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Old 12-03-2008, 09:34 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Bell's Two Hearted Ale Clone (close as they come)

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: SafAle English Ale (DCL Yeast #S-04)
Yeast Starter: none
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.055
Final Gravity: 1.014
IBU: 52.6
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 5.6
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): at least 4 weeks at 65 F
Tasting Notes: Extremely drinkable. This clone is as perfect as I can tell.

The actual gravity for this beer is 1.064
The FG is 1.010
Yeast is taken from a bottle of Bells Amber (their Pale Ale also works)

10 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 76.92 %
2 lbs Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 15.38 %
8.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 3.85 %
8.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 3.85 %

*mash at 150 F

1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (60 min) Hops 30.3 IBU
0.50 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (Dry Hop 5 days) Hops -
1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (15 min) Hops 15.0 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (5 min) Hops 6.0 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [9.50 %] (1 min) Hops 1.3 IBU

7% ABV

This beer is so damn close to the original. If you let it wait at least 2 months in the bottle/keg it'll clear up EXACTLY like the original. I had SWMBO mix the glasses up and I couldn't pick my clone out between two Two Hearted Glasses and one Clone. This is the best clone I've made and possibly the best IPA I've made.

Edit: Fixed yeast and gravity issues along with mash temp for a lower FG.

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Old 12-05-2008, 02:56 AM   #2
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Why that particular yeast? Just curious. Your ABV is quite a bit lower (5.3 vs 7), doesn't that come through in the taste?

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Old 12-05-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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I tend to agree with the previous poster... I think what is best about bell's two hearted is that crisp clean finish and I'd hae a hard time believing that you get that from S-04... I just did a clone of this myself and I cultured the yeast from their bottle after trying one with WLP001 and thinking the yeast was just not quite right... I thought the OG was around 1.062 on that and it was around 62ish IBUs.. That's what I shot for at least...

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according to BYO's clone magazine, the ABV is 5.9% and the grain bill is virtually the same. So I'm guessing the ABV through the recipe is a result of efficiency differences between the two clones, but it's darn close. They say to use wyeast 1272 or WLP051 and I agree that this recipe could benefit from either a cultured yeast from the bottle or simply use an american ale yeast instead of the 04

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Not arguing the grain bill at all.. I'd say that's pretty close.. Per bell's website though the ABV is 7% and the OG is 1.058... I think to get 7% alcohol that OG has gotta start higher than that though... Especially if they are using 1272 or WLP051.. I've never got that kind of attenuation out of either of those yeasts... And I would be very skeptical that there is less alcohol than 7% in a bottle of 2 hearted...

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Brewing this recipe as we drink... I mean speak. I was surprised to see only a 1/2 oz. of centennial for the dry hop and so I might use a full ounce or so. I will let you know how it comes out. I am a huge fan of Bells Two Hearted Ale!

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i would think the problem i see with that recipe is the mash temp is to high for the fg needed to hit 6.5-7%abv i'd try closer to 150 or less.


on a side note i just had 2<3'd on a cask conditioned beer engine, different taste for sure but i'm still not a fan of the beer

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We shall see about the FG. I can tell you this much, I nailed the OG of 1055!

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Yeah, the only thing that I couldn't really nail was the yeast. Other than that it tastes almost identical for me. I think the 1/2 oz in the dry hop was because that's all of the Centennial I had left. Yeah, I could have mashed a little lower to make it a little dryer but I feel like it would loose a little flavor with that. Maybe I need to up the 2 row to fit the alcohol a bit better. All I know is that it's a pretty damn good beer.

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I temporarily hate you . Three weeks ago I was looking for JUST such a recipe as this...I was looking for a close Two Hearted recipe to pop my brewing cherry on IPA's

I'll have to harvest some Bell's and give it a whirl when I finish the IPA I did end up brewing...

I love 2 hearted, there's even a foo foo fern bar around the corner from me, which I otherwise hate, but which has it on tap...If you like it in the bottle, it is even more amazing on tap if you haven't tried it.

Thanks for posting this, I'll give it a whirl sometime down the line.

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