Holiday Porter

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Photo by: James Cridland

Beer Style: porter, spiced beer
Recipe Type extract


All the beer I make is from dry malt extracts and specialty grains. I don't have the time to do, or the space to set up for, all grain brewing.

I like to use Maple Syrup if possible (if I've got the cash, about $7 a quart) for dark beer. Not for the flavor, as a quart doesn't effect flavor much if at all, but because I've found it enhances attenuation, how complete the fermentation ends (something in it the yeasties like). The beer generally ends up more "dry" if I use maple syrup. I like clean malt character without sweetness. The beer I'm describing ferments out to 1.004, that is a clean ferment for the amount of grains used.

* 3 lbs Amber Dry Malt Extract
* .25 lbs Black Patent Malt, crushed
* .5 lbs Chocolate Malt, crushed
* .5 lbs 60 lovibond Crystal, crushed
* .5 lbs Klagus 2 row malt, crushed
* .5 lbs Roast Barley, crushed
* 1 quart Grade C Amber Maple Syrup
* 2 oz Perle hops, pellets
* 1 pkg Whyeast Scottish Ale liquid yeast
* 2 Tbs Cinnamon
* 2 Tbs Allspice
* 2 Tbs Cloves
* 1 Tbs Nutmeg


Put the grains in a BIG grain bag so they have plenty of room to allow water to flow between after they swell up. Put the grain bag in the cold water and bring the heat up to 160 degrees F. "Steep" the grains like a big teabag. Mix the grains around by squishing the outside of the bag with a spoon, lift the bag out to drain the water with the goodies into the pot. Mix squish and drain the stuff every 5 minutes for an hour. DON'T let the temperature exceed 170 degrees F during the steep to keep tannin extraction (creates a bitter flavor, especially with roasted and black grains) to a minimum. Pull out the grains and set them in a colander that hangs in the rim of your pot and pour a half gallon of clean water through them (preferred), or put them in a colander in a bowl so you can capture the stuff that runs out and add it back to your boil.

I use pellet hops. Keep them in the fridge and use them as soon as possible. When done steeping the grains I add the first batch of hops (1 oz for this beer) and bring the water to a boil. Turn off the burner, add the Malt extract and stir it in till completely dissolved. Turn the heat back on, bring to a boil and check the clock. Depending on style you'll add different hops at different times. This recipe calls for 1 oz Perle at 60 minutes and 1 oz Perle at 30 min. You put the 60 min oz in first, then when there is 30 min left to the boil you add the second oz (add the spices here and maple syrup at end of boil for this beer). Boiled hops add the bittering character, some recipes call for hops at end of boil (sometimes called knockoff) which add aromatic character, some at transfer to secondary which really contributes to herbal or floral aromatics. A note regarding the boil, though a watched pot never boils, an unwatched pot of boiling wort will boil over - WATCH IT.

Cooling and Transferring to Primary: Folks use all kinds of containers and techniques to cool and ferment, its a matter of choice. This is what I do. Transfer the pot to my kitchen sink, fill the sink with ice and cold water. Put 2 gallons of fermentation temp water (yes I chill water for lagers, I have been called compulsive) in a sanitized bottling bucket. Add the wort when it is cooled to fermentation temp and add water to 5 gallons (measure and make gallon marks on the outside of your bucket using tap water). I fill the bucket to about 1/2 inch above the 5 gal mark because the valve at the bottom of the bucket is about 1/2 inch above the bottom. Let it set for 30 minutes for solids to settle to the bottom of the bucket. Drain the wort into a 5 gal carboy leaving the solids (trub) at the bottom of the bucket. I use glass to keep characteristics from the last fermented batch, which plastic can retain, from getting into the next batch. Add (pitch) the yeast starter and set up a blow off tube.

