Thursday, October 23, 2008

First Clone

Next up is the last ale of the year. It is also the first clone recipe of a commercial beer I've ever tried to brew. I've never brewed an imperial beer before, so I figure a clone could be a good way to attempt it. There's a massive yeast cake just waiting for it, so now all I gotta do is brew it.

If you've ever tried North Coast's Old Rasputin, its one of the finest imperial stouts out there. It's the best served on tap. You'd never really know it was 9% because of how smooth it is. Not a whole lot of bitterness, even though there is a good amount of hops in it. I especially like how there isn't the vanilla/coconut/oak/alcohol flavors found in many other imperial stouts. Mostly it is rich and chocolaty.

The recipe has been written in several sources. Had to order some more brown malt for it, and I'll substitute some Perle for Northern Brewer. Got the rest of the ingredients though. With batch sparging my efficiency goes down as the gravity goes up (especially this high), so I'll probably adjust the grains to accommodate for this (actually I ran off 7 gallons for a 5 gallon batch and didn't mess with the grain bill). As long as I get to an OG in the low 90's it should be fine. I'm a little worried about mouthfeel, but since it'll have so much residuals, it might be fine without any enhancers like Carapils or oats or whatever.


The Bearded Brewer said...

Great first clone. I too am intimidated by the concept of making an Imperial Stout. I'm not the biggest fan of the style, but love Old Rasputin. There's a recipe in BYO's 150 clone beers magazine, so I've thought about using that as the base of the recipe. A beer that big...I'd want it to be as smooth and wonderful as Old Rasp.
Good luck!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all the info. we are on
the fence for this one or a Samual Smiths Oatmeal Stout.if you haven't
had 3 Floyd's Gumball Head I highly
Recomend it. the Amerillo Hops are
out of this world.they too make an
Imperial Stout.very limited qty.
by the way we are almost ready to keg up a 10 gallon batch of Gumball head Clone I'll keep you posted.thank JimJart.