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Old 10-17-2007, 03:14 PM   #1
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Default Sam Adams Boston Ale clone or close?

So I'm within a week or two of getting my own brewing operation off the ground, and I'm planning out my first couple of brews (leaning towards malty since I'll be doing partial boils for the first couple of months). I'm going to make an English mild first, to have something tasty and legitimately ready to drink asap, and then a porter for my wife, who sees such a beer as justification for homebrewing. After that, I'd love to make something similar to SA's Boston Ale, which is a longtime favorite "everyday beer" for me. Anyone have any good extract recipes? It doesn't need to be a clone per se, so long as it's in the same ballpark.

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Old 10-17-2007, 03:39 PM   #2
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Default Sam Adams Clone Straight from Jim Cook

Here is a video of Jim Cook founder of Sam Adams showing how to do the boston ale clone. It is part of the patriot homebrew contest, but he gives the recipe and some good instruction to boot.

http://www.samueladams.com/promotions/PatriotHomebrew/video.aspx

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Old 10-17-2007, 03:49 PM   #3
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You beat me to it.
I think most of those cans are 3 pounds.
I don't like that he measures in tablespoons but he isn't trying to give away the actual recipe I guess.

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Old 10-17-2007, 03:50 PM   #4
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Old 10-17-2007, 04:41 PM   #5
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Seems like Jim Cook has a pretty rough job working with beer all day

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Old 08-12-2009, 05:37 PM   #6
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Warning - if you follow his recipe exactly you will get a version of Sam Adams Light Boston Ale. This is because the OG for a 5 gallon yield is about 1.040 when it should be 1.052 according to his video.

Here is the recipe from the video:
3.3 lbs Munton Amber Malt Extract
3.3 lbs Munton Light Malt Extract
5 Tbsp East Kent Goldings
1.5 Tbsp East Kent Fuggles
1.5 oz Hallertau Mittelfruh (dry hop)
Munton's dry brewer yeast

With 20% water in the liquid malt extract you have very little malt for a 5 gallon yield. The first time I made a bacth of it I went ahead and adjusted for the 5 gallon yield, which resulted in the OG of 1.040. The finished product was pretty good beer, we drank it right up! It fermented down to 1.010 giving it about 4% ABV - very much like a light beer!

To make the gravity 1.052 it needs another 2 pounds of DME. I am not sure if I missed something in the video or maybe he actually only made 4 gallons of beer?

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Old 08-12-2009, 07:16 PM   #7
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1/2 LB. 10 L crystal(steeped)
6 LBS.Pale extract
60 Min:1 OZ. East kent,1/2 Oz.Fuggle
15:1/2 OZ.Fuggle
0-5 min:1 OZ.Saaz
HITE LABS EAST COAST ALE,or WYEAST AMERICAN ALE II 1272
SG 1.045 FG 1.012

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Old 08-13-2009, 05:43 AM   #8
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5 Tbsp East Kent Goldings
1.5 Tbsp East Kent Fuggles
What would be the weight of these hops? I don't see how you would get the same consistency using tablespoons as the measurement.
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Old 08-13-2009, 02:14 PM   #9
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By my measures, 1 ounce of hops would equal 2.5 Tbsp

I agree, it was odd that he measured in Tbsp but when you are sitting in a pile of hops like Jim Koch it is easier to measure in a tablespoons than it is to get out the scale and weigh it.

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Old 08-13-2009, 09:23 PM   #10
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I bought this prepackaged receipe from my LHBS --
Boston Stock Ale

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