel of a bigger beer, you may find some combination of these strategies valuable.
Considering that you will not get the richness and complexity that a high-gravity ferment offers you, select malts that have abundant flavor of their own. Yes, they cost a bit more per pound, however you’ll be utilizing fewer pounds to make milder beer, and you’ll find the extra taste very pleasing.