Made another batch of beer today, making this my third brew in as many days. Decided to do a lighter beer, but something with some kick to it. I recall having Rogue’s Dead Guy Ale and it being a good beer, and reading reviews of the beer made me want to attempt a clone. Here is the recipe I will be using to brew a 5.5 gallon batch of my Dead Clone Ale, a nice Helles Bock style beer. It should have a nice malty character with some hops to balance but not to overpower the malt.
Heated 2 gallons of water to 155 F and then added the grains in a nylon bag to the water. The grains were steeped and stirred frequently for one hour. After this hour, a gallon of hot water was used to rinse the grains into the pot, and then the grains were discarded. The water was then heated to a boil as the light malt extract was dissolved into the wort.
Once a boil was achieved, the entire ounce of Perle hops were added at 60 minutes for bittering. After 30 minutes half an ounce of Saaz hops were added for some mild bittering and flavor. At 15 minutes the small bit of Irish Moss was added, and at 5 minutes the final half ounce of Saaz hops was added for aroma.
Put into primary 6-30-10. Original Gravity measured at 1.061 (8.0% potential alcohol) with 36.6 IBU. Will let this primary ferment for one week before racking to the secondary carboy (I read that the Pacman yeast, which is the strain used by Rogue, is very active and will convert most of the sugars in a week).
Racked this beer to a 5-gallon carboy on 7-7-10. I checked the specific gravity and it came out to be 1.012.
Bottled this beer on 7-19-10. Final gravity was 1.012 giving 6.7% ABV, pretty good alcohol content for this batch. Will let bottle condition for a while before drinking.