I need a bit of advice. I’m a casual home brewer. I’ve produced eight or nine batches over the last year or two. I really enjoy it. But I’m still basically a novice who uses extract kits, etc.
My fiancee and I are getting married in July 2012. I’d like to create a ‘wedding brew’ – not for people to guzzle at our reception, but as ‘favors,’ in which every guest takes home a nicely wrapped 22 oz. bottle of home brew at the end of the night.
We may very well have 200 guests. So this is going to be something of a challenge.
I figure that I’m going to have to brew 8-10 times between now and July in order to produce the necessary volume of beer. So I’d like to get started soon. But I’m also wary of starting too soon, and then my beer losing its hoppiness, going bad, etc, by the time we get married.
What I’m looking for is advice on a good, relatively inexpensive, relatively easy Northern Brewer extract kit that I could begin brewing in November, that will still taste delicious in July. I’d originally wanted to do a wheat beer or an IPA, but I realize their flavors may go south quickly. Am I better off with something darker? Is there a good IPA that will do the trick? Etc.
Thanks much in advance for your help.