Becks Clone Recipe

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Hello hello. I am new to brewing, but have just completed 2 brews. 1
pilsner and 1 Bavarian Heffe-Weissen. (Both Extract, and very good beers) I  
am fermenting a guinness clone from "Clone Brews"currently.
        I now want to brew a german Lager, particularily Becks. Does anyone
know where I may find a clone recipe for this? Been looking for a while
with no luck. Thanks.

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Belgian Ale

    


Belgian Ale


Classification: Belgian ale, all-grain
Source: Robert Aves (robert.aves@softnet.com), r.c.b., 2/26/95


In response to your request about a recipe for Belgian style Ale, here
is a full
grain recipe that i brewed and actually came out quite close to
style.!
Ingredients:
  8.5 lbs. 2-row pale malt
  1.5 lbs. Munich Malt
  4 oz. Crystal Malt (35 Lovibond)
  1 oz. Chocolate Malt
  1 lb. Demerrara sugar
  1/2 tsp Gypsum Mash & Sparge each
  1 oz. Hallertau (3.8%)
  3/4 oz. Stryian Goldings(5.0%)
  1/2 oz. Saaz (3.5%)
  1 Tsp Irish Moss
  Chimay Yeast starter (1.5 Qts.)
Procedure:
Mash in with 12 qts. water @ 122 degrees F. and rest 30 min. Raise to
140 F and
rest 10-15 min. Raise to 150 F and wait till starch is converted(90
min.) Mash
out at 168 F and rest 10 min. Sparge with 168 F water to collect 23-24
litres(5.75-6.0 Gallons) Boil for 70-90 min. with the following hop
schedule.--
1 oz. Hallertau for 65-70 min. 1/2 oz. Stryian Goldings for 65 min.--
1/4 oz. S.
Goldings for 40 min. 1/2 oz. Saaz for the final 3 min. -- Cool to
pitching
temperature(68-70F) and pitch yeast starter. I racked this brew when
primary
fermentation was done and added 1/4 oz. of Saaz to the secondary (dry
hop) and
let sit for 2 weeks before bottling. Added 3/4 cup of dextrose to
prime. Make
sure you let this beer condition in the bottle for at least 3 months
before
sampling. Actually it gets better after 6 months in the bottle. By the
way, this
recipe is for 5 U.S. gallons and you may want to increase or decrease
the amount
of grains depending on the efficiency of your system. My starting
gravity was
1.068 and finished off at 1.012.( about 7.4% A/V).
Specifics:
  OG: 1068
  FG: 1012



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Isn't Beck's a German Lager?

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My thoughts exactly.
Not only that, Becks is a very light dry lager so there's no place for
munich, crystal, chocolate or dark sugar. Anyway, Becks is made to the
purity law so there's definitely no sugar in it. At a guess, its made with
straight pils malt about 1.5-2Lov and maybe a little carapils or carafoam
for body. The dominating flavour of Becks is the hop flavour/aroma - not
much malt. I've tried varios methods of hopping to try to duplicate it
without success. IMO they use a very late addition hop extract to get the
flavour - probably just before bottling. It would also use a neutral lager
yeast not an ale yeast.
Steve W.
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Correct, their website describes the beer as "fresh 'hoppy' bouquet" and
"slightly fruity" which to me would describe Northdown, Tettnang and/or
Hersbrucker possibly.  Hersbrucker for boiling, Tettnanger for finishing &
Northdown for aroma (or hopbacked maybe?).

I'd go with the Pils base malt also and maybe a sprinkle of 10L or 20L
Crystal for slight coloring & as you said Carapils for head.

Not much is published by Becks Re: their beers, so unless you have what I
call Perfect Palate (akin to Perfect Pitch in the music world) it would be
hard to nail down exact ingredients.

The (lager) yeast would have to be a strain that provides a "dry, clean
finish" & there are many German varieties that do just that.

Experiment!!!  I may just try this out to see for myself.

Kent


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Well after a little investigation, I found that the most likely yeast to
use is a Beligian lager strain. That said,I do not have the equipment nor
experiance to attempt an all grain brew. I wonder how one could do this
with extract. I wonder if you use the lightest extract you can find, along
with the hops described before, if something close to Becks can be found?
Cheers.

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I don't think you can clone Becks with an extract beer. It's hard enough
with all-grain. However, that said, if you plan to produce a light style dry
lager using light malt dried extract and hops to suit the style and ferment
with the right yeast at the right temperature, you can produce a very good
beer. If you expect it to be like Becks and it isn't, you could be
dissapointed, where if you target your brewing to making *a* light lager and
it comes out that way, you're be happy with the results.
Good brewing, Steve W.



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