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Old 04-22-2011, 03:35 PM   #1
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Default Anyone have a good 21st amendment Bitter American Recipe?

I have seen a few around but they don't use the actual malts/hops listed on the 21-A site.



Hoping to start working on a clone as it's sold out around by me for the season. I'll start filling in the blanks as I find the info, but if anyone has anything to add I'd appreciate it.

Bitter American - 42 IBU - 4.4% ABV

SG -
FG -

GRIST
Simpson's Golden Promise -
Rahr 2-row Pale -
Global Munich -
Crisp Crystal Malt 43 -
Crisp Crystal Malt 15 -

BOIL HOPS
Warrior -
Cascade -

DRY HOPS
Simcoe -
Cascade -

YEAST
White Labs or Wyeast

Fermentation Temp/Length

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Old 04-22-2011, 06:34 PM   #2
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I really like these low gravity APAs (American Bitters, or whatever you want to call them). I’ve brewed a couple, great to get your hop kick without the high alcohol of an IPA.

I'd do something like 85% GP, 10% Munich, 5% medium crystal. OG is probably around 1.044 which puts the FG at 1.011. Mash around 150 F for 60 minutes. Bitter to 42 IBUs with the Warrior, followed by a big dose of cascade at the end of the boil. Ferment with 001/1056 keeping the temperature in the high 60s (wort temperature). Let it finish out and then load it up with a couple ounces of Simcoe and Cascade for a week or two before bottling.

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Old 04-22-2011, 07:30 PM   #3
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I think they are using Nor'Cal bitters as the designation du jour. But whatever it's called, I'm loving it. Definitely my favorite beer right now and also the reason (along with Saisons) that I started brewing.

Enjoying one right now at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn.

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I see that Morebeer.com is now selling official 21A Bitter American Kits.

http://morebeer.com/view_product/9112/103707/21st_Amendments_Bitter_American_Ale_-_All_Grain_Beer_Kit_Advanced

No ingredient listing on the site. Has anyone tried it?

Looks like I'll have to pick one up and give it a try.

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I'm about 7 days from bottling the morebeer 21a extract kit. REALLY looking forward to this one.

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OK, the 21a extract kit is bottled! Should be ready by super bowl (not that I actively plan to watch it, though I probably will, it's more of a coincidence)

One question.... I noticed it got cold one night (probably 50 degrees in my house)... then noticed that all of my bottles have sediment that settled not only on the bottom but also on the sides (all bottles in a 6pack have the sediment on one side... like moss growing on a tree pointing north).

Is the sediment on the side yeast? Sugar? migrating to warmth? LOL It seems like a strange thing but even in a singular bottle sitting near the 6 pack the sediment is pointing to the proverbial north.. Any one know what that is?

AND should I be taking more precaution to keep the bottled beer warmer?

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OK read around the forums a bit on the sediment on the sides of bottles issue - I'm not going to stress it as I'm sure this won;t affect the beer negatively. (in other words in my 3rd post ever on the forum I realize that is something of a new to brewing type question, I'm only on my 4th batch ever)

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Found a site with a guy trying the same thing. He heard interview with Shaun O’Sullivan from 21A and got some great info...

Improving my Bitter American clone | Hopwise Brewery

The beer just went into year round availability and I look forward to trying out a clone and comparing side by side.

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I'm about 7 days from bottling the morebeer 21a extract kit. REALLY looking forward to this one.
what does the kid use? which grains, DME/LME, hops....??? Thirsty minds want to know

I hope you're happy with it...I'm waiting on an ESB right now..but want a session IPA
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Found a site with a guy trying the same thing. He heard interview with Shaun O’Sullivan from 21A and got some great info...

Improving my Bitter American clone | Hopwise Brewery

The beer just went into year round availability and I look forward to trying out a clone and comparing side by side.
I'm the guy that worked on that recipe. My second attempt at a Bitter American clone just finished and I've put up my tasting notes: Tasting: The Sociable (Batch #31) | Hopwise Brewery

It's still not an exact clone, but it's closer. I tweaked the recipe further, should anyone want to give it a try: Hopville . "Bitter American Clone v3" American Pale Ale Recipe
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