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Bud Like

Bud Like Ale


This recipe was written by Jim Baker. Jim says he has this beer on hand for that person who just insists on a Bud Light. He serves up one of these and says, “I thought you said Bud Like.” It is a light, crisp ale that tastes remarkably like a Bud... Only better.

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Malt Extracts


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  1. If you chose liquid yeast, prepare the yeast according to the directions on the back of the package. If you chose a dry active yeast, you will need to add it after the wort has cooled, step 7.
  2. Add malt extract, rice syrups solids, dextrose, and Brew Saltz to 2 gallons of water and, while stirring, bring to a boil.
  3. Make note of the time the boil starts and add 1 oz of Saaz hops. Do not boil too hard, make sure it is a calm boil.
  4. After 45 mins of boil add 1/2 oz of Saaz hops.
  5. After an additional 5 mins of boiling add the Irish Moss.
  6. Boil a final 10 mins and add final 1/2 oz of Saaz hops then turn off heat and gently stir for a few minutes. Cool the wort and add to fermenter on top of 2 gallons of very cold water. HINT: 8 lbs of filtered ice = 1 gallon of water.
  7. Top off to 5 gallons. After the wort cools to 80° or below open the yeast package and pour the contents on top of the wort.
  8. Ferment for 7-10 days at 68°-72° F. Optional: You can transfer from primary to secondary after 5 days and leave in secondary for 7 days.
  9. The final specific gravity should be 1.008-1.010. To bottle, rack into bottling bucket. Heat 12 oz of water and 3/4 cup dextrose in microwave for 2 minutes then add to bottling bucket. Stir together gently and thoroughly. Bottle and cap. Store at room temperature 7-10 days. Chill as needed and enjoy!

Bud Like Recipe

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