Where to Find the Best Clone Beer Recipes
Finding a beer you love and trying to replicate the taste is not only a great deal of fun for the home brewer, it is also a valuable and necessary step to improving your skill and understanding of what goes into a winning beer. In this article I want to point you to my favorite resources for the best clone beer recipes.
Written by Mark and Tess Szamatulski. Measurements in Metric and US imperial.
This should be every home brewer’s first recipe book. The Szamatulskis have travelled the world tasting, trialing, asking questions, and compiling data so they can bring you 200 recipes for the world’s most popular beers. Even better – every recipe comes with an extract, partial mash, and all-grain version!
After ‘How to Brew’ by John Palmer, this should be every brewer’s second book purchase. Get it on Amazon.
Written by Mark and Tess Szamaltulski
Improving on their previous work, the Szamaltulskis aim ‘Beer Captured’ directly at craft brewers, with (arguably) a better beer selection for the discerning beer drinker. Featuring 150 delicious craft beers from across the globe, this book also contains several appendices not covered in the original, which provide brilliantly simplified insights into the processes of brewing.
You will still find the excellent conversions for extract or partial mash brewing, making this book essential for brewers of all levels. In fact, I far prefer ‘Beer Captured’ to the original ‘Clonebrews’. Get it on Amazon.
Written by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer
Two of the greatest names in the world of home brew came together in this masterpiece of easy brewing recipes. Geared mostly toward extract brewers, this terrific book provides readers with 80 winning beer recipes that anyone can make with minimal experience. It’s super easy with this book!
Although they are not technically clone beer recipes, a discerning reader can pretty easily figure out which beers inspired the authors. Get it on Amazon.
Your favorite homebrew forum
Q: “How many home brewers does it take to screw in a lightbulb?”
A: “Ten. One to screw in the lightbulb, Nine to tell him he’s doing it wrong.”
I actually do not recommend using forums to find recipes until you have already been brewing for some time. Like most of the internet, home brew forums are frequented by people with big opinions and very little practical experience.
Although you can and will find absolutely vital information on the forums, you will need to be able to tell what is important and what was written by trolls.
Cloning Brews By Yourself
This is easier than it sounds, but you need to be prepared to retry variations on the same recipe many times. There are usually only four ingredients to get right, so it’s not exactly rocket science.
Unfortunately, it may not be rocket science but it is largely molecular biology. I’ll be posting more about this later, so until then, please check out the resources above, and happy brewing!
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