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Old 01-04-2012, 02:02 PM   #1
HolidayIF1488
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A good friend of mine told me if I could clone BL he would not only start drinking home brew exclusively,he would have me educate him in this fine art. I on the other hand come from a long line of brewers and do not care much for BMC. I mostly use family recipes,but being such a good friend feel I should humor him,and I thought for sure my good friends here on HBT would be able to lend a helping hand with a recipe or two. So can anyone help me out here?

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:06 PM   #2
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You probably can't make a BL clone for what you pay for it in the store, when you take into account equipment costs and the time involved in making it.

I would say no-thanks and keep on doing what you are doing.

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:10 PM   #3
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1. Brew a pilsner.
2. Fill a glass halfway with water.
3. Fill the rest of the way with said pilsner.

Voila! A Bud Light clone.
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:13 PM   #4
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7 lbs 6-row
1.5 lbs flaked rice.

Mash low, say 149-150.

Boil for 90 mins, with one bittering hop addition. .5-1 oz. of Hallertau at 60 mins.

Ferment with a clean lager yeast, proper pitching rates and temperature blah blah blah.

Err on the low side for the hops and this should get you close. Substitute corn for the rice and BOOM you have Miller Lite.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:14 PM   #5
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Well, here are two starting points:
BeerTools.com Recipe Library - Tim's Bud Light Clone
TastyBrew.com | Recipes

I've wanted to make a light session beer myself, not trying to clone bud light, but something along the lines of some of the milds I've done, but even lighter and higher carbonation. I've got something like 20 pounds of basmati rice tempting me in the cupboard. I've eyed this recipe a bit and is something I want to try...
Basmati Pale Ale

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:16 PM   #6
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Quote:
Originally Posted by broadbill View Post
You probably can't make a BL clone for what you pay for it in the store, when you take into account equipment costs and the time involved in making it.

I would say no-thanks and keep on doing what you are doing.
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Originally Posted by Andrewtherooster
1. Brew a pilsner.
2. Fill a glass halfway with water.
3. Fill the rest of the way with said pilsner.

Voila! A Bud Light clone.
And heads up, you are going to get A LOT of posts like these.

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Old 01-04-2012, 02:18 PM   #7
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Quote:
Originally Posted by broadbill
You probably can't make a BL clone for what you pay for it in the store, when you take into account equipment costs and the time involved in making it.

I would say no-thanks and keep on doing what you are doing.
Haha,good thinking,but I have already committed myself. Cost is a non-issue though and I have plenty of extra equipment to give or share. I always love to turn others to home brewing. More of us to help out the smaller breweries and ourselves against the commercialized BS of the big three BMC,and create REAL beers with flavor,aroma and character.

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:20 PM   #8
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Andrewtherooster
1. Brew a pilsner.
2. Fill a glass halfway with water.
3. Fill the rest of the way with said pilsner.

Voila! A Bud Light clone.
HAHaha!

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:22 PM   #9
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Originally Posted by Cambone

And heads up, you are going to get A LOT of posts like these.
I knew that when I posted it. I feel the same way that's why I don't already have a recipe.

 
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Old 01-04-2012, 02:27 PM   #10
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Cambone
7 lbs 6-row
1.5 lbs flaked rice.

Mash low, say 149-150.

Boil for 90 mins, with one bittering hop addition. .5-1 oz. of Hallertau at 60 mins.

Ferment with a clean lager yeast, proper pitching rates and temperature blah blah blah.

Err on the low side for the hops and this should get you close. Substitute corn for the rice and BOOM you have Miller Lite.
Very much appreciated. I will let you know how close I get. Of corse I'll have to go get a BL and see what it tastes like to compare.

 
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