Primary Fermentation: When the yeast starts working you'll get a bunch of foamy gack (krausen) blowing out the tube. When the krausen subsides replace the blow off tube with an airlock. When the airlock activity slows (one bubble in 2 seconds for ale temp, one in 6 seconds for lager temp) use a racking tube to transfer (siphon) the stuff to a secondary fermentation carboy splashing as little as possible to minimize oxygenation.

Secondary Fermentation: Here's where you add dry hops for secondary, sometimes spices or fruit. At lager temps I prepare hop pellets by boiling 16 of water, adding the pellets to the hot water, and pouring the green goo into the secondary fermenter before racking. At low temps pellets can float around the top like rabbit pellets and never really break up. At ale temps just toss them in. The action of racking often adds a trace of oxygen, fermentation picks up just a little, and/or forces some carbon dioxide out of solution, and the airlock activity may pick up a little.

I do a secondary fermentation primarily for dry hopping and to help clarify the final brew (my beers normally have a light dusting of yeast at the bottom when finished instead of a 1/4 inch of murk found in some homebrews). I let it set a day or two after fermentation is complete and the hops (if I used any have settled). Rack to the bottling bucket and DON'T SPLASH - minimize oxygenation. If I dry hop I have a fine nylon netting which I sanitize and put over the end of the racking cane before transferring to the bottling bucket.

Bottling: Carefully add 3/4 cup corn sugar boiled in 16 oz water to the bottling bucket and stir without splashing with a long sanitized spoon getting agitation from top to bottom of the bucket to ensure consistent priming. Bottle it.

Bottle Conditioning: Bottle condition, to develop carbonation and such, at the appropriate temperature. Room temp for ale, lager temp for lager. Ales need 1 1/2 to 2 weeks (sometimes less if you're desperate), lagers from 3 to 4 weeks.

This is my beer making ritual. I've been doing it just like this for over 3 years with never a spoiled batch. Always drinkable, often great, and sometimes excellent results. Every experienced homebrewer develops their own brewing rituals and preferences for ingredients and equipment. The matter of which is better is largely subjective.
Submitted by: Daniel Fernandez


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It's not beer and it's not wine, but making hard apple cider is always fun. You can do it the old fashioned way by pressing the apples or you can purchase the apple cider. If you purchase the cider, just make sure that there are no preservatives in it. Personally, I buy the apple cider from a local fruit market. The recipe I found is from and will make a 5 gallon batch. There is also an interesting history of hard cider on that site that is worth reading. Enjoy the recipe and the reading.

Cidermaking is easy and fun. Here is a basic recipe for a Farmhouse Style cider (ingredients for five gallons):

5 gallons of fresh pressed sweet apple juice (known today as apple cider)

5 cups of sugar

1 package of Wyeast liquid lager brewers yeast (available at homebrew supply stores)

Transfer the juice and sugar using a sanitized funnel or food grade plastic hose into a sanitized glass or stainless-steel container at room temperature. Allow the sugar to dissolve and then pitch the lager yeast and affix a fermentation lock atop the carboy It will soon begin to bubble away releasing carbon dioxide as the yeast converts the sugars into alcohol. Allow the cider to ferment and mellow for at least two months before transferring it with your sanitized food grade hose into bottles, a keg, or any vessel you prefer. Then enjoy. Any homebrew supply shop can get you started with the proper advice and equipment.

Originally Posted on my other site: Making Homemade Wine and Beer.

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Cream Ale

Posted by Unknown | 12:01 AM | , | 1 comments »

Wisdom Cream Ale Clone
(5 gallons, extract) 
OG = 1.053 
FG = 1.014 
IBUs = 14–16 
ABV = 5.1% 

Ingredients :

6.0 lbs. Coopers Light dry malt extract 
4.0 AAU Tettnanger hops (bittering) 
(0.9 oz. of 4.5% alpha acid) 
7.4 AAU Saaz hops (aroma) 
(2.1 oz. of 3.5% alpha acid) 
1 tsp Irish moss 
White Labs WLP002 (English Ale) yeast or Wyeast 1968 (Special London) yeast 
O.75 cup of corn sugar for priming 

