New to Craft Beer? These 7 Dark Lagers are Easy on the Palate

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  Bitter IPAs and boozy, barrel-aged beers might shock the palate if you’re trying to introduce a curious newcomer to craft beer. Instead, it’s generally better to hand them a beer style that simultaneously feels familiar and also enlightens — dark lagers embody those traits. German-style Schwarzbiers, dunkels, bocks, and American dark lagers might seem …

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Better German Pilsner

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  This recipe from Josh Weikert, author of the Beer: Simple blog is for a bare-bones, but crisp and flavorful, German Pils. The grist is simplicity itself, all Pils with just a touch of Victory to bring out a rich grainy malt flavor, and it has plenty of IBUs and hops flavor to keep it firmly …

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Scratch Brewing’s Dead Leaves and Carrots Beer Recipe

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  Published: 2016-11-01 This is one of Scratch Brewing (Ava, Illinois) customers’ all-time favorites. It’s a lightly bready English bitter with a touch of smoke and a dry, crisp finish. It was inspired by the crisp crunch of fall leaves and that dry, almost toasted paper aroma. The oak leaves add extra bitterness and tannins, …

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Beers Made with Barrel-Aged Coffee Beans are ‘Blowing People’s Minds’

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When we think of barrel-aged beer, we usually think of beer that’s been brewed and then left to age in whiskey or wine barrels. But a few brewers are putting a new twist on that and spinning things around the other way: Introducing a beer, brewed with barrel-aged coffee beans. If you’re not into coffee, …

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Brewers Find Bold Beer Flavors in Barrels Beyond Bourbon

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  The number of craft breweries with some level of barrel aging program has risen dramatically over the past decade, with most gravitating toward used whiskey casks, particularly bourbon, to add new oaky, vanilla and boozy flavor elements to select batches. But whiskey certainly is far from being the only game in town, especially as …

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Brewing with Chocolate, Methods and Process

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Chocolate and beer are two of the best substances in the world, so they can only be better together, right? There are a number of ways to infuse the goodness of cacao, along with all the antioxidant power packed into those little beans, into your homebrew. Armed with sharp taste buds and a hint of …

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6 Beginner Beer Recipes and Styles

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We find ourselves in a golden era of beer. There are more breweries open in the United States than ever before, with more and more opening every day. Countless styles and amazing quality are at our fingertips, and tips of our tongues, in nearly every city in the country. As homebrewers, this massive quantity of …

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Run to the Pils Recipe

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Jeremy Myers, head brewer and co-owner of Neshaminy Creek Brewing Company (Croydon, Massachusetts) notes that there are no brewing salts added for mash pH adjustment. This recipe follows the Reinheitsgebot, so he uses acidulated malt. ALL-GRAIN Batch size: 5 gallons (19 liters)Efficiency: 83%Attenuation: 83%OG: 1.049 (12.17°P)FG: 1.009 (2.14°P)IBUs: 36ABV: 5.34% MALT/GRAIN BILL 6.83 lb (3.1 …

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Make Your Best Southern English Brown

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Style The southern English brown ale or London brown ale is a style that’s rarely seen on the shelves these days, but it’s still a good one to have in your arsenal. It’s a beer that drinks a lot “bigger” than it actually is, with a deep flavor palate and body but relatively little alcohol. …

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Make Your First Batch an IPA

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So you’ve decided to take up homebrewing. You’ve bought starter equipment (or received a kit as a gift). You have a reference book or two. And you’ve obviously found the Craft Beer & Brewing website. You’ve used your acute need for bottles as justification for buying more beer. All that’s left is to pick a …

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Exploring The Tastes of Beer – Using Extracts

Once you have mastered regular beer brewing you may want to branch out and explore other beer tastes. You can easily use extracts to add special flavors to your next batch of beer. These specialty beers can be fun and interesting to make and taste. When experimenting with beer recipes be sure that you always …

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Scratch Brewing’s Basil Ale Recipe

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Many brewers have put basil into beer, probably because of basil’s kinship with hops. Not only is basil extremely aromatic, it lends both a spicy edge and a sweet finish—hops-like without the extra bitterness. Batch Size: 5 gallons (19 liters)OG: 1.053FG: 1.010ABV: 5.7%IBUs: 25 GRAINS 8 lb (3.6 kg) Maris Otter 1 lb (454 g) …

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Overseas Further Stout

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There was as soