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Old 01-09-2011, 03:48 AM   #1
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Default Any luck getting recipes from brewers?

I was wondering if anyone has asked microbreweries point-blank recipes to their favorite beers and what kind of luck you had asking them.

I just emailed the El Toro brewing company in Morgan Hill, CA. They're a small outfit, but I remember them fondly when I used to live in California. I live in Indiana now and have more or less zero chance of having their beer again unless I happen to be up that way when I visit California again, and I really miss their double IPA. I hope they do good by me and give me my recipe so I can enjoy it 2000 miles away.

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:54 AM   #2
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Yep - I emailed Southern Star here in Texas and 'point blank' asked them for their Blonde Ale recipe - they responded quickly with a partial mash. The recipe looked damn close to my beer-smith version but hell yeah! They sent me a recipe. I wonder if they purposely leave out essential proponents or shift the hop schedule around? Only time will tell - just brewed this recipe up tonight!

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Old 01-09-2011, 03:54 AM   #3
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I've emailed No Label Brewery here in Texas. I am probably less likely to get the recipe for my "fav" beer as they have just technically sold their first commercial keg since they are still getting started up. We will see though.

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Old 01-09-2011, 05:12 AM   #4
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lol. Well, it helps if you work for said local microbrewery. I was a manager at a small brewery a few years back, loved the scottish and stout. found the brew logs on the computer one night while closing. printed em out and took em home with me. took some doing to convert it down to Homebrew batch size though

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Old 01-09-2011, 06:23 AM   #5
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Now you're obligated to post those recipes 92greenyj :P

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Old 01-09-2011, 05:33 PM   #6
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I've only asked once, but I was shot down.

I asked Lagunitas for any info they would give (not even a recipe) about their limited-run "Kill Ugly Radio" beer they did as part of the series celebrating Zappa. I got a big fat "NO!" as a response.

I wasn't terribly surprised, but I was a little disappointed.

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Old 01-09-2011, 06:06 PM   #7
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I have several times. Sometimes the brewery is happy to share and sometimes you get half or cryptic answers. Duck Rabbit was kind enough to share the ingredients list but left it up to me to work out timing and proportions.

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Old 01-09-2011, 06:09 PM   #8
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I have had brewers pull out their brew log and show me the grain bill in a couple of places.

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Old 01-09-2011, 08:00 PM   #9
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Stone has all of their Vertical Epic series recipes on their website. I found them and was very surprised at the find. Havent tried them yet though.

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I emailed Ithaca for some tips about the hop profile of Flower Power (my fav IPA, I have a hard time getting that much floral character), they didn't respond.

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