Step by Step:

Since there are no grains in this recipe, it is simple to make. Add the malt extract to three gallons of hot water and bring to a boil. Add the Tettnanger (bittering) hops and Irish moss and boil for 60 minutes. Add the Saaz (aroma) hops for the last two minutes of the boil. 
When you are done boiling, strain out the hops. Add the wort to two gallons of cool water in a sanitized fermenter and top off with cool water to 5.5 gallons. Cool the wort to 80º F, aerate the beer and pitch your yeast. Allow the beer to cool over the next few hours to 68–70º F and ferment for 10–14 days. Bottle your beer, age for a minimum of two to three weeks and enjoy! 

All-grain option
Replace the light malt extract with 10 lbs. of two-row pale malt 
(2° L). Mash all your grains at 155º F for 45 minutes. Collect enough wort to boil for 90 minutes and have a 5.5-gallon yield. 
Decrease the amount of bittering hops to 0.75 oz. of Tettnanger to account for increased hop extraction efficiency in a full-wort boil. Chill the wort, aerate and pitch yeast. Bottle and condition as explained in the extract recipe. 

Steam Beer

Posted by Unknown | 12:01 AM | | 1 comments »


2.00 lbs. Munich-100 malt 30L
1.50 lbs. Flaked rye
1.00 lbs. Harrington 2-row pale malt 1.8L
1.00 lbs. German Vienna malt 3L
10.00 oz. Cara Pils
2.00 lbs. DME Australian Pale
0.75 oz. Perle 8.4% (60 min)
0.50 oz. Williamette 4.2% (45 min)
0.50 oz. Williamette 4.2% (15 min)
0.50 oz. Williamette 4.2% (2 min)
Yeast: BrewTek California Gold CL-690

Style: California Common
Notable examples: Anchor Steam, Maisel's Dampfbier

Brewing: 1.053
Bottling: 1.014
IBUs: 37.0
Alcohol: 5.3% (v/v)
Color: 14 SRM (36 EBC)
DBatch price: $16.97
Bottle price: $0.32

Mash water: 7.8 quarts (130 degF strike)
Mash Schedule:
122 degF (30 min)
152 degF (65 min)
168 degF (5 min)
Sparge water: 9.4 quarts (170 degF)
Sparge liquor: 3.4 gallons
Desired final volume: 5 gallons

Add malt extract and water to top and bring to boil; add bittering hops after 30 minutes.
Pitch when cool (65-75 degF).

Ferment at 65-70 degF for 48 hours; rack to secondary gravity has dropped below 1.025. 

Continue secondary fermentation at 60-65 degF for 14 days. 

Prime with 3/4 cup corn sugar or equivalent (or kr”usen with actively fermenting wort) and bottle. 

Condition for 3 weeks at 60-70 degF. Serve at 45-52 degF.


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German Altbier

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Original Gravity: 1.048 IBU: 40

Please read these instructions completely before beginning your brew.


6.6# (2 cans) Amber Liquid Malt Extract (LME)

0.3# (5 oz.) Light Dry Malt Extract (DME)
2# Crushed German Vienna Malt 3L
2# Crushed German Light Munich Malt 6L

1# Crushed German Crystal Malt 60L (Caramunich III)

1.5 oz. German Hallertau Hop Pellets (bittering)

0.5 oz. German Hallertau Hop Pellets (flavor)

1 oz. Tettnang Hop Pellets (aroma)

1 Whrlfloc Tablet (Irish Moss)

150ml Tube Wyeast 1007 German Ale Yeast

Muslin Grain Bag


Begin by soaking the cans of LME in a bowl or pot of warm water to make it easier to get out of the can later.
Fill your brewpot (preferably a 20qt. stainless stock pot) with two gallons of cold water.

