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Old 12-16-2005, 12:05 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a recipe for an Oberon clone?

If you've never had it you're missing out on something special. It's a citrusy wheat beer that is by far the best beer I've ever had on draft. It's made by Bell's Brewry in Kalamazoo, Michigan.



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Old 12-16-2005, 03:44 PM   #2
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Oberon is fantastic. Luckily there is a shop here that carries EVERYTHING Bells and they were able to get a handful of 5L Oberon Kegs. Pretty nice lookin little buggers. My friend and I killed one in front of a campfire on the last day of summer.

Sorry, no clone though...

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Does anyone have a recipe for an Oberon clone?

If you've never had it you're missing out on something special. It's a citrusy wheat beer that is by far the best beer I've ever had on draft. It's made by Bell's Brewry in Kalamazoo, Michigan.


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Old 12-16-2005, 04:10 PM   #3
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A keg, eh? The store I buy beer from also carries the entire Bells' line, too. Might just have to ask about the keg.

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Old 12-16-2005, 06:13 PM   #4
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Yeah, I'll get a picture of it when I get home. Coolest looking 5L keg I've ever seen. They have one left too... might have to go pick that up and stick it in the cellar until spring... The buyer at the store told me that Bell's only made a few of them, they were made for some big party they were having or something like that. That could be wrong info.

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Old 12-17-2005, 12:26 AM   #5
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I found a site that had a recipe for Oberon. It will take a little playing with because it's for 7.25 gallons of wort. I'll let you know how it turns out.

http://64.233.187.104/search?q=cache:8iEigeAYX2UJ:hbd.org/aabg/newsletters/2000/AABG200006.pdf+oberon+ale+recipe&hl=xx-bork&client=firefox-a

Sorry for the long link.

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Old 12-17-2005, 02:14 PM   #6
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Finally....

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Recipe looks good! With most wheat ales, I begin to tire of the taste after 3-4 and usually switch to something else. Bell's Oberon is the only wheat ale that I can drink continuously without wanting to switch over.

I’d highly recommend culturing Bell’s yeast and making a starter for your Oberon clone. I saved the yeast from six bottles of their 20th Anniversary Ale, made a starter and used it in an ale I did a couple of weeks ago. It was very easy to do. I had read somewhere that Bell’s uses the same yeast to both brew and bottle and that their yeast would really perform well. It did! The yeast I used really took off!

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How do you save off the yeast? Not sure how to capture it.

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How do you save off the yeast?

With bottles of Bell's it's easy. They don't filter their beers, so the yeast falls to the bottom of the bottle, same as our home brew. Hold a bottle to the light and you'll see it.

Just decant the beer, leaving about a 1/2" in the bottom of the bottle, swirl, then pour into a sanitized mason jar. I cover the jar with santized aluminum foil, screw the top on and leave it in the fridge until I have another Bell's. After six Bell's beers, I can 'wash' the yeast, then make a starter. There more info on yeast washing here!

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Does anyone have a recipe for an Oberon clone?
Here you go. But it will have to be reduced from the 1 bbl batch size. They say, "This is the actual recipe Bells uses, not a cloned knockoff."
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