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Old 10-29-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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Default B. Nektar Zombie Killer Clone

I had a Zombie Killer the other day and have been looking for a while for a good brew to make for the lady. It immediately struck me as something that could meet that need. Anyone have any success with a clone or something in that direction?

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:41 AM   #2
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that stuff is heaven, B. Nektar is one of my favorite companies. I would make as big a batch as possible, one of those a day would keep the frowns away. It is just so expensive. a clone of that would be fun.

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Old 10-30-2012, 12:50 AM   #3
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Sub'd. I had their cherry cyser. It was a perfect balance of appley, honey, and cherry flavors. Expensive as heck, though. I'd love to be able to make something like that at home.

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Old 10-30-2012, 01:38 AM   #4
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I've never had the Zombie Killer but after checking out the description on their website I'm interested in giving it a try.

It's got a low ABV and it's also carbonated, they probably stabilize it and then force carbonate.

I'd start by mixing a pound of honey with a pound or two of Montmorrency cherries per gallon and then topping up with apple cider rather than water. I'm going to my home brew shop tomorrow and they carry B. Nektar meads so if I find some I'll buy it and see if I can help out a little more

I guess you could make the cider yourself but I don't know much about that.

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Old 10-30-2012, 02:05 AM   #5
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Too bad I didn't see this earlier today, I might have been able to get info direct from the source... I was at the Cigar City tasting room and Brad, the founder of B. Nektar was there brewing a collab with CCB, he sat down at the bar right next to me and I BSd with him for a while.

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Old 10-30-2012, 03:30 PM   #6
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I shot him an email. Hopefully he responds.

Right now I'm thinking of getting 50% of the gravity from cider, 20% from honey, and 30% from tart cherry juice. I've never made cider before, and this is entirely a guess based on the taste. That sound about right?

And what kind of honey should I be using? Will it make much of a difference?

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Old 10-30-2012, 08:16 PM   #7
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And what kind of honey should I be using? Will it make much of a difference?
Check this out. Guess we need star thistle honey

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Zombie Killer Cherry Cyser is made with Michigan tart cherry juice, apple cider and star thistle honey. It is sweet but balances nicely with the tart cherries. Be careful...it is extremely addicting and refreshing. Serve cold...Zombies hate the cold!
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Old 10-30-2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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I just got done reading a ton of reviews on rate beer dot com. I think it would be good to age this on some light toasted French oak and the tart cherry juice to be added after fermentation & stabilizing. Just my 2c

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OK this thread has my head buzzin with ideas so thought I would share.

From B. Nektar site this is a 5.5% abv drink

So starting gravity of 1.04 & cold crash/stabalize as close to a gravity of 1.008 as possible then back sweeten with tart cherry juice to 1.02 & age for 1month on lightly toasted french oak cubes. ingrediants for 5 gallon would be as follows.

3 64oz bottles of Apple Cider
3lb of Star Thistle Honey, might need a little more to hit 1.04 gravity
Water to 5 gallon
2.5tsp yeast nutrient (SNA)
2.5tsp yeast energizer (SNA)

Stabalize with 5 camden tablets and 2.5tsp of potassium sorbate

Back sweeten to 1.02 gravity with Montmorencey Tart Cherry "Juice" not concentrate. Should take about 2 64oz bottles worth.

Age on 1oz light toasted frech oak 1 month.

Rack untill clear and force carb. DONE!

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Sub'd. My wife makes me buy every bottle she can find. We were at knightly spirits in Orlando. They had a ton of b-nektar stuff on the shelf. So she got another. She would love for me to make this. We have been paying 8.99 a bottle here for it, and they can't keep it in stock.

They had all this plus an ipa-style mead which sounded interesting
http://www.bnektar.com/mead/draft-se...il-genius.html

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I paid $10 for a bottle today, I'll give it a try this weekend when I've got some time to fully enjoy it.

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