top left corner

Phat & Tyred Amber Ale

Brewed: 07/24/2011   Kegged: 08/09/2011

Since I started brewing beer (way back in '09), I'd been planning on someday making a clone of New Belgium Brewery's Fat Tire Amber Ale.  I checked out books from the library with clone recipes in them.  I've come across recipes online.  My LHBS has a clone they sell called Fat Tire(ish) Clone Recipe.  My forum buddy D-Rock even posted a clone recipe on the Mr. Beer forums he calls Mai Tyre. 

To come up with my recipe, I took elements from most of these, especially D-Rock's, and came up with my own version.  By coincidence, I used WY1272 American Ale II yeast in my most recent version of Eric's Red, and that is what D-Rock had selected for his clone.  The fact that at the time, I had no Mr. Beer ingredients and some harvested WY1272 and that D-Rock so recently posted his version all combined to tell me that it was the time to try my clone.

This was my first partial mash and my first use of harvested yeast.  It was also my first addition of Irish Moss.

My first attempt at this beer was mixed on 07/01/2009.  It turned out great.  It was not quite Fat Tire, but I actually liked it better than Fat Tire when I did the comparison.  The second batch was mixed on 8/27.  There were not a lot of changes to the 2nd batch.  Basically, just going with a light DME instead of dark and standardizing the specialty grains at .25lbs.

And, of course, I just could not leave well enough alone.  My third batch was different again.  Using Briess Pilsen Light LME and some 2-row malt should lighten it up even more.  Added a bit more hops to bring the BU:GU to right around 50.  Also, the yeast is not harvested this time (although I did harvest it from this batch).  Before even tasting batch 3, I started batch 4 which included just a bit of chocolate malt.  Batch 5 was exactly the same except I replaced the chocolate malt with pale chocolate malt.  Batch 6 was an all-grain recipe. Batch 7 is also all-grain, but in a 5 gallon batch instead of in a Mr. Beer size.

Eventually, I should get to my final recipe on this one. 

If you are curious what I written about Phat & Tyred on my blog:

Phat & Tyred Ale (AG) batch 7 --- cost $27.78

American Amber Ale
Batch Size
5.50 gal
All Grain
Boil Size   7.00 gal
Mash Efficiency   70.00   Boil Time   90 minutes

Recipe Characteristics

Recipe Gravity
1.058 SG
Estimated FG
1.015 SG
Recipe Bitterness
30.8 IBUs (Rager)
Alcohol by Volume
5.7 %
BU : GU   0.531        
Recipe Color
13.6 SRM
Measured OG:    1.060   Measured FG:    1.018
ADF:    70%   Measured ABV:    6.2%


Amt Name Type # %/IBU
9 lbs Pale Malt (2 Row) US (2.0 SRM) Grain 1 70.6 %
13.0 oz Biscuit Malt (23.0 SRM) Grain 2 6.4 %
13.0 oz Caramel/Crystal Malt - 60L (60.0 SRM) Grain 3 6.4 %
13.0 oz Munich Malt (9.0 SRM) Grain 4 6.4 %
13.0 oz Victory Malt (25.0 SRM) Grain 5 6.4 %
4.0 oz Cara-Pils/Dextrine (2.0 SRM) Grain 6 2.0 %
4.0 oz Pale Chocolate Malt (200.0 SRM) Grain 7 2.0 %
1.00 oz Williamette [4.80 %] - Boil 60.0 min Hop 8 17.8 IBUs
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.40 %] - Boil 25.0 min Hop 10 3.3 IBUs
0.50 oz Fuggles [4.40 %] - Boil 15.0 min Hop 12 2.2 IBUs
0.50 tsp Irish Moss (Boil 15.0 mins) Fining 11 -
0.50 tsp Yeast Nutrient (Boil 10.0 mins) Other 13 -
1.0 pkg American Ale II (Harvested) (Wyeast Labs #1272) [125.00 ml] Yeast 14 -
0.50 oz Goldings, East Kent [4.50 %] - Boil 45.0 min Hop 9 7.5 IBUs

Mash Profile

Mash Steps
Name Description Step Temperature Step Time
Saccharification Add 31.73 qt of water at 161.0 F 154.0 F 60 min

Remove grains, and prepare to boil wort Recipe Notes
Harvested yeast from Phat & Tyred Ale
Ferment 1 week ~65F followed by 1 week ~72F
Batch prime with 2.25 oz table sugar boiled in 1 cup water.

Brewing Record

Brew Date:
Strike Temp:   161
Mash Temps:
 150, 154, got up to 160. Back down to 154
Pre-boil OG   (1.054 SG)   Pre-boil Vol   (7.00 gal)
Actual Mash Efficiency
Pitch Temp    64
Day 1: 60F slow start, but going at the end of the day.
Day 2: 62F active fermentation 
Day 3: 64F slowing down by the end of the day 

Click here to see previous recipes
bottom left corner
SheppyBrew Home Page