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Old 09-07-2012, 01:23 PM   #1
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Wanna brew a coors clone and my recipe calls for 6# American 2row and 3# flake maize. Do I have to lager this beer or can I use an ale yeast.

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If you're trying to make a clone of coors, then you'd be making a lager. So yes you would have to lager it. And ferment it cold. If you use an ale yeast with that grainbill, then you'd be making what amounts to a cream ale. It's tasty but it wouldn't be a true clone of coors.

A lot of beginning kit beers are pseudo lagers, meaning the yeast that comes with it is a neutral ale yeast, since most beginning brewers aren't set up with the temp control necessary to ferment cool and then drop the temps further to lager near freezing for a length of time.

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I guess that depends on your definition of a clone recipe. If you want to try to exactly reproduce the flavors of Coors Banquet, you will need to use a lager strain of yeast. Wyeast used to offer 2015 which was the Coors strain. You may get close with White Labs WLP840. You should try to ferment at 50-55F. Allow the temp to rise slightly for a diacetyl rest and then age at 40F or below.

BTW, Coors does not use corn in their Banquet or Coors Light products. They use rice.

If you want to come close, you can use a clean ale strain like White Labs WLP080 and ferment closer to 65F.

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Old 09-07-2012, 01:49 PM   #4
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I understand. I'm completely set up to lager and brew anything. I've never done a coors clone . My parents are light beer drinkers and I wanna brew a batch they would like. Just thought I could get away with an ale yeast

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Where did you get that recipe from?

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I got it from a friend . I also have a recipe for a California common . I'm gonna try to use an ale yeast for that one too.

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I bet you will like the California Common with the ale yeast. I had a California Common yeast that didn't activate and I used an American Ale yeast in a pinch. Turned out quite nice.

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I guess that depends on your definition of a clone recipe. If you want to try to exactly reproduce the flavors of Coors Banquet, you will need to use a lager strain of yeast. Wyeast used to offer 2015 which was the Coors strain. You may get close with White Labs WLP840. You should try to ferment at 50-55F. Allow the temp to rise slightly for a diacetyl rest and then age at 40F or below.

BTW, Coors does not use corn in their Banquet or Coors Light products. They use rice.

If you want to come close, you can use a clean ale strain like White Labs WLP080 and ferment closer to 65F.
I believe that Coors uses corn starch as their primary adjunct.
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I believe that Coors uses corn starch as their primary adjunct.
A clone recipe on another forum mentioned the same thing.
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Corn starch is used for Keystone, not Coors Banquet or Coors Light.

It might also be used for Coors Golden.

I DID work for Coors R&D for a few years. I did wander around the brewhouse floor for a bit. I can say I used more hops in 10 bbls of an IPA I made at SandLot than the big brewery used in 250 bbls of Keystone Light

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