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Old 03-12-2011, 04:07 AM   #1
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Default Need thoughts on DFH 60 Minute GF Clone

Starting two topics here to get some opinions on a clone attempt of two popular beers my girlfriend loved before she went GF - DFH 60 Minute and Blue Moon. Recipe for 60 minute is as follows.

3 lb 5 oz Sorghum LE (Northwestern Extracts)
3 lb 15 oz Brown Rice Syrup (Whole Foods)
1.5 lb Millet, Crystal Roasted [See below]
1.5 lb Red Quinoa, Crystal Roasted [See below]

1.25 oz Warrior (60 min)
Note: Half added at beginning of boil, then continuously added until 35 minutes left

1 oz Amarillo
1 oz Simcoe
Note: Mixed and added continuously last 35 minutes

1 oz Amarillo (Dry hop)
0.5 oz Simcoe (Dry hop)

Nottingham Dry Yeast

Commentary: Was planning on getting the grains from bulk bin at Whole Foods and following Crystal roast instructions from our Aussie Friend that has his own GF brewery - Andrew Lavery.

1. Soak millet and quinoa overnight
2. Drain and rinse the wet millet and place it in stock pot, raise temp to 160 F and hold for 30 minutes
3. Remove from stock pot, strain water and place in baking pan
4. Roast at 165 F in oven until malt is dry
5. Roast at 300 F for 2 hours

I was then planning on gelatinizing the millet/quinoa combo and cereal mashing with some amylase enzyme I have (60 minute mash, possible sparge but not planning on getting many OG points out of the grain). Add syrups and follow hopping schedule as planned.

Thoughts/comments/criticisms? Thanks guys!

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Old 03-12-2011, 11:20 PM   #2
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Will be watching this. I'm interested in doing a DFH 90 minute clone. I know others have said lots of hops can cover up the sorghum flavour a bit.

Sorry I can't give you any advice.

I was planning to use post 16 here for the hop schedule http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/brew...12/index2.html

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Seems like your 60min would work out well. My only thought would be to halve the Simcoe. The reason being that Sorghum actually tastes a lot like Simcoe hop flavor and the two combined would probably overpower the beer.

Other than that, I see nothing stopping you.

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This is tasting very hoppy and lacking in body. Think adding some blackstrap molasses or some type of sugar or honey will help with this? I would like to add some type of flavor to simulate crystal grains because I do not think my home made crystal millet/quinoa came through very well.

Will taste and check gravity when I get home tonight.

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This is tasting very hoppy and lacking in body. Think adding some blackstrap molasses or some type of sugar or honey will help with this? I would like to add some type of flavor to simulate crystal grains because I do not think my home made crystal millet/quinoa came through very well.

Will taste and check gravity when I get home tonight.
And so goes the struggle with GF beer. Blackstrap are a ? but honey and sugar will actually thin the beer further.
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And so goes the struggle with GF beer. Blackstrap are a ? but honey and sugar will actually thin the beer further.
Could maltodextrine or gluten free oats (seen the oats used in the stout recipe) add the body required?
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I will definitely adding some more malto before bottling but considering adding anywhere from a quarter to half pound of blackstrap as it is still fermenting steadily.

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im not so sure you want to add that much mole asses, im sure others will chime in here, but i understand it can create some bizarre flavors.

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I agree with dirtbag, my last GF IPA had 1 cup of blackstrap and I can taste a hint of licorice. Not really what I was going for, would half it next time. Adds great color though.

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What about some Belgian Dark Candi Syrup. Very caramelized so think this will help it will help that out? I realize this won't add body but I have plenty of malto to try and help with that.

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