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Old 04-29-2011, 06:37 PM   #1
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I had posted this in the recipe section but got no bite, so figured this section has a few more people looking at it. I am trying to make a clone of a beer a friend had from Market Street Brewery in NY. The website lists the OG, IBU, Alc/Vol and 6 malts used, so I threw everything into beer smith to try and come up with something. The beer is listed by the company as a British Dark Ale, but according to reviews online it is more like a Porter/Robust Porter, which is the style I am basing it on. Below is the recipe I have come up with so far.

9.0# UK 2 Row
1.5# Victory
.50# C-20
.15# Black
.15# Chocolate
.15# Roasted

1 oz Goldings for 60 minutes, then .75 oz at 30 minutes
.5 oz Fuggles at 5 minutes

I have only done 1 AG batch, which was Wort's pale ale. All of my other extracts have been based on pre-set recipes as well. This is my first attempt at creating one myself. What does everyone think of the recipe above? Should I increase any of the grains? Switch some hops? Add more/Less? Any help here would be appreciated. Thanks.


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Old 04-29-2011, 06:40 PM   #2
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If you're going for the porter, you might want to lose the 5 minute hop addition. Otherwise, it certainly looks yummy.


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Old 04-29-2011, 07:02 PM   #3
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Thanks Vuarra, I will drop the late hop addition. Also when I put it in Beer smith it was showing a color around 23 SRM which looked very dark on beer smith, but when I pulled up a color chart online it looked much lighter. I was thinking of bumping up the chocolate to .25# and also subbing in C40 rather than C20. This shows the color going to around 26/27 which seems more in line with a Porter. You think that will have any major adverse effects on my current recipe?
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Old 04-29-2011, 08:58 PM   #4
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The BJCP guidelines show 22 - 35 SRM. So either way is within style, if that matters.

I would darken the crystal before adding too much chocalate malt, I dunno. Maybe because I like crystal malts in dark beer. My advice is worth every penny you pay for it.

Anyway, for many of the clones I read about here, the authors describe going through many batches trying to dial it in. I'm sure you will enjoy the journey!
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Old 04-29-2011, 09:12 PM   #5
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The recipe looks good, with or without the changes you're talking about. 1/4 pound of chocolate malt won't be too much, that's still only about 1/2 a pound of roasted malts in total.


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