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Old 10-25-2008, 04:30 PM   #1
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Hello, I have a strange request. I really enjoy drinking Samuel Adams Boston Lager and would like to make it at home.

The problems are, I don't have a place to make a lager, and I'm not really set up for all grain. So, is there a clone close-enough for a Samuel Adams Boston Lager (Ale), (extract or part-mash) clone?

I know this sounds weird, but if any of you can help, that would be GREAT !!!!

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Old 10-25-2008, 07:53 PM   #2
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Here you go. I make this all the time. Its very tasty and easy enough to brew.

Recipe Specifications
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Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 7.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.046 SG
Estimated Color: 8.2 SRM
Estimated IBU: 50.5 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: - %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Ingredients:
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Amount Item Type % or IBU
6 lbs 9.6 oz LME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Extract 86.84 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 13.16 %
1.50 oz Pearle [8.00 %] (60 min) Hops 41.3 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (45 min) Hops 7.6 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (5 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
0.28 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc

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I add about 1.5 gallon of water. Steep grains for 30 mins at 154. When its done I add another 1 gallon and bring it to a boil. Take pot off the flame Add your extract and mix it well. Put it back on the fire bring it to a boil, once the hot break occurs start the timer and do your hop additions. I use a wort chiller to chill it down and top it off with filtered tap water in the bucket. You can use any ale yeast you like. I have used Muntons, wyeast 1084, and notty. All of them are good, but obviously have different end flavors.

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I doubt this tastes like boston lager

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Here is what I have found:

From Clonebrews (extract + grains):

19L Batch
OG 1049-52
FG 1011-13
IBU 35
SRM 9.5

Steep 230g 60Lovi US Crystal in 1.9L @ 65.5deg for 20 mins
Sparge grains with another 1.9L
Top up with water to make 5.7L in brewpot
Bring to boil and add:
- 1.8kg light lme
- 1.1kg light dme
- 57g Tettnanger (4.5 AAU)

Increase volume in brewpot to 9L and boil for 45mins. Then add:
- 14g Hallertauer mittelfruh
- 1tsp irish moss

Boil for another 13mins. Then add:
- 14g Tettnanger

Boil for 2mins.
Cool wort. Add to fermenter and top up to 19L.

Yeast options:
Wy 2206 Bavarian lager
Wy 2124 Bohemian lager

Ferment at 8-11deg for 5-7 days.
Rack to secondary.
Dry hop:
- 7g Hallertauer mittelfruh.

All grain option:

2 step infusion (in place of decoction):

Mash 4.1kg US 2row pale malt with the above crystal malt at 50deg for 30mins,
then 65.5deg for 60mins. Decrease Tettnang bittering addition to 46g. Increase
boil to 90mins (still adding flavour hops and irish moss @15min and aroma hops at 2mins).

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I doubt this tastes like boston lager
When I originally posted this recipe, it was the closest I could find at the time. Till you brew it, you won't know. Unless you lager your not going to get the real deal however Nottingham yeast will get you as close to a lager as possible. Especially if you ferment it around 64 degree's or so.
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When I originally posted this recipe, it was the closest I could find at the time. Till you brew it, you won't know. Unless you lager your not going to get the real deal however Nottingham yeast will get you as close to a lager as possible. Especially if you ferment it around 64 degree's or so.
Its not just the yeast. You cannot get the complex flavors from an extract process.

I drink Boston Lager alot. When you drink it you can taste the complexity as the flavors change from start to finish.

If you want it to taste "exactly" the same, you have to make it exactly the same, starting with the water. And, the water will be tough.

Think about it, if Jim Koch could cut corners and get the same result he would. The recipe is almost spelled out right on their website, which includes a four step mash which is spelled out on Palmers site.

I bet they would give you the recipe if you just send them an email. They don't care, you could never brew it as cheap as them anyway.

I send them an email about a bad six pack and they send me a check below.



7 lbs 2-row
1 lbs Crystal 40L

.5 Tettnanger 60 minutes
.5 Hallertau 20 minutes
.5 Hallertau 10 minutes
1 Hallertau 0
1 Hallertau in Secondary

1.25 quarts per pound

acid rest @ 105 for 30
remove and boil 2 quarts to protein rest @ 122 for 30
remove and boil 9 pints to sacc rest @ 155 for 30
remove and boil 6 pints to reach mash out of 168

Sparge with 12 quarts @ 168 @ 1 quart/minute
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Order the kit from Austin Homebrew. I have tried a few from them that are VERY close. The entire recipe will come in the kit as well...

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1122

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There is always something to be said for the effects of the mash temps/methods on the final flavor profile. But if we take a step back from all-grain elitism to help out the OP, Sumo's recipe is pretty close to what impatient posted for all-grain.

7 lbs 2-row
1 lbs Crystal 40L

.5 Tettnanger 60 minutes
.5 Hallertau 20 minutes
.5 Hallertau 10 minutes
1 Hallertau 0
1 Hallertau in Secondary

vs.

6 lbs 9.6 oz LME Golden Light (Briess) (4.0 SRM) Extract 86.84 %
1 lbs Caramel/Crystal Malt - 40L (40.0 SRM) Grain 13.16 %
1.50 oz Pearle [8.00 %] (60 min) Hops 41.3 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (45 min) Hops 7.6 IBU
0.50 oz Hallertauer [4.80 %] (5 min) Hops 1.6 IBU
0.28 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 10.0 min) Misc


Sumo, why are using Pearle instead of tettnang? It's seem's like your recipe is a little high on the IBU's unless you're doing a partial boil that is limiting the utilization.

Maybe you could get closer to original flavor profile through a partial mash following the same step-mash procedure, with 4lbs 2-row and 2 lbs light DME (I think that get's close to a 1.045ish OG)? With a stovetop partial mash it's pretty easy to execute a step mash.

A clean fermenting yeast like notty or US-05 fermented at the low end of the temperature will be the closest you can possibly get without lagering.

The end product won't be identical, but it should have enough similarities to remind you of the original. No matter what it will be a great beer.

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I used pearl because they were out of tennanger. Look I'm not getting in to a pissing contest. If your asking someone for an extract recipe you can't get the same effect as all grain. I lived in Boston my whole life, I live a mile from the brewery and I know a lot of the folks at the brewery too.

When I posted that recipe I had been only brewing for 2 months, and gave the best that I had at the time. I still stand by it. You know why? You can give 20 brewers the same beer kit, and you will get 18 different beers. Its not the kit or the ingredients, its the process. Now if the guy follows that recipe he will get something close. Not the real deal but close. Thats all we want right? Unless your doing "Can you brew this" from the Jamil show and can nail down your process you will always just be close to what the brewer intended.

Now if you have a Sam Adams recipe for Boston Lager why not start our own thread and post it as the real deal.

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There is always something to be said for the effects of the mash temps/methods on the final flavor profile. But if we take a step back from all-grain elitism to help out the OP, Sumo's recipe is pretty close to what impatient posted for all-grain.
I agree about the non-necessity of whole grain brewing. Most (all?) of the "complexity" in SA Lager comes from the types of hops they are using, and of course that is highlighted by removing the yeast flavor by filtering it out. So you can only get so close with home brew techniques. Sumo's recipe
wasn't that close because of the Perle hops and too much hopping overall.
Doesn't the label on the SA Lager spell out explicitly that they use
Tettnanger and Hallertau?

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