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Old 01-21-2011, 09:48 PM   #1
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Default All-Grain - Hopslam Clone

Recipe Type: All Grain
Yeast: WLP 001, Wyeast 1056, US-05
Yeast Starter: YES YES YES
Batch Size (Gallons): 5.5
Original Gravity: 1.098
Final Gravity: 1.021
IBU: 138.1
Boiling Time (Minutes): 60
Color: 8.8 SRM
Primary Fermentation (# of Days & Temp): 21 @ 66F
Tasting Notes: Amazing hop aroma, flavor, and bitterness with the malt bill to back it up.

I entered this into the 2010 World Expo of Beer Homebrew contest and it scored 42 out of 50 and received Honorable Mention. Carbonation was the difference in placing and getting the HM. Both BJCP certified judges claimed that it tasted a lot like Bells Hop Slam but I thought nothing of it. I had a little bit left in my keg a few weeks ago and had one side by side with Hop Slam and I must say I was shocked at how close the two were. I honestly wasn't trying to clone the beer, just making an IIPA with my favorite hops and experimenting with honey malt (Thanks BierMuncher!). I have brewed this three times and it is an AMAZING IIPA for hopheads such as myself. I was hesitant to post this because my other recipes weren't very well received. I tried another Hop Slam today and was blown away at how close the two were and since there was a buzz on HBT about Hop Slam I figured I'd share my recipe. Hopefully someone will convert the recipe for extract, but unforunately I don't have much experience in that area and I don't trust the "easy button" on BeerSmith.

Now I know that some of you purists are going to say, but there isn't any honey in this beer, it's not a clone, WTF! Well I can assure you that the combo of the honey malt (which I prefer hand over fist when it comes to honey flavor) and the corn sugar will result in a dry beer with a BETTER honey flavor! Those of you who try to brew this may very well want to dry hop the daylights out of it and that's fine. I, however, did not see the need but don't forsee it hurting anything!

Enjoy, I know I have

Boil Size: 7.11
Boil Time: 60 min
Taste Rating(out of 50): 42.0
Brewhouse Efficiency: 70.00
Mash Temperature: 150 F
Mash Time: 60 Minutes
Yeast Starter: 1 vial of WLP001, 1000mL stepped to 2000mL, stepped to 4000mL
**Yeast was about 1 month old, starter size may vary***

**Efficency was calculated @ 70% Brewhouse***
Est Original Gravity: 1.098 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.021
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 10.05 %
Bitterness: 138.2 IBU
Calories: 458 cal/pint
Est Color: 8.8 SRM

14.50 lb Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 70.73 %
3.00 lb Vienna Malt (3.5 SRM) Grain 14.63 %
1.00 lb Caramel/Crystal Malt - 20L (20.0 SRM) Grain 4.88 %
0.50 lb Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 2.44 %
0.50 lb Honey Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 2.44 %

1.25 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [15.20 %] (60 min) (First Wort Hop) Hops 45.3IBU
1.00 oz Simcoe [12.70 %] (60 min) Hops 27.5 IBU
1.00 oz Chinook [12.40 %] (45 min) Hops 24.7 IBU
1.00 oz Centennial [11.50 %] (30 min) Hops 19.1 IBU
1.00 oz Citra [11.00 %] (15 min) Hops 11.8 IBU
1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [9.40 %] (10 min) Hops 7.4 IBU
2.00 oz Amarillo Gold [9.40 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
2.00 oz Simcoe [12.70 %] (0 min) (Aroma Hop-Steep) Hops -
3.00 oz Simcoe [12.70 %] (Dry Hop 7 days) Hops -
1.00 tab Whirlfloc (Boil 15.0 min) Misc
1.10 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 min) Misc
1.40 lb Honey (0.0 SRM) Sugar 4.88% *** OR *** 1.00 lb Corn Sugar (Dextrose) (0.0 SRM) Sugar 4.88 % (Boil 10.0 min)
1 Pkgs California Ale (White Labs #WLP001) Yeast-Ale

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Old 01-22-2011, 12:41 AM   #2
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NICE!! Thanks for sharing. I think I saw on Bells site they dry hop with tons of Simcoe. Either way, looks solid, and I'd like to try cloning this myself sometime soon. Drinking one as I type and its mighty tasty!

Edit: How do you suggest to improve the carb?

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Edit: How do you suggest to improve the carb?
Leave it kegged/bottled longer than two weeks I rushed this one so that I could enter it into the competition. Since its 10% it really needs more time to carbonate. I knew I was flirting with disaster but thats the price you pay I suppose.

Also, If you have a hopback I suggest using the flame out hops in there rather than just throwing them into the kettle.
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I find it interesting that you got what you say is close to HopSlam, but is over 2x as bitter (IBU wise), as what Bells says, (see here).

I've always thought Hopslam to be way above 60 IBU, so I tend to believe you....gonna have to brew this up!

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I find it interesting that you got what you say is close to HopSlam, but is over 2x as bitter (IBU wise), as what Bells says, (see here).

I've always thought Hopslam to be way above 60 IBU, so I tend to believe you....gonna have to brew this up!
There is no way that HopSlam is only 60 IBU's. Heck, there are regular IPA's that are 60+ IBUs. Even if that e-mail came from Mr. Bell himself, thy tastebuds don't lie.
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Nice job on the 42 out of 50!!

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This will be my next brew for sure! Thanks for the recipe.

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This will be my next brew for sure! Thanks for the recipe.
I got to thinking about it today, and if people brew this up I don't see why you can't replace the sugar with honey! Give it a try and add the honey to the last 10 minutes of the boil
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when did you add the corn sugar?

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Last 10 minutes of the boil, dissolved in a pint of boiling water.
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