Homebrew Beer Recipes

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American IPA

Peaks & Priorities Juicy IPA (Extract)

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From AHA Founder, Charlie Papazian: "Here’s a beer I’m going to brew for the first time called Peaks and Priorities Juicy India Pale Ale. It’ll be different because I’m going to use a couple of hop varieties grown in France’s Alsace region. Using both French Mistral and French Barbe Rouge hops, I’m anticipating an IPA with strawberry, pear, and passionfruit character. Try your own variations on the suggested hop additions and see what you get."

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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American IPA

Peaks & Priorities Juicy IPA (All-Grain)

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Homebrewers Association

From AHA Founder, Charlie Papazian: "Here’s a beer I’m going to brew for the first time called Peaks and Priorities Juicy India Pale Ale. It’ll be different because I’m going to use a couple of hop varieties grown in France’s Alsace region. Using both French Mistral and French Barbe Rouge hops, I’m anticipating an IPA with strawberry, pear, and passionfruit character. Try your own variations on the suggested hop additions and see what you get."

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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English Barleywine

Anchor Brewing Old Foghorn

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From Anchor Brewing: "The malty sweetness, fruitiness, unique hop aroma and high original gravity of Old Foghorn® Barleywine Style Ale is to beer much as port is to wine."

This homebrew recipe is based on the Old Foghorn recipe in the 2003 July/Aug issue of Zymurgy magazine.

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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American Barleywine

Sierra Nevada Bigfoot Barleywine (ver. 2)

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Homebrewers Association

From Sierra Nevada: "Bigfoot is a beast of a beer, brimming with bold flavors of bittersweet malt and heaps of aggressive whole-cone Pacific Northwest hops."

Check out the recipe database at Homebrewers Association.org for another interpretation of Sierra Nevada’s iconic strong ale. Just to be safe, you should probably brew both so you can try them side by side.

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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Sour Ale

Van Dayum! Sour American Red Ale

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Sour American red ale

The souring range of 113–115° F (45–46° C) should focus the souring efforts on native bacteria that give a cleaner sourness with some esters and a bright finish. The higher finishing gravity is crucial to help balance the higher levels of sourness and bitterness, as drying out the beer too much will yield a harsher finish. This beer uses two ale strains to yield a slightly elevated final gravity with some estery English character. The balance between final gravity, IBUs, and titratable acidity can help balance your sour beer’s “perceived sourness.”

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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Sour Ale

Little Boss Sour Wheat Ale

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Sour session wheat ale

The souring range of 109–111° F (43–44° C) should focus the souring efforts on Weissella cibaria and get a nice lemony-sourdough character with a decent haze. Feel free to experiment with the primary yeast to see how sourness develops the esters (or lack thereof). The balance between final gravity, IBUs, and titratable acidity can help balance your sour beer’s “perceived sourness.”

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Caliente Tejano Pepper Cream Ale

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American cream ale with jalapeño chiles. Courtesy of Paul Holder and the Bay Area Society of Homebrewers.

Paul Holder, a founding member of the Bay Area Society of Homebrewers (BASH), has long enjoyed a blonde ale recipe originally plucked from the pages of Zymurgy six or seven years ago. BASH added a Tex-Mex twist by adding jalapeños to the mix. With the chiles and maize, this liquid bread is more like liquid jalapeño cornbread.

This recipe is featured in the July/August 2018 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Six issues of Zymurgy magazine are published annually and are included in American Homebrewers Association (AHA) membership. Join the AHA to enjoy Zymurgy and many more member benefits.

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Vienna Lager

Embracing Sunset Lager

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Determined to find a drinkable, flavorful beer for warmer days, but also wanting to remain coherent and fresh for evening activities, AHA Founder Charlie Papazian created “Embracing Sunset Lager,” a wonderfully balanced and relatively low alcohol lager that combines lightly toasted malt flavors with subtle hop character. This recipe was originally featured in 2002 March/April Zymurgy.

If you want to experiment with hops, choose low alpha acid ratings. High alpha acid hops will overpower the malt character and defeat the purpose of this beer - to enjoy on a summer sunset! Charlie believes this beer is a warm weather standard that should be brewed many times as supplies run out. Only one way to find out, though...

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Fruit Beer

Peach IPA

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The following recipe appears in "Modern Day IPAs" by Mitch Steele from the March/April 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association and enjoy a subscription to Zymurgy magazine and access to the digital archive.

Peach season means peach everything: peaches for breakfast, peaches for lunch, and definitely peach dessert! This peach IPA homebrew recipe is a perfect example of how stone fruits can pair perfectly with hop flavors, especially newer hop varieties like those from Australia and New Zealand boasting of peachy and tropical fruit flavors.

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Belgian Golden Strong Ale

The Blue Devils BGSA

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The following recipe appears in the article "Style Spotlight: Belgian Golden Strong Ale" by Amahl Turczyn, featured in the July/August 2016 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association and access the Zymurgy magazine digital archive!

As with many Belgian beers, this homebrew recipe achieves maximum fermentability from a lengthy, slow-ramped mash schedule and the use of sugar as an adjunct. The light palate, despite it's formidable strength, lends to a bone-dry finish that allows the small amount of hops used to really come forward in this well-balanced beer.

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Russian Imperial Stout

The Kernel Imperial Brown Stout, London 1856

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The following recipe was originally featured in "London Area Brewers Go Pro" by Mark Dredge in the September/October 2013 issue of Zymurgy magazine. Join the American Homebrewers Association to gain access to the Zymurgy magazine online archive!

From The Kernel brewery in London, Evin O'Riordin created this version of a typical British style imperial stout that is now sought after all over the world. The British imperial stout led to the famous Russian imperial stout style that we know today.

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American Pale Ale

The Charlie Citrus Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Ask any professional brewer how they got started and chances are they’ll mention a homebrew kit.

Kevin Ryan had just that sort of beginning when his fiancée Meredith gifted him a beermaking kit for Valentine’s Day. That kit was the seed that would eventually flourish into Service Brewing Company in Savannah, Georgia. Today, Kevin and Meredith brew and serve craft beer to thirsty patrons while also raising awareness and support for our nation’s veterans and first responders, a cause very important to Kevin who is a West Point graduate and former Army commander.

To celebrate their homebrew roots during American Craft Beer Week 2018, the Service Brewing crew decided to brew a beer in honor of the man who helped guide Kevin down the path of beer making: our own Charlie Papazian! Charlie’s book The Complete Joy of Homebrewing was one of the first brewing books Kevin cracked into, and it kick-started his journey into the world of professional brewing.

The recipe, aptly named “The Charlie,” is a citrus pale ale (CPA… Charlie Papazian… get it?) with a hefty dose of hops and an addition of pink guava. This hop-forward ale will satiate even the hoppiest of hop-heads, and the pink guava puree adds a little extra somethin’-somethin’ to keep your palate excited. And, of course, this recipe includes a hefty helping of relaxation, since Charlie would have it no other way!

Service Brewing Company will tap and pour The Charlie during American Craft Beer Week 2018 (May 14–20, 2018). Find out more about American Craft Beer Week on CraftBeer.com.

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Independent Craft Brewery

Service Brewing Company is a small and independent craft brewery.

More than 6,000 operating breweries exist in the U.S., and 98 percent are considered small and independent. Service Brewing Company is one of these small and independent craft breweries.

When you’re shopping for beer, look for the independent craft brewer seal. You’ll spot it in a variety of places, including on packaging and labels, at events, on tap handles, menus and websites. This seal signifies a brewery as being small and independent.

Learn more about small and independent craft breweries on CraftBeer.com.

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