Saturday, June 12, 2010

Sam Adams White Ale Clone Review

I bottled up 2 gallons of my 'Sam Adams White Ale Clone' last night and the small samples we tried just before bottling tasted absolutely amazing!!

So far I've brewed 2 slightly different versions of this clone and both of them tasted really good to devoted, yet somewhat abandoned, SA White Ale lovers. The 2 recipes start out with the standard 'Belgian Naked Witbier' recipe purchased from the Mr. Beer website. The main differences between the two recipes are the addition of Saaz hops, in my first try and Argentine Cascade hops in my second try.

My first try included 1 packet of Liquid Wheat yeast instead of the standard dry Brewer yeast. For the second try the liquid yeast was sold out on the MB website so I used the dry Brewer yeast. Both recipes fermented in the 2 gallon MB kegs for 21 days, undisturbed at a constant 70F.

The spices I used in both recipes are the same but I changed the proportions of the second brew based on our samplings of the first batch.

Here are the 2 recipes, I'll let you decide which one you like the best or do like I did and brew them both.

First Recipe:
Sam Adams White Ale Clone
1 Can Whispering Wheat Weizenbier HME
1 Can Golden Wheat UME
1 Packet SAAZ (In place of Argentine Cascade) Hops
1 Muslin Hop Sack
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME)

My Optional Ingredients
1 Packet Liquid Wheat Yeast (In place of dry yeast)
1 Teaspoon Crushed Coriander Seed
1 Crushed Clove
1 Rind from Small Orange (Strips, removing white from rind)
1 Teaspoon lemon zest
1 Teaspoon Crushed Grains of Paradise Seed

Second Recipe:
Sam Adams White Ale Clone
1 Can Whispering Wheat Weizenbier HME
1 Can Golden Wheat UME
1 Packet Argentine Cascade Hops
1 Muslin Hop Sack
1 Packet Dry Brewing Yeast (under lid of HME)

My Optional Ingredients
1/2 Teaspoon Crushed Coriander Seed
3 Crushed Cloves
1 Rind From Small Orange (Strips, removing white from rind)
1 Zest From Lemon
1 Teaspoon Crushed Grains of Paradise Seed

2 comments:

  1. Hey screwy ... you left a link on my website. Thanks... I'll keep this in mind if ever get something open in the brewing schedule.

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  2. Sounds like a plan. We've been drinking this one with fresh orange slices, it tastes really good and has a nice floral tastes.

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