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American Pale Ale

The Son of Grapefruit Xtra Pale Ale

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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 is a great recipe that I’ve come back to a couple times and brewed in multiple ways. Anytime you need a good drinking beer, this is a go-to, and it is usually affordable. It’s modeled after one of Ghostfish Brewing Co.’s most-awarded flagships, Grapefuit IPA.

Zero Tolerance members demonstrated this beer for a seminar and club night at Homebrew Con. I wanted a recipe that people would find difficult to distinguish between all-grain and extract, but would still be easier to source than other gluten-free recipes.

The toughest part is getting around the flavors that sorghum produces. Many claim to taste a metallic or chlorophenolic “twang” when they try sorghum beers. That is why we rely on grapefruit-tasting Yakima Valley Hops Experimental Grapefruit hops and, optionally, grapefruit peel. By leaning into the flavor distance, we’re making something undesirable desirable.

I suggest using yeast nutrient since dry yeast sometimes has trouble finishing sorghum. It’ll help achieve full attenuation when you do start using grain.

This recipe tastes great with the zest of one grapefruit in secondary. Just soak the zest in vodka while primary fermentation takes place and add the entire tincture to secondary along with the dry hops.

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Specialty Beer

Olavi Viheroja’s Sahti

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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.

With two gold medals and several silvers to his name, Olavi Viheroja is the most triumphant sahti brewer in the history of the Finnish National Sahti Competition. His sahti is smooth, rounded, and extremely drinkable. It is sweet but not cloying, intense yet mellow. For many, this reddish-brown malty nectar is the epitome of sahti. Surprisingly, Olavi’s sahti skips the juniper. He prefers his brew without the sharper edge they contribute. Some people are disappointed by this, but usually the first sip transforms disappointment into admiration.

To give you a sense of an authentic Finnish farmhouse brewing operation, I present this recipe as I have seen it in action at Olavi’s countryside brewhouse in Hämeenkyrö. Olavi does not measure gravity, and he uses a thermometer only to check the pitching temperature. The gravities, alcohol content, and color indicated are from my measurements and calculations. Olavi brews in an old cowshed with a wood-fired kettle, a purpose-built stainless-steel kuurna, and a few old dairy vessels. A stainless steel tub doubles as a mash tun and as the primary fermenter—an old farmhouse brewer’s trick. Aluminum milk cans are used to collect and cool the wort, and the sahti both matures and is stored in plastic canisters after primary fermentation. The traditional 8- to 9-hour mashing procedure begins with the mash tun and ends with heating of the mash in the kettle. Editor’s note: For a 5.25-gallon (21-liter) batch, simply divide all weights and volumes by 4.

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Specialty Beer

Mika Laitinen’s Sahti

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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.

From Mike L.: This is my standard sahti recipe, adapted for typical homebrewing equipment. I have refined it based on my tastes, various brewing experiments, and conversations with sahti masters. While not a classic family recipe, it’s a good example of homebrewed sahti today.

I brew this ale with the same gear I use for modern ales, and I have included options for ingredients easily found outside Finland. I have also streamlined the mashing procedure: with a heated mash tun, the brew day can be over in less than five hours. I haven’t included strict fermentation guidelines; this will depend on the yeast you use.

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Weizen/Weissbier

Cane Toad Weisse

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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 beer was initially conceived as an attempt at one of my first and favorite craft-style ales from way back in the 1980s: Redback from Matilda Bay Brewing in Australia. I have fond memories of quaffing bottles of Redback during my undergraduate years at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. That beer did not contain sugar but was instead a down-under version of Bavarian wheat ale. My recipe is somewhat drier due to the cane sugar, but with high carbonation, low hopping, and Bavarian wheat yeast to add subtle hints of clove and banana, it is exceptionally refreshing.

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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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Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Thyme Has Come Today IPA

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This spiced beer recipe was originally published in Brewing Eclectic IPA by Dick Cantwell.

Here's your chance to add a spicy twist to the classic IPA! Grab a handful of fresh thyme sprigs (the fancy word for a stem of thyme) and get brewing. Cantwell mentions that thyme works great by itself in this recipe, but it also combines well with other herbs and lots of fruits. Brew eclectic!

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American Barleywine

Bunga-Toggles Agave-laced Barleywine

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This beer recipe is featured in the March/April 2008 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership, along with access to the online digital archive.

Charlie Papazian: "Why do I brew? The answer is simple—it is still fun for me. I love the routine of planning and preparing the ingredients the days before. Then there's the anticipation of waking up in the morning and going out to my brew garage... I mash in, set the timer and have breakfast. I'm brewing, the aroma of malt and hops soon fills the air, and I simply love it."

This creation by AHA founder Charlie Papazian is made in part with agave extract syrup, which is highly fermentable. Bunga-Toggles is robust and strong with with an added complexity from the fruity dry hops. And it's easy to make!

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Robust Porter

Crow Peak Brewing Co. Pile ‘O Dirt Porter

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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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Robust Porter

Reuben’s Brews Robust Porter

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One of Reuben's Brews year round beers, this robust porter was one of the first beers brewed when they opened in 2012. Brewmaster Adam Robbings came up with the recipe as a homebrewer and he won gold the first three competitions with the very first batch!

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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Munich Helles

Earth Rider Brewery Precious Material Helles

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This export helles from Earth Rider Brewery was inspired by Augustiner Edelstoff, which founder Tim Nelson fell in love with on a trip to Bavaria. It's alcohol percentage is above what a standard helles would be, and the hop character is also slightly elevated compared to a typical helles.

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Robust Porter

Big Timber Brewing Porter

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This well balanced, yet complex porter from Big Timber Brewing Company derives all of its flavor from loads of specialty malts. It was one of three beers available when the brewery opened in 2014. The recipe has remained virtually unchanged, and this beer and can only be found in West Virginia!

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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Cream Ale

Roadhouse Brewing Co. Family Vacation Cream Ale

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Family Vacation was originally brewed to quench the thirst of locals coming back from a day of skiing and was inspired by a wildly popular Midwestern brewed cream ale. Over the past 5 years, Roadhouse Brewing C. has taken the liberty of adjusting the recipe to ensure it's always crushable!

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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