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Old 07-24-2011, 02:41 PM   #1
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Default Two-Hearted Ale for the first time

I am in Michigan visiting my in-laws. My father-in-law is a big fan of hoppy beers, but doesn't know much about different breweries. So, the last time he was out to visit us, I told him he might like Two-Hearted, based on comments from this board.

Cut to half a year later and he has a six pack waiting for me when we came in yesterday. I'm not even a big IPA guy, but this beer is fantastic. Perfect hop flavor and bitterness, and a great balance. People in Bell's distribution range are extremely lucky.

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Old 07-24-2011, 02:44 PM   #2
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I love Bells two hearted. We get it down here, but it runs out quick.

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Old 07-24-2011, 02:47 PM   #3
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Two Hearted Ale was one of the beers that inspired me to start learning about home brewing.

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Old 07-24-2011, 03:06 PM   #4
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I brewed a Two Hearted Ale clone recipe from the last edition of Zymurgy and it came out fantastic. They only thing I would do different is to transfer to secondary and cold crash before bottling or kegging. Maybe I wasn't that careful with the auto-siphon but I have a lot of hop floaties from dry hopping in the primary.

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It's one of my favorite beers. Beers in the style seem to get more and more hop heavy / unbalanced, Two Hearted has plenty of bitterness, flavor and aroma and the body balances it out very well.

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Old 07-24-2011, 04:25 PM   #6
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The balance is what I appreciated most. Extraordinarily well done beer.

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Old 07-24-2011, 04:31 PM   #7
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I brewed up eschatz's clone of it last night (in the Recipes section), and I hit way higher efficiency than I'm used to. No idea where that extra 5% came from, but I'm just going to end up with a maltier version I guess. I would rather have closer to the original, but oh well.

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Have a two hearted clone in the secondary being dry hopped as I type

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It was my first all grain, and best beer to date Ive brewed.

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I brewed a Two Hearted Ale clone recipe from the last edition of Zymurgy and it came out fantastic. They only thing I would do different is to transfer to secondary and cold crash before bottling or kegging. Maybe I wasn't that careful with the auto-siphon but I have a lot of hop floaties from dry hopping in the primary.
Thanks for posting this. My version of the Two Hearted recipe was quite a bit different than the one you posted. Now I need to brew the Zymurgy recipe to see if it's any better than the one I've been making.
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