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markg388 11-03-2009 12:22 AM

2-Below clone anyone?
 
New Belgium 2-Below is my favorite winter beer and I'm looking to clone it. I tried last year and came out with a heavier-bodied version of fat-tire... close but no cigar.

Here's what I know about it: it's a bit lighter in color than fat tire, brighter hop character than fat tire, similar biscuit-malt taste, uses liberty and sterling hops, not very bitter at all, dry hopped, cold-crashed, tastes like an ordinary american ale type yeast, and 6.6% ABV. Anyone out there have a tried and true recipe, or good at formulating recipes for these kinds of beers? Any help is appreciated.

merculite 11-03-2009 03:01 AM

I would appreciate seeing someone's take on this too.

kappajoe 11-03-2009 03:09 AM

Try this recipe... I have not tried it, but it may be a good starting point.

http://logs.rockhoppersbrewclub.com/index.php?page=recipeDetail&filter=wchleva&id=125

jkarp 11-19-2009 01:02 AM

If you haven't had this year's batch of 2 Below, it's $&#@%* fantastic. That recipe looks solid to me. Think I'll be doing a double header of brewing this weekend as I already had a Bitter queued...

TRainH2o 11-27-2009 04:43 PM

Anyone have an extract version? I don't think that I am up to an all-grain brew yet.

2 Degrees Below is my new favorite beer.

android 11-27-2009 04:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by TRainH2o (Post 1703922)
Anyone have an extract version? I don't think that I am up to an all-grain brew yet.

2 Degrees Below is my new favorite beer.

if you're goin straight extract/steeping, you can replace the pale malt with 8.5 lbs of light DME to get an OG of 1.074 for a 5 gal batch.

McKBrew 11-27-2009 05:20 PM

I'm leery of 2 below now. Had it for the first time in 2007 after it's best by date and it was good. Bought it last season and it wasn't spectacular at all. Might have to give this years batch a go.

TRainH2o 11-27-2009 09:47 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by android (Post 1703944)
if you're goin straight extract/steeping, you can replace the pale malt with 8.5 lbs of light DME to get an OG of 1.074 for a 5 gal batch.

So you would still steep the:
2.25 pounds Crystal 40L
1.13 lb German Dark Munich Malt
.65 lb Brittish Toasted Pale Malt
for 25 minutes or so?

Then start the hop schedule?

android 11-27-2009 11:01 PM

yeah, a normal steeping of those grains (25 minutes should work)... i don't know if you'd need the british toasted pale malt, but it might still throw off some flavor and a little color. and start the hopping once your get to a boil.

MrGaryFish 12-01-2009 07:23 PM

Amount Item Type % or IBU
9.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 68.84 %
1.80 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 13.04 %
1.50 lb Munich Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 10.87 %
1.00 lb Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 7.25 %
1.00 oz Magnum [14.00 %] (60 min) Hops 42.8 IBU
1.00 oz Liberty [4.30 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Sterling [7.50 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) Yeast-Ale
1 Pkgs American Ale II (Wyeast Labs #1272) Yeast-Ale

I'm brewing this right now. Should be a good one.


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