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Old 11-21-2007, 03:10 AM   #1
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Last weekend I had a Mad Elf Holiday Ale from Troegs. Any other PA HBTer's try this?
http://www.troegs.com/beers_elf.htm

I really enjoyed it. At 11%abv I expected it to be harsh but it was very smooth!

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Old 11-21-2007, 03:25 PM   #2
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Yes, quite nice.

If you are round Norristown, Capones occasionally features some cellared examples from previous releases of the elf (and some other exceptional brews).

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Friggin' awesome beer.

And you're right, can't taste any alcohol in that advertised 11%.

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would love to find a clone recipe for their nugget nector! Great hoppy beer!

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I think I'll go there for a tour some day (I think they have them every saturday) and see what info I can squeeze out of them about recipe's. I haven't had a Troegs I didn't like, but I haven't tried them all yet. emphasis on YET!

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Last weekend I had a Mad Elf Holiday Ale from Troegs. Any other PA HBTer's try this?
http://www.troegs.com/beers_elf.htm

I really enjoyed it. At 11%abv I expected it to be harsh but it was very smooth!
The Elf is one of my favorite beers. I would love to find a good recipe for it.
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Old 10-10-2009, 06:38 PM   #7
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That beer makes me wish I was backup north

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I'm a huge non-fan of cherry anything. To me, this was back in december, it tasted like it was cut with cherry cough syrup. My dad thought the same. We saved 2 out of a 6er to try this christmas, hoping that cherry note diminishes by then. There is an excellent beer store down in Frederick, MD at the intersection of Rt 15/7th Street that carries the big (they look bigger than a 750ml... no idea the real size) bottles. And yeah, I was surprised to learn they were 11%, they were very smooth.

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would love to find a clone recipe for their nugget nector! Great hoppy beer!
Troeg's website is wonderful in that it gives you everything you need to craft a clone...

Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBU's): 93ish
Color (SRM): Straw/ Orange
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich
Hops: Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade
HopBack Hops: Whole leaf Nugget
Dry Hops: Nugget, Warrior
Yeast: Ale

So there you go... I'd use BeerTools and plug in my malts until I get a close color match and ABV. I'd plug in the hops as well until I get my IBU. For this, I'd use something like S-04 because I love it... Troeg's is very homebrew friendly... I wouldn't even hesitate to email them questions... I've talked homebrewing with many of the employees.

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The Elf is one of my favorite beers. I would love to find a good recipe for it.
EDIT: Here you go!

Troeg's Mad Elf Clone:

15 lbs. Belgian Pils
1 lbs. German Light Munich
.125 lbs. Belgian Chocolate Malt
3 lbs. Honey

.5 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 60 min.
.25 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 30 min.
.5 oz. Hallertau (Whole, 4.50 %AA) boiled 10 min.

White Labs WLP570 Belgian Golden Ale

Add 5 lbs of Bing cherries to 2ndary.

To convert to extract, I'd convert the 16 lbs of pils/munich to the equivalent of light dme, and steep the chocolate.
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Troeg's website is wonderful in that it gives you everything you need to craft a clone...

Alcohol by Volume: 7.5%
Hop Bitterness (IBU's): 93ish
Color (SRM): Straw/ Orange
Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Munich
Hops: Nugget, Warrior, Tomahawk, Simcoe, Palisade
HopBack Hops: Whole leaf Nugget
Dry Hops: Nugget, Warrior
Yeast: Ale

So there you go... I'd use BeerTools and plug in my malts until I get a close color match and ABV. I'd plug in the hops as well until I get my IBU. For this, I'd use something like S-04 because I love it... Troeg's is very homebrew friendly... I wouldn't even hesitate to email them questions... I've talked homebrewing with many of the employees.



EDIT: Here you go!

Troeg's Mad Elf Clone:

15 lbs. Belgian Pils
1 lbs. German Light Munich
.125 lbs. Belgian Chocolate Malt
3 lbs. Honey

.5 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 60 min.
.25 oz. Saaz (Pellets, 5.00 %AA) boiled 30 min.
.5 oz. Hallertau (Whole, 4.50 %AA) boiled 10 min.

White Labs WLP570 Belgian Golden Ale

Add 5 lbs of Bing cherries to 2ndary.

To convert to extract, I'd convert the 16 lbs of pils/munich to the equivalent of light dme, and steep the chocolate.

Nice! Have you made this? How did it turn out?
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