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Old 02-17-2011, 10:00 PM   #1
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Default Anderson Valley ESB Clone Wanted - Boont Extra Special Bitter

This is the BEST ESB I have ever had!! Great earthy/spicy hop flavor and aroma, with a very smooth, full flavored mouthfeel!

I've never made an ESB, so of course a basic recipe would be a good start, but has anyone tried to clone this, or have any ideas on putting it together?

I've read that regulating fermentation temps are important when making an ESB. General advice on brewing an ESB would also be appreciated.

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I really like that beer too, wonder if anyone has any ideas on the recipe...?

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That's it. Im calling tomorrow....

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Look forward to your report!

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Old 03-09-2011, 05:55 AM   #5
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Here is everything from their site. Doesn't give much, except the 6.8% ABV, 61 IBU and that it has a spicy hop aroma.

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Anderson Valley Brewing Company
P.O. Box 505 - 17700 Hwy 253
Boonville, CA 95415-0505

Phone: (707) 895-BEER
Toll-free: (800) 207-BEER
Fax: (707) 895-2353

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Boont Extra Special Beer

“I’ve had bitter from 11 different countries, countless varieties from each, but lo and behold I’ve found the perfect bitter right here at home.”
Joshua M. Knowles – Point Richmond, Ca

Boont ESB (formerly Belk’s ESB)
Exceptionally Great; something special
Celebrator Beer News Blind Tasting Panel – Oct. / Nov 2004

The abundant hopping in this four-time gold medal winner, creates arousing aromatics, accompanied by a pleasantly bitter bite. Boont Extra Special Beer is deep gold in color, with a spicy hop aroma. Starts with a big, malty backbone and finishes with a refreshingly bitter bite. Boont Extra Special Beer is excellent alone or as an accompaniment to your favorite well-seasoned meals (such as Mexican, Korean, Chinese, Indian, or Thai, cuisine).

Boont ESB was named the Regional Champion in the 2003 US Beer Tasting Championships, in the Bitter/ESB category, has won two Gold Medals at the Great American Beer Festival, and has several other medals, as well. Click here to see the entire list.

As with all of our products, Boont ESB is never sterile filtered nor heat pasteurized, and should be stored in refrigeration. However, to fully enjoy its rich and complex flavor, it should be served between 40° and 45°F

6.8 % Alcohol by Volume
61 IBU
“It’s aplenty bahl steinber horn.”

Hopefully you can get some info from them tomorrow, and we can piece something together. I'd really like to try making this in the next month or two, once we get a basis for a recipe.

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Old 03-09-2011, 05:22 PM   #6
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I also love this beer. Have no info but will follow this topic. Hopefully someone will have some info.

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Old 03-09-2011, 05:34 PM   #7
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I wish I lived by the brewery! I always feel like they will be much more responsive and willing to indulge more info if you meet them in person. However, they don't usually have the recipe on hand, where as if you contact by email, they may be able to respond more accurately.

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Well, I called today and spoke to the receptionist asking if there was anyone willing to talk to me about there esb. Her first question was why? I told her I was a homebrewer and was looking to replicate the recipe. She told me good luck in that. She wasn't rude, just obviously not allowed to share the recipe. I had sent then an email two weeks ago about there ipa with no response. That too bad. I just don't understand the need to be so secretive.

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Old 03-10-2011, 11:22 PM   #9
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Yeah, I figured they might not be so helpful over the phone/email. Hopefully someone that lives close by, can catch the brewer someday and pick their brain!

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I guess it comes down to who you know. Too bad.

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