Monday, May 11, 2009

Lug Wrench Brew: Devoted Brother, a Lost Abbey Devotion Clone

In May of 2009, Lug Wrench brewed its first collaborative beer - Devoted Brother, a clone of the Lost Abbey's Devotion. Devotion is a Belgian pale ale that has gained quite a following since Lost Abbey began producing it. Neither of us had tried the beer before, but we certainly had heard its hype. When we saw the clone recipe in the July-August 2008 issue of BYO, we decided to give it a shot.

Devoted Brother - Clone Recipe for Lost Abbey's Devotion Ale

Recipe Specifics
Batch Size (Gal): 5.5
Total Grain + Sugar (Lbs): 9.5
OG: 1.052
FG: 1.006
SRM: 4
IBU: 35
ABV: 5.9%
Brewhouse Efficiency: 81 %
Wort Boil Time: 90 Minutes

7.50 lbs. Continental Pilsner Malt
0.50 lbs. Crystal 20L
1.50 lbs. Dextrose

All hops are pellet hops
0.40 oz Warrior (14.75% AA) at 90 minutes
0.30 oz Brewers Gold (9.1% AA) at 45 minutes
0.30 oz Brewers Gold (9.1% AA) at 15 minutes
0.80 oz German Tradition (5.4% AA) at 0 minutes

1.0 Tab Whirlfloc at 15 Min
28 drops of Foam Control in the boil

WLP575 – Belgian Ale Yeast Blend (1L starter)

Mash Schedule
60 min at 146°F

Brewed on 5/11/2009 by the Wallace Brothers. First collaborative brewing session.

The wort was aerated with an aquarium pump, sterile filter, and stainless stone for 20 minutes.

Yeast was pitched when wort was at 67°F. The beer was allowed to natural rise over the four day fermentation, ending up at about 72°F.

Fermentation was very vigorous, resulting in the beer pushing up through the airlock and spilling on the floor.

5/27/09 - Racked the beer to secondary to hold until an empty keg was available to transfer into.

6/1/09 - Transfered the beer to keg and set at 2.5 volumes of CO2 with storage at 40°F. Beer has a decidedly cidery and rough character to it.

7/7/09 - The cidery character has evened out and the beer has started to develop a "funk" in the aroma.

7/18/09 - We did a side-by-side comparison of our beer with the actual Devotion. The homebrewed version had a very "grainy" and rough character compared to Devotion, which was light and smooth. You could tell they were similar, but definately not cloned.

8/2/09 - Keg is all gone.
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