Homebrew Beer Recipes

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Cigar City Jai Alai IPA Classic Clone

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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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Boscos Famous Flaming Stone

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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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We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ IBUs

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This no-boil recipe from Steve Ruch is designed to be dead simple and requires only minimal investments of time, equipment, ingredients, and effort. The results, however, are anything but ordinary.

With robust hop character and subdued bitterness, this easy ale (or lager) is whipped up in no time!

To learn more about the inspiration behind this beer, read Steve Ruch’s Last Drop article “Brewin’ in a Schoolie” in Zymurgy magazine (July/August 2019).

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Blinky Session IPA

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One of AHA founder Charlie Papazian's favorite parts about homebrewing is introducing our beloved hobby to friends, new and old. In this recipe, Charlie lays out how to easily brew a batch of India pale ale right in your home. This is perfect for the beginner homebrewer or if you're just looking to get back to the basics!

In the words of Charlie himself: "Here's a session IPA that gets back to basics. It's late-hopped with a generous amount of "heirloom" Cascade hops." If you do not have homegrown hops, you should give your green thumb a test drive for the next brew day! And feel free to use a Cascade hop variation from your favorite local homebrew shop.

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Eubayanus Brown Porter

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This beer recipe was originally featured in the March/April 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association to get your Zymurgy magazine subscription and access to the digital archive!

In his article "Uncharted Territory: S. Eubayanus," Jared Spidel dives into a little known—and hard to get—yeast called Sacchormyces eubayanus. Spidel was on a mission to understand this newfound strain, so he decided to set up a homebrew competition to see how S. eubayanus works in various different styles. This brown porter recipe earned competition entrant Chris Clair the best-of-show title.

Check out the Zymurgy magazine article (March/April 2016 issue) to learn how to get your hands on S. eubayanus!

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Austrian Expat Dark Mexican Lager

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This beer recipe was originally featured in the May/June 2017 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association to get your Zymurgy magazine subscription and access to the digital archive!

Amahl Turczyn adds a caramel-twist to a summertime favorite. Expect a bit of sweetness and color from the specialty malts, while the character of the beer stays true to the refreshing quality of Mexican lager.

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