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Old 01-07-2009, 06:58 PM   #11
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To be fair, I've always wondered why there's never any sediment in Spotted Cow bottles if it really is cask conditioned.
All mine have sediment in them, but it doesn't seem viable.
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:48 AM   #12
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I did have success making a starter from spotted cow about 2 weeks ago. i had no intention of actually using it in a beer, but wanted to see if it could be done for future reference - so my technique was not exactly the best. 500 ml in a sanitized 1 liter plastic coke bottle with about 2/3 cup DME. I used the slurry at the bottom of 6 bottles of spotted cow. I sealed the cap tight and would check it for any pressure every couple hours or so. It took about 3 days to get noticeable activity. but it definitely got going - It could build up to a noticeable pressure release every half hour - and smelled like fermentation.


on a side note, I hardly ever get any sediment from bottles I buy at the local liquor store, but the ones from the gas station had a pretty solid layer of yeast at the bottom. I would guess it was older beer and didn't get moved around much.

 
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Old 02-19-2009, 02:57 AM   #13
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Anybody have an AG clone recipie of Spotted Cow?

 
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Old 02-19-2009, 03:55 PM   #14
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Anybody have an AG clone recipie of Spotted Cow?
Mark, I found this one a few years ago. I know Jeff was toying with one too. So ask him on Saturday.
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Old 02-19-2009, 04:05 PM   #15
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Thanks Al. I'll ask him about it.

Looking forward to Saturday.

I'll have the cash, you bring the grain!

 
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Old 02-24-2009, 04:18 AM   #16
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Anybody have an AG clone recipie of Spotted Cow?
This is the one that's in my recipe file. I forgot where I found it, but I have not yet brewed it.

5 gals at 70% efficiency

5.25 lb US 2-row
1.33 lb Flaked Corn
0.88 lb Vienna Malt
0.50 lb Flaked Barley
0.50 lb Dextrine
0.50 lb Caravienne

1.50 oz. Crystal 3.5%AA - 60
0.50 oz. Crystal 3.5%AA - 10

Kolsh yeast

 
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:44 PM   #17
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A homebrewer with close connections to the New Glarus brewing staff told me that the text on the bottle is false -- there is no live yeast in the bottle. He was actually considering suing them for false advertising.

 
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Old 02-26-2009, 03:16 PM   #18
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A homebrewer with close connections to the New Glarus brewing staff told me that the text on the bottle is false -- there is no live yeast in the bottle. He was actually considering suing them for false advertising.

I believe it, 'cause I grow bacteria for my school stuff all the time (basically the same process as yeast starters)....and I got nothing to grow from 2 cases of spotted cow. There is definitely sediment in the bottles, but as far as I am concerned it is NOT live.

Kinda irks me that a company would use that as an advertising ploy

Just personal principles, or whathaveyou I guess.....




As an update - I am gonna brew my first partial-mash Spotted cow clone this weekend.....

Grains:
3.30 lbs. Briess Pilsen LME
1.00 lbs. Briess Gold DME
1.00 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row)
0.5# Briess Crystal 40L Malt
1.5# Flaked maize
1.0# Flaked barley
***Going to do the partial mash at 153F for 1 hour, and plan on a 3gal. boil.

Hops:
0.5 oz. Cascade - 60min.
0.25 oz. Cascade - 30 min.
0.25 oz. Cascade - 5 min. (or maybe dry hop - haven't done this before)

Yeast:
White Labs Cream Ale (WLP-080)



Let me know what you guys think. Any suggestions?

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Old 02-26-2009, 04:36 PM   #19
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Personally, I don't think cascades are right at all. They have such a distinct characteristic and scent, and it's just not Spotted Cow material.

 
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Old 02-26-2009, 04:49 PM   #20
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SWMBO loves Spotted Cow, but I bet she wouldn't if I tried to use cascades (she's an anti-hophead). I don't get too much hop presence in it at all...it actually seems pretty malty for a light beer. If anyone nails a clone for this, I'd love to give it a try.
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