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Old 01-22-2010, 10:15 PM   #1
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Hey,

I'm looking to try for a clone of Abita's Andygator (it's a Helles Doppelbock). I couldn't find anything here or online for a recipe so I was looking for some input from more experienced brewers as I've only been homebrewing for about a year and a half (only 6 months with partial mash). The recipe itself would have to be a partial mash. Unfortunately, I don't have the ability to do an all grain yet.

If no one has a recipe, maybe some general thoughts? I've heard the local grocery store just started carrying it, so I'm planning on getting a sixer tonight to take some notes.

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Old 01-25-2010, 01:24 PM   #2
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The Abita website lists most of the details you need, sounds like a pretty simple recipe (pale malt, perle hops, lager yeast, 25 IBUs, OG is probably around 1.075):

Andygator, a creature of the swamp, is a unique high-gravity brew made with pale malt, German lager yeast, and German Perle hops. Unlike other high-gravity brews, Andygator is fermented to a dry finish with a slightly sweet flavor and subtle fruit aroma. Reaching an alcohol strength of 8% by volume, it is a Helles Dopplebock.

You might find it goes well with fried foods. It pairs well with just about anything made with crawfish. Some like it with a robust sandwich! Andygator also is a good aperitif and easily pairs with gorgonzola and creamy blue cheeses. Because of the high alcohol content, be cautious---sip it for the most enjoyment.

ABV 8.0%
IBU 25
Color 8



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Old 01-25-2010, 10:00 PM   #3
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I just tasted this beer for the first time over the weekend and really enjoyed it. I have heard though (from several sources) that although it's labeled as 8%abv for sales, that this is only due to local liquor laws and that the actual abv is somewhere between 10-12%. This would push the OG up a bit. I think it probably is closer to the 11% range based on how I felt after drinking compared to my 8% and 10.5% beers.

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Old 02-05-2010, 06:21 PM   #4
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the actual abv is somewhere between 10-12%.
Yea, I tried Andy last night at bottletree, 3 had me pretty good, so i'd that that is probably right. Amazing beer.
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Old 02-05-2010, 07:09 PM   #5
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On tap it was 10.5 before Abita started bottling it. When it first came out years ago it was 13.5.

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Old 02-05-2010, 07:51 PM   #6
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I found Andygator for the first time at Acme Oyster House off of Bourbon St. in New Orleans. Way too easy drink.

Here is a recipe I found. I haven't tried it.

10 lbs. German 2-row Pils info
1 lbs. German Light Munich info
1.5 lbs. German Dark Crystal info
1/2 lbs. Dextrine Malt info
6 lbs. Liquid Light Extract info
1.0 oz. Perle boiled 60 min. info
1/2 oz. Perle boiled 45 min. info
1/2 oz. Perle boiled 15 min. info
Yeast : White Labs WLP802 Czech Budejovice Lager info

Single decoction mash, 125 for 20 minutes, 152 for 60 minutes.

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Old 02-26-2011, 02:52 PM   #7
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Has anyone tried this recipe yet? Any other recipes?

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Old 03-01-2011, 12:30 PM   #8
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i did love this beer. untill i had way to many pints down in Bourbon ST. By the time i got back to my place i had to give it all back. now i cant drink anything from Abita.The tap version i think was a higher ALC%. good luck.

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Any luck yet finding Andygator?

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Old 02-08-2012, 02:59 AM   #10
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Considering this is brewed with a lager yeast, what temp is going to be required? I have only done ales, but I have been asked by a non-brewer to do this for a friend's bday.



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