Pacific Coast Brewing in Oakland makes a really great amber called "Blue Whale Ale." Big and hoppy, it's one of my faves. Is anyone out there familiar with it and if so can anyone recommend an extract recipe to clone it? TIA
I don't have a clone, but I know it would include an extract base because that's what the brewer uses.
From their website:
IBU: about 70
Hops: Chinook, Nugget, Perle, Willamette, and lots of Centennial for dry-hopping.
Says its matured over oak.
If it's an extract beer, use amber DME for an O.G. of 1.070, bitter with Chinook and Nugget, add Perle for flavor hops and Willamette for the last 5 minutes. Dry hop with Centennial and add some oak chips to the secondary fermenter.
Thanks, guys. I believe I'll give it a shot.
Hoptech (NAYY) has several recipes from Pacific Coast Brewing. Here is what their web page says
"HopTech is pleased to be able to offer the homebrewer an exclusive line of kits based on the award winning beers from Pacific Coast Brewing Co. All the kits were designed by Pacific Coast Brewmaster Don Gortemiller and are 5 gallon versions of the same recipes used to brew his famous beers. Now you can brew the same beers at home, using the identical ingredients, that have won medal after medal at the Great American Beer Festival (GABF). If you're ever in the Oakland area, be sure and stop by the pub to sample not only some great beers but some great food as well."
You can find the recipe kits here.
Here's a clone of Blue Whale from Don Gortemiller. Never tried it.
8 lbs LME
1 lb 40 L crystal
1 lb 120 L crystal malt
1.3 oz Nugget 90 min
1.3 oz Chinook 90 min
.8 oz Centennial 20 min
.8 oz Willamette 20 min
.5 oz Perle 20 min
.5 Chinook 20 min
1.5 oz Centennial 20 min
1.6 oz oak chips (dry hop) 7-10 days
The recipe just says ale yeast.
If you brew the recipe above, use light extract. If you use amber extract the beer will be too dark and the finish will have too much caramel sweetness.
Cheesehead, thanks for the heads-up on Hop Tech having the PCBC kits. They are only about 15 miles from my house so I think I'll drive down and pick up a Blue Whale Ale kit.
While I am greatful to Cheesehead for the recipe, what I really meant to do was to thank Andy for the Hop Tech tip. Thanks!