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Old 12-03-2012, 08:59 PM   #1
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Default I need help making a Sierra Nevada Narwhal Clone

I had a chance to try the Sierra Nevada RIS the other day and think it was pretty outstanding, but it is hard to find around here. So I am looking to clone it. Google gave me no useful information, but the Sierra Nevada website tells what kind of grains they use and some other basic info.

TWO-ROW PALE, CARAMEL & CHOCOLATE, HONEY, CARAFA & ROASTED BARLEY

IBUs= 60
OG= ~ 1.1
FG= 1.026
10.2% ABV
Bittering hops = aroma and challenger
aroma hops = challenger

The caramal malt should be pretty dark. Maybe 120?

Maybe this would work:

18 lb pounds american 2 row
1 lb roasted barley
1 lb crystal 120L
1 lb carafa II
1 lb ounces chocolate malt
.5 lb honey malt

1 ounce magnum (55 min) 32 IBU
1 ounce challenger (55 min) 21 IBU
1 ounce challenger (10 min) 7 IBU

wyeast 1056

mash @ 150 for 1 hour

Any thoughts on this?

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Old 12-06-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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Drinking one of these right now. Very tasty. The label says it has dark roasted coffee as well.

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Per Sierra Nevada's website:
Ingredients

Yeast | Ale yeast
Bittering Hops | Magnum, Challenger
Finishing Hops | Challenger
Malts | Two-row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, Roasted Barley

That means you need to use Chocolate Malt and Honey Malt, not chocolate and honey.

Also, 1.5 lbs of Roasted Barley seems excessive. A little goes a long way with that, and with Honey Malt.
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Correct, you should be using chocolate and honey malt, not chocolate and honey.

1.5 is a touch high for the roasted barley. I remember this stout being rich but smooth in flavor, not as aggressive as some stouts with bigger roasted barley charges. I would maybe drop the roast to 1 lb, up the choc malt to 1 lb.

I would also mash closer to 150 to ensure you get full attenuation. The beer will likely finish too high at 155.

Let us know how it goes, Narwhal is a badass beer!

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Per Sierra Nevada's website:
Ingredients

Yeast | Ale yeast
Bittering Hops | Magnum, Challenger
Finishing Hops | Challenger
Malts | Two-row Pale, Caramel, Chocolate, Honey, Carafa, Roasted Barley

That means you need to use Chocolate Malt and Honey Malt, not chocolate and honey.

Also, 1.5 lbs of Roasted Barley seems excessive. A little goes a long way with that, and with Honey Malt.
Yep, that was a typo on my part. I fixed that and adjusted the recipe based on the recommendations you guys gave. I might drop the honey malt down to five ounces too. I'm hoping to brew this sometime next week. I will let you guys know how it goes.
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any clue as to the yeast? Do you think it is the chico yeast or did they use an english or irish ale yeast?

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I would also contact the brewery, SN was very helpful in constructing their Pale Ale clone recipe.

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Had a pair of these and my brother in law and I each had one last night, and they were phenomenal. I'll be watching this recipe thread to see how things progress.

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