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Homebrew Q&A: How to Brew A Roundhouse Clone

Question: I have been drinking Two Hearted for a long time. Just had Roundhouse for the first time at the Eccentric Café . As a homebrewer, Roundhouse is a beer I would love to make over and over! Can you provide any direction on grain bill/hops/yeast to make this?

Answer: Roundhouse uses a pretty basic red ale recipe – base malt, a mix of light and dark caramel malts for color and flavor, some Munich and/or Carapils for body, Then, a dose of honey or sugar to help dry it out. I’d use no more than a pound of either (honey or sugar – we use honey) in a 5 gallon batch. Hops use a mixture of Amarillo, Citra and Simcoe primarily – use a lot of them at the end of your boil, then dry hop with a mixture of those same hops. Again, use your favorite clean American yeast.

- David Curtis, Bell's General Store Manager and resident homebrew expert

This post is a part of an occasional homebrew Q&A series. Bell’s founder and president Larry Bell began brewing his own beer in the late 1970s after working at Sarkozy Bakery in Kalamazoo where he learned about yeast and fermentation. Larry opened his homebrew supply store, Kalamazoo Brewing Co., in 1983, which later became Bell’s Brewery. Homebrewing is still a big part of who we are. This series is an homage to our homebrew origins - one of the ways we give back to the community that helped us get to where we are today.  Homebrew equipment and supplies can be purchased online or in person at our General Store.

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