Heineken Clone

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Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:01 pm

I plan on making a Heineken clone in the very near future. One of my best friend really loves Heineken and also is considering getting into home brewing.......which of course I am really trying to encourage. I know that if I made a Heineken clone and it turned out really close, it would push him over the edge and he'd start home brewing. So I came across this recipe on HBT and am thinking of using it. Thoughts? Anything that you would change?

Amount Item Type % or IBU
9 lbs 4.0 oz Pilsner (2 Row) Ger (2.0 SRM) Grain 97.4 %
4.0 oz German Light Crystal Malt (10 SRM) Grain 2.6 %
0.35 oz Northern Brewer [8.00%] (90 min) Hops 12.3 IBU
0.75 oz Hallertauer [3.25%] (90 min) Hops 10.0 IBU
0.25 oz Hallertauer [3.25%] (10 min) Hops 1.7 IBU
1.00 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 min) Misc

Danish Lager (Wyeast Labs #2042) Yeast-Lager


Beer Profile

Est Original Gravity: 1.053
Est Final Gravity: 1.013
Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 5.2 %
Bitterness: 23.6 IBU
Est Color: 4.0 SRM
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Tony L » Wed Jul 25, 2012 8:55 am

That looks like it would make a great clone, keeping in mind that real Heini uses a portion of corn in it's recipe to make
up some of the alcohol and to lighten the flavour.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Dirt Chicken » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:19 am

ani idea what percentage of corn? like 2lbs in a 5gal batch ??
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby mr x » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:23 am

I'd think 10% at least.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby vgoreham » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:25 am

Are you going to leave it out in the sun to get that authentic Heineken taste? :P
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Dirt Chicken » Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:44 am

vgoreham wrote:Are you going to leave it out in the sun to get that authentic Heineken taste? :P


Or better yet, let it sweat under a few metal halides!!
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Fri Aug 03, 2012 11:53 pm

Tony L wrote:That looks like it would make a great clone, keeping in mind that real Heini uses a portion of corn in it's recipe to make
up some of the alcohol and to lighten the flavour.


Cool, thanks Tony. I'll add a pound of flaked corn as you suggest. I had to special order the 2042 Danish Lager yeast from NG and once it arrives I'll be brewing it.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Tony L » Sat Aug 04, 2012 4:25 am

vgoreham wrote:Are you going to leave it out in the sun to get that authentic Heineken taste? :P



Oh ye of little faith.......Heiniken in a can that hasn't been exposed to light is good for what it is supposed to be. A clean euro lager.
No skunk.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby vgoreham » Sat Aug 04, 2012 8:04 am

Haha. I know. But to be honest I actually kind of prefer the bottles..
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby erslar00 » Sat Aug 04, 2012 9:23 pm

vgoreham wrote:Haha. I know. But to be honest I actually kind of prefer the bottles..


I know a few people like that... I tried to switch them over to the cans claiming superior taste and they won't budge...
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Thu Aug 09, 2012 6:54 pm

Brewing this recipe up tomorrow with my buddy. Adding a pound of flaked corn to the recipe as per Tony's suggestion.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Sat Aug 11, 2012 9:28 am

I got the Heineken clone brewed up yesterday and it's currently in my fermentation fridge at a temp of 52F.

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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Tony L » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:43 am

What was your OG ?
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Sat Aug 11, 2012 11:59 am

Tony L wrote:What was your OG ?


Tony, I ended up at 1.054.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Tony L » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:51 pm

Perfect.

I have an IPA planned for my next brew... hopefully next weekend.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Sat Aug 11, 2012 12:53 pm

Tony L wrote:Perfect.

I have an IPA planned for my next brew... hopefully next weekend.


I need a good IPA in my pipeline and planning on brewing one next week as well. Looking at doing a Stone Ruination clone.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby theanthropos » Sat Oct 27, 2012 10:37 pm

erslar00 wrote:
vgoreham wrote:Haha. I know. But to be honest I actually kind of prefer the bottles..


I know a few people like that... I tried to switch them over to the cans claiming superior taste and they won't budge...



And I would be one of them. The skunkiness gives it a very dintinquised taste. Heiny is my favorite beer as well and I will be planning to use the recipe and suggestions here and see how it comes out. I will oxidize the hops tool--that's good stuff.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby mr x » Sun Oct 28, 2012 7:45 am

Oxidizing the hops won't give you the skunk from my experience. I think you need to hit the beer with uv.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Hoodie » Tue Nov 20, 2012 12:04 pm

How did the clone turn out? Did you add the pound of flaked corn or did you substitute a pound for something else called for in the original recipe.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:46 pm

Hoodie wrote:How did the clone turn out? Did you add the pound of flaked corn or did you substitute a pound for something else called for in the original recipe.


It turned out very well. I ended up making two batches of it (one for me and one for my buddy) and I used a pound of flaked corn in both. Mine was lagered for 7 weeks. My Heineken drinking buddy claims that it's virtually identical to the real thing.


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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby erslar00 » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:42 pm

Sounds Good. I will give this a shot shortly... sans the UV of course, haha. I do have a question though... Did you start fermentation at 52 deg and hold it at 52 and ferment it out and then lager it for 7 weeks at 2 to 4 deg.. or you mean you held it at 52 deg for 7 weeks? thx
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby canuck » Tue Nov 20, 2012 9:57 pm

erslar00 wrote:Sounds Good. I will give this a shot shortly... sans the UV of course, haha. I do have a question though... Did you start fermentation at 52 deg and hold it at 52 and ferment it out and then lager it for 7 weeks at 2 to 4 deg.. or you mean you held it at 52 deg for 7 weeks? thx


I held it steady at 52F in my ferm fridge for 27 days. No specific reason why 27 days, I just looked back on my records and that's how long it was in the primary. Once transferred to the keg, I lagered it at 34F for 7 weeks.
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Re: Heineken Clone

Postby Hoptimus Prime » Mon Nov 26, 2012 2:02 pm

going to try this recipe soon
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