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Old 12-18-2007, 08:10 PM   #1
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Default Sam Adams light recipe???

Anybody know of a good extract recipe for this beer? It is the favorite of one of my family so i thought I would make it.

BTW Is it a lager or an Ale?


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Old 12-18-2007, 08:49 PM   #2
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Start off at, they have some decent information on all their beers. If you don't feel like looking, here's what I pulled down.

"Brewed using only American 2-row malted barley and German noble hops - Spaltner."

"Color: Golden to Light Amber"
"Grain: 2-Row, Crystal 60L"
"Starting Gravity: 9' Plato"
"ABV: 4.05%"
"Hop Varieties: Spalt-Spaltner"
"Yeast Strain: Bottom feeding Lager yeast"

That should be a pretty good start. You can probably formulate a pretty close "clone" since the ingredient list is so short. Only 2 grains, only 1 hop, and they give you the starting gravity and final ABV. The only key piece I see missing is an IBU amount, but you may find that with some looking around or judge it by doing a taste test. I'm guessing its semi-low - not as low as Bud Light, but not American Pale Ale high either...

You will need the ability to lager in order to reproduce this though. Being such a light beer, any fruitiness/esteriness from using an ale yeast and higher ferment temps would be pretty evident. Not saying it wouldn't still make a decent beer, but it won't be a clone without being lagered.

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Old 06-01-2008, 11:51 AM   #3
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Has anyone made a beer like Sam Adam's light yet?
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Old 06-01-2008, 01:55 PM   #4
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It actually reminds me of Yeungling quite a bit. I suspect 5% 60L, 95% 2 row with a single bittering addition of EKG, Fuggle or Tett would work, somewhere around 18-20 IBU. OG should be around 1.040, FG 1.008. Yeast? WLP840? Maybe 800 or 802. I've used Saflager S23 on a similar project but it's always a bit estery for me. It's like half ale/lager.
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I like messing around with I threw this together based on the other posts real quick. Probably a good starting point for you.

sam adams light

Type: Extract

Batch Size: 5.25 gal

Boil Size: 3.00 gal

Boil Time: 60 min


Amount Item Type % or IBU

6 lbs Pale Liquid Extract (8.0 SRM) Extract 94.50 %
5.6 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 5.50 %
1.00 oz Spalter [4.50 %] (60 min) Hops 11.7 IBU
1.00 oz Spalter [4.50 %] (30 min) Hops 9.0 IBU
1 Pkgs Bavarian Lager (Wyeast Labs #2206) [Starter 125 ml] Yeast-Lager

Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.041 SG
Est Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 4.08 %
Bitterness: 20.7 IBU
Est Color: 8.7 SRM

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