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Old 12-11-2011, 02:59 PM   #1
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My family is having a love affair with New Belgium's Snow Day. My brewing goal for 2012 is to come up with the perfect clone. This will be my first attempt at trying a clone so any help would be appreciated.

To start, I ordered the clone kit from AHS. If it is a perfect match, my job is done but history says it will be close, not perfect. I'll compare the kit contents to what is listed on New Belgium's website and report back.

I like the challenge but could use some input from more experienced "cloners".

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Old 12-13-2011, 04:21 PM   #2
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Here is what I am trying this weekend.
12 lbs Pale
1.5 lbs C-80
1 lb Midnight Wheat
.75 lb DME at flameout
.5 oz Centennial 60 min
.5 oz Styrian Golding 45 min
.5 oz Centennial 30 min
1.5 oz Styrian Golding 15 min
1.5 oz Cascade 5 min
mashing 151 at 75 min
My numbers in Beersmith came out at:
1.066 OG
1.013 Est FG
51.4 IBU
7 ABV

New Belgium website lists:
Pale, C-80, Midnight Wheat, Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade. OG 17, TG 2.35, IBU 55 and ABV 6.2.

We'll see how close I am.

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Old 12-14-2011, 12:02 AM   #3
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Cool, what yeast will you be using?

The AHS clone kit should be here Thursday so I am planning on brewing it up this weekend. I ordered WLP051 as per kit choices . . .

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I'm using us-05

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Old 12-15-2011, 03:54 AM   #5
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Here is what I am trying this weekend.
12 lbs Pale
1.5 lbs C-80
1 lb Midnight Wheat
.75 lb DME at flameout
.5 oz Centennial 60 min
.5 oz Styrian Golding 45 min
.5 oz Centennial 30 min
1.5 oz Styrian Golding 15 min
1.5 oz Cascade 5 min
mashing 151 at 75 min
My numbers in Beersmith came out at:
1.066 OG
1.013 Est FG
51.4 IBU
7 ABV

New Belgium website lists:
Pale, C-80, Midnight Wheat, Styrian Goldings, Centennial and Cascade. OG 17, TG 2.35, IBU 55 and ABV 6.2.

We'll see how close I am.
I'm really curious to hear how this comes out. Please keep us posted.
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Cool, what yeast will you be using?

The AHS clone kit should be here Thursday so I am planning on brewing it up this weekend. I ordered WLP051 as per kit choices . . .
I just realized we are both in Milwaukee, what part are you in? We'll have to get together and compare our versions.
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Fermentation completed. The sample I had was very good. Can't wait for final product.

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So how close was the AHS clone for snow day???

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Old 12-27-2011, 08:00 PM   #9
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I will be brewing the AHS clone kit on New Year's Day. It took me a while to get the kit and then I had to hunt down Styrian Golding hops. The kit shipped with Willamette hops as a substitution.

The AHS kit only lists (and packages) one pound of specialty grains, I was surprised.

The good news is I have five cases of Snow Day in the cooler to use for comparison, all is good.

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Old 12-27-2011, 09:16 PM   #10
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I had my first Snow Day (well. . . 2) last week. That is a tasty BIPA.

If yours is close, post back and I'll plan to make as well.

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