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!

California Common

Anchor Steam Clone

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Homebrewers Association

In the late 19th century, Anchor Brewing Company began brewing their still-famous "steam beer." Utilizing local ingredients and forgoing the lagering techniques that were popular during the time, Anchor Steam was highly affordable compared to other commercial lagers, which made it a favorite among the working class in San Francisco during the Gold Rush.

Today, Anchor continues to brew their steam beer for the masses, while other commercial and homebrewers make their own version of the uniquely-American style now known as California common.

This recipe was originally featured in the July/August 2003 issue of Zymurgy and created by Marc Sedam.

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Belgian Tripel

Joe’s Tripel

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Homebrewers Association

Joe Nielsen of Berkley, Mich. earned a gold medal for his tripel, rising above 421 other Category 18: Belgian Strong Ale entries in the 2013 National Homebrew Competition.

Joe's tripel uses three sugar adjunct additions: table sugar, honey and light brown sugar to increase the alcohol content, while creating that signature dry but full finish. The noble hop additions bring the bitterness on the lower end of tripel's IBU threshold, and blends nicely with the pound of grapefruit added to the primary.

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Traditional: Dry Mead

Tradition Dry Varietal Mead

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Homebrewers Association

In its most simple and traditional form, mead is comprised of honey, water and yeast. Throw in some nutrients with the yeast to promote healthier fermentation for good measure, and that's all that's needed when making mead at home! This recipe makes for a very dry mead. More honey can be added to increase residual sweetness, while also adding potential alcohol content.

The entire process for making this mead recipe is highlighted in How to Make Mead section on HomebrewersAssociation.org. Follow along step-by-step and check out the tips for making better mead, which covers topics like staggered nutrient additions.

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Classic American Pilsner

AOK

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Homebrewers Association

Daniel Reinholdt of Oak Park, IL, member of the Homebrewers Pride of the Southside, won a gold medal in Category #2: Pilsner during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI. Reinholdt’s Pilsner was chosen as the best among 182 final round entries in the category. Read More

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Doppelbock

Schmitten Doppelbock

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Homebrewers Association

Kyle Schmitt of Clarkston, WA, member of the Homebrewers Of The Palouse, won a gold medal in Category #5: Bock during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI with the help of Robert Hand, Mark Davis, Lee Henry & Randy Johnson. Schmitt’s Bock was chosen as the best among 232 final round entries in the category. Read More

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Scottish Light 60/-

Way Off Kilter

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Homebrewers Association

Robert Hilferding of Zephyrhills, FL, member of the Special Hoperations, won a gold medal in Category #9: Scottish and Irish Ale during the 2014 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Grand Rapids, MI. Hilferding’s Scottish and Irish Ale was chosen as the best among 310 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2014 NHC Homebrewer of the Year title. Read More

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