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Old 11-21-2012, 02:39 AM   #1
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M searching for a good blue moon clone to brew for my next batch, but my search has turned up hundreds of clone recipes.

Has anyone tried the recipe on brewmasters warehouse database? That's where I get all my grains.

For the guys who have brewed and drank Blue Moon clones before, would you use the Belgian wit yeast? I heard its supposed to use a clean American strain...

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 02:53 AM   #2
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I believe this thread is the main one - former employee divulges info on the recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/blue-moon-clone-65328/

For a true clone I think that you need to use an american yeast, the wit yeast is very tasty though!

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:00 AM   #3
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I believe this thread is the main one - former employee divulges info on the recipe: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/blue-moon-clone-65328/

For a true clone I think that you need to use an american yeast, the wit yeast is very tasty though!
Thanks! I've read through that thread, it lists about 6-7 recipes, but nothing definite, I don't think a final "perfect" recipe was found by the posters in that thread.

Anybody else find a perfect recipe? Or have any insight on the recipe below, taken from www.brewmasterswarehouse.com


Ingredient Name Amount
Briess Flaked Wheat 4 lbs, 8 oz
Crisp Pale Ale 4 lbs, 8 oz
Kent Goldings 1 oz @ 60 mins


Yeast says Belgian wit, I'm thinkin W001 California Ale?

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:30 AM   #4
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I'd stick with a grain bill closer to Wayne1's recipe in the above thread if you're really determined to nail it (i.e., 50% 2-row malt, 40% white wheat malt, 10% flaked oats). Hop with Hallertauer or something similar and definitely use WLP001, 1056 or US-05.

The biggest challenge seems to be getting the spices right, but I've also thought the commercial version has a lot of variation - draft tastes different than bottles, fresher tastes different than older, etc. My suggestion would be to start with equal amounts of freshly crushed coriander and dried sweet orange peel, maybe 0.50 to 0.65 oz of each.

I've tried some of the much-discussed variations in that thread, like the ones that call for crystal, boiling the oats, 3.0 oz of orange peel, fresh orange zest, etc., and they just don't seem as close to me. Good, maybe even better in some ways, but not as close. Good luck!

 
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Old 11-21-2012, 04:49 AM   #5
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I'd stick with a grain bill closer to Wayne1's recipe in the above thread if you're really determined to nail it (i.e., 50% 2-row malt, 40% white wheat malt, 10% flaked oats). Hop with Hallertauer or something similar and definitely use WLP001, 1056 or US-05.

The biggest challenge seems to be getting the spices right, but I've also thought the commercial version has a lot of variation - draft tastes different than bottles, fresher tastes different than older, etc. My suggestion would be to start with equal amounts of freshly crushed coriander and dried sweet orange peel, maybe 0.50 to 0.65 oz of each.

I've tried some of the much-discussed variations in that thread, like the ones that call for crystal, boiling the oats, 3.0 oz of orange peel, fresh orange zest, etc., and they just don't seem as close to me. Good, maybe even better in some ways, but not as close. Good luck!
Awesome info, thanks a lot!

 
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Don't forget to throw a spoonfool of flour in at the end of the boil to make sure you beer stays hazy like the real thing

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 05:59 AM   #7
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Ok I'd like to go with the original recipe that Wayne1 has posted but it only shows percentages. I'm not sure the total grain bill, can someone more knowledgable than I give me the basics of that recipe?

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 02:28 PM   #8
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I used Brewtarget to come up with this

7 pounds 2 row 51%
5.5 pounds white wheat 40%
1.25 flaked oats 9%

I think it would come out close. Good luck and keep us updated.

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 07:11 PM   #9
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I used Brewtarget to come up with this

7 pounds 2 row 51%
5.5 pounds white wheat 40%
1.25 flaked oats 9%

I think it would come out close. Good luck and keep us updated.
That's damn near identical percentages as the original. Thanks!

 
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:43 PM   #10
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Quote:
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I used Brewtarget to come up with this

7 pounds 2 row 51%
5.5 pounds white wheat 40%
1.25 flaked oats 9%

I think it would come out close. Good luck and keep us updated.
That for 5 gallons post boil?

 
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