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Old 01-02-2007, 10:08 AM   #1
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Several years ago I was fortunate enough to spend an entire year in beautiful Colorado with micro breweries plentiful. I first sampled Fat Tire and have grown to love this beer although some consider it "bad". I love it. Unfortunately, I am in GA and New Belgium doesn't ship their products East of the Mississippi River. Bummer. Anyway, a friend of mine and his dad started home brewing several years ago and have gotten quite good at it. My queston is that, if I use a clone recipe and all the right ingredients and brew the Fat Tire Clone(after many failed attempts most likely), how close would it taste to the real Fat Tire using a generic simple kit setup? Will a clone taste the same? First post on here so try not to be too harsh.

If anyone would like to trade for some Fat Tire, I have Sweet Water, Terrapin, and some other great Georgia beers close by. Thanks

 
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:12 PM   #2
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I brewed the Fat Tire clone from Austin Homebrewing Supply and to me, it is very close to the real thing. Go for it.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:43 PM   #3
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Yep, me too. My husband liked it so much, I brewed it again. Although, when I did a beer swap and got the "real" Fat Tire, my husband said mine tasted a little better. He likes the fresher taste of homebrew, and he noticed the difference.

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Old 01-02-2007, 06:50 PM   #4
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Hey, I want to brew a Fat Tire Clone... what recipes are yall using?! I need to brew like last week... so speedy replies are welcome!!

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Old 01-02-2007, 06:53 PM   #5
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Hey, I want to brew a Fat Tire Clone... what recipes are yall using?! I need to brew like last week... so speedy replies are welcome!!

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Old 01-02-2007, 08:14 PM   #6
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Old 01-02-2007, 08:48 PM   #7
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Here is the actual recipe:

3 oz biscuit malt
1/2 pound crystal 90L
1/4 pound victory malt
6 oz munich malt


4 pounds extra pale LME
3 pounds pale LME

3/4 oz Northern Brewer (9.8%AA) (60 mins)
1/2 oz Hersbrucker (2.8%AA) (15 minutes)
1/4 oz Willamette (4.6%AA) (5 minutes)

o.g. was 1.050 at 75 degrees (I didn't adjust)
f.g. was 1.014 when I used Nottingham yeast.

F.g. was 1.010 when I used California ale yeast.

Both tasted about the same- no real difference from the liquid yeast.

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Old 01-02-2007, 11:11 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. If I have never home brewed before should I attempt this first? As far as the difficulty goes because I assume some beers are much harder to brew than others. Lorenae, would this turn out alright just using a simple brew kit and nothing too fancy?

P.S. Just had a Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand the other day. Definitely one of my favorites! Ahh Colorado breweries make some good beer.


 
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Thanks for the replies. If I have never home brewed before should I attempt this first? As far as the difficulty goes because I assume some beers are much harder to brew than others. Lorenae, would this turn out alright just using a simple brew kit and nothing too fancy?

P.S. Just had a Sawtooth Ale from Left Hand the other day. Definitely one of my favorites! Ahh Colorado breweries make some good beer.

You can do the Fat Tire clone (or the Sawtooth, for that matter) just by steeping grains in a grain bag, and then boiling and adding the extract and hops according to the schedule. It's not any harder or more difficult than extract only. It would be fine for a first beer try. We can walk you through it step by step, and howtobrew.com covers extract/steeping grains brews thoroughly.

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Old 01-03-2007, 06:23 PM   #10
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Just last night I drank the first finished beer from the clone kit from highgravitybrew.com.

I've never had Fat Tire since it's not available locally, but the clone is quite good.

 
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