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Old 01-28-2010, 11:57 PM   #1
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I just got this email from the guys at New Belgium. It's a response to my asking about their recipes. Thought I would share.

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Thanks for your question about brewing.

In an attempt to help you brew a Fat Tire clone, here are some suggestions:
Incorporate a nice medium crystal malt into your malt bill as well as some toasted or biscuit malt.
Mash to shoot for a medium finishing gravity that won’t leave the finished beer too sweet.
Boil with three hop additions utilizing more noble European hops.
Use a nice neutral ale yeast at a temperature on the cool side for ales.

Next 1554. For your malt bill, in addition to pale malt, I would suggest using some nice dark caramel malt, some black malt, a bit of chocolate malt and a higher than average percentage of dextrin malt such as Weyermann Carafoam. Don’t use too much black or chocolate as 1554 is not opaque.
Mash as a single infusion and keep mash temperature on the warm end of the conversion spectrum for a short period of time.
I would suggest boiling for an average period of time while keeping your hops limited to one addition at the beginning of the boil shooting for low bitterness. The focus of this beer is the malt.
Use a neutral ale yeast that doesn’t throw of a lot of esters in fermentation and go for a nice cool fermentation temperature to help keep ester production down. If possible, rack off of the yeast after fermentation is complete (allowing ample time for a thorough diacetyl rest), and cellar cold if possible for maturation.

I hope this helps and good luck with the brew.

Let me know if you have any further questions.

Cheers!
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New Belgium Brewing Company
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Old 01-29-2010, 12:10 AM   #2
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God I love 1554. That is really cool of them to give you so much info. I'm too much of a noob at this to turn that into a viable recipe though. For those of you that are better versed, does that info give you any insights that you didn't already have?

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:15 AM   #3
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Wow, I too am too much of a n00b to turn that into something real, but that's awesome that they're willing to help out like that.

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:16 AM   #4
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a lot of craft brewers are this way. it's awesome. i've received some very detailed information from Avery, East End, Barley John's, and a handful of others about specific beers. it's one of the things that really defines a "craft" brewer to me.

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:19 AM   #5
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They are a cool brewery. And for those who do not know, (I myself didn't until today) they have come out with an IPA. It's called Ranger IPA. A beer rep. gave me a couple of them today. I drank one right away...I really liked it.

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Definitely cool of them, we brewers, in general, seem to be a pretty open bunch of people.

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I lived in Colorado in the mid 90's and lived on Fat Tire. I think they are a really unique brewery. I am not a huge fan of some of their beers but they all have a "New Belgium" taste and take on different styles which I think sets them apart from other breweries, whether you like their beer or not (I rarely buy it anymore and did NOT like Hoptober). Cant wait to try the IPA.

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They are a cool brewery. And for those who do not know, (I myself didn't until today) they have come out with an IPA. It's called Ranger IPA. A beer rep. gave me a couple of them today. I drank one right away...I really liked it.

I'm pretty excited about that. I didn't realize until I saw it on their site a couple days ago. It says

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Old 01-29-2010, 12:55 AM   #9
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I brewed this recipe after trying 1554 only once. Needless to say, I was impressed. I know this is blasphemey, but I don't get the hype of Fat Tire, so I haven't bothered too much with NB beers. Anyways, I think it'll be in the ballpark, although I didn't use any CaraPils or Cara Foam. Also, I thought my FG was a few points higher than it should have been. I just bottled it on the 25th, so in a month or so I'll know how it is...

Darkness Ale
23-A Specialty Beer
Author: Marc L.
Date: 11/23/09

Size: 6 gal
Efficiency: 80.35%
Attenuation: 68.6%
Calories: 171.32 kcal per 12.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.051 (1.026 - 1.120)
Terminal Gravity: 1.016 (0.995 - 1.035)
Color: 24.26 (1.0 - 50.0)
Alcohol: 4.59% (2.5% - 14.5%)
Bitterness: 26.7 (0.0 - 100.0)

Ingredients:
6.0 lb 2-Row Brewers Malt
2 lb Biscuit Malt (Mout Roost 50)
1.0 lb Crystal Malt 120°L
1.0 lb Vienna Malt
.5 lb Special B - Caramel malt
.5 lb Wheat Malt
2 oz De-Bittered Black Malt (Mout Roost 1400)
4.0 oz Chocolate Malt
.5 oz Northern Brewer (9.8%) - added during boil, boiled 60 min
.5 oz Saaz (5.8%) - added during boil, boiled 30 min
.5 oz Northern Brewer (9.8%) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
.5 oz Saaz (5.8%) - added during boil, boiled 5.0 min
0.0 ea White Labs WLP810 San Fransisco Lager

Schedule:
Ambient Air: 70.0 °F
Source Water: 60.0 °F
Elevation: 0.0 m

00:03:00 Mash In - Liquor: 5.0 gal; Strike: 166.14 °F; Target: 151.0 °F
01:03:00 Sach Rest - Rest: 60 min; Final: 149.1 °F
01:03:00 Sparge - First Runnings: 0.0 gal sparge @ 168.0 °F, 0.0 min; Sparge #1: 3.38 gal sparge @ 201.0 °F, 0.0 min; Total Runoff: 6.88 gal

Notes
Mash temp was lower than planned...150-151.

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Old 01-29-2010, 01:10 AM   #10
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yeah, Fat Tire is incredibly boring to me. the hype is because it was one of the earliest recognizable wide-spread craft beers.

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