It's that time of year again. The celebration ale is off the shelves and my stock is dried up. So what's a thirsty guy to do? Brew his own, of course! So I've taken bits of recipes from here and there, and going off sierra nevada's own website, come up with a clone attempt that I hope gets me close to the real deal.
So from the sierra nevada website, here's what we know:
Malts: 2-row pale, british crystal
Hops: Chinook, bittering; cascade and centennial, finishing
So that gives us a good head start. From tasting the real thing, it's evident there's some chinook added late enough in the boil to add significant flavor, so in addition to the purely bittering addition, it needs a bittering/flavor addition. So lets say a little bit at 30 minutes. I also get a really nice caramelly maltiness that provides the perfect counterpoint to the hops. So I'm going to go a bit heavy on the crystal. Here's what I've come up with.
Another bit of info is from Dude's clone attempt's thread. His recipe targeted around 10 srm and his side-by-side picture was almost dead on. So I'll be aiming for that darkness.
5.5 gal batch
11 lbs. 2-row pale
1.25 lbs. british crystal 55
0.25 lbs. carapils (the sierra nevada website doesn't list this is an ingredient but I'm taking a bit of liberty here)
1.25 oz. chinook @ 60
0.65 oz. chinook @ 30
1 oz. cascade @ flame out
0.5 oz. cascade DH
0.5 oz centennial DH
Using wyeast 1056 with a 1.5 L starter
Mashing at 152 for 60 minutes.
I've got a feeling this is gonna be really close. I get all excited just thinking about having a keg of celebration ale and being able to pull a pint anytime I like.
This one is getting brewed tomorrow!