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Old 08-01-2009, 06:33 PM   #1
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Default Looking to make a Bells Amber clone. Anyone have an AG recipe?

Didn't find any searching. SWMBO really likes Bells Amber so I want to be as close as possible to the real thing. I thought I saw somewhere that they use willemette hops but thats all I know. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 08-04-2009, 06:38 PM   #2
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/amer...ogress-102672/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

Here's a couple that reference Bells amber.Maybe PM the members to find out their recipes.
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Old 08-05-2009, 11:17 AM   #3
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http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/amer...ogress-102672/
http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f39/neve...en-beer-73254/

Here's a couple that reference Bells amber.Maybe PM the members to find out their recipes.
Thanks, I did find some info there. I PM'd Revvy and he gave me his extract recipe. I'm still looking for AG version though.

Anyone know (or want to guess) what the IBU of Bells Amber is? I think I can figure out the rest.
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Well I emailed Bells a few days ago and I received a response from the Director of Quality Control. He was gracious enough to provide the following info (I summarized it):

Grain: Mostly 2-row barley malt, a small percentage of Munich, and just enough caramel malt to get 16 SRM color. 14.5 Plato. Mash at a temp to allow moderate fermentability. ABV should be just under 6%.
Hops: Equal amounts of Fuggle and Cascade for bittering and aroma. Aim for 30 IBUs
Yeast: Culture from bottles, or use WLP001.

I've put together a recipe from this info and hope to brew it this weekend. If it turns out good I'll post it in the recipes section.

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Old 08-07-2009, 11:57 AM   #5
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Congrats on your success.Isn't it awesome how craft beer companies are helpful in this type of thing?Try that w/ a BMC company and see what they say.I guess it's the difference in companies where the employees love beer and those that love money.

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FWIW, I would culture from a bottle. I think Bell's yeast gives a specific fruity essence that cannot be managed from 001. I made a clone for Bells Best Brown and used the suggested 001 but the fruit profile was nil.

Good luck! Bells Amber is a classic...

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Old 08-20-2009, 02:26 PM   #7
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Any update on this project?

What recipe did you use?

Thanks.

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Old 08-20-2009, 02:37 PM   #8
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Any update on this project?

What recipe did you use?

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Yes. I brewed this a couple weeks ago. Once I sample the finished product (and if it tastes good) I will post the recipe in the recipe's forum. For now, here's the recipe I made based on the info I got from Bells:

BA Clone

A ProMash Recipe Report

Recipe Specifics
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Batch Size (Gal): 5.00 Wort Size (Gal): 5.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 11.00
Anticipated OG: 1.056 Plato: 13.84
Anticipated SRM: 12.9
Anticipated IBU: 29.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 72 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes


Grain/Extract/Sugar

% Amount Name
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81.8 9.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)
9.1 1.00 lbs. Crystal 90L
9.1 1.00 lbs. Munich Malt(light)


Mash at for 60 min @ 153°


Hops

Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
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0.50 oz. Cascade Pellet 7.50 17.9 60 min.
0.50 oz. Fuggle Pellet 4.75 11.3 60 min.
0.50 oz. Cascade Pellet 7.50 0.0 0 min.
0.50 oz. Fuggle Pellet 4.75 0.0 0 min.


Yeast
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White Labs WLP001 California Ale
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Thanks for the update! I just harvested some homegrown cascade hops, and I'm thinking Michigan grown hops deserve to be brewed in a Michigan beer. Looking forward to hear how it turned out

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Old 09-09-2009, 11:53 PM   #10
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So how does it taste?

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