Homebrew Clone Recipes

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Imperial Stout

Black is Beautiful Homebrew Recipe

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By the American Homebrewers Association Black Lives Matter. Black breweries and black beer lovers contribute so much to the craft brewing community and we are all better when all of us are valued, respected, and have equal access to opportunities. We all have much to do ahead to bring awareness to and eradicate systemic racism, but one small step we can all take right now, together, is to support the Black is Beautiful initiative. Imagined by Marcus Baskerville, founder and head brewer at Weathered Souls Brewing in San Antonio, Texas, the Black is Beautiful initiative is a collaborative effort amongst the brewing community and its customers, to bring awareness to the injustices that many people of color face daily. Its mission is to bridge the gap that has been around for ages and provide a platform to show that the brewing community is an inclusive place for everyone of any color. In just two short weeks, more than 700 breweries from 50 states and 13 countries have signed on to support the project and brew Black Is Beautiful, a moderately-high ABV stout. AHA Governing Committee member and past Homebrewer of the Year Annie Johnson worked with Baskerville to scale the recipe down to a volume suitable for homebrewers. Learn more at BlackisBeautiful.beer and if you brew the beer be sure to share your story using the official logo and #BlackIsBeautifulBeer hashtag. Read More

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Specialty Beer

Surly Coffee Bender

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This beer recipe is featured in "Brew With Your Brew" by Brandon Whalen in the July/August 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

Surly Brewing Co. (Minneapolis, MN) shared the recipe for their oatmeal brown ale infused with coffee. The commercial version uses coffee from Minneapolis's own Coffee and Tea Ltd, but Surly's brewers advise homebrewers to choose a fresh, locally-roasted coffee.

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American Stout

Rogue Chocolate Stout Clone

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When searching for the perfect holiday ale to brew, this Rogue Chocolate Stout clone begs for your attention. Found in July/August 2009 Zymurgy and created by Amahl Turczyn, this beer has won a laundry list of awards since 2000.

Many chocolate stouts seem to have acidic coffee flavors and end up falling short of real chocolate flavor. However, Rogue's Chocolate Stout is smooth, sweet and velvety, and tastes like a chocolate malted milkshake with slight hoppiness and bittersweet chocolate notes.

The allure of this beer comes down to the chocolate flavors, which makes it enjoyable for both the chocolate and beer lover. The sweet, creamy head gives way to a rich chocolate truffle finish. This beer pairs perfectly with desserts as it's balanced by plenty of roasty flavor and bitterness. We suggest pairing with a chocolate cheesecake, chocolate cream pie or other rich chocolate dessert.

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India Pale Ale

Mango Maya Milkshake IPA

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Rusty Burrell’s Mango Maya Milkshake IPA won the annual Stone Homebrew Competition & AHA Rally in November 2018. The beer was a crowd favorite during the people’s-choice-style vote, and the Stone team recently replicated Rusty’s recipe at Stone World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station. The beer has been on tap in San Diego and Richmond, VA, for several weeks, but it won’t last long! It was also entered into the coveted Great American Beer Festival Pro-Am Competition in 2019.

“The recipe is inspired by a strawberry milkshake IPA that my fellow beer nerd brother-in-law shared with me from Tired Hands Brewing Co. I was blown away by it. Throughout the ensuing months, I drafted up several milkshake IPA recipes using different fruits such as strawberry, blueberry, and peach. My daughter Maya's first birthday was approaching, and my brother-in-law was coming to town for the event; so I knew I had to nail a good milkshake IPA to showcase my skills for him and the rest of the family for the celebration. 'Mango Maya' was the result—mango milkshake IPA with coconut. It was a hit at the party, so I entered it into the Stone Homebrew Competition and won!

"The tropical mango and coconut combination paired with the vanilla and lactose makes for a tasty brew. The hops come through just enough to let you know they are there, but not as much as you'd expect for the amount of hops in the recipe. I've been able to serve this to many folks who've said they don't prefer IPA, or even beer in general!”

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Other Mead: Metheglin

Prairie Rose Meadery Vanilla Cinnamon Mead

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Mead Day 2019 Official Recipe Try your hand at this semi-sweet mead made with Madagascar vanilla bean and Saigon and Vietnamese cinnamon. Prairie Rose Meadery in Fargo, N.D. suggests pairing this with almost any sweet dessert. We think a Mexican hot chocolate cake would be perfect!

