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Old 02-23-2009, 12:42 AM   #1
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Default AHS/MW Fat Tire Clone

So I promised my boss I'd clone him some Fat Tire when he found out I homebrew. He loves the stuff, and has to drive all the way to Wyoming to get it. For some reason, they just don't sell it here in South Dakota.

I'm just wondering if anyone here has had a good experience with the Austin or Midwest extract kits. They both have a clone, and are both darn good sites in my opinion. Any input here would be really helpful, this batch needs to be tasty! Thanks in advance.

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:54 AM   #2
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I haven't made the AHS clone, YET, but I have heard nothing but great things about it. It's actually their 2nd highest selling recipe kit. I know I'm gonna give it a shot ASAP.

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Old 02-23-2009, 12:55 AM   #3
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I have done the MW kit and a it was a good beer, just did not taste like Fat Tire. I went with the dry yeast as it was summertime and was worried about shipping temp. I'd try the liquid yeast if you go the MW route.

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I did the AHS kit, and liked it. But I've never had "Fat Tire" so I don't know if it's a spot on clone or not. It was really good, though!

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Old 02-23-2009, 01:28 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info. Sounds like I'll be doing the AHS kit here soon.

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New Belgium brewery makes Fat Tire ale. Fat Tire is not a Belgian beer. The head brewer says not to use a Belgian yeast. He uses an American yeast. Midwest uses the Belgian yeast in their kit. This will make the beer taste not even close to the original.

This is why I am partial to this kit: http://www.austinhomebrew.com/produc...oducts_id=1113

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You win, Forrest. It's on my brew list for next week. It'll also be my first purchase through your store, so you might just have a recurring customer on your hands.

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New Belgium brewery makes Fat Tire ale. Fat Tire is not a Belgian beer. The head brewer says not to use a Belgian yeast. He uses an American yeast. Midwest uses the Belgian yeast in their kit. This will make the beer taste not even close to the original.

This is why I am partial to this kit: Austin Homebrew Supply

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So which do you think is better with your kit, the wyeast american ale or the White labs california ale?
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I have brewed the MW and Northern Brewer kits, and to me, I do not consider either one of them a clone. They are no where close to tasting like Fat Tire. They are both good beers though.

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Had my first Fat Tire a couple of weeks ago while on a trip to the west coast. Been thinking about brewing some, so did a little research. Here’s a recipe with steeped grains that you might want to try. Brewmasters Wharehouse is good for putting kits together for you with ingredients in the exact amouts you need.

http://www.tastybrew.com/brews/view/19
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