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!

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!

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Pickelhaube Festbier

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This beer recipe from Amahl Turczyn is featured in the January/February 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association or start your 30-day free trial to access the Zymurgy magazine digital archive and other exclusive member benefits!

In the 1970s, Munich Breweries like Paulaner began to notice that paler versions of their Oktoberfestbier were selling better than the classic, full-bodied, copper-colored brew. So Paualaner initiated a return to the more Vienna-style Oktoberfest, which was lighter in body and color, in an an attempt to make it still taste great and yet be less filling.The result was festbier, which was adopted in 1990 os Oktoberfest's official beer. Festiber provides a wonderful opportunity to fine-tune the balance between malty flavor, clean lager character, crisp though not quite bitter noble hop accents, and drinkability.Read More

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Weizen/Weissbier

Pucker Up Baby Berliner Weisse

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This beer recipe is featured in the May/June 2014 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 light weisse beer comes courtesy of Shane and Jessica Kelley of the CPJ Brewhouse in Ohio. Don't let the light ABV fool you... the puckery sour punch is real!

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Other Mead: Open Category

Mango Black Tea Short Mead

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This beer recipe by Mary Izett is featured in the May/June 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 session-strength mead recipe ferments quick with delicious results. Expect a tropical zing from the addition of mangoes and tea!

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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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Specialty Beer

Dragon of the Black Pool Experimental Beer

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This beer recipe is featured in the November/December 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 experimental homebrew recipe comes courtesy of Danny Kiranos (Amigo the Devil).

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Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Curse Stout

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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!

Spice, Herb, or Vegetable Beer (30A) – chocolate stout with Japones chiles

Recipe courtesy of Benjamin Pulley. Curse won best of show at the third annual Port City Plunder homebrew competition.

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Specialty Beer

Boscos Famous Flaming Stone

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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!

Recipe by Chuck Spypeck.

Some readers may recognize Chuck Skypeck as the technical brewing projects manager for the Brewers Association, the AHA’s parent organization. But once upon a time, Chuck served as co-owner and brewmaster at Boscos Restaurant & Brewing Co. in Memphis and Nashville, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark.

According to Boscos’ website, it was “the first North American brewery regularly making a stone beer, the original being Rauchenfels in Neustadt, Germany. Boscos began brewing Famous Flaming Stone Beer in 1993.”

Of the hot-stone process, Chuck says, “The flavors created, while unique, are subtle. For this reason, all my steinbier formulas minimized extemporaneous and competing flavors. What really worked well was somewhat of a helles recipe.”

Chuck adds, “This formula produced a very drinkable beer that carried the unique caramel flavor created by the stones. It was our number-one-selling beer in all our pubs. We typically sold about 7 barrels a week, week in and week out, all year round.”

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Saison

Saison Capitale

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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 saison recipe comes courtesy of American Homebrewers Association director Gary Glass, brewed for the Homebrew on the Hill event, part of the Brewers Associations Hill Climb in May.

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