This homebrew recipe is featured in Top 50 Commercial Clone Beer Recipes. Find out what recipe was featured for your state! Read More

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India Pale Ale

Tree House Brewing Company Julius Clone

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This beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

AHA member Marshall Bishop loves Tree House Julius so much that he has devoted untold hours to developing a faithful homebrew clone, the recipe for which he has kindly shared with us. Marshall offers helpful advice for brewing this recipe.

Water chemistry, a specific combination of yeasts, plus acids and essential oils from the hops combine to give this beer its hazy appearance. Tree House doesn't use flaked grains.

Minimizing calcium in the brewing water contributes a soft mouthfeel. Hard water ions such as magnesium and calcium can contribute chalky, thick sensations - if you want softness in a beer, start with soft water. Using canning salt (sodium chloride) provides chloride without adding calcium.

The long whirlpool at 108°F (42°C) extracts and retains volatile hop flavor and aroma compounds that would otherwise evaporate at higher temperatures. You can replace the whirlpool with a hop stand to maximize contact between hops and wort, but you will get the best utilization from constantly stirring during whirlpool.

Dried yeast has sufficient sterols for healthy fermentation, so there's no need to aerate or oxygenate. You want to stress the yeast enough to encourage ester production. Esters and other complex fruity, yeast-derived flavors match perfectly with the hop-derived fruity flavors and aromas. Resist the temptation to round up the specified quantities of WB-06 and T-58 if you can't measure less than one gram, as these will dominate the clean strain and add too much farmhouse character.

Pitching warm and then cooling the fermentation encourages ester production while retaining volatile aromatic compounds. You still want some yeast activity when adding the dry hops, more to prevent oxidation than for any biotransformation mumbo jumbo.

Dry hopping in a mesh bag is not recommended. You'll get better wort contact by letting the pellet hops dissolve and float free in the primary. Cold crashing won't clear the beer of hop/polyphenol haze, but it will settle yeast.

Learn more about Marshall's process at trinitybrewers.com.

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American IPA

Cigar City Jai Alai IPA Classic Clone

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This beer recipe is featured in the July/August 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This recipe courtesy of Amahl Turczyn with updates from Cigar City brewmaster Wayne Wambles.

Cigar City brewmaster Wayne Wambles deemed this recipe "pretty close to classic Jai Alai circa 2009-2010." He made a few suggestions to bring this recipe closer to the original, including the use of the Thames Valley ale yeast strain, Munich malt in the 6-10*L range, and an updated water profile that "pushes the sulfate up to 150 ppm and the chloride up to 125 ppm. This will jack up the calcium, but we find that quite a bit of it precipitates out." Many thanks, Wayne!

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American IPA

Battlecow Galacticose New England IPA (Partial Mash)

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Homebrewers Association

Official homebrew recipe for Big Brew 2019 (May 4, 2019).

This recipe from Providence Brewing Company (Providence, R.I.) was featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes. Bursting with mango, orange, and pineapple flavors, this juicy New England IPA will have you begging for another sip!

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Specialty Beer

Big Beach Brewing Co. King Cake Porter

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The king cake is an integral part of the Mardi Gras celebration. It's said that thousands of the cakes are consumed in the annual Fat Tuesday celebration in New Orleans alone!

This year, Big Beach Brewing Company (Gulf Shores, Alabama) is celebrating its favorite holiday with a King Cake porter dreamed up by brewers Rod Murray and Ryan Bingham. Not only does the recipe incorporate additions of cinnamon sticks and vanilla, signature flavors of king cake, but it also includes actual king cake from local coffee shop and bakery Buzzcatz Coffee & Sweets in the mash!

If you're in the Gulf Shores, Big Beach will tap King Cake Porter at 2 p.m. on Fat Tuesday.

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Belgian Specialty Ale

Chimay Dorée Clone

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This recipe is featured in the March/April 2019 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Check out all the benefits our members enjoy.

This Belgian-style recipe is courtesy of Amahl Turczyn with a variation by Kurt Elia. If you've never had the chance to try the Chimay Dorée Trappist Ale brewed by Belgium's Scoutmount Abbey, this is your opportunity to bring it home!

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Robust Porter

Crow Peak Brewing Co. Pile ‘O Dirt Porter

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Homebrewers Association

This beer was named Pile 'O Dirt because of the ridiculous amount of dirt Crow Peak Brewing had to build their original brewery on to get them out of the flood plain. This porter is very dark in color with a nice tan head and complexity due to the variety of specialty malts used.

This homebrew recipe is featured in 51 Craft Beer Clone Recipes 2019. Find out what recipe was featured for your state!

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