Homebrew Beer Recipes

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Belgian Pale Ale

Oatmeal Belgian Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

Bill Schneller thinks the best approach to brewing Belgian beers is to not be a slave to the guidelines. Most Belgian-style beers are yeast driven, with malt and hops playing supporting roles. Schneller says adding fully fermentable sugar to the boil is essential to making a high-gravity beer that's still dry and crisp. This recipe is a great example of how experimenting with malts and hops can still produce a beer that fits loosely into the Belgian guidelines. Flaked oats give it a smooth finish, while noble hops and yeast bring out the Belgian characteristics.

This recipe was originally featured in "Belgian-style Brews: Tricks of the Trade" by Bill Schneller in the January/February 2005 issue of Zymurgy. 

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Irish Red Ale

Brighid’s Irish Red Ale

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In 2009, interest in homebrewing was growing at an unprecedented rate, and the beers that amateur brewers were submitting to competitions were getting better and better. Grote has been brewing since his college days and likes to blur the lines between styles, as is the case with his Irish red ale. His inspiration for using rye in this recipe came from positive results from previous recipes—he liked the complexity it added to his beers.

Brighid's Red won best of show at the Liquid Poetry Slam competition in Fort Collins. A representative from Odell Brewing Co. helped judge that best-of-show round, the brewery recognized Grote's beer as the one they wanted for Pro-Am, and the rest was history. This recipe was originally featured in the January/February 2009 issue of Zymurgy. 

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Bohemian Pilsener

Hobo Devil

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Homebrewers Association

In 2015, AHA Governing Committee member Drew Beechum gave us his two cents on what it means to him to "transform a beer." For him, it all starts with location, and he lets location inform his ingredients. He might say, "Drew, what's your water source?" or "Drew, what grows in your area?" just to get his brain and palate ticking on the most appropriate beer to brew. In this recipe, he takes your classic Bohemian Pilsner recipe and transforms it into his own version of the style. The modified directions can be found underneath the ingredients for the classic style.

This recipe was originally featured in the March/April 2015 issue of Zymurgy.

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Extra Special/Strong Bitter

Fuller’s ESB Clone

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Homebrewers Association

They're the United Kingdom's most decorated brewery. They devised the extra special bitter (ESB) beer style that has become a perennial favorite of North American craft brewers. Their name is synonymous with traditional British ales. They're one of the few independent London breweries that have managed to survive and thrive while others have faded away. They're Fuller, Smith & Turner, though their products are simply called Fuller's.

This ESB has won more CAMRA awards than any other beer. It was chosen as Britain's best strong ale seven times and was three times selected as the Champion Beer of Britain. The amber ale reveals a rich malt character and is noticeably aggressive on the palate. Many drinkers pick out an orange-citrus essence, which is characteristic of the house yeast. It finishes with a hop bitterness that lingers without harshness.

This recipe was originally featured in the March/April 2006 issue of Zymurgy. Note: Thanks to Bob Kauffman of Boulder, Colo.'s Hop Barley and the Alers homebrew club for helping formulate and test this recipe.

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American IPA

Rushmore IPA (All-Grain)

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Rushmore IPA is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the extract version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How to Brew:

"American IPA is all about hops; typically American 'C' hops such as, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade, but also the new Pacific varieties from New Zealand and Australia with their tropical fruit aromas. The Rushmore IPA recipe below is a West Coast IPA with just enough caramel and Munich malt to add complexity."

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest (All-Grain)

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Homebrewers Association

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest Lager is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the extract version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How To Brew:

"The original Oktoberfest celebrated the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese in 1810, and they have been celebrating ever since (some beers are worth it). The hallmark of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style is a rich maltiness but high attenuation to make it less filling. If you plan to polka for 12 hours straight, then this is your beer."

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Oktoberfest/Märzen

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest (Extract)

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Homebrewers Association

Klang Freudenfest Oktoberfest Lager is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the all-grain version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How to Brew:

"The original Oktoberfest celebrated the royal wedding of Crown Prince Ludwig I and Princess Therese in 1810, and they have been celebrating ever since (some beers are worth it). The hallmark of the Oktoberfest/Märzen style is a rich maltiness but high attenuation to make it less filling. If you plan to polka for 12 hours straight, then this is your beer."

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American IPA

Rushmore IPA (Extract)

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Homebrewers Association

Rushmore IPA is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the all-grain version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How to Brew:

"American IPA is all about hops; typically American 'C' hops such as, Chinook, Centennial and Cascade, but also the new Pacific varieties from New Zealand and Australia with their tropical fruit aromas. The Rushmore IPA recipe below is a West Coast IPA with just enough caramel and Munich malt to add complexity."

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Saison

Battre L’oie Saison (Extract)

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Homebrewers Association

Battre L'oie Saison is one of three Big Brew 2017 official recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the all-grain version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How to Brew:

"The overall character of the beer is a dry, grainy malt character, firm bitterness and mineral structure, with lots of aromatics coming from the yeast. Saison is a good base for adding spices or fruit, but these are variations on the style; normally these flavors and aromas come from the saison yeast."

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Saison

Battre L’oie Saison (All-Grain)

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Homebrewers Association

Battre L'oie Saison is one of three Big Brew 2017 official homebrew recipes. To view all official recipes, or to find a Big Brew event near you, visit the Big Brew for National Homebrew Day webpage. You can also view the extract version of this homebrew recipe.

The following is an excerpt from John Palmer's newly updated book How to Brew:

"The overall character of the beer is a dry, grainy malt character, firm bitterness and mineral structure, with lots of aromatics coming from the yeast. Saison is a good base for adding spices or fruit, but these are variations on the style; normally these flavors and aromas come from the saison yeast."

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