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!

Spice/Herb/Vegetable Beer

Licorice Ale

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Homebrewers Association

This recipe is a rendition of John Josselyn's licorice ale, which was brewed for Native Americans in the 1600s when they were experiencing cold symptoms. Stephen Harrod Buhner presents his version of the lost "Licorice Ale" in his book Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers: The Secrets of Ancient Fermentation. Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers is currently offered to BA/AHA members at 20 percent off in the online store until August 31, 2012! Pick up a copy for a more in-depth look at licorice and other plant- and tree-based recipes. Read More

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American Ale

Amarillo Pale Ale

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Homebrewers Association

In 2007, Bob and Kim Barret, members of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild in Ann Arbor, Mich., submitted an American pale ale recipe they call "Amarillo Pale Ale" into the National Homebrew Competition under the sponsorship of BJ's Restaurant & Brewery. They were awarded gold for their brew in category 10: American Ale. Here is their recipe. Read More

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Melomel: Cyser

Veronica’s Sweet & Sultry Cyser

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Homebrewers Association

The name basically says it all! This cyser recipe, developed by Joe Formanek for the 2002 National Homebrew Competition, took home bronze all the way back to Bollingbrook, Ill. in the Mead/Cyser category. Hints of apple, light acidity, and tannins bring out the sultry side of this cyser, while the honey rounds out a smooth finish of sweetness.

This recipe was originally featured in the July/August 2003 issue of Zymurgy.

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Mead

Adore

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Homebrewers Association

In honor of Mead Day, the Best in Show mead recipe from the 2011 National Homebrew Competition is the Beer Mead Recipe of the Week!

Monique Scovil of Aurora, Colo., submitted her semi-sweet standard melomel with pluots into category 25, which had a total of 132 entries. Adore took gold in category 25, won Best in Show, and gained Scovil the title of 2011 Meadmaker of the Year. If that isn't testimant of a quality mead recipe, than we don't what is!

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American Barleywine

Big Ass Barleywine

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Homebrewers Association

This article appears in Amahl Turczyn Scheppach's article, "Palmetto State Brewers Open," in the May/June 2005 Issue of Zymurgy magazine. In 2004, Jim Yeager was awarded Best in Show for his "Big Ass Barleywine" at the Palmetto State Brewers Open, and went on to claim the title of Carolina Brewer of the Year. As a brewer who seeks to "imperial everything," Yeager has had to face the challenge of reduced hop utilization that comes along with high original gravities.

Big Ass Barleywine was brewed with the intentions of it being an American barleywine with a prominent American hop profile, but the subtle hop character that resulted was akin to an English barley wine.

Yeager shared that many who tried his barleywine misinterpreted the hops as English in origin, and the judges even believed his homebrew to be an English barleywine. "For those after a hoppy American barleywine," says Yeager, "my suggestion would be to not be afraid to add more hops in the last 30 minutes."

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Bock

Rogue Dead Guy Ale Clone

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Homebrewers Association

This recipe appears in the article, "Rogue Ale Brewery: Pirate of the Amber Waves," in the September/October 2003 issue of Zymurgy magazine.

Author of the article, Amahl Turczyn, worked with Rogue's John Maier and Lou Bank to forumulate the Dead Guy Ale clone recipe along with eleven other Rogue clones for homebrewers to try out.

Though Rogue's proprietary Pacman yeast is challenging to obtain, you can still get a close replication of one of Rogue's flagship brews with this recipe!

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Light Lager

Sitzung Helles

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Homebrewers Association

Jonathan Permen of Renton, WA, member of the Impaling Alers, won a gold medal in Category #1: Light Lager during the 2012 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Seattle, WA. Permen’s Light Lager was chosen as the best among 200 final round entries in the category and helped earn the 2012 NHC Homebrewer of the Year title. Read More

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Bock

The Noidinator

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Homebrewers Association

Andy Waisanen of Fond Du Lac, WI, member of the Central Wisconsin Vintners and Brewers, won a gold medal in Category #5: Bock during the 2012 National Homebrew Competition Final Round in Seattle, WA. Waisanen’s Bock was chosen as the best among 195 final round entries in the category. Read More

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