Sam Adams Clone Recipe Kit
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First time brewing this Sam Adams clone and I'm enjoying it. My ABV was a little higher than expected (5.58% to 5.9%) and the flavor was good. Not as hoppy as I've come to like but good anyway. Needs a few more days in the bottle to complete. I'll brew this again for sure. A good change from the Haze Craze beers.
I fermented a batch with lager yeast for 2 weeks, and then lagered it another 6 weeks. It came out very malty and a little darker than the original Boston Lager, but with no hop flavor. I ordered another packet of the Mittelfruh hops and added that to the keg, which helped. It was still quite a different flavor from the original. I think it tastes much more like Sam Adams Oktoberfest beer, but I would definitely do it again and if you're interested in it, give it a try.
Very pleased with this one. I have not yet done a side-by-side with this and Boston Ale (I made this with Safale-05) but I'm very happy with this one. Very smooth and well-balanced. Went one week primary and one week secondary. This is a beer I recommend to anyone - right in the middle of the stout/IPA spectrum. A real crowd pleaser!
Just tried first one in front of me. After 2 weeks in bottle, still not fully carbed. Another week no big deal. Taste-wise, it's a little bit off but I can handle it. But the aroma is definitely off big time. Doesn't have the BL aroma at all. It may improve after another week so time will tell.
I've had great luck with most of the AIH kits (the ones that were so-so was likely errors I made), but this is the one I keep coming back to. I've made both extract kits and whole-grain, when I had the time, and they were all excellent. My favorite was the one I did with lager yeast and let "do it's thing" for 3 months or so. Talk about clean and smooth, just tremendous! When I'm in a rush, the ale yeast works good too. Try it, you won't be disappointed!