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Old 02-26-2010, 11:48 PM   #1
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Two Hearted Ale is by FAR my favorite beer. Clearly the next best thing for me would be a clone (IMO), the AHS clone has a White Labs California Ale yeast but lists Safale US-05 as a option. I have the Safale in the fridge, is there any benefit to the White Labs? I've read the comments on this clone on their site, any other comments?

 
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:53 PM   #2
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I got this kit and it turned out to be a good beer. But I was confused to find out later that Two Hearted is an All-Centennial IPA. The kit from AHS was all amarillo hops.

 
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:54 PM   #3
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Was this recently or 6+ months ago? I assumed that last year was when the amarillo was used, not currently.

 
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Old 02-26-2010, 11:56 PM   #4
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Yeah it was probably 6+ months ago. Maybe they had no centennial? Not sure.

 
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Old 02-27-2010, 01:00 AM   #5
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Any other comments before I purchase this? If it's GOOD I might buy 2!

 
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:02 AM   #6
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Go with the US-05, from what I hear it's exactly the same as the White Labs California Ale yeast.
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:44 AM   #7
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Two Hearted is good, good stuff. I'm anxiously waiting to hear how this turns out. I may be picking up a kit or 10.

 
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Old 02-27-2010, 06:43 AM   #8
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Since you're in Michigan you should try to culture the yeast from a bottle of Two Hearted. I've heard of people doing this successfully. Bell's uses a proprietary yeast strain, so using their yeast will probably make your clone more like the original. The yeast they use for bottling is the same yeast they use for fermentation.

Bell's is one of the only things I miss from my time in Kalamazoo!
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:05 PM   #9
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There is a thread in the recipe section for a Two Hearted clone. IIRC the OP has tried several yeasts and talks about his result with each. You might find what you are looking for there.

 
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Old 02-27-2010, 04:22 PM   #10
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There is a Partial Mash Recipe posted that is nearly spot on.

It's called Ugly Fish by MStev50.

I have made this recipe 4 times. 3 times w/ WL Cal Ale and once with US-05. Not much of a discernable difference in the two. Both yeasts are very clean fermenting yeasts.

I think the proprietary yeast would be a good time investment. There is a slight bubble gum/cotton candy flavor in Bell's THA that I have yet to be able to replicate.
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