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Old 07-15-2008, 03:12 AM   #1
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Default 1554 Enlightenment Black ale by New belgium

So I have been drinking this beer tonight and I have to say that it is one of my all-time favorites! Anyways, just wanted to know if anybody has a clone recipe for this beer? Any help would be great!

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Old 07-15-2008, 04:05 AM   #2
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I've never made (or even had) the beer, but you might start here:
http://www.realbeer.com/discussions/showthread.php?threadid=10416

Also, Austin Homebrew Supply has a clone kit



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Old 07-15-2008, 04:39 AM   #3
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I'd be interested to see what's in that AHS clone kit. There is a common flavor which seems to run through all of the New Belgium beers...a common flavor which makes me dislike each and every type I've tried. I think it's biscuit but I'm not quite sure.

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Got some in the keg right now. It's quite yummy:

5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) 48.19 %
2 lbs Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) 19.28 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) 9.64 %
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) 9.64 %
8.0 oz Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) 4.82 %
8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) 4.82 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) 2.41 %
2.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) 1.20 %
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) 19.0 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (30 min) 4.1 IBU
1 Pkgs San Francisco Lager Yeast

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I am wanting to make this as well.

I found this kit @ Austin Home Brew Supplies
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_452_43_322&products_id= 1735

I don't know whether to get the Extract or the Mini-Mash though.

Does anyone know the difference?

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Got some in the keg right now. It's quite yummy:

5 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) Bel (3.0 SRM) 48.19 %
2 lbs Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) 19.28 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt -120L (120.0 SRM) 9.64 %
1 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) 9.64 %
8.0 oz Special B Malt (180.0 SRM) 4.82 %
8.0 oz Wheat Malt, Ger (2.0 SRM) 4.82 %
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt (350.0 SRM) 2.41 %
2.0 oz Roasted Barley (300.0 SRM) 1.20 %
0.50 oz Northern Brewer [8.50 %] (60 min) 19.0 IBU
0.50 oz Saaz [4.00 %] (30 min) 4.1 IBU
1 Pkgs San Francisco Lager Yeast
almost a pound of roasted grains? that seems crazy...i thought this was supposed to be a schwarzbier? black lagers shouldn't have roasted barley at all...i'd assume they use mostly carafa II
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I am wanting to make this as well.

I found this kit @ Austin Home Brew Supplies
http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_452_43_322&products_id= 1735

I don't know whether to get the Extract or the Mini-Mash though.

Does anyone know the difference?
Mini-mash replaces some of the extract with specialty grains that need to be steeped for about 45 minutes at 155 degrees and then rinsed with 170 degree water. It adds about an hour to the process over extract but is supposedly a considerable improvement in color and flavor. Give the guys a call and they will help you out.

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almost a pound of roasted grains? that seems crazy...i thought this was supposed to be a schwarzbier? black lagers shouldn't have roasted barley at all...i'd assume they use mostly carafa II
From what I understand, this is not a schwarzbier, but some weird take on a belgium ale. I also don't think it is a lager at all.
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It's technically a dark Belgian Specialty Ale. And I believe that NB uses a Belgian yeast strain for all of their beers, so the SF Lager yeast may not give the appropriate flavor.

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It's technically a dark Belgian Specialty Ale. And I believe that NB uses a Belgian yeast strain for all of their beers, so the SF Lager yeast may not give the appropriate flavor.
Interestingly enough, NB does use a lager strain for 1554. per New Belgium's website:

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Born of a flood and centuries-old Belgian text, 1554 Enlightened Black Ale uses a light lager yeast strain and dark chocolaty malts to redefine what dark beer can be. In 1997, a Fort Collins flood destroyed the original recipe our researcher, Phil Benstein, found in the library. So Phil and brewmaster, Peter Bouckaert, traveled to Belgium to retrieve this unique style lost to the ages. Their first challenge was deciphering antiquated script and outdated units of measurement, but trial and error (and many months of in-house sampling) culminated in 1554, a highly quaffable dark beer with a moderate body and mouthfeel.p
I'm a fan of 1554. Most of NB's beers I can take or leave, but the 1554 is pretty darn tasty.


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