Homebrew Beer Recipes

Looking for a beer recipe? Browse hundreds of tried-and-true mead, cider, clone and homebrew recipes from Homebrewers Association approved sources, including Zymurgy magazine, the National Homebrew Competition, Brewers Publications, Craft Breweries, books & more!

Specialty Beer

Cariño Sour

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This beer recipe is featured in the November/December 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

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Recipe contributed by José Rivera.

This unique sour beer recipe won Best of Show at the first annual Caribbean Homebrew Cup in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Rivera created this wild raspberry beer based on a classic Berliner weisse recipe, proving that homebrew recipes are meant to be shared around the world for the best variations.

The addition fresh raspberries will bring a smile to any fruit lover's face, too!

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Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Golden Goblet Gruit Ale

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2011 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Gruit takes on many forms, but these days it often simply denotes a beer brewed with herbs. These herbs can even take place of the usual beer ingredients, like hops.

Whether you're a homebrewer looking to experiment with flavors or a gardener wanting to bring your garden's bounty into the homebrew kettle, this gruit recipe is a great place to start.

Recipe by Steve Cook, Cookie Kaplan, and Nicolai Abramson of the Maltose Flacons homebrew club.

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India Pale Ale

The Tropical Session White IPA

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The following beer recipe from Drew Beechum is featured in the July/August 2016 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 refreshing wheat beer has an IPA-level hopping that is sure to please palates of all kinds. Wheat beer sweetness paired with tropical fruit hops makes Beechum's spin on a white session IPA a winner!

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Specialty Beer

THC-Infused Caramel Amber Ale

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This recipe comes courtesy of Mark Rocheleau and Andrew Orr. There are options in this caramel amber ale recipe for homebrewers who live in states where marijuana and/or industrial hemp is legal and want to combine their homebrew with marijuana or hemp for personal enjoyment.

THC-infused beer can—and very likely will—induce psychoactive effects, which can vary from person to person. Consume these beers responsibly and at your own risk. If you are unsure of what to expect, start with a very small sample and wait a few hours before consuming more.

Editor's Note: Despite legalization and/or decriminalization of cannabis and cannabis-derived products by many states and the District of Columbia, marijuana remains classified as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970 and, thus, federally illegal. The American Homebrewers Association neither endorses nor discourages brewing with cannabis-related products, however homebrewers who do so should remember that such beers are not permitted in the National Homebrew Competition. Most local and regional competitions also do not allow cannabis beers at this time.

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Baltic Porter

Opus Coffee Baltic Porter

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

This recipe, courtesy of Bill Edwards, won Best Beer at Hogtown’s December 2019 beer and food pairing event.

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Munich Helles

Let It Go Helles

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2015 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

AHA founder Charlie Papazian's Let It Go Helles is a perfect example of inexperience paired with huge effort that really pays off. He wanted to "walk the walk, not just talk the talk" when it came to creating sessionable lager and ale recipes, and this helles recipe was the outcome. Try it for yourself to see if your walk measures up to Charlie's!

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Belgian Dubbel

Dubious Dubbel

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This beer recipe is featured in "Extract Revisited" by Mark Pasquinelli in the January/February 2012 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

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Belgian Dubbel can be a tricky style to master, but this recipe makes it attainable for any brewer! Expect a very drinkable, malt-forward dubbel with a slightly sweet finish. Keeping the fermentation temperature in the 68-70° F (20-21° C) range will help develop fruity yeast-derived notes without the fusel alcohol character.

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Mild

Mild Ale #3

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This beer recipe is featured in "Nanomashing: Investigating Specialty Grains on a Small Scale" by Agatha Feltus in the May/June 2013 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

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Agatha Feltus uses "nanomashing" to learn about the character of various speciality malts as she researches a recipe. The following mild ale recipe takes the knowledge gained from Feltus' malt experiments to create a flavor profile true to the classic mild character.

Check out Feltus' article on Zymurgy Online to learn more about her nanomashing techinique.

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American Pale Ale

Quarantine American IPA

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Gregory Radziewicz, owner of Quirky Homebrew Supply, created this American IPA as an additional option for Big Brew 2020.

Radziewicz shares: "During this unique and challenging time we're asking brewers around the world to be part of the virtual Big Brew celebration! Any beer recipe will work, but as a show of support this basic American IPA recipe consists of ingredients you can easily find at every homebrew store. Look to your favorite local store, choose local products, and support the community we all love!"

Quarantine American IPA is an alternative to the official Big Brew 2020 recipe, Pangaea Proxima IPA.

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Mead

What a Blend! Mead

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This mead recipe is featured in the May/June 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Recipe courtesy Jason Phelps.

This recipe offers an opportunity to work with several kinds of honey. Feel free to adjust the relative proportions according to your taste preferences.

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Mead

Small Mead after Digbie (Modern Version)

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This mead recipe is featured in the May/June 2020 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy online archive and other exclusive member benefits!

Use the citrus peel you prefer: half an orange or lemon, a whole tangerine, a quarter of a grapefruit, etc. Just use the outer colored part; remove the white inner pith, which can be very bitter. Please choose organic citrus. The peel will boil and soak in your beverage for some time, and it’s difficult to completely clean pesticide residues from the peel.

Fear not if you have no “warm fountains” as Digbie suggests—filtered tap or spring water will do just fine.

Variations of this recipe offered below.

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