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Old 10-17-2009, 08:20 PM   #11
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So what was the verdict? Been looking around for a Hopslam clone but it seems hard to come by.
Well, I bought the kit and it has a truck load of hops. They use sugar instead of honey though. I have one recipe in front of this one so it will be a few weeks before I get to it. I'll let you know.
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Old 01-06-2010, 03:01 AM   #12
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Any updates? Anxious to see how it turned out!

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Old 01-09-2010, 06:45 PM   #13
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Going into the Keg tomorrow. Hard to measure the SRM while in fermentor but the color looks right. I'll publish my opinion along with brewing process and fermentation details soon.

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Old 01-18-2010, 05:00 PM   #14
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What the 411? Decent?

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Old 01-19-2010, 02:44 AM   #15
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What the 411? Decent?

Here's the deal...

I think this is a solid recipe from Austin Homebrew. The SRM, flavor and aroma are pretty right on. If I was going to use Jamil's standard for "is it a clone"... I'd have to say "not exactly". In other words if I brewed it again I'd change a few things. My general rule is that I never change the base recipe until I brew it at least once as it was designed.

I've timed this so that I could taste them side by side and while it's close, these are the things I'll change next time:

The instructions recommend mashing at 150. The clone version does not have a strong enough malt backbone. This is very obvious when tasting them together. Next time I'll mash a bit higher to retain residual sweetness.

Mouth feel is off... again I'd point to the mash temp needing a bump.

I'd also potentially knock the IBU's down a bit by moving some of the hops back. Also will add to the flavor profile.

Those things aside this is a great recipe and clone kit. This is a great beer and with some modification it will nail it as a clone. Hats off to AHB for putting it together.

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:48 AM   #16
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Awesome news; I look forward to hearing more about your mods and see how it turns out! Keep me posted!

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:53 AM   #17
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You can call them up and ask them for the recipe. They'll read it off to you.
Is this legit? I have heard that Bells is really cool and helpful also.
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Is this legit? I have heard that Bells is really cool and helpful also.
I think this was refering to Austin Homebrew. They were great and did actually send me the recipe before I purchased the kit. Good peeps...
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I actually email them and this is what I got:
Thank you for taking the time to contact us. I'm glad to hear that you are enjoying the Hopslam Ale. There are certain things about our recipes that we keep close to the vest, but I can offer some guidance. The malt bill is relatively straightforward: stick with 2-row base malt and just a bit of caramel malts for color. Add a healthy dollop of honey towards the end of the boil. Aim for an OG at knock-out of 21 Plato. You'll want to set up your mash rests for moderate fermentability: the sugars from the honey will be largely consumed, so you need malt dextrins around to keep the beer from getting too dry. Terminal gravity will be below 3 Plato.

Hopping is trickier, but I can tell you that we use a blend of modern American high-alpha aroma hops. I won't say that your exact choice of kettle hops doesn't matter, but I would focus more on the aroma side. A late kettle addition of Amarillo & generous dry-hopping with Simcoe provides the signature aromatic punch. Bitterness is in the upper 60 IBU range, less than most people think. Hopslam is all about hop flavor, not unrestrained bitterness.

You can culture yeast out of one of our bottles if you're comfortable with that; it's certainly the preferred option for a solid flavor match. The yeast in the Hopslam bottle is the yeast used for fermentation, but at 10% abv, but the yeast that isn't dead will be severely stressed. I would recommend culturing from a lower gravity beer such as Amber Ale, Best Brown Ale, etc.: the yeast is the same & likely to be in superior condition. Winter White Ale is a completely different strain, so don't use that. Otherwise, the local homebrew supply shops around here have found that most people looking to clone one of our recipes lean towards ale strains with a straightforward ester profile & good attenuation.

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What is the approx. color of Hopslam? I got some yeast from a Bell's Pale Ale and brewed a lowish gravity Pale Ale with it and plan to make a Two-Hearted clone with the cake. I plan to save some of the washed yeast from the Pale Ale and do this process again but make a Hopslam instead of the Two-Hearted.

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