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 … [ Read more]

We Can Rebuild It: How to reverse-engineer a beer

Bad Weather head brewer Andy Ruhland. A reverse-engineered version of Bad Weather’s Solar Wave Golden IPA is this month’s Homebrew Recipe // Photo by Lucy Hawthorne Pablo Picasso once said “To copy others is necessary,” and who are we to argue with a cubist? Since contemporary craft and world classic beers are a source of … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Brockengespenst Alt

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. “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 … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: International India Black Lager

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Backthrow Pre-Pro Triple Grain Amber Lager

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: New Englandish Bitter

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Auld Alliance Peated Bière de Garde

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: 1997 IPA

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. <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,” … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Wyld Cyder

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Minnesota Weisse

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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) … [ Read more]

Homebrew Recipe: Ras Neckbeard Tropical Stout

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

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Homebrew Recipe: Velvet Unterbahn Kettle-Soured Gose

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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: … [ Read more]

How yeast works: A layperson’s guide to saccharomyces

Barley, wheat, rye, hop cones, and hop pellets all have immediately tangible, readily identifiable qualities. You can inspect a jar of these raw materials on a brewery tour and instantly get a good idea of what and how they contribute to your beer. Yeast, on the other hand, is mysterious and intangible. While the brewer … [ Read more]

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Homebrew Recipe: Pequod Session IPA

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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. … [ Read more]

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Homebrew Recipe: Alehoofer Gruit

This recipe appears in Michael Dawson’s book, “Mashmaker: A Citizen-Brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home.” Learn more at mashmakerbook.com. 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 … [ Read more]

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