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bmason1623 12-27-2010 05:14 PM

need help cloning a recipe
Hello everyone. I'm a newbie brewer who recently graduated to AG. I was wondering if anyone can direct me in the proper direction in cloning my current favorite beer Goose Island Green Line Pale Ale. This beer is only served in Chicago bars on tap. It's a pale ale with a nice touch of hoppiness especially Amarillo hops. I know I can plug in ingredients into Beersmith to replicate the IBUs but that would really be just an uninformed guess. I guess my question is how would one begin without doing things all 'nilly willy'? I have provided a link to the beer in question. TIA


Revvy 12-27-2010 05:20 PM

Not only did this article help me to get a handle on cloning, but it lifted me up exponentially in terms of regular recipe creation as well.

It is the introductory article in the byo 150 clone beers edition.

How to Clone, by Chris Colby. BYO magazine.

bmason1623 12-27-2010 06:12 PM

thank you, Revvy

bmason1623 12-27-2010 07:06 PM

Ok, here is what I've come up with so far. I will try brewing this this weekend maybe. I also need to go to Goose Island and buy a growler once my batch is ready to be "tested". This is the best part. :-)

Recipe: Green line Clone
Style: American Pale Ale
TYPE: All Grain
Taste: (hopefully great!)

Recipe Specifications
Batch Size: 5.50 gal
Boil Size: 7.00 gal
Estimated OG: 1.050 SG
Estimated Color: 3.6 SRM
Estimated IBU: 30.0 IBU
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75.00 %
Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Amount Item Type % or IBU
10.00 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 100.00 %
0.50 oz Liberty [4.30 %] (30 min) Hops 5.5 IBU
0.50 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] (15 min) Hops 10.8 IBU
0.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] (10 min) Hops 8.5 IBU
0.50 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] (10 min) Hops 5.2 IBU
5.50 gal Chicago, IL Water
1 Pkgs American Ale (Wyeast Labs #1056) [Starter Yeast-Ale

Mash Schedule: Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Total Grain Weight: 10.00 lb
Single Infusion, Medium Body, Batch Sparge
Step Time Name Description Step Temp
60 min Mash In Add 12.50 qt of water at 165.9 F 154.0 F

hoboscratch 01-10-2011 08:47 PM

I'm very interested in how this will turn out, so please post results. I live in Iowa, but go to Chicago a couple times a year and always make a stop in Goose Island. A bit off topic, but their belgian IPA, Mynx, inspired me to make my own bipa which turned out great. Back to topic, I have been tinkering around with a recipe of a Green Line inspired APA myself. I am at work and don't have access to my hop sched or IBUs, but I was planning on doing something very similar to what you are doing but I know I had the Liberty and Columbus swapped. Again, please post your results so myself and others can learn from this. I plan on brewing my "test" batch sometime in Feb.

bmason1623 01-12-2011 12:45 AM

I just finished kegging my GL attempt this evening after 13 days in a primary. My gravities were: OG:1.048 FG:1.009 (5% ABV). The color was a nice yellow/orange. The hydrometer sample tasted more "green" than hoppy or malty, but I did pick up the subtle Amarillo taste through the "greeness". I'm hoping that 2 more weeks in the keg at 11 PSI @36F will settle out the "green" flavor and let the hops shine through; the carbonation will help also. I'm thinking that even if it's not GL it'll still be decent and an easy beer to make. Will post again in 2 weeks or so.

Grinch 04-18-2011 05:07 AM

Been two weeks now... and the verdict?

bmason1623 04-18-2011 12:24 PM

My GL attempt was a failure. I can't figure out the hop schedule.

Sean0301 05-03-2011 02:29 PM

I made the clone that you attempted, the only difference was that I used 1 ounce of amarillo and 1 ounce of Simcoe and I think that I nailed it.
It has primaried for 14 days now and when I tasted it, the hops seemed correct.
In the video that used to be on their site the brewmaster stated the he tried to get the amarillo and simcoe to come through so thats why I decided to go with the full ounce.

bourgeoisbee 05-18-2011 08:55 PM

To those who've attempted this clone, did your attempts have the biscuit character that the Green Line has from 2 row only? I was going to try this over the summer, but with a handful of biscuit or victory malt.

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