Experimental Lager Style?

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SlowLow
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Experimental Lager Style?

So in Experimental Homebrewing by some flappy gum, old guys (cough), they list nothing but ales in the Favorite Experimental Styles chapter. As I read through it for a second time, I thought, what would be a good experimental lager style?

Maybe this is a stupid question, as a light and near flavorless beverage might be able to handle a myriad of flavors, but I'm not so sure. There's always that guy in the back row (the same one who answers every question from the homebrew meeting guest lecturer) that says something sure to stump me. "Hey, I've been putting all kinds of ingredients in Schwarzbiers for 20 years!"

So are there any thoughts out there? Or is a lager something that should just be left alone?

denny
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Maybe something like a bock?

Maybe something like a bock? A Bopils to let the experimental flavors shine? Munixch dunkel? For some reason my mind keeps going to darker lagers..

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SlowLow
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Thanks Denny,

Thanks Denny,
The more I thought about it, dark sounds like a good idea. It seems like you can do a little more with dark, or at least you have a few more options. More fruits, spices, etc. Probably better than going the light route.

quirkzoo
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I think the reason that lager

I think the reason that lager's aren't included is because when we are talking about experiments we want to be pretty set and consistent in terms of process and output and most homebrew lagers I have tasted have a fair bit of dialing in that still needs to take place (read: off-flavors). With that said a light, clean lager is a great canvas for experiments with hops. I listened to an interview with the guys from Anchor Brewing and they keep a case of bud light on hand to do dry hop tests with. They open the bottle, drop a pellet or two in, recap, then test it in a couple of days and it gives them a good sense of how a new hop is going to behave in a finished beer.

I would also think that the longer turnaround time also makes lagers less ideal for experiments.

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