Homebrew Beer Recipes

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German Pilsner (Pils)

Polka Dot Pilsner

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Lagers are slightly more advanced to style because it requires proper fermentation temperatures and the use of a secondary fermentation vessel. If you want to try your hand at a lager, Polka Dot Pilsner is a great place to start with a recipe consisting of one type of malt and one type of hop.

Lager fermentation requires the wort to be held around 50°F (10°C) while in primary. After fermentation, the beer is transferred to a secondary vessel where it will be held around 35°-40°F (1.7°-4.4°C), and eventually brought up to around 60°-65°F (15.6°-18.3°C) late in the lagering stage.

If you cannot control temperatures this low, an ale yeast such as an altbier yeast can be used to mimic a lager, while allowing homebrewers to ferment in the ale temperature range.

This recipe is from Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher.

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Weizen/Weissbier

ZAITH Weizen

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Those who have sampled the wonders of German brewing often come away with a love for the malty, spicy flavor of an authentic Bavarian wheat beer, known as a weizen. This basic recipe allows you to produce that flavor right in your own homebrewery! Being an extract-only recipe, this weizen is the perfect beer to brew for those testing the waters of homebrewing. Read More

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Doppelbock

Falconclaws (Samichlaus)

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What do you think Old St. Nick drinks after a tough night of squeezing down chimneys? It would have to be something strong enough to calm his nerves after an evening of globetrotting, but quaffable enough to beg another sip.

Samichlaus, once the strongest beer in the world at 14% ABV, came to be in 1979 when Swiss-based Hürlimann Brewery decided to brew a Christmas lager on December 6—St. Nicholas Day (feast day). Until its doors closed in 1997, Hürlimann Brewery produced Samichlaus every year on December 6, and built up a loyal fan base along the way.

Samichlaus, the Swiss-German name for Saint Nicholas, is an enormous dopplebock weighing in at 1.140 specific gravity that undergoes nearly a year of lagering before being bottled and enjoyed in the following year's holiday season. Despite the founding breweries closure, this festive lager was able to live on through homebrewers and eventually another commercial brewery, Braurei Schloss Eggenberg, in 2000.

AHA Governing Committee member Drew Beechum describes how his homebrew club, the Maltose Falcons, turned December 6 into their own Samichlaus tradition:

"The Falcons had a long love affair with Samichlaus since we have quite a few guys who specialize in lagers. They would get together every year and taste the vintages. Just before I joined the club, though, Hürlimann Brewery closed down —no more Samichlaus.

Kevin Baranowski and the rest of the crew eventually decided that this just wouldn't stand, so every December we got together and brewed a scant 5.5 gallons of the brew. Over the years we tried a number of lager yeasts and Kevin shepherded the beer through its near year of fermenting at lager temps. We finally nailed the beer in all of its strong sweet massively potent glory when White Labs released the "Zurich Lager" strain.

The best way to do it—brew a smaller beer ahead of time and use the entire yeast cake, all of it, to get the fermentation down to the right gravity. When you're dealing with a 1.140 starting gravity you need all the help you can get!"

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American IPA

Russian River HopTime Harvest Ale Clone

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This recipe was taken from the Nov./Dec. 2001 issue of Zymurgy magazine and originally created by Greg Kitsock.

"Undried" hops refer to wet, freshly-picked hops. Because fresh hops contain moisture, they typically weigh 4-5 times more than dried hops. If you don't have fresh hops, divide the amounts in listed below by 4-5 for dried hop amounts.

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Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Cucurbito Pepo (Pumpkin Ale)

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The following recipe appears in the March/August 2001 issue of Zymurgy magazine and is based off of a recipe originally published in The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian.

Here is what AHA founder Charlie Papazian had to say on this pumpkin beer recipe:

"Pumpkin Ale? Now, don't discount this one so quickly. Pumpkins were used in colonial days as an essential ingredient in many brews. With a bit of tradition and modern art you can brew something that is as American as apple pie. Cucurbito Pepo (Pumpkin) Ale is not too assuming. With a medium body, adequate bitterness, amber color, alcoholic warmth and reassuring spices, this beer will be an incredible contribution to your repertoire of accomplishments.

"The spices that lend a typical pumpkin-pie character are not overdone, but they are optional if you choose to brew a simpler version. This is the kind of brew for which you invite friends over to help with the ceremonies of brewing. Surely a Thanksgiving or holiday season toast with Cucurbito Pepo Ale will be one of the most memorable. England, Belgium and Germany, eat your hearts out."

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Special/Best/Premium Bitter

I’m Not Bitter, I’m Thirsty!

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Homebrewers Association

The name Special/best/premium bitters was traditionally used to market a brewery's best or most special beer to consumers. Today, special/best/premium bitters are easy to drink and easy to make, according to Jamil Zainasheff and John J. Palmer, authors of Brewing Classic Styles, where we grabbed this recipe. Enjoy! Read More

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Witbier

Hoegaarden White Clone

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This recipe is from the July/August 2011 issue of Zymurgy magazine. White Belgian beers, more commonly known as wits or witbiers, were once an endangered style due to the Reinheitsgebot (German Beer Purity Law), but were thankfully saved from extinction. This Hoegaarden White clone recipe will be very light in color, slightly cloudy and utterly refreshing! Read More

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Lite American lager

Mow The Damn Lawn

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Annie Johnson of Sacramento, CA, member of the ESB (East Sacramento Brewers), won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2013 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Philadelphia, PA. Johnson’s Light Lager was chosen as the best among 203 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2013 NHC Homebrewer of the Year Recipe title. Read More

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