Place the crushed grains in the muslin grain bag and secure with a knot at the top. Place the bag into the brewpot and begin heating the water. When the water reaches a temperature of 170F remove the bag and discard.

Continue heating the water until it reaches a boil. When the water is boiling, remove the pot from the heat and slowly add the LME and the DME stirring constantly to avoid scorching. When thoroughly mixed return the brewpot to the heat and return to a boil.

BEWARE OF THE BOILOVER! When the mixture first boils it may produce a heavy foam. Watch for the foam to rise, and when it does, turn off the flame until the foam subsides (if using an electric stove, it may be necessary to lift the brewpot off of the burner). After the foam has risen once, it will generally lessen, and it’s safe to return to a steady boil without foaming over. However, sometimes foaming may occur again. If so, simply repeat this procedure until foaming finally stops.

After you have achieved a steady boil, add the bittering hops and continue boiling. After boiling for 30 minutes add the flavor hops. After boiling for 45 minutes add the Whirfloc Tablet. After boiling for 60 minutes remove the brewpot from the heat, add the aroma hops, and cover.

While the wort is cooling, fill your sanitized fermenter with 3 gallons of cold water. When the wort has cooled to under 100F, add it to the cold water in the fermenter (splashing is ok and even recommended to aerate the wort at this stage). Try to leave as much of the sediment on the bottom of the brewpot as you can (siphon if possible).

Take the temperature of the wort in your fermenter. It should be below 75F. Remove a sample to measure the Original Gravity with your hydrometer (do not return the sample to the fermenter when finished). Then add the yeast and seal your fermenter with an airlock (bucket) or blow-off hose (carboy) and place in a spot where the temperature stays between 65F and 70F. Within the next 24 hours fermentation should start.

You are now on the way to producing a delicious batch of homebrew – Cheers!

Source: Cape Cod Beer.Com

Strawberry Ale

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* 3.3 pounds, M&F amber hopped syrup
* 3--1/2 pounds, dry light malt
* 1 pound, crushed crystal malt
* 1 ounce, Northern Brewer leaf hops, (alpha=8.0%) 1 hour boil
* 8 pints, fresh strawberries, washed, stemmed, pureed
* 4 Tablespoons, pectin enzyme
* Ale yeast starter

FG: 1.008


Make a yeast starter by boiling 1 cup dry malt extract in a quart of water and cool to below 90 degrees F. Add four of Red Star Ale yeast and agitate. Let set for two hours.

Steep crystal malt in 1 gallon of water for a while, then "rinse" in another 1--1/2 gallons. (I preboil.) Add malt and boiling hops and boil liquid for 1 hour. Turn down heat to very low flame and add pureed strawberries, heat for 15-20 minutes. Remove hops then cool wort. Dump in primary fermenter and add cold bottled water. The temp should be around 65-70. Dump in the yeast starter. The next day or sooner, add about 4 tablespoons of pectic enzyme, right into the beer. Rack after 3- 4 days. Bottle with 3/4 cup corn sugar.

Raspberry Ale

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* 6-7 pounds, light malt extract
* 1/4 pound, crystal malt
* 2-1/2 cups, raspberry puree
* 1 ounce, boiling hops (Hallertauer, Saaz, Tettnanger)
* yeast
* 10 cups, raspberry puree


Crack, steep, and strain crystal malt before boiling. Add extract and hops. Boil. Strain into primary. Add 2-1/2 cups raspberry puree. Add enough cold water to make 5 gallons. Pitch yeast. When racking to secondary, add another 10 cups raspberry puree.

Cherry Wheat Ale

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* 6.6 lb Northwestern Wheat Extract
* 1 oz. Tettnang hops. (boiling hops- full 60 minutes)
* 1/2 oz. Tettnang (flavor hops- last 20 minutes of boil)
* 1/2 oz. Tettnang (aroma- steep for 2 minutes at end of boil)
* 4 oz. of cherry extract


Total boil is 60 minutes. Also added Irish moss last 15 min of boil. Add the cherry extract after the boil and ferment for about 1 week.

