Chuck Swillery Magic Hat #9 Clone
Specialty Beer - All Grain
• Makes 5 Gallons @ 75% Efficiency
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The base recipe was out of the book "Clone Brews (Clonebrews): Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commerical" by Tess and Mark Szamatulski
Just cracked one open after only 6 days in the bottle. Very possibly my best beer to date.
SG: 1.058 FG: 1.008
I mashed 90 mintes, highside at a 156 average, fly sparged, 60 min boil for 4.5 gal (underestimated evap rate). Added yeast nutrient and Irish moss to last 15 min of the boil Aerated very well with drill controlled aeration wand. Fermented at 65 degrees steady with visible fermentation done in about 5 days. It sat total of 28 days in primary. I added the full 4 oz of flavoring to the bottling bucket. Great tasting beer, low-medium bitterness, well balanced, great body and low but lasting head. Mine ended up a little on the hot side with a 6.7% ABV.
Just did a side by side w/real #9 and the clone. This is an EXCELLENT brew but I didn't clone it this time around. Color was probably a good 3 - 4 SRM darker, more like a caramel gold versus light gold. Apricot profile is very very close. Mine has more hop flavor but the bitterness is pretty close. The true #9 seems to have a noticably stronger malt flavor which may be due to my water chemistry and its affect on mashing, etc. The 1056 hangs around so my beer isn't even remotely as clear despite having used Irish Moss. I'm not saying this recipe cannot clone the real #9 but I'm going to work on it. Already planning another brew session for this one!
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