Homebrew Recipe: Solar Wave Golden IPA

In our DIY Issue, Michael Dawson breaks down the basic steps of reverse engineering your favorite beer. This recipe appeared alongside that article. In the spirit of scaling down production beers for the homebrew system, here’s a recipe from our friends at Chop & Brew. Solar Wave Golden IPA is a beer developed in collaboration […]

Homebrew Recipe: Brockengespenst Alt

“They traveled in a motor-diligence out toward the Brocken. The brushland grew hilly and witchlike, clouds came from directions indeterminate and covered the sun. ‘An older sort of Germany,’ commented Günther, with a less-than-reassuring smile. ‘Deeper.’” —Thomas Pynchon, “Against the Day” Alt is a relic of a bygone era when Saxons hallucinated witches and devils […]

Homebrew Recipe: International India Black Lager

Attempting to mansplain the stylistic DNA and categorical waypoints of this month’s homebrew project will look to some (many?) like an exercise in cerevisiphilic insufferability: it’s a black version of a pale hoppy ale that was based on a misunderstood concept of what 19th century export beers were like, but which today bear even less resemblance […]

Homebrew Recipe: Backthrow Pre-Pro Triple Grain Amber Lager

This month, by making use of some regionally grown grains (barley, corn, and rye—save that wheat for bread flour, yo!) we’re going to brew a Minnesota-rooted beer that, when seen through the lens of a modern BJCP beer nerd, would be pigeonholed as an International Amber Lager: “A well-attenuated malty amber lager with an interesting […]

Homebrew Recipe: New Englandish Bitter

I hate to call this a session IPA but if you had to you could. It’s a sub-five percent ABV glucan-rich, non-“C” hop juice bomb, but it’s really got the soul (or at any rate, the malt, yeast, and ABV percentage) of a lovely imperial pint–sloshing bitter. Here’s the plan: flavorful pale ale malt base […]

Homebrew Recipe: Auld Alliance Peated Bière de Garde

True story: in France, more Scotch whisky is sold in one month than Cognac is sold in a year. And while Singaporeans drink more Scotch per capita, and the U.S. imports more in terms of monetary value, by sheer volume the French are the number one buyers of Scotch (almost 180 million bottles in 2014, […]

Homebrew Recipe: 1997 IPA

<old man rant> Some of us here can remember a time when craft beer (back then we called it “microbrew”) wasn’t so complicated. It wasn’t so fraught with issues of identity, craft versus “crafty,” or the minefields of ownership and majority stakes. There were no paralyzing choices created by an entire wall of palate-erasing next-thing […]

Homebrew Recipe: Wyld Cyder

There was an apocryphal bad frost centuries ago in Hessen, Germany that wiped out that year’s grape crop. The distraught winemakers turned to apples and they haven’t looked back since. That region is now the heartland of Apfelmost—a hard cider, fermented with the naturally occurring microbes on the fruit and extant from year to year […]

Homebrew Recipe: Minnesota Weisse

This month, citizens, we’re going to revisit our kettle-souring regimen for a beer inspired by Florida weisse—a riff on Berliner weisse that nontraditionally incorporates fruit (specifically local/tropical types like guava, passionfruit, and dragon fruit) right in the fermentation, rather than added as a syrup in the glass when served. Making use of our local malts, […]

Homebrew Recipe: Ras Neckbeard Tropical Stout

When we 21st century beer folks think of summertime seasonals, we most likely envision something yellow and light-ish—Berliner weisse, pils, a wheat beer. But 19th century English brewers exporting their ales to the small latitudes didn’t necessarily think the same way. We’ve explored historical IPA in this column before, but the brewers supplying the far-flung […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Velvet Unterbahn Kettle-Soured Gose

This month: a traditional Gose produced with a modern souring regimen. Since long preambles are for single-strain fermentations, let’s dig right in. A recipe to try Velvet Unterbahn Gose Target OG: 1.048, Target IBU: ~7 Grain 4 pounds Weyermann® Pilsner 4 pounds Weyermann® Pale Wheat 8 ounces Weyermann® Acidulated malt Hops ½ ounce your choice […]

Homebrew Recipe: Pequod Session IPA

Session IPA. Say what you will about endless variations on an already ubiquitous style, but this beer is an anti-whale. It doesn’t age or travel well. It’s not for cellaring or note-taking or dissection. It’s not for sniffing in your best crystal stemware. Simply put, this is a beer for drinking. We get so hung […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Alehoofer Gruit

To crib a page from Neil deGrasse Tyson: if the millennia in which humankind has been brewing beer was condensed down into a single 12-month calendar year, then hops would not have come into use as a conventional ingredient until November or so. From New Year’s Day up through at least Halloween, the flavoring of […]

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Homebrew Recipe: Double Red/Single Black Parti-Gyle

From one mash, two beers: a strong, hop-bursted, piney-slash-caramelly, dry-hopped West Coast-style red ale, and a putatively sessionable stout-slash-black IPA type of deal. By splitting runoff from the mash evenly between two vessels, we’ll collect two different worts of disparate sugar content and flavor intensity. The first runnings from the lauter tun will contain more […]

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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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