Blueberry Ale

Posted by Unknown | 6:41 AM | , | 2 comments »


* 7 pounds, British amber extract
* 1-1/2 pounds, crystal malt
* 2 ounces, Northern Brewer hops (boil)
* 1 ounce, Fuggles hops (finish)
* Whitbread ale yeast
* 2 pounds, fresh frozen blueberries

Primary Ferment: 1 week


Steep crystal malt while bringing to boil. Remove grains and add extract and boiling hops. Boil 60 minutes. Add finish hops and let steep 15 minutes. Sparge into ice, mix. Rack to 7-gallon carboy. At peak of fermentation add blueberries. Ferment 1 week and rack to secondary. Prime with corn sugar.

This recipe was found on Leener's a supplier of homebrew supplies and is a kit that you can purchase. Personally, I like to experiment, so I would use Alexander's Light Malt and some noble hops to modify this recipe

Here's a welcome recipe that is sure to get you ready for summer. Do you know that most Mexican beers are actually Bohemian Style Lagers? We've come up with a classic golden refresher that's quick to brew and great served ice cold on the deck or patio.

1 oz. Finishing Hop Pellets
1 ea. Coopers Mexican Cerveza
1 LB. Extra Light Dry Malt
1 LB. Corn Sugar
1 pk. Brewer's Yeast
1 hop bag
50 Bottle Caps

Place 1 gallon of water into the brew kettle.

Place the hop pellets into the boiling bag and tie it closed. Place into the kettle and boil for 3 minutes.

Measure out 3/4 cup of the corn sugar and save this for priming the bottles. Stir the remaining corn sugar and the dry malt extract into the kettle. Stir the kettle frequently to prevent darkening the wort. Boil for 5 minutes.

Turn off the heat and stir in the Cerveza Malt Extract. Keep stirring until the malt is completely dissolved.

Add one gallon of cold water to the kettle. Pour remaining water into your fermenter then add the cooled wort. Pitch yeast when temperature is between 70 and 74 degrees.

Ferment and bottle using your usual methods

Beano Beer

Posted by Unknown | 4:54 PM | , | 1 comments »

I tried using Beano as a way to lower the carbs in my beer. Looks like it works because the gravity did get lower with the Beano. Here's the recipe printout from my Promash program,

03-07-2008 Beano Experiment # 1

A ProMash Brewing Session Report

Brewing Date: Friday March 07, 2008
Head Brewer: Ben Evert
Asst Brewer:
Recipe: Beano Experiment # 1

Recipe Specifics

Batch Size (Gal): 2.50 Wort Size (Gal): 1.00
Total Grain (Lbs): 5.00
Anticipated OG: 1.065 Plato: 15.88
Anticipated SRM: 7.7
Anticipated IBU: 35.3
Brewhouse Efficiency: 75 %
Wort Boil Time: 60 Minutes

Actual OG: 1.062 Plato: 15.21
Actual FG: 1.010 Plato: 2.56

Alc by Weight: 5.38 by Volume: 6.87 From Measured Gravities.
ADF: 83.2 RDF 69.1 Apparent & Real Degree of Fermentation.

Actual Mash System Efficiency: 61 %
Anticipated Points From Mash: 15.90
Actual Points From Mash: 13.00


% Amount Name Origin Potential SRM
70.0 3.50 lbs. Light Liquid Malt Extract 1.035 7
10.0 0.50 lbs. Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt 1.033 2
10.0 0.50 lbs. Pale Malt(2-row) Great Britain 1.038 3
10.0 0.50 lbs. Vienna Malt America 1.035 4

Potential represented as SG per pound per gallon.


