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Old 07-15-2008, 09:06 PM   #11
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I despise most of NB's beers, but i would agree that their 1554 is generally pretty good. i didn't find it to be that roasty, although chocolate malt is not out of the question.

Even in the description from beeradvocate for the Belgian Dark Ale:

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Belgian Darks offer a massive range of characters. Colors play within the amber to light brown to deep garnet hues, with thick, rocky heads of great retention. Aromas can be anywhere from traces of yeast, spiced, malty, floral and even slightly intoxicating. Flavors from dry and spiced, to sweet and malty. Most have a low level of bitterness.
no mention of roastiness. i'll have to try this again...
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:21 AM   #12
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So, has anyone made this recipe? I'm really wanting to recreate this beer.

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Old 11-10-2009, 12:40 PM   #13
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ha, i was coming on here this morning to post about this beer! It's in my top 5 commercially available beers. I love it!

the lager yeast is what throws me off. Is it a hybrid? Lager yeast @ ale temps? because they call it an ale, but everything i read says lager yeast. I'm not much for clone recipes just cause i like the uniqueness of my own stuff, but i really wanna copy this one.

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Old 11-10-2009, 12:41 PM   #14
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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

is this your own clone recipe or one of the Kit clones?
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Old 11-10-2009, 01:10 PM   #15
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2lbs of Biscuit seems like a lot

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Old 11-10-2009, 01:43 PM   #16
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This thread has some great info on NB's 1554. It has some comments/brewing tips from the brewer at NB. No roasted barley...either debittered black or dehusked-carafa. A subtle, unknown spice addition.

EDIT: Here are some tips from NB (itt linked above):
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I am glad to hear you like 1554 so much. I'm not going to give you style guidelines because I think they're a bunch of hooey.

Malt: The basic idea is to brew a big beer, relatively high gravity with a lot of unfermentable content to keep the body high and the alcohol moderate. Some 2-row, but a lot of Munich, Caramel, and Carapils malts. Use chocolate and black malt extremely sparingly, a little bit goes a long way for color. If there were a black malt that had no bittering effect, that would probably be the one to use.

Hops: Bitterness is moderate to high, enough to offset all that extra sweetness. Water is kept soft to keep the bitterness quite mellow. There is no aroma hop in 1554. If anything, you could put in some kind of spice at flavor threshold.

Yeast: Lager yeast, ale temperatures. Particular strain doesn't matter, as long as it is a low sulfur producer.

Finishing wise, this beer is straightforward.

Hope this helps, good luck and happy brewing.
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That thread is a great read. I love threads like that. There was a wheat beer thread like that which taught me worlds about my beloved hefewiessen.

I love 1554 as well... may do this at some point.

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Has anyone tried the Austin Homebrew Supply 1554 Clone?

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is this your own clone recipe or one of the Kit clones?
It's from a member of our brew club. He was trying to get close. It was a very good beer. Might want to try it without the RB and maybe use a belgian ale yeast.
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2lbs of Biscuit seems like a lot
It wasn't...
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