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Old 10-13-2009, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default help making strong heineken clone

I am going to make a batch for my friend’s birthday. He likes Heineken, but likes the kick of Mickeys malt liquor. So I want to make him a strong Heineken tasting beer with 8-9% ABV. Any suggestions for the recipe would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 10-13-2009, 09:05 PM   #2
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Copy a heineken clone recipe off the web then add corn sugar to the primary to boost the ABV. It's probably gonna taste like ****, but if he likes Mickeys he won't notice

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Old 10-13-2009, 09:13 PM   #3
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Or better yet scale up the fermentables so your OG is closer to 1.080 instead of 1.050. I would boost the hops as well to counter the additional sweetness. Just remember to pitch extra yeast and give it additional lagering time to smooth out, hopefully you have 2-3+ months before his birthday.

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thank you for your replies. What yeast would you recommend for this recipe?

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i would be interested in seeing the clone recipe you find

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----- original clone recipe-----
Type: All Grain
Batch Size: 5.00 gal
Boil Size: 8.00 gal
Boil Time: 90 min
Ingredients

Amount Item Type % or IBU
9 lbs 4.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 97.4 %
4.0 oz German Light Crystal Malt (10 SRM) Grain 2.6 %
0.35 oz Northern Brewer [8.00%] (90 min) Hops 12.3 IBU
0.75 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [3.25%] (90 min) Hops 10.0 IBU
0.25 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [3.25%] (10 min) Hops 1.7 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc

1st Choice Danish Lager (Wyeast Labs #2042) Yeast-Lager
2nd Choice European Lager II (Wyeast Labs #2247) Yeast-Lager

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.053
Est Final Gravity: 1.013
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 %
Bitterness: 23.6 IBU
Est Color: 4.0 SRM


-----modified recipe----

Ingredients:
Amount Item Type % or IBU
15 lbs 8.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 97.4 %
6.0 oz German Light Crystal Malt (10 SRM) Grain 2.6 %
0.75 oz Northern Brewer [8.00%] (90 min) Hops 17 IBU
1.5 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [3.25%] (90 min) Hops 15 IBU
0.5 oz Hallertauer Hersbrucker [3.25%] (10 min) Hops 2 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.085
Est Final Gravity: 1.021
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 8.3 %
Bitterness: 34 IBU
Est Color: 4-6 SRM

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