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Old 02-23-2009, 03:12 PM   #1
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Does anyone happen to have a recipe for an Irish Cream Ale similar to Kilkenny? Thats one of my favorite brews. Unfortunately it isn't available in the US. (Living near Detroit, I can hop over to Windsor, Canada to get my fix!) Just wondering if anyone else came up with anything close to it...

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Old 03-03-2009, 08:56 AM   #2
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while I've never had it, it seems to be an irish red ale that is served on beer gas. So the best you're going to be able to do is come up with an irish red recipe. If you want to invest a lot in kegging and a beer gas mix with nitro tap, I guess you could make it more authentic.

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Old 03-04-2009, 03:12 AM   #3
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I don't have a recipe, unfortunately. It's one I'd definitely like to clone. One time, I had some out of bottles instead of on tap, and it was very different. Much more like an Irish Red, it didn't have the thick head that it had out of the tap. On tap, the beer is definitely one of my favorites, ever. Good luck! If you find a clone, post back. If it is an extract clone, I'll try it.

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Old 03-04-2009, 03:28 AM   #4
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Here's one...

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Old 04-19-2010, 06:28 PM   #5
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FYI for anyone in Denver, I just found this on tap at the Irish Hound on 6th. Much relief, as I'd been questing for another pint of Kilkenny's for many years.

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Old 12-01-2010, 09:45 PM   #6
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Kilkeny Ale is straight up Smithwicks on nitrogen. They just modified the recipe a little to up the ABV and IBU. The tour guide said IBUs in ball park of Guinness, ABV in the area of 5-5.5%. They said the standard Smithwicks recipe creates a medicinal flavor when the ABV is increased, but no one seems to notice the flavor when its poured from nitrogen.

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Old 12-16-2010, 06:46 PM   #7
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Kind of an old thread, but I found this recipe for Kilkenny:

Original Gravity: 1048 11.9° Plato
5 US gallons

Pale Malt: 8.1lb
Crystal Malt: 13.16oz (LHBS laughed at this detail)

Start of Boil:
Challenger hops - 0.75oz
Northdown hops (seeded) - 0.70oz

Last 15 minutes of boil:
Fuggle hops - 0.35oz
Irish Moss - 0.30oz

Last 5 minutes of boil:
Golding hops - 0.35oz

Single infusion mash, top fermenting yeast

Mash schedule - 65° C - 90 minutes (149°F)
Boil time - 90 minutes
Racking gravity - 1011 2.8° Plato
Alcohol content: 4.9% ABV 3.9% by weight
Bitterness 33 EBU
Colour 30 EBC

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Old 12-16-2010, 06:50 PM   #8
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They have brought the beer to the US. I was a beer festival in baltimore and they were demo'ing it. its now found in the local irish pubs around here. So keep your hopes up and maybe it will find its way west

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Old 05-30-2011, 04:19 PM   #9
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Jesus! I just had some of this beer and it is delicious. It is on tap in the local pretend Irish Pub in San Diego.
Must Brew Some!

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Old 05-31-2011, 12:17 PM   #10
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I went to Ireland on my honeymoon 5 years ago, and SWMBO and I fell in love with this beer. I'd love to be able to clone it.

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