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RyanN 02-26-2010 10:48 PM

Two hearted ale kit from AHS.
Two Hearted Ale is by FAR my favorite beer. Clearly the next best thing for me would be a clone (IMO), the AHS clone has a White Labs California Ale yeast but lists Safale US-05 as a option. I have the Safale in the fridge, is there any benefit to the White Labs? I've read the comments on this clone on their site, any other comments?

mosquitocontrol 02-26-2010 10:53 PM

I got this kit and it turned out to be a good beer. But I was confused to find out later that Two Hearted is an All-Centennial IPA. The kit from AHS was all amarillo hops.

RyanN 02-26-2010 10:54 PM

Was this recently or 6+ months ago? I assumed that last year was when the amarillo was used, not currently.

mosquitocontrol 02-26-2010 10:56 PM

Yeah it was probably 6+ months ago. Maybe they had no centennial? Not sure.

RyanN 02-27-2010 12:00 AM

Any other comments before I purchase this? If it's GOOD I might buy 2!

GeorgeH 02-27-2010 03:02 AM

Go with the US-05, from what I hear it's exactly the same as the White Labs California Ale yeast.

iron_city_ap 02-27-2010 03:44 AM

Two Hearted is good, good stuff. I'm anxiously waiting to hear how this turns out. I may be picking up a kit or 10.

MurderMittenBrewing 02-27-2010 05:43 AM

Since you're in Michigan you should try to culture the yeast from a bottle of Two Hearted. I've heard of people doing this successfully. Bell's uses a proprietary yeast strain, so using their yeast will probably make your clone more like the original. The yeast they use for bottling is the same yeast they use for fermentation.

Bell's is one of the only things I miss from my time in Kalamazoo!

OLB 02-27-2010 03:05 PM

There is a thread in the recipe section for a Two Hearted clone. IIRC the OP has tried several yeasts and talks about his result with each. You might find what you are looking for there.

Reedwalker 02-27-2010 03:22 PM

There is a Partial Mash Recipe posted that is nearly spot on.

It's called Ugly Fish by MStev50.

I have made this recipe 4 times. 3 times w/ WL Cal Ale and once with US-05. Not much of a discernable difference in the two. Both yeasts are very clean fermenting yeasts.

I think the proprietary yeast would be a good time investment. There is a slight bubble gum/cotton candy flavor in Bell's THA that I have yet to be able to replicate.

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