Amount Name Form Alpha IBU Boil Time
1.00 oz. Cascade Pellet 5.60 35.3 60 min.
1.00 oz. Fuggle Pellet 4.40 0.0 Dry Hop


Amount Name Type Time
1 Tablespoon Irish Moss Fining 15 Min.(boil)

Dry Yeast

Recorded Actuals - Measurement Taken In Kettle:

Recorded Volume (Gal): 2.50
Recorded OG: 1.062 Plato: 15.21

Fermentation Specifics

Pitched From: Dry Pack
Primary Fermenter: Plastic
Primary Type: Closed
Days In Primary: 7
Primary Temperature: 64 degrees F

Bottling/Kegging Specifics

Bottling Date: Saturday April 12, 2008
Desired Carbonation Level: 2.30 Volumes CO2
Fermentation Temperature: 68 F

Amount In Bottles: 1.50 Gallons
Days Conditioned: 0
Carbonation Method: Natural
Priming Medium Used: Corn Sugar
Amount of Priming Used: 1.16 Oz
Amount of Liquid Added: 0.14 Gal

Fermentation Notes

Added beano (1 tablet) March 11 - hydro reading 1.020, Transferred to secondary 3/18 hydro reading 1.014, added whiskey soaked oak chips. final reading 1.010


Secondary ferment over whiskey soaked oak chips. Beano added during secondary. Total drop in gravity with Beano .010

Sorghum Beer

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Simple Simon (Gluten Free)
Sorghum Beer
(5 gallons/19 L, extract)
OG = 1.047 FG = 1.011
IBU = 22 SRM = 8 ABV = 4.7%


6 lb. 11 oz. (3.0 kg) BriesSweet White Sorghum Syrup 45 DE High Maltose
0.50 lbs. (0.23 kg) honey
6 AAU Tettnang hops (60 mins)
(1.5 oz./43 g of 4% alpha acids)
Danstar Nottingham dried ale yeast
0.75 cups corn sugar (for priming)

Step by Step

Heat 2.5 gallons (9.5 L) of water to a boil, then stir in sorghum syrup. Return wort to a boil, then add hops and boil for 60 minutes. At the end of the boil, stir in honey with a sanitized spoon, then cool wort until sides of brewpot are cool to the touch. Transfer wort to a sanitized fermenter and top up with water to 5 gallons (19 L). Aerate wort and pitch yeast. Ferment at 68 °F (20 °C). Bottle with corn sugar.

Source: Brew Your Own Magazine

Beer Labels The Easy Way

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Normally I don't make labels for my beer (I mark the crown), but every so often I make batches of beer to give away. For those batches, I always like to make the bottles look attractive by putting on labels. I've always used Photoshop or Microsoft Publisher to make my labels and spent hours making them. I made the label above in less than minute at Beer Label Builder (sponsor of this post).

Not only did I find this as a real time saver but if your making several cases for that special occasion you can have professionally looking labels. Price wise, Beer Label Builder is very reasonable and they also have quite a few styles to chose from. You can also upload your own custom label and have them print them for you.

So, if your looking for some professional looking labels, give
Beer Label Builder a try.

Found this recipe at Gambrinus Mug. Gambrinus Mug allows you to upload your recipes so that they can be shared on the web. Worth checking out.

Source: Dave Szakacs
Recipe added: 03/08/99

Moderately dry, lightly hopped golden lager with very nice body and head retention. My wife, Jeanne's favorite beer, thus the name!


Recipe type: Extract
Batch Size: 5 gallons
Starting Gravity: 1.048
Finishing Gravity: 1.016
Time in Boil: 60 minutes
Primary Fermentation: 7 days
Secondary Fermentation: 30 days


  • 12 oz. Pale Ale Malt
  • 6.5 Pounds Ex Light DME
  • 1 oz Centennial hop pellets
  • 1/2 oz Kent Goldings hops
  • 1 oz Cascade leaf hops
  • 1/2 teaspoon Irish moss
  • Wyeast # 2112 California lager
  • One 1/2 oz. Libery hop plug
  • 3/4 cup corn sugar


Steep crushed grains in 1 gal. 160 deg. water for 30 min. Rinse grains with 1/2 gal 160 deg. water. Bring volume of water to 3 gal and bring to boil. Add Extract and Centennial hops. After 30 min., add Kent Goldings hops. Add Irish moss for last 15 min of boil. Turn off heat and add 1/2 oz Cascade for 5 min. Chill and strain into fermentor and add enough pre-boiled cool water to make 5 gal.Add yeast.Ferment @ 55-65 deg. for 7 days.Rack & add 1/2 oz Cascade & Liberty plug in hop bag. Lager 30 days @ 40 degrees. Prime with corn sugar and bottle or keg.

Stu Brew

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This recipe is taken from
Victory Beer Recipes and makes 10 gallons. This is also the last recipe from this series and is an all-grain one.

17 pounds two-row pale malt
2 pounds Munich malt
1 Carapils malt

6 ounces crystal malt
1 ounce Perle hops - 60 minutes
3 ounces Saaz hops - 30 minutes
1 ounce Tettnanger hops - 12 minutes
1/2 teaspoon gypsum
Wyeast no 2206 liquid yeast

Boiling time 60 minutes
Primary fermentation 14 days at 49 degrees
Secondary fermentation 28 days at 49 degrees

Mash grains at 120 degrees, raise to 153 degrees, then to 165 degrees. sparge with 175 degree water. Force co2 to carbonate.

BME Pilsner

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This recipe is taken from Victory Beer Recipes and makes 5 gallons.

6 2/3 pounds BME Munich gold malt extract
1 1/4 Ounces Halleratuer hops - 45 minutes
3/4 ounces Saaz hops - 30 minutes
1/2 ounce Saaz hops - 2 minutes
1/4 ounce Saaz hops - dry
1 pint m.ev. no 001 German yeast

primary fermentation - 1 week 50 degrees
secondary fermentation - 2 weeks at 35 to 40 degrees
force carbonate

This recipe is taken from
Victory Beer Recipes and makes 2 1/2 gallons

3 1/3 pounds Munton and Fison old ale kit malt extract
2 1/2 pounds Munton and Fison light dry malt extract
6 ounces black patent malt
6 ounces roasted barley
6 ounces caramel malt 40 degree
1 1/2 ounces Nugget hops - 60 minutes
1/2 ounce Nugget hops - 10 minutes
1 1/2 teaspoons gypsum
1 packet Red Star champagne yeast
2 ounces corn sugar to prime

Boiling time 60 minutes
Primary fermentation 7 weeks at 70 degrees
Secondary fermentation 6 weeks at 70 degrees

Crush grains and add to 3 quarts cold water. Slowly raise temperature to gentle simmer and hold for 10 minutes. Sparge with 2 quarts hot water. Add to brewpot to make 3 gallons. Heat to boil and add malt extract.

Hops Shortage Hits Home

Posted by Unknown | 10:08 PM | | 0 comments »

Well, the upcoming hops shortage has finally hit home. I was going to make a batch of beer over this past weekend and needed to buy some hops.

So, I hopped in the car and headed to my local brew shop. Walked back to where the hops are and to my horror, there were none. Now, just how in the heck can you make beer without hops? I was soon informed that a shipment of hops might be coming in, but the store's supplier was out and did not know when they would be getting anymore in.

I did find some online, but the price has really skyrocketed. What used to go for $16 - 20 per pound is now closer to about $80. So much for the liberal use of hops.

Where does that leave the homebrewer? Being at the end of the food chain, it looks like we are going to have to make some major changes in our brewing habits. What I am looking for are recipes that use something other than hops. If anyone has any, please e-mail me the recipe and I'll post for everyone to try.

For more on the hops crisis, check out these articles.

