July 25, 2014 by
Here are our home brews, complete with step by step
instructions and photos. Separated by home brewing
style: partial grain/extract brewing, and all-grain brewing.
PARTIAL GRAIN/EXTRACT BREWING
This is our second go with this
Abbey/Monk-style Tripel. Since the Belgian Tripel
was the first batch of beer we ever
brewed (back in January of this year), it didn't make it on the site because we didn't take
photos or track the process with notes.
The Kolsch style of beer comes from the German town of
Koln (Cologne), where it is written as Koelsch. This
beer is has a yellow straw color. It is somewhat
hoppy, but not as bitter as the typical German pale lager.
This is a fairly basic and simple brew, in that it
contains the four main ingredients of beer: malt, hops,
yeast, and water. It's based on a Heineken-style beer.
We got the ingredients from our favorite local home brew supply
Asheville Brewers Supply in Asheville, North
Carolina. Heavy on the hops, we expect this brew to be
This is our first go at a wheat beer. Just like
every other home brew, we start by sanitizing everything.
And, we of course took the vial of yeast from the fridge so
it can get to room temperature.
speaking, an Oktoberfest style of beer is a strong pale
lager originating in Bavaria, Germany. It is about
5.8% alcohol by volume. Traditionally speaking, this
beer was brewed in March and allowed to ferment slowing
through the summer months. Remember, there was no
mechanical refrigeration back then so dark, cool locations
were necessary, as were other methods to keep the beer from
going sour. Of course, Bavaria, with its high
elevations, made keeping fermenting beers cool simpler for
This is another one of our standard kit beers. As
for the brewing, nothing about this home brew has changed in
comparison to our previous five batches. But, for the
sake of brewing correctly, here is the process as performed
by us. Sanitation is the number one priority.
Everything got a sterilizing bath in the One Step sanitizing
solution. This is a task we perform religiously!
This homebrew has a Mexican
twist on the popular German Kolsch beer. It's pretty
much our Strawdog
Kolsch recipe with the addition of several spices,
pepper, and lemon zest. It also represents our first
attempt at straying from the kit recipes. Honestly, we
really didn't read up on how to go about adding spices or
fruit to our homebrew. So, we were pretty much
guessing at how to do it. This seemed more fun anyway!
I'm sure we'll learn something in the process.
We have previously brewed two
types of beer in the spirit of Belgium:
Belgium Trippel, and a recent batch of
Belgian Battleground Ale.
Both of those were strong pale ales. But, this Belgian
Ale should see an abv of about 5.5 % and be less bodied.
We were looking for a beer that was typical of an average
beer you would get in a bar or cafe in downtown Brussels.
Not strong like a Duvel or Trappist Tripel, but more like an
everyday beer such as Stella Artois, but with slightly more
This our first Pumpkin Beer.
We based it on a standard English Ale recipe. After
sanitizing everything we heated 2 gallons of filtered water
from our fridge dispenser and added the 2 cans of pumpkin. Make sure you don't get pumpkin pie mix! Use pure
pumpkin. Check the ingredients on the back of the can.
A 45-minute full boil ensued before it was removed from the
So, we are finally going to
stray away from the kits with this home brew beer.
After discovering exactly what an IPA (India Pale Ale) is,
we decided to clone this beer after our favorite in the
style, a Natty Greene's Southern Pale Ale. Clearly, we
are not going to get it exactly like Natty Greene's, but we
expect to come close. And, we are taking it a step
further, with a very bold proclamation. With
this home brew, we are coining the term "Original Appalachian Pale
Ale" or APA for the first time. The main
difference coming from the water, of course, which is
supplied by the upper Pigeon River/Little East Fork branch
(coming off Cold Mountain) in Cruso/Canton North Carolina).
The types and amounts of hops, as well as the grains used,
also play a role.
Here we go with our second
attempt at this brew. We wanted to increase the hoppiness and lighten the color on this one. As you
can see from our first attempt at an
Original Appalachian Pale Ale, we used a 50/50 blend of
crushed grain (Crystal 45 and Vienna). This one
differs slightly. Also, we are adding a third ounce of
hops, as opposed to the 2 ounces of hops in the first batch.
And, we lightened up the malt extracts, going with a Pilsen
Light and Golden Light combination.
After a year of brewing mostly
European beers (Belgium
Kolsch, etc.) we
decided it was time to have a go at a good ole American Pale
Ale. It's a very simple homebrew, with about 6 pounds of
malt extract. The Nugget hops are for bittering, followed
by flavorful Cascade hops.
So, this is our second
Oktoberfestbier. With the exception of using different
hops (German Tradition and a higher AA Tettnang), this is
pretty much the same recipe as our
Oktoberfestivities Begin homebrew.
This is our first attempt at an
extract-based Australian Lager. It will also represent our
first go at dry-hopping a homebrew. We
plan to add the New Zealand Motueka aroma hop pellets to the
secondary, where they will steep for 7 - 10 days
Talk about "firsts". We
have four of them with this home brew! This represents
our first attempt at a rye beer. This rye
beer homebrew recipe calls for a nice selection of
Centennial bittering hops during the brew, and a healthy
addition of Amarillo aroma hops for the secondary.
Next, this batch represents our first attempt at pitching
dry yeast (Fermentis dry ale yeast). Thirdly, it will
be the first time we use a wort chiller.
The brewing process was pretty
much the same as the previous 15 batches of home brewed
beer. Except this time, we introduced a different
sanitizer: Idophor. We started by filling our 6-gallon
carboy with water and two cap fulls of Idophor.
Other Beer Recipes
1. Here is a nice website with printable
beer recipes for just about any brand you can think of.
Also has some very interesting articles on brewing beer and
home brewing in general.
2. Northern Brewer is one of the top websites for
home brewing. Here is a link to their
clone beer recipes and beer recipe kits.
A website with links to several books you can purchase
concerning clone beers.
HomeBrewTalk.com is a forum with recipes for clone brews.
Very nice and popular website!
5. Brew Your Own has a
article on how to invent your own clone home brewed beer.
They also have a very nice
collection of home brew recipes.
6. Check out
TastyBrew.com and their extensive listing of
user-submitted home brew recipes. Nice!
7. A short list of
beer recipes at RateBeer.com.
8. Here is a nice website
with more than
brew recipes. Find your style with the neat "beer
9. No search for
brew recipes is complete without a stop by Hopville.com!
BeerSmith.com also has a nice selection of home brew beer
Homebrewopedia, from the Home Brewer's Association has
user-submitted beer recipes.
12. Of course, everyone
has heard of the famous
Mr. Beer" home brew kits!
13. Check out
Brew365.com for a short list of home brew recipes.
Also, plenty of beer brewing articles and information about
hops, grains and yeasts.
14. ClubHomeBrew.com has a list of about
60 beer recipes.
15. Austin Homebrew Supply is a very nice website
hundreds of beer recipes, including a huge selection of
just about every popular commercial beer available.
You gotta check them out! Perhaps a bit pricier than
your local home brew supplies store, but no one can argue
about their huge selection of recipes.
Home Brew Recipes We Will Be Brewing