Originally Posted by kcpup
I have been through a number of iterations and I got some good info about grain bill and hops. I'm on a business trip but when I return I'll share my progress. More to come.
Here are my iterations.
1. Brewed Biermuncher's Centennial Blonde and upped IBUs to around 29 (like Wyld). I knew this wouldn't be a clone, but thought I'd use that grain bill as a jumping off point. Decent beer, not Wyld.
2. Brewed similar grain bill with all Cascade. Decent beer, not Wyld.
3. Felt stuck. Went to homebrew store in SLC. He didn't know Wyld info, but called someone he knew at Uinta. I got this information:
American 2 row
bittering - Cascade
flavor,aroma - Simcoe
He had run out of American 2 row earlier in the day (crazy huh?).
Anyway, I bought and brewed the following:
10 lb American Pale Ale malt
1 lb Dextrine malt
.25 lb Crystal 15L
I knew the following - it wouldn't make the SRM number on Uinta's website (SRM 9). That's what he had at the store, and I'd rather be a bit light than too carmely. Brewed that - hops sooo much closer. Did most of IBUs with Cascade. Closer, tasty, still not Wyld.
4. Before I had gotten that info from the SLC brewstore, I had already purchased another grain bill based on advice from this thread. Old Sock had made some recommendations. Tonight I brewed that grain bill and the following hops schedule:
4.5 lb Organic American 2 row
12 oz Dextrine malt
2 lb Munich
10 oz Crystal 60L
.5 oz 5.4% Cascade @60
.5 oz 11.9% Simcoe @20
Will dry hop with 2 oz Simcoe
That's around 24 IBU, with around half coming from each hop varietal. Last time most went with Cascade. SRM shows around 8.
For all iterations I've used Pacman yeast from Wyeast, not grown from dregs. The first two iterations were in low-mid 60's, 3rd iteration was high 60's and peaked around 70 [basement temps]. I'm going to try to keep the temp in mid 60's if possible.
So, there's my Wyld adventure so far. I'll let you know how #4 turns out.
I have another grain bill on tap but won't brew that until #4 batch runs out.
Haven't teased out proper grain bill, but the Cascade-Simcoe combo is Wyld-like.