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Old 02-08-2007, 11:41 PM   #1
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I like beers like Heineken light, Bud Light, etc. how do i calculate the formulas to come up with these recipes?

I'm a rookie at this stuff and any help would be appreciated..... Less than 3 weeks until my first batch is complete!!! wooweee that's why Im searching to make my second batch now

 
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:22 AM   #3
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Buy a good clone book, OR go to some of the online homebrew stores and order one of thier clones... then when you get it in the mail, brew it, see if you like it, and keep the recipe so that you can recreate it...

 
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:23 AM   #4
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2lbs of malt extract, a half pinch of hops, and some lager yeast should be about right.
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:50 AM   #6
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Quote:
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2lbs of malt extract, a half pinch of hops, and some lager yeast should be about right.
what's that for?

 
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Old 02-09-2007, 12:50 AM   #7
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What was your first batch?
American Ale, it was one that you buy in a kit.

 
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:33 AM   #8
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I agree with Bobby m but sub. 70 per cent rice malt

 
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:40 AM   #9
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You're asking one of the many questions that new brewers often have on their mind. The problem is you are also asking about one of the most difficult styles of beer to make. Lagers can be more difficult that ales due to the temperature requirements and the time it takes to make them. Also, light lagers will make any defects with the beer extremely evident.

My advice is to stick to the ales for right now and get a few under your belt so that you get the process down. After you feel comfortable with that, try to do some lagers. You can try to make some lighter ales. They will be close, but not exactly the same. Do some searches for Cream Ale or Blonde Ale and see if you see some recipes that seem reasonable.
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Old 02-09-2007, 01:49 AM   #10
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Ditto on what Brewsmith said. Sure, you may eventually make lagers, and pretty darn good ones, too, but trying to make beers like Heineken yourself is probably a big waste of time, money and energy. Would you try to make Wonder Bread yourself? Heck no. When you make homemade bread, you want it to taste homemade. Not only is there probably no way you could ever make Wonder Bread at home, but even if you could, why would you. Heineken can make Heineken way better than any of us ever could.

Now, that having been said, you certainly can make something in the style of Heineken that may even turn out to be much better than Heineken. It just won't be Heineken.

 
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