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Old 11-30-2010, 12:54 AM   #1
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Default Beer cloning?

There's a local craft brew (that coincidentally just went on sale in bottles) that I'm head over heels for. While I love to help support local brews, and will continue to buy it (often), I would also love to be able to make this beer.

It's a dark brown/slightly reddish beer, malty with a slight hint of chocolate. Relatively thin, brownish head, and it leaves decent drunk rings (lacing) as you drink it down.

That's pretty much all I know about it.

I understand that it's mostly trial and error. I'm just curious about any hints, tips, or tricks that might make this interesting journey slightly shorter.



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Old 11-30-2010, 12:57 AM   #2
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call the brewery and ask them, usually they will get you close.



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Old 11-30-2010, 01:28 AM   #3
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What style is it? Who makes it? What do they call it? Start there. People on here may know it or can get you close

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Roanoke Railhouse Brewery. It's called Track 1.

Couldn't tell you a style... Their website isn't terribly informative on that front.

I suppose I'll shoot them an email... Something along this lines of, "I love your beer and want to make it myself." Only more diplomatically lol.

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I would also like to try to clone a beer. It is yellow with bubbles and it taste like that one beer.

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Get the BYO 250 clone magazine and read the introduction by Chris Colby on how to clone beers. I read it in the 150th and I'm assuming it is the same intro, or pretty close. Not only did it teach me a lot about building a clone, but recipe creation in general. It took me leaps and bounds in my beer education. It is very clear cut on how to deconstruct a recipe.

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Found it, the orginal article I am referencing.

How to Clone, by Chris Colby. BYO magazine.

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I would also like to try to clone a beer. It is yellow with bubbles and it taste like that one beer.
I think thats Miller.

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Looks like it could be an English Brown Try other English Brown Ales and see how you like them compared to this one. Research is one of the best parts to brewing.
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You're right. Their website really doesn't have much to say. However there is a link to email the president of the brewery.

Do they really only have two brews? Track 1 and Loose Caboose.



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