Gregory Strawser and Ryan Metzger of Rochester, NY won a silver medal in Category 1: Pale American Lager during the 2018 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Portland, OR. Strawser and Metzger’s American light lager earned 2nd place among 315 entries in the category.Read More
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- 11 US gallons (41.6 L) after dilution
- OG: 1.070 (16.9° P) before dilution
- FG: 1.011 (2.6° P) before dilution
- ABV: 4%
- IBU: 6
This recipe appears in the July/August 2017 issue of Zymurgy magazine in the article From the Glass: Big Brew Results by Gary Glass.
Recipe courtesy Marie-Annick Scott, Edmonton Homebrewers Guild
ALES Open Homebrewer of the Year Marie-Annick Scott shares one of her six award-winning recipes from the 2017 ALES Open—Canada’s largest homebrew competition—which was held April 17 to 22 in Regina, SK.
“I made this because one of my brothers can’t drink craft beers,” says Marie-Annick. “It’s a lot more work than most homebrewers would be willing to put in for what you get.”
This recipe is brewed using a process similar to that used by large breweries. You’ll brew a strong lager of 8% ABV, which is diluted to 4% ABV at packaging. This dilution process “minimizes the yeast flavors that you would get from fermenting the full batch volume and will give you that sought-after ‘flavorlessness,’” Marie-Annick notes. A long, multi-step mash program produces the highly fermentable wort necessary to accurately brew this style.Read More
Derrick Flippin of Rural Hall, NC, won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2016 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Baltimore, MD. Flippin’s American light lager was chosen as the best among 224 entries in the category. Flippin was also the Ninkasi Award Winner for the competition. The award is named for the Sumerian Goddess of beer and is given to the winningest brewer based on points earned in the Final Round of National Homebrew Competition.Read More
American Malt Liquor is taken from Charlie Papazian’s recipe for Pabst Brewing Company’s Olde English 800, found in his book Homebrewers Gold. While the original Olde English recipe is a classic, experimenting with hops and specialty grains could lead you to find a new favorite twist on an olde friend.Read More
Annie Johnson of Sacramento, CA, member of the ESB (East Sacramento Brewers), won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2013 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Philadelphia, PA. Johnson’s Light Lager was chosen as the best among 203 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2013 NHC Homebrewer of the Year Recipe title.Read More
Graham Cox of Meridian, MS, member of the Chicken City Ale Raisers, won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2008 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Cincinnati, OH. Cox’s Light Lager was chosen as the best among 170 final round entries in the category.Read More