Homebrew - Four Loko / Joose clone recipe
April 12, 2012 6:49 AM Subscribe
I'm a novice homebrewer looking to brew something similar to the pre-2011 versions of Four Loko / Joose. Would anyone be able to provide information on a clone homebrew recipe for the caffeine, taurine, and guarana versions of Four Loko / Joose?
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Note to Ask MetaFilter moderators: In researching this topic, I found a thread on a homebrewing forum where some of the participants seemed to think it was illegal in the United States for an individual to brew such a concoction. In reading the information published by the FDA, it relates to commercial operations. I also spoke to the owner of a local homebrew store and he said there is nothing illegal about an individual creating a brew with the above mentioned ingredients.
To the topic...
I am looking for a true, complete, coherent clone homebrew recipe (not the "fake" recipes that are at the top of an Internet search that concern mixing Jolly Ranchers, Sprite, an energy drink, and malt liquor.).
The only decent information I was able to find on the topic was a blog post on the Brew Your Own (BYO) website (http://www.byo.com/blogs/a-quad-of-sorts-or-my-horizontal-everest-.html). That blog post stopped at the fermentation stage. It is not a complete recipe at this point. I emailed BYO to ask if a follow-up post would be published and if the full recipe would be provided, but a reply has not been received. I also found a couple threads on the HomeBrewTalk.com forums, but those did not provide the solution. My hope is the recipe would also address some of the challenges of this somewhat unusual brew, such as tips for successfully creating the high gravity wort, a discussion on where to purchase any non-typical ingredients (caffeine, taurine, guarana, etc), and at what point in the process to add such ingredients and in what quantity.
Note to potential responders: I do not wish for this thread to degrade into an argument of the merits of this endeavor. If you think it is stupid, so be it, but let's stick to productive replies.
Thanks for your time.