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Old 09-21-2014, 04:47 AM   #1
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Recipe Type: Extract
Yeast: WLP001
Yeast Starter: 0.5G
Batch Size (Gallons): 5
Original Gravity: 1.060
Final Gravity: 1.013
IBU: 61
Boiling Time (Minutes): 75
Color: 8.4
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14
Secondary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 14
Tasting Notes: Crushable IPA with layers of hop flavor

I started working on this recipe for my blog www.thewouldbebrewmaster.com. My blog is hosted on a newspaper website, so I am writing for a crowd that aren't necessarily homebrewers or even lovers of craft beer.

I broke up the story into three parts: the idea of trying to clone The Substance, developing the recipe, and brew day. The beer is currently still fermenting in the primary, but I got enough help from Bissell Brothers in developing the recipe that I am confident that it will come out great unless there is some unforeseen error on my part.

The Sustenance (The Substance Clone)
American IPA
Extract (5.50 gal) ABV: 6.23 %
OG: 1.060 SG FG: 1.013 SG
IBUs: 56.0 IBUs Color: 8.4 SRM


8.0 oz - Rye, Flaked
Steep prior to boil (4.8%) - 2.0 SRM
8.0 oz - Barley, Flaked
Steep prior to boil (4.8%) - 1.7 SRM
1 lb - Pale Malt (2 Row) US
Steep prior to boil (9.5%) - 2.0 SRM

0.10 oz - Summit
First Wort Addition (8.3 IBUs)

1 lb 8.0 oz - Light Dry Extract
Boil (14.3%) - 8.0 SRM

0.40 oz - Apollo
Boil 20 min (10.6 IBUs)

0.40 oz - Centennial
Boil 10 min (4.2 IBUs)
0.20 oz - Apollo
Boil 10 min (3.1 IBUs)
0.20 oz - Summit
Boil 10 min (2.8 IBUs)
1.00 tsp - Irish Moss
Boil 10 min
1.00 tsp - Yeast Nutrient
Boil 10 min

6.0 oz - Corn Sugar (Dextrose)
Add after boil complete (3.6%) - 0.0 SRM
6 lb 9.6 oz - Pale Liquid Extract
Add after boil complete (63.0%) - 8.0 SRM

0.75 oz - Falconer's Flight
Steep 20 min (8.2 IBUs)
0.75 oz - Centennial
Steep 20 min (8.0 IBUs)
0.30 oz - Apollo
Steep 20 min (5.7 IBUs)
0.30 oz - Summit
Steep 20 min (5.1 IBUs)

0.5g Yeast Starter - California Ale
White Labs #WLP001

0.50 oz - Summit
Dry Hop 18 days
1.25 oz - Apollo
Dry Hop 18 days
1.75 oz - Falconer's Flight
Dry Hop 18 days
1.25 oz - Centennial
Dry Hop 18 days
1.25 oz - Chinook
Dry Hop 18 days

For an all-grain batch I would substitute the extract with 9.75lbs American 2-row and mash at 149F for 75 minutes.

Also make sure you have enough sulfates in your water. Even though I brewed with extract, my local water is so high in chloride I added six grams of gypsum.

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Old 09-21-2014, 04:23 PM   #2
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This is similar to the clone kit that Maine Brewing Supply sells, supposedly with Noah Bissell's help. I brewed that one and am just drinking it now, but I'm not happy with how it came out-not close enough.

In the recipe I got, it had me boil all the fermentables except dextrose for the full boil. Also, there was no Chinook, but on the board at the brewery it said Chinook was used.

I may try to brew your recipe up to see if it's closer.

Keep us updated on how yours comes out.

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Old 09-21-2014, 06:09 PM   #3
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I'll certainly keep you posted on the thread. I still have a couple cans from August to compare. After a week the airlock ground to a halt. I took a hydrometer reading and it was close to the estimated FG from BeerSmith. I threw in some yeast energizer, and the airlock started to pick up a little.

Funnily enough I just noticed that there was a kit for the first time last night. How was the kit not close enough? With a 75 minute partial boil kettle caramelization could be an issue. Noah told me to ferment in the mid 60s for the first few days of fermentation. That's at the bottom of the range for Chico and will give you the cleanest flavor. Any warmer there will be some fruitiness.


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Old 09-22-2014, 01:39 AM   #4
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The kit had US-05 as the yeast and 1lb each of the wheat and rye.

I tapped my last 4pk today after reading your post so I could compare. Color is much darker-mine is on left. Taste isn't as off as I thought, but still not right. imageuploadedbyhome-brew1411346258.703468.jpg

I will try to brew again, probably BIAB, but won't get to it for a few months.
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If I was trying use the exact % Noah told me to use, I would've used 12oz of the flaked grains and a little less DME. I had 8oz of flaked rye leftover from a previous batch and didn't want to buy more. The extract has some carapils in it which should compensate in terms of body and mouthfeel.

Looking at the photo I'd say do at least a 3 gallon boil if you didn't before, and don't add all the extract at the beginning of the boil if you are hung up on the color. Depending on how old the extract is it can also darken. If the LHBS in Portland turns over a lot of extract or sells a lot of the kits, that shouldn't be an issue.

One packet of S05 has enough cells for a proper pitching rate. I would've used it for my batch, but according to the White Labs website WLP001 flocculates better than S05. You would also want to use Irish Moss or a Whirlfloc tablet if it's not included in the kit to help it clear.

Since there is a fair bit of sugar in the grist you shouldn't have any trouble hitting the SG with BIAB. I threw together an all-grain version really to just double check the IBUs of my extract recipe. If you sub out the extract with some 2-row the color should be on point with The Substance.

Depending on your water source add some gypsum. The water here is low in sulfates and high in chlorides so I added quite a bit.


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I racked to the secondary yesterday. The hop aroma was noticeable as soon as I opened the lid. The beer didn't finish as dry as I had hoped. Maybe pitching starter wort added a few gravity points instead of just topping off with water. The samples had brilliant clarity, the cake at the bottom was nice and compact. The beer certainly tasted green, and maybe a touch sweet.

I'll add the dry hops on Thursday. I already have a hop bag soaking in a StarSan solution. I would say so far, so good at this point.

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Here's the wort in the carboy. It looks darker because it's in a dark corner of the room. It should still finish darker than The Substance. Depending on how many leftover hops I have, I may do a mini BIAG all-grain batch.

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My keg is nearly empty based on the sound it makes as I tap down the side of it. Every pour I'm expecting to here the foam blowing out from kicking it.

Anyway, I'm not sure what has happened, but the last 1/3 of the keg has turned excellent and it's not as far off as I thought it was initially. Unfortunately(??), my wife now loves it and keeps telling me her glass is broken and needs filling up. I may do a side by side again as friend brought me a 4pk back last week.

Keep us updated on how yours comes out. I'd like to brew this again, but I'm not sure when I might be able to get to this before the end of the year.

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Bottled today, as you can see I couldn't match the attenuation that Bissell Brothers does. Even adding most of the extract after the boil the color was still noticeably darker. The LHBS may not turnover as much extract as the big online sites.

The samples were excellent. Once it's carbed and at serving temps I hope the hop flavor shines through even more.
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The beer has been in the bottle for ten days. I look forward to putting a bottle in the fridge this weekend. I entered it in the Best of Boston Homebrew Competition. I'm interested to see how it does.

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