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Offline BrewingAroundtheRealm

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Brewing a Troegs Mad Elf Ale Clone + Recipe
« on: January 18, 2019, 09:17:19 AM »
I started thinking about what I was going to brew for the holiday season back in October. Troegs Mad Elf Ale has been my go-to holiday beer for a very long time. I set out to create a clone.

I searched for an accurate recipe that matched up with the malts listed on Troegs site: https://troegs.com/beer/mad-elf/ Unfortunately I didn't find anything that quite matched up. Most of them were either too dark with an SRM of 18 - 20 or over hopped.

The recipe I came up with is listed on my website here: https://brewingaroundtherealm.com/brewing-a-mad-elf-ale-clone-recipe-troegs-independent-brewing/

My full brew day, with tasting notes at the end, is posted here:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LbzSxxLLwCk

I would make two changes to the recipe. Additional canned cherries and changing out the dark Munich for a lighter one.

The original threads I started with on Home Brew Talk are here:
https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/troegs-mad-elf.435795/
https://www.homebrewtalk.com/forum/threads/tr%C3%B6egs-mad-elf-ale-clone.183922/

Has anyone else tried to brew a Mad Elf clone?

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Re: Brewing a Troegs Mad Elf Ale Clone + Recipe
« Reply #1 on: April 05, 2019, 11:48:44 AM »
A buddy and I are planning to brew a Mad Elf clone sometime this spring, to age and enjoy for the holidays... but instead of 6 gallons we are planning on brewing up 15 at our LHBS!

Now that a few months have passed since you've brewed it, have you had any more revelations/ thoughts about brewing the clone? (I think we are going to use your recipe + the ideas to use lighter munich and more cherries)

Have you had any left over since the holidays? If so, how has it developed since then?

When we make it later this year, I'll try to remember to post about our experience!

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Re: Brewing a Troegs Mad Elf Ale Clone + Recipe
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2019, 10:34:27 AM »
Please post your experience with this if you do brew it.

I kegged this entire batch. Which didn't leave anything for bottling or aging. I was thinking about brewing a batch over the Summer and barrel aging it for the holidays. I'm not sure how that would work out. Maybe barrel age it then move to a secondary with the cherries after a few months. I can't imagine getting pureed cherries out of a barrel would be much fun.

Other than lighter Munich and more cherries I don't think there is much I would change.

Thanks for watching and reading the recipe!