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Better German Pilsner

Better German Pilsner
Lager
This recipe from Josh Weikert, author of the Beer: Simple blog is for a bare-bones, but crisp and flavorful, German Pils. The grist is simplicity itself, all Pils with just a touch of Victory to bring out a rich grainy malt flavor, and it has plenty of IBUs and hops flavor to keep it firmly in the Pilsner family. He ... Read more

Scratch Brewing’s Dead Leaves and Carrots Beer Recipe

Scratch Brewing's Dead Leaves and Carrots Beer Recipe
Fruit & Herbal
Published: 2016-11-01
This is one of Scratch Brewing (Ava, Illinois) customers’ all-time favorites. It’s a lightly bready English bitter with a touch of smoke and a dry, crisp finish. It was inspired by the crisp crunch of fall leaves and that dry, almost toasted paper aroma. The oak leaves add extra bitterness and tannins, and the carrots add extra ... Read more

Make Your Best Scottish Light Ale (60/-)

Make Your Best Scottish Light Ale (60/-)
Ales
If it’s November, it’s time to brew the beer that will carry me through the winter holiday parties. And if you’re like me, you want beer on tap that will be flavorful but also low in ABV so that your guests can still make their way home safely. So what’s a brewer to do? In my case, I make ... Read more

How to Make Beer Clone Recipes

How to Make Beer Clone Recipes
Ales
Although I make a vast majority of my own beer, I still like to head to my local tap house and have a fresh, quality craft beer from time to time. I benefit from this in a couple of ways and so can you. First, it helps with the continuous education of my passion for beer making by discussing the ... Read more

Beers Made with Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans are ‘Blowing People’s Minds’

Beers Made with Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans are ‘Blowing People’s Minds’
When we think of barrel-aged beer, we usually think of beer that’s been brewed and then left to age in whiskey or wine barrels. But a few brewers are putting a new twist on that and spinning things around the other way: Introducing a beer, brewed with barrel-aged coffee beans. If you’re not into coffee, you may not have heard ... Read more

How to Make Hard Cider – The Easy Way

How to Make Hard Cider – The Easy Way
Cider
I’ve never been a big cider fan, but a friend sent me a recipe he said I must try, so I made my first batch and it actually came out great! I thought I would share the recipe and method with you so you can give it a try. This is a simple recipe made from apple juice, though you ... Read more

Brewers Find Bold Beer Flavors in Barrels Beyond Bourbon

Brewers Find Bold Beer Flavors in Barrels Beyond Bourbon
The number of craft breweries with some level of barrel aging program has risen dramatically over the past decade, with most gravitating toward used whiskey casks, particularly bourbon, to add new oaky, vanilla and boozy flavor elements to select batches. But whiskey certainly is far from being the only game in town, especially as brewers experiment with oak containers that ... Read more

Brewing with Chocolate, Methods and Process

Brewing with Chocolate, Methods and Process
Chocolate and beer are two of the best substances in the world, so they can only be better together, right? There are a number of ways to infuse the goodness of cacao, along with all the antioxidant power packed into those little beans, into your homebrew. Armed with sharp taste buds and a hint of imagination, the home brewer can ... Read more

6 Beginner Beer Recipes and Styles

6 Beginner Beer Recipes and Styles
Blond, Dark, Stout
We find ourselves in a golden era of beer. There are more breweries open in the United States than ever before, with more and more opening every day. Countless styles and amazing quality are at our fingertips, and tips of our tongues, in nearly every city in the country. As homebrewers, this massive quantity of great beer can be inspiring, ... Read more

Run to the Pils Recipe

Run to the Pils Recipe
Lager
Jeremy Myers, head brewer and co-owner of Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, Massachusetts) notes that there are no brewing salts added for mash pH adjustment. This recipe follows the Reinheitsgebot, so he uses acidulated malt. ALL-GRAIN Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters) Efficiency: 83% Attenuation: 83% OG: 1.049 (12.17°P) FG: 1.009 (2.14°P) IBUs: 36 ABV: 5.34%

MALT/GRAIN BILL

6.83 ... Read more

Make Your Best Southern English Brown

Make Your Best Southern English Brown
Ales, Dark

Style

The southern English brown ale or London brown ale is a style that’s rarely seen on the shelves these days, but it’s still a good one to have in your arsenal. It’s a beer that drinks a lot “bigger” than it actually is, with a deep flavor palate and body but relatively little alcohol. It occupies a middle ... Read more

Make Your First Batch an IPA

Make Your First Batch an IPA
IPA, IPA beer
So you’ve decided to take up homebrewing. You’ve bought starter equipment (or received a kit as a gift). You have a reference book or two. And you’ve obviously found the Craft Beer & Brewing website. You’ve used your acute need for bottles as justification for buying more beer. All that’s left is to pick a recipe and get to ... Read more
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