Homebrew Recipe: Thunder Dragon Belgo-Bhutanese Blonde

In keeping with this month’s cosmopolitan theme, we’re going to bash together some disparate elements to make a global whole. Using a Belgian blonde ale for the superstructure, we’ll mix in the nontraditional adjunct of red rice—the chief agricultural export of Bhutan, the Himalayan kingdom of the Thunder Dragon—and co-ferment with a sake yeast and […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Helladoppel Pale Bock

Pale doppelbock. We’re going to do this. Because I love comparative beer analogies, picture the pale bock as a traditional dark doppelbock without the raisiny, fruity, toffee, cafe au lait character, or as an even bigger version of a maibock. It might even be compared to a lightly hopped Belgian strong ale, but instead of […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Ghost of Karelia Sahti

“Today sahti is, at its best, a festive farm brew served at rural feasts. More technically, sahti is a very potent, astoundingly full-bodied and turbid top-fermenting beer.” —Ilkka Sysila, Finnish brewer and beer author Happy holidays, citizens! This year, we’re going to gift each other with a very potent, astoundingly full-bodied and turbid top-fermented beer. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Bourbon Barrel Baltic Porter

Beer historian Randy Mosher describes Baltic porter as arguably being the true heir to English porter, as it’s been continuously brewed for the last 200 years. Taking its cue from 19th century porters, but of a stature more in keeping with Russian imperial stouts, contemporary examples can be found in the Baltic states, Scandinavia, and […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Irish Hunter Porter with Brett

When asked to come up with a recipe for this sporting life–themed issue, I thought, “Nothing says fox hunting like Brettanomyces in Irish porter.” True story. This month we’ll brew a batch of history-inspired porter with a mixed-culture fermentation and a bit of choose-your-own-adventure decision making. Snug down your tweed caps and prepare to shock […]

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A look back at the oldest beer recipe ever discovered

Tonight we’re gonna homebrew like it’s 1800 B.C. Tech Times takes a quick look back at the oldest beer recipe ever discovered—a hymn to Ninkasi, the Sumerian goddess of brewing and beer. An excerpt: “Ninkasi, you are the one who spreads the cooked mash on large reed mats,  Coolness overcomes,  You are the one who […]

Homebrew Recipe: Wild Rice Mild

This month, some brewers are freaking out about wet hopping with Humulus lupus. But we’re going to get down with a dark mild, mashed with some good old Ziziana palustris—the native grain and state emblem of Minnesota, better known as wild rice. There’s no fall seasonal more appropriate to Minnesota than a wild rice beer. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: La Granja Agave Azacca Saison

Agave tequilana is the plant responsible for pulque and tequila. It’s also an adjunct sugar source for this month’s recipe. In the interest of adjective-laden beer styles we’re going to undertake a non-traditional farmhouse ale populated by blue agave nectar, new school hops, and a mixed-culture fermentation. We’ll need a few things to breathe life […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Hopbursted Brett Session IPA

Hopbursted Brett Session IPA: this month, we will be just a bourbon barrel short of hitting all the buzzwords. Our project will be to twist a very hoppy, low alcohol, and easy-drinking ale with a non-Saccharomyces fermentation. We’ll be gunning for sub-5% ABV, close to a 1:1 bittering unit-to-gravity unit ratio, bundles of hop flavor […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Minnesota Common

“I wish that there were just two more months in the year when we could stand outside like this,” my wife remarked. We were straddling bikes in front of the school after dropping off our daughter. We were not wearing pac boots. “Two more months of school?” I asked, misreading the situational clues, as usual. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Smoke ‘Em If You Got ‘Em Rauchweizen

In his book “The Brewmaster’s Table,” author and brewer Garrett Oliver lauds the versatility of Bavarian weissbier as a pairing companion for a wide range of dishes and cuisines. Its simultaneous sweetness, tartness, high effervescence, and host of yeast-derived flavors make it a good match for everything from brunch to spicy Indian or Thai curries. […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Märzenbier

If you’ll indulge me in a bit of autobiography: Oktoberfest (the lager style, not the party) was one of the reasons I started brewing. Its clarity in the glass and the bright purity of its flavor seemed so alchemical to a brewer of 5-gallon batches of ale. The tubby red-cheeked Maß-guzzlers on the label (Paulaner, […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Wheaty Brown

Illustration by David Witt Poor, unloved brown ale. It’s not IPA, so almost by default nobody cares. It doesn’t have the cultural cachet of Irish stout or Scottish ales. It’s not mild or bitter, so the session beer trend seems to have overlooked it. This month, let’s embrace khaki. Let’s make a strength out of […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Sudkreuz Pils

  If it’s winter in Minnesota—and at the time of this writing, citizens, it most assuredly is—then for many of us homebrewers it is lager season. Lager, as regular readers probably know, is one of the great families of beer, characterized in the brewery by slow, cold fermentation. The agent of fermentation is lager yeast, […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Motorboat Oatmeal Extra Stout

Do you have a personal end-of-autumn ritual? One of my seasonal markers is a fall trip to fly fish for steelhead with some old friends. Solitude, no cell reception, deep woods, the loud sound of flowing water, wolves and eagles, aurora at night, nostrils full of the hoppy tang of balsam sap. After I return […]

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