Let’s face it, many people think beer is just beer. But let’s also be real here, people, there’s different strokes for different folks! There are countless kinds of beers, all equipped with different flavors, textures, aromas and alcohol contents. This post will definitely encourage you present beer lovers to hop on the home brewing bandwagon and get to fermenting! And maybe it can even convince those of you who don’t like your typical market beer to reach above and beyond the horizon and give home brewed beer a try. Beer isn’t the world’s most consumed beverage for nothing, guys.
13 Best Homebrew Recipes | How to Make Beer at Home
There are, of course, two categories of beer: ales and lagers. And in the list below, we’ve included various types of recipes that fall under these categories. How about you take a gander and start fueling up on motivation to turn your empty closet or storage space into a malted barley.
Equipment and Supplies
Before you get started on any beer recipes, try checking out A Walkthrough and Cost Breakdown of Brewing Your Own Beer. It’s a terrific resource you can turn to in order to know what supplies you need according to your brewing level expertise!
1. Triple Lindy
As you may see, this Belgian Triple requires two grains and some cane sugar so it sits smoothly on the pallet. If done correctly, the Triple Lindy should be a pale beer that’s spicy and subtly malty — it should also yield in a high alcohol content.
2. Irish Stout
This stout takes about four weeks to brew and it’s also a recipe for advanced beer makers. The brewer / blogger says this is great for St. Patty’s as long as it’s done in advance. She also indicates that you should place a request with your butcher for his finest corned beef flat . . . hmmmm, very interesting!
3. Blackberry Stout
If you like blackberries and love dark beers (and/or vice-versa) then this is a recipe to try out! Like any modern beer, the flavor of this recipe relies on hops! And like any brewing recipe it’s good to be cautious with the fermentation process. There’s a good chance of contamination there so be careful.
4. All Grain Beer
Grain beer is usually a challenge to brew, so if it’s your first time then don’t have expectations of yourself. Use the process as a learning experience. This recipe and process requires infusion, a method of mashing which is simpler than decoction.
5. Dark Brett Saison with Candied Figs, Star Anise, Cinnamon and Sweet Orange Peel
Saison is a nineteenth century Belgium beer which is now broadly interpreted as a pale ale. This recipe in particular is totally experimental and sounds absolutely divine: the citrus of the orange peel, the sweetness of the fig, the fragrant flavor of anise and the cinnamon kick are surely to-die-for.
6. Smoked Baltic Porter
This beer tutorial uses American 2-Row malt and a few flaked oat grains. It also hones in on a traditional base malt like Munich and the required smoked Bamberg malt that really brings everything together in a pleasantly smoky kind of way.
7. Noble Hopped Pilsner
There are varieties of noble hops which are adequately characterized as aroma hops, since they have relatively low alpha bitterness, and are highly aromatic. These hops have high amounts of the hop oil and humulene. They also provide a mild, slightly spicy flavor.
8. German Bock
Bock came to life in the thirteenth century and is an essentially strong malty beer. With a little pilsner malt in this rendition of a german bock a little can go a long way. The color you should get in the end is a dark amber to brown tinge.
9. Standard American Lager
Aside from ale’s lagers are among the most popular beer in the country, as a matter or fact, they tend to be America’s favorite and best selling beer. Do Bud Light, Coors Light, Budweiser and Miller Light ring a bell? These are at the top of the 2014 Top Domestic Beers List. So here’s a standard American lager recipe to continue on with the trend!
Along with the standard American lager, our trusty blogger at Meek Brewing Co decided to make a totally separate post devoted to tips in order to improve your lager, how thoughtful!
11. American Pale Ale
Did you know that pale ales were first made from malts dried with coke? This, of course, started in the early 1700s. Don’t worry, that’s not exactly what this recipe calls for and is definitely not what it yields! This recipe should yield in a moderate to high hop flavor with a teeny ounce of citrus. The flavor rests on the dried malt extract, yum!
12. Sugar Puff Beer
Who would’ve thought that the old cereal in the pantry could be the gateway to your next home brew? We didn’t, that’s for sure. As long as the sugar puffs are not completely stale you may use them due to their fermentable sugars. Why not try it next time you think of throwing out your sugar puffs?
13. Grapefruit American Pale Ale
From the orchard to the fermenting process the grapefruits used in this recipe are bound for a fruitful fate. Just try and imagine ruby red grapefruit zest sitting on your tongue infused with the smooth yet strong nature of hops. Delicious! This is something you must try!