February 2001

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Spaten-Franziskaner-Bräu Optimator clone

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Optimator is brewed and then lagered in the brewery’s deep cellars. This smooth beer is a beautiful ruby brown color with a whipped-cream head. The aroma is one of smooth, sweet malt and warming alcohol. It sits rich and malty on the palate, with alcohol a defining presence.

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Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfestbier clone

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All the Munich breweries prepare an Oktoberfest for the celebration. The Hofbräuhaus, which means “Royal Court Brewery,” is probably the most famous of the city’s breweries. In fact, the Hofbräuhaus may be the most famous brewery, beer garden and beer hall in the world.

Hofbräuhaus Oktoberfest has a creamy, tight, off-white head and a luscious amber color. The nose is aromatic malt the palate is smooth, with intense malt and nutty, bread-like nuances. The finish is one of semi-sweet malt.

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Brauerei Ayinger Altbairisch Dunkel Clone

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The Ayinger brewery was established in 1878 and has been named one of the “Top Ten Breweries in the World” for four consecutive years at the World Beer Championships. The brewery lies some 15 miles outside of Munich, in a picturesque valley at the foot of the Alps, in the 1200-year-old village of Aying.

The trademark of the Aying beers is their incredible maltiness. This dunkel is a classic example of its style. It has a rich, chestnut-brown color with a creamy beige head. The aroma of warm, sweet malt has nuances of toffee. There is a big, round malt palate that ends with a hint of coffee and hops.

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Hacker-Pschorr Weisse Clone

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Hacker-Pschorr brewery was established in 1417 in Munich and is now owned by Paulaner. The brewery uses only the finest Bavarian barley and wheat malts, noble hops from Germany and Bohemia, and spring water from the Alps to brew its beers.

Hacker-Pschorr Weisse is brewed with 60 percent wheat and 40 percent barley malt. After it’s finished fermenting at warm temperatures, it is aged for a short time at cold temperatures. It is unfiltered, which provides a hazy yellow color with an off-white, feathery head. This is a classic example of a wheat beer with a wheat and estery aroma. The flavor is crisp, clean and well-balanced.

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Spaten Premium Lager clone

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Spaten’s roots can be traced back to the 1300s. The name of the brewery is derived from the Spaeth family, who purchased the 225-year-old brewery in 1622. Spaten’s modern tradition began in Munich in 1807 when Gabriel Sedlmayr I, brewmaster for the Royal Court of Bavaria, took over the brewery. His son, the legendary innovator Gabriel Sedlmayr II, later became brewmaster and created Munich helles as an alternative to pilsner.
Spaten’s Munich Helles is smooth, delicate, simple and subtle. It has an enticing balance between hop bitterness and malt. Spaten is a beautiful yellow-gold color and has a creamy head. This is a delicious, easy-drinking lager.

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Löwenbräu AG Premium Dark clone

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A Munich Dunkel produced by the Munich-based Löwenbräu brewery. The brewery claims to have been founded back in 1383, although proof of that history has been disputed.

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Dark Lager

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OG = 1.040 to 1.050 FG = 1.010 to 1.021 IBUs = 14 to 20 SRM = 10 to 20 The dark lager is a smooth, easy drinking beer. It is slightly

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A Bilge Pump to Clarify Wort: Projects

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Use a boating bilge pump to clarify your wort.

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First Wort Hopping Techniques

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First wort hopping: Add bittering hops to the brew kettle before the boil begins.

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Cream/Sweet Stout

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OG = 1.035 to 1.066 FG = 1.010 to 1.022 IBUs = 20 to 40 SRM 35+ Cream or milk stouts are English in origin. In response to the popularity of Guinness,

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Using Specialty Grains and Extract: Tips from the Pros

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Use specialty grains to improve your malt extract brew.

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Label Design 101

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How to make great-looking beer labels at home: Advice from a professional graphic designer (and avid homebrewer).

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Hot Rocks! Making a Stein Beer

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To make a traditional German stein bier, use superheated granite to get your wort boiling.

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Double Dipping: A Double-Decoction Lesson

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Tips, techniques and detailed instructions for doing a classic German double-decoction mash.

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German Classic Clone Recipes

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From helles to doppelbock, step-by-step recipes for brewing five delicious German beers.