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Matt Peterson (64.85.231.38)
Posted on Friday, December 19, 2003 - 11:56 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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

Matt
 

Guy C (67.169.98.103)
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 01:20 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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:

OG: 1.070
IBU: about 70
ABW: 7.1%
Hops: Chinook, Nugget, Perle, Willamette, and lots of Centennial for dry-hopping.
Says its matured over oak.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 01:25 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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.
 

Matt Peterson (64.85.231.38)
Posted on Saturday, December 20, 2003 - 04:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

Thanks, guys. I believe I'll give it a shot.

Matt
 

ahancbrew1 (143.183.121.1)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 09:29 am:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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.

Andy
 

cheesehead (24.118.124.147)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 01:24 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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.
 

Bill Pierce (24.141.63.119)
Posted on Monday, December 22, 2003 - 02:10 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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.
 

Matt Peterson (64.85.231.38)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 06:04 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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.

Matt
 

Matt Peterson (64.85.231.38)
Posted on Wednesday, December 24, 2003 - 06:05 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post View Post/Check IP    Ban Poster IP (Moderator/Admin only)

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!

Matt

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