Heady Topper clone recipe

Discussion in 'Homebrewing' started by cfrobrew, May 21, 2013.

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  1. cfrobrew

    cfrobrew Initiate (0) Oct 9, 2012 Texas

    I am growing up some Conan yeast from a couple of cans of heady and its working nicely. Now its time to research recipes. Does anyone know where to find a good recipe to start from? Has anyone brewed this one?
  2. VikeMan

    VikeMan Meyvn (1,386) Jul 12, 2009 Pennsylvania
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  3. NiceFly

    NiceFly Aspirant (275) Dec 22, 2011 Tajikistan

    There is also a BYO article about late hopping written by telejunkie with a clone attempt. They were so close if it was not side by side I would not have known they were different, especially once they warmed up.
  4. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    I brewed one this past weekend based on version 3 at http://www.signpostbrewing.com/heady-topper-clone-homebrew-recipe/

    The sample from the test jar was solid and it smelled great during whirlpool.

    Having powered through my last 4 pack of Heady a few weeks back, I had been waiting for ECY to release ECY29 but they recently posted something about focusing on other yeast strains for the future, so I pitched US-05 to see if I can coax peach out of it by fermenting at 62*. I'm not expecting it to be a clone, but if it's remotely close I'll be happy.
  5. telejunkie

    telejunkie Disciple (314) Sep 14, 2007 Vermont

    wow...lot of info there! Can't believe i didn't get ripped to shreds for it (or maybe i didn't read far enough).
    Thanks Nicefly!
    It really has to do with good handling of the beer throughout the process, plus proper timing of hops & plenty of Simcoe...I'm still working on the water aspect.
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  6. theveganbrewer

    theveganbrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2012 Oregon

    Hey guys, I haven't been around here in a while, but I thought I'd come back with my 4.0 recipe and the results, which are very good. I have been working on this recipe for about 9 months now, and I think I might be done, but for a few very minor tweaks on future brews, but nothing revolutionary.

    This was the closest I've ever gotten to Heady and I've had 3 people say it tasted just like it. Here's the recipe:


    The hop aroma is spot on. I want just a little more orange flavor, I think I might move a little Amarillo to the 5 min or the flameout. Otherwise, body is fantastic, taste is amazing, etc. I really think the caramalt and fermenting at 68 are super important, it really gives this thing a unique taste.

    Thank you to whoever found out about Apollo hops and the turbinado, I think telejunkie was on the Apollo. If not for that, wouldn't be at this point right now. Thanks also to the guys over at my thread on HBT for over 90 pages of discussion on this clone. There were some big breakthroughs over there that really helped pin this recipe down. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f12/heady-topper-can-you-clone-390082/

    The remaining parts of the recipe differ from the BYO clone based on my conversations with John at the Alchemist, I have verified caramalt (17.5 srm), turbinado, hop extract, and most of the hops. Also the OG/FG numbers were verified.
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  7. doomXsaloon

    doomXsaloon Initiate (187) Jul 22, 2009 New York
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    CONAN! Day 2 ...68 degrees...
  8. Bay01

    Bay01 Aspirant (278) Nov 19, 2008 Illinois

    Thanks for the update, but I don't see a recipe for version 4 on the link?
  9. theveganbrewer

    theveganbrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2012 Oregon

    It's on there, it's hidden in a social sharing plugin. You have to share it, tweet it, or like it to unlock the recipe. It's under the section Heady Topper Clone Recipe Attempt 4.0 about 1/2 way down the page.
  10. jmich24

    jmich24 Zealot (553) Jan 28, 2010 Michigan

    Would you post it for us social media rejects?
  11. Gilmango

    Gilmango Aspirant (221) Jul 17, 2007 California

    Here it is unlocked for social media rejects. Hope OP is OK with that, if not I apologize.
    Batch Size: 5.00 gal
    Boil Size: 6.47

    • 11lb 4oz Pearl Malt (84.9%)- SRM 2.4
    • 12 oz Caramalt (5.7%)- SRM 17
    • 12 oz Torrified Wheat (5.7%)- SRM 1.7
    • 8 oz Turbinado Sugar (3.8%)- Added at flameout.
    Mash at 150 degrees for 60 minutes.
    Boil Time: 90 min
    • 10.00 ml Hopshot- Boil 90.0 min- 117.8 IBUs
      1.00 oz Simcoe[13.00 %] – Boil 5.0 min-8.3 IBUs
      0.50 oz Apollo- Boil 5.0 min -4.0 IBUs
      1.00 oz Columbus [14.00 %] – Boil 0.0 min – 0.0 IBUs
      2.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Boil 0.0 min -0.0 IBUs
      1.00 oz Columbus [14.00 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min-0.0 IBUs
      1.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min-0.0 IBUs
      1.00oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min-0.0 IBUs
      0.50 oz Centennial [10.50 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min- 0.0 IBUs
      0.50 oz Apollo [12.50 %] – Aroma Steep 30.0 min- 0.0 IBUs
      1.50 oz Columbus (Tomahawk) [14.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days-0.0 IBUs
      2.00 oz Simcoe [13.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days -0.0 IBUs
      1.00 oz Amarillo Gold [8.50 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days-0.0 IBUs
      1.00 oz Centennial [10.50 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days-0.0 IBUs
      0.50 oz Apollo [17.00 %] – Dry Hop 8.0 Days-0.0 IBUs
    Beer Profile
    Est Original Gravity: 1.073 SG Measured Original Gravity: 1.074 SG
    Est Final Gravity: 1.014 SG Measured Final Gravity: 1.010 SG
    Estimated Alcohol by Vol: 7.8 % Actual Alcohol by Vol: 8.5 %
    Bitterness: 130.7 IBUs Calories: 249.4 kcal/12oz
    Est Color: 6.4 SRM

  12. theveganbrewer

    theveganbrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2012 Oregon

    I'd rather it not be here, but this is the internet. Could you at least link to my blog post on that recipe?
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  13. TheMonkfish

    TheMonkfish Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 Chad

    Hey - I just wanted to say thanks for the work on this. I brewed version 3 a couple of weeks ago - can't wait to give it a taste.
  14. rmalinowski4

    rmalinowski4 Disciple (329) Oct 22, 2010 Illinois
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    Thanks for all the work Vegan. I have been following off and on on HBT and have been checking out your blog. I hope to brew this in a couple weeks, going to start building up my dregs this weekend. Keep the updates coming on how this turns out. Cheers
  15. theveganbrewer

    theveganbrewer Initiate (0) Jun 4, 2012 Oregon

    It's done, I drank it last night, it's spot on. I am just happy to be done with it, I tried 14 different recipes until I got to this one. Now I can move on to other beers and keep this latest recipe in my stash to brew every couple of months.
  16. Gilmango

    Gilmango Aspirant (221) Jul 17, 2007 California

    Sorry about that, the link to your blog post as well as to the HBT forum is all just a few posts above, actually in several places throughout this short thread. The recipe has no context w/o knowing that it came from there. I know many people, like jmich24, who don't facebook or tweet for any number of reasons. But it is your recipe, so I apologize for posting it and doing so w/o the link. Looking forward to brewing this. Thanks again for all your hard work.
  17. Frost-Mountain-Brew

    Frost-Mountain-Brew Initiate (0) Jun 19, 2013 Vermont

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