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Old 09-03-2010, 08:20 PM   #1
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Default Confusion over Alaskan Amber clone kits

So I went to the Alaskan Brewing Co. They called Alaskan Amber and Alt style beer. So one brewing supply store had "amber ale clone" and another brew store site (which i like better) had amber ale kit and German alt beer kit. So Is alaskan amber an amber ale or an alt beer...what is the difference? Which kit would be closer to the style?

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Old 09-03-2010, 10:08 PM   #2
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AHS has a Alaska Amber clone. Havent tried this clone but have a couple of their other ones and they are good and pretty close to the originals.

http://www.austinhomebrew.com/product_info.php?cPath=178_452_43_245&products_id= 1086

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Old 09-04-2010, 11:57 AM   #3
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To oversimplify, an Altbier could be considered a German Amber Ale. My understanding is that the Alaskan Amber is a good representative of a Northern German Altbier style. It is not an American Amber.

Take a look at the BJCP Beer Style Guidelines for more detailed info on the styles - http://www.bjcp.org/2008styles/catdex.php (Altbiers can be found under "Amber Hybrid Beer" and American Amber can be found under "American Ale"

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Old 09-04-2010, 03:48 PM   #4
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Kodiak, AK checking in to say I have no idea.

Good to see you're brewing in Nome! Do you use Arctic to ship out your ingredients?


As for me I get hops through Farmhouse (on here) and have been having my parents back in Illinois sending my fermentables via those flat rate boxes. Might switch the fermentables over to Arctic.. I'm extract btw

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Old 09-04-2010, 04:34 PM   #5
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As I understand it, an "amber ale" refers mostly to the grain bill, ie the colors/flavors/body characteristics you'll get, and an "alt" refers mostly to the yeast style, namely a German ale yeast, possibly fermented at cooler temps than normal for ales.

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As I understand it, an "amber ale" refers mostly to the grain bill, ie the colors/flavors/body characteristics you'll get, and an "alt" refers mostly to the yeast style, namely a German ale yeast, possibly fermented at cooler temps than normal for ales.
Well, yes, in a way, but an altbier is a style in its own right. There is a particular flavor/aroma/visual profile that is associated with altbiers. It is not just any beer brewed with an alt yeast.
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Old 09-05-2010, 05:36 PM   #7
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Clearly I don't really understand it...thanks for setting us straight JLem!

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