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Pandaren 08-12-2011 05:34 AM

Quilters Irish Death Clone?
I've had a few of these beers now, only really available for those of us that live in WA....and I'm completely hooked! Would love to try and brew a clone, but haven't really found anything on the net, save for this:

Anyone that's tried one of these have any ideas/comments/suggestions?
Thanks! :mug:

sweetpoetatoe 08-12-2011 07:36 AM

haha i used to date a girl out in ellensberg, and every time i was out there i would pick some up, i just happened to move right as they started shipping around the rest of washington.
Seeing as the Quilter's you'll commonly be buying is only 7.8 ABV, i think that this recipe you found would be for the original recipe by Jim Quilter, when he developed it as a Barleywine.
Talks about it a lil on their under the comments.
Maybe if you took that recipe to a calculator and just toned it down to 7.8?
I sent the a letter a week or so ago asking if they had any tips towards making a clone of the Irish Death
If they write back hopefully it will be useful towards putting this recipe together!

Pandaren 08-13-2011 02:49 AM

Awesome! Ok, maybe I'll try to do that and drink...errr...I mean research...a bit more on it. Let me know if you ever hear anything from them! :mug:

biggben 09-16-2011 05:12 PM

I emailed iron horse and asked them if they would share the recipe and this is what they sent me back in reply. However I can't find any notes on the ibu's! I happened to save the yeast from a couple 22s I bought so yeast won't be a problem. I am going to toy with it and throw up a recipe any help would be great, I want to make this in the next week.

2 row, crystal 75, munich, caramel pilsen, flaked barley, chocolate, roasted barley, black patent malt. columbus, cascade, and mt hood hops.

bottlebomber 09-16-2011 05:17 PM


Originally Posted by biggben
2 row, crystal 75, munich, caramel pilsen, flaked barley, chocolate, roasted barley, black patent malt. columbus, cascade, and mt hood hops.

Wow... good luck trying to clone that w/out more specifics

biggben 09-16-2011 06:14 PM

Irish Death

Batch size 5.5 gallons
Boil size 6.7 gallons
Boil time 60 minutes
Grain weight 17 pounds
Efficiency 75%
Original gravity 1.083
Final gravity 1.024
Alcohol (by volume) 7.7%
Bitterness (IBU) 35
Color (SRM) 34.5L
3 liquid packs
White Labs
WLP004 Irish Ale

17 pounds
2 Row Base
37ppg, 1.5L 12 pounds
33ppg, 1.5L 1 pound
Barley (Flaked)
32ppg, 2L 1 pound
Crystal 80L
34ppg, 80L 1 pound
Munich (Light)
34ppg, 10L 1 pound
29ppg, 350L 0.5 pounds
Black Patent
27ppg, 500L 0.25 pounds
Barley (Roasted)
28ppg, 500L 0.25 pounds

3 ounces
Cascade hops
6%, Whole 1 ounce
Columbus hops
13%, Whole 1 ounce
Mount Hood hops
5%, Whole 1 ounce

60 minutes, 9.4 gallons
Target 153F 6.4 gallons
60 minutes (+0)
Sparge 3.0 gallons

60 minutes, 6.7 gallons
Columbus hops
13%, Whole 1 ounce
60 minutes (+0)
Cascade hops
6%, Whole 1 ounce
15 minutes (+45)
Mount Hood hops
5%, Whole 1 ounce
2 minutes (+58)

14 days @ 65-68F

Ok i have had enough of these beers to tell that its not that bitter and kinda smooth and not roasty. very well balanced not very hoppy at all. tell me what you think if this is balanced enough hops to grain?

bottlebomber 09-16-2011 06:43 PM

That looks like a great recipe, but I can't figure out why Northwest hops would be used in an Irish ale recipe

Pandaren 09-16-2011 06:51 PM

Ya, I agree completely. Irish death isn't very hoppy, the smoothness/sweetness of malt is the gold star in this beer. I would prob take out a half oz of cascade that goes into the boil at 60min. Maybe decrease cascade .25oz also? That might be pushin it. The grain bill looks pretty nice though. Like bottlebomber said, its gonna be tough to clone this with just that info lol. I'm not the best at visualizing a brew by the recipe, but if it were me, I might add a little extra flaked barley to emphasize the silky feel of it. Let us know how it turns out, and what the recipe you did looks like! I'm pretty excited to see how this goes! :mug::mug:

biggben 09-16-2011 09:16 PM

So how would you guys do the hop additions? Would you do 1 oz Columbus for 60 and maybe .5 cascade for 30 and 1 oz Mt hood for 10 mins? Or what give some ideas

Pandaren 09-16-2011 11:50 PM

I was thinking .5oz columbus for 60, .5-.75oz cascade for 30 (or 45?) and 1oz Mt hood for 10.

The biggest decrease should be in the hops that will be in the longest, since it's those hops that will be doing most of the bittering.

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