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Old 08-17-2009, 10:13 PM   #21
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If anyone wants to tackle an exact Gumballhead clone, the hop schedule of this beer is, IMO, spot on without the Simcoe in the dry-hop. Visiting this brewery has been on my "to-do" list long before I tried this recipe. It's definately a "Gumballhead inspired" recipe as the taste of the real thing is close but a little lighter in color, body, and sweetness. But I was never trying to replicate the beer exactly anyway. The simcoe takes it from grapefruit to tangerine in the finish, that's pretty much all on the hop front. If I were trying to clone it I'd drop the caravienne to 1/2 lb. or use 1/4 lb. with another 1/4 lb. of cara-pils. I like my recipe better than the original but, as they say, "I wounldn't kick her out of my bed". If anyone else tries my recipe or takes my advice on an exact clone or even has an inside track to the brewers I'd love to get some feedback.

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Old 09-25-2009, 11:08 PM   #22
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Got my lb. of leaf amarillo from hopsdirect tonight(man I love their pricing) and the typical heavy lbs. from them should yield enough for six batches of this. Next up will be a freshops order with six ozs. simcoe and some citra to finish out the order. I haven't brewed in nearly three months (schedule) and this will be the first beer I make!

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Old 11-17-2009, 05:04 AM   #23
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Hey, from NW Indiana and I love Gumballhead/ Three Floyds all around. I'm pretty new to brewing but I def. want to give this one a shot.

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Old 12-17-2009, 01:24 AM   #24
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Bottled another batch of this last week and am giving some away for the holidays. It's always a winner. Good luck with your batch Purdue!

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Old 04-16-2010, 08:21 PM   #25
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If anyone wants to tackle an exact Gumballhead clone, the hop schedule of this beer is, IMO, spot on without the Simcoe in the dry-hop. Visiting this brewery has been on my "to-do" list long before I tried this recipe. It's definately a "Gumballhead inspired" recipe as the taste of the real thing is close but a little lighter in color, body, and sweetness. But I was never trying to replicate the beer exactly anyway. The simcoe takes it from grapefruit to tangerine in the finish, that's pretty much all on the hop front. If I were trying to clone it I'd drop the caravienne to 1/2 lb. or use 1/4 lb. with another 1/4 lb. of cara-pils. I like my recipe better than the original but, as they say, "I wounldn't kick her out of my bed". If anyone else tries my recipe or takes my advice on an exact clone or even has an inside track to the brewers I'd love to get some feedback.
Hey Cuinrearview,

Tried to post this once before but I think I messed up--sorry if you get two of these. Thanks much for the Gumballhead clone recipe, I am going to try it next weekend. I visit Three Floyds once in a while and like Gumballhead, but I am going to do your version with the Simcoe as it sounds great. Couple questions...Have you tweaked anything since your original recipe post? Also, are you happy with the Safale US 05 yeast? I know you have done more than a few batches of this clone with it--has it worked pretty consistently for you?

Thanks again for the recipe and I'll let you know how it comes out!
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Old 04-23-2010, 04:23 PM   #26
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When I brew this I do it to the original recipe because I like it being a little sweeter and heavier than the real thing. Really goes well with the dry-hop to give a "candied tangerine" finish. The suggestions for changes were for others looking to nail a clone. I still use US 05 because when the fermentation is kept below ~65 degrees yeast flavors are virtually non-existant. Good luck on your batch whether you decide to tweak it or not and don't forget to follow up.

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Would I be safe using Briess Bavarian Wheat DME?

Edit: Looks like its the only kind of wheat dme they make, so I guess so.

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Thinking about switching up the hops as I don't really care about cloning Gumballhead...I have never had it. I am just looking for a nice hoppy American Wheat that I can enter into my local homebrew club's "lawnmower beer" contest. I have 4 oz each of Amarillo, Citra, Centennial and Summit on the way. I also have 1 oz of Simcoe. I have never used Citra but from what I have read it seems as though it may be nice in this recipe. Any suggestions?

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Also cuinrearview, about how many IBUs were you getting?

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If anyone wants to tackle an exact Gumballhead clone, the hop schedule of this beer is, IMO, spot on without the Simcoe in the dry-hop. Visiting this brewery has been on my "to-do" list long before I tried this recipe. It's definately a "Gumballhead inspired" recipe as the taste of the real thing is close but a little lighter in color, body, and sweetness. But I was never trying to replicate the beer exactly anyway. The simcoe takes it from grapefruit to tangerine in the finish, that's pretty much all on the hop front. If I were trying to clone it I'd drop the caravienne to 1/2 lb. or use 1/4 lb. with another 1/4 lb. of cara-pils. I like my recipe better than the original but, as they say, "I wounldn't kick her out of my bed". If anyone else tries my recipe or takes my advice on an exact clone or even has an inside track to the brewers I'd love to get some feedback.
Just bottled cuinrearview's recipe yesterday... I followed the above recommendations for an exact Gumballhead clone and, based on a taste of the uncarbonated beer (I don't have a kegging system so am bottle conditioning) it is going to be really, really close. Regardless, the beer tastes really good! The hop aroma is dead on in a side to side comparison. Thanks much for the recipe and I will forward a review and a couple pics when it is ready...
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