Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

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Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 26 Jan 2009, 09:42

He're is a recipe that its creator thinks is as close as you can get. What is interesting is that it brings together Cascade and Saaz hops which I would never have thought of combining. Think I will put this one on the to do list.

http://www.aussiehomebrewer.com/forum/i ... recipe=301

Recipe Details

Style American Pale Ale
Method All Grain
Original Gravity 1.046
Final Gravity 1.011
Alcohol Content 4.55%
Efficiency 75%
Total IBU (Bitterness) 25.8
EBC (colour) 7


Fermentation Details
Primary 7 days
Secondary 7 days
Conditioning 2 weeks
Ingredient List for 52L Batch

7 kg JWM Export Pilsner
2 kg Weyermann Vienna
0.6 kg Weyermann Carapils(Carafoam)
0.6 kg JWM Wheat Malt
20 g Cascade (Pellets, 5.9 AA%, 45 mins)
20 g Saaz B (NZ) (Pellets, 6.8 AA%, 45 mins)
30 g Cascade (Pellets, 5.9 AA%, 20 mins)
30 g Saaz B (NZ) (Pellets, 6.8 AA%, 20 mins)
40 g Saaz B (NZ) (Pellets, 6.8 AA%, 0 mins)
40 g Cascade (Pellets, 5.9 AA%, 0 mins)
200 ml White Labs WLP001 - California Ale
1 g Irish Moss



Brewer's Notes
this beer is so close to the origional its not funny. Light, easy to drink maltyness ballances the hops perfectly. neither is overpowering. <br />Hop aroma and hop flavor are spot on too with about equal flavor in mouth and aroma in the nose when sipping, drinking or sculling...... which ever you prefer.<br />Mash it at 65 to 66 deg.<br />firmented at 19 deg with us-56<br />Its scary how easy this is to drink! <br /><br />Brewed down to 1.008.... about 5% which is a bit stronger but who's complainig<br />Colour was about 6.7 EBC

Dont know what happened to the hops alpha rattings. AHB seems to have the engineering units set to 16. I typed in 5.9 for the cascade and 6.8 for the B SAAZ
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby htkm » 29 Jan 2009, 08:47

Wow! That's a lot of grain bill (Double in fact) for a OG of 1.046 @ 75% efficiency. You sure?
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby southernoise » 29 Jan 2009, 15:57

I remember the last time I drank LC Bright Ale, i tasted more cascade than saaz.

Worth trying this recipe though. Think I've got a stash of saaz somewhere in the freezer.
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 29 Jan 2009, 16:20

htkm wrote:Wow! That's a lot of grain bill (Double in fact) for a OG of 1.046 @ 75% efficiency. You sure?


Correct HT, but will scale the recipe down to 26 litres, and adjust for a slightly higher efficiency.

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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hairy » 13 Feb 2009, 14:35

How is this one coming up Hunty?
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 13 Feb 2009, 16:16

hey harry,

well, she's already kegged and carbonated, now just a matter of letting it condition for 3 weeks or more.The Wheat malt certainly added its due haziness and I doubt it will ever be a "bright" ale but time will tell.

I am quite impressed with the raw taste and will be brewing version 2 on Sunday.
This time I'll add irish moss but honestly think it will have little effect.

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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hairy » 13 Feb 2009, 18:09

I dun really see haziness as a problem but I have came to realise that many drinkers and brewers alike are fanatic abt beer clarity. I think the wheat adds more to the chill haze which i think moss would have a hard time dealing with it.

So, what's up with the version 2? changing yeast?
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 14 Feb 2009, 08:54

G'day Harry, actually I think I'll just be boring and rerun the batch using the slurry from previous brew..... from sampling I think it passes all taste test criteria so 20 litres is just not enough LOL
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hairy » 14 Feb 2009, 10:16

tt's obviously not version too. It is a SCALE UP!
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby keat » 14 Feb 2009, 16:15

Hunty wrote:G'day Harry, actually I think I'll just be boring and rerun the batch using the slurry from previous brew..... from sampling I think it passes all taste test criteria so 20 litres is just not enough LOL


yup, damn right its not enough, it tasted amazing right out of the fermenter. Can't wait to taste it when its carbonated :mrgreen:

I believe the actual LCBA is filtered, there's no way they can get it so clear with conditioning and still remain commercially viable. Maybe try a bit of keg fining i.e. gelatin and polyclar?
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby keat » 14 Feb 2009, 16:26

southernoise wrote:I remember the last time I drank LC Bright Ale, i tasted more cascade than saaz.

Worth trying this recipe though. Think I've got a stash of saaz somewhere in the freezer.


I've managed to stockpile half a kilo of saaz, guess I'll be brewing a lot of this recipe :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 14 Feb 2009, 16:44

I snuck in a taste of the carbonated version.... almost a lime taste in there, very refreshing. Hope I can leave it alone for 3 weeks.

fraid have no polyclar, but certainly will add a whirlfloc this time... and will use cascade whole as opposed to pellets courtesy of Lord Keat's mega hop stash.

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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 15 Feb 2009, 08:34

well lord keat must be reading my mind because he has kindly loaned me a sample of polyclar to try, tks ;)

however with due thought and feedback I did modify the recipe, this time have replaced the wheat malt with pale ale base, and will do a 2 stage mash at 53 deg C then 65 deg C.

hops bill same , except this time will be using cascade whole instead of pellets, but saaz pellets instead of whole.

lets see how she turns out..

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Re: Little Creatures Bright Ale clone

Postby Hunty » 16 Feb 2009, 08:30

brew went ok, except those whole hops really do soak up that wort... ended up with a bit more than 1 litre less than usual.... but still enough to fill a 20 litre keg ;)

I did do something naughty at the end though, had 20g of leaf cascade left over, so that went in to the aroma hops at the end with the rest .... suggest this beer maybe a bit over the top on grapefruit and lime undertones. :lol:

version 3 will go down next sunday, all suggestions on variants welcome.
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