This homebrew recipe is supposed to be a Fat Tire clone. I recently volunteered to make a beer for a picnic in late July and after consulting the gentleman who is sponsoring it, we decided that if it comes out right, a Fat Tire clone would fit the bill nicely. I bought Northern Brewer’s Phat Tyre recipe kit and went to work on it. Make no mistake about the style. Even though Fat Tire is made by the New Belgium Brewing Company, this is not a Belgian style. It is pretty characteristic of an American amber ale. The flavor is deep and malty but not sweet, and the hops have a definite bite without being overbearing. Overall, Fat Tire is a delicious beer, and one of my favorites to drink in those rare times when I buy commercial beer.
I have the feeling I will be disappointed in how this beer turns out, I am afraid. Some of the reviews on Northern Brewer’s website say that although this homebrew recipe produces a tasty brew, it is not quite the beer that the name implies. To me, this is part of the fun of homebrewing. Making beer can be a bit like a crap shoot. I am certain this recipe will make an appropriate beverage for the occasion and will definitely make an American style amber ale, but I doubt it will quite be the award-winning beverage it promises to be. All the same, it will be free beer for the attendees of the picnic.
5 lbs. Belgian Pilsner malt
2 lbs. German Munich Malt
2 lbs. German Dark Munich Malt
0.50 lbs. Victory Malt
0.50 lbs. Breiss Crystal 60
1 oz German Perle (60 min)
1 oz Hersbrucker (15 min)
Safale US-05 (dry) or Wyeast #1762 Belgian Abbey II (liquid)
Two days before my brew day I made my yeast starter with the Wyeast liquid yeast. Steep the crushed grains in 12 quarts of 152 degree water for 60 minutes. Sparge with four gallons of 168 water. Boil 60 minutes, adding the hops at the right times. Cool your wort, put it in a sanitized fermenter, and add your yeast.