The Bitter End: The Great 2008 Hop Shortage

On the Coming Hops Crisis

Hop Crisis

This recipe is taken from Victory Beer Recipes and is an all grain recipe.

Makes 5 Gallons

8 pounds two-row malt
2 pounds light crystal mat
2 pounds Munich malt
1 1/4 ounces Hallertauer hops - 90 minutes
wyeast no 308 liquid yeast

Boiling time 90 minutes
Primary fermentation 3 weeks at 50 degrees
Secondary fermentation 4 weeks at 32 degrees
Mash grains at 151 degrees for 1 hour.
Force carbonate

My first attempt at doing video for my blogs. This will be a regular feature on Beer, Wine and Food and at sometime in the future I would like to try using video on this blog. Enjoy!

Loos Lucy Ginger Lager

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This recipe is taken from Victory Beer Recipes

4 1/2 pounds Laaglander light malt extract
1 1/2 pounds honey
3 ounces freshly grated ginger root
1 ounce Cascade hops - 60 minutes
1/2 ounce Cascade hops - 30 minutes
zest of 4 oranges - 10 minutes
1/2 ounce Cascade hops - 2 minutes
American lager liquid yeast
3/4 cup corn sugar to prime

Boiling time 60 minutes
Primary fermentation 6 days at 50 degrees
Seconadry fermentation 13 days at 50 degrees

Spices added at beginning of boil, orange zest for last 10 minutes of boil.

"Beam Me Up, Scotty"

This recipe is taken from Victory Beer Recipes boiling time 75 minutes

Makes 5 Gallons

5 pounds Diamalt light malt extract
5 pounds Diamalt amber malt extract
1 pound caramel malt
2 ounces chocolate malt
2 ounces Oregon fuggles hop pellets - 60 minutes
1/2 ounces Styrian golding hop pellets - 30 minutes
1/4 ounce Wlliamette hops - 10 minutes
2 teaspoons gypsum
1 tablespoon irish moss
Wyeast Irish Ale Yeast
1/4 cup corn sugar to prime

boiling time 75 minutes

primary fermentation 1 1/2 weeks at 68 degrees

Add grains to 6 gallons cold water, bring to a boil and remove grains just before boiling.

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Jackie's Abbey

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This recipe is taken from Victory Beer Recipes.

Makes 5 Gallons


12 pounds Alexanders pale malt extract

6 ounces crystal malt

4 ounces chocolate malt

1 3/4 ounces bullion hops 9% - 45 minutes

1/4 ounce Perle hops 7.4% - 45 minutes

1 teaspoon Irish moss - 15 minutes

3/4 Saaz hops 4.4% 10 minutes

3/4 ounce Hallertauer hops 3% - 10 minutes

1/4 ouce Saaz hops 4.4% - 1 minute

1/4 ounce Hallertauer hops 3% - 1 minute

Cultured Chimay yeast

3/4 cup corn sugar

Boiling time 60 minutes

Primary fermentation 15 days at 65 degrees

Pre-boil filtered water for 1 hour and steep grains at 175 degrees


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This recipe is taken from Victory Beer Recipes. To learn more about barley wine, check out this link at Making Homemade Wine and Beer.

5 gallons


12 pounds Wander light malt extract

4 pounds pale ale malt

1 pound crystal malt 20 degree

2 ounces British bold hops - 10% for 45 minutes

1 1/2 ounces Centennial hops 7.5% for 45 minutes

2 ounces Kent Goldings hops 5.9% finish

1 ounce Kent Goldings hops 4.8% finish

Wyeast no. 1084 Irish ale yeast

Vierka champange yeast

Primary fermentation 10 days 72 degrees

Secondary fermentation 21 days 60 degrees in oak or oak chips

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Cancer Fighting Agent Found In Beer

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I knew there was a reason for me drinking beer. Short article from the United Press International about a German study. Read more below. ** Note ** Feed readers my have to visit the site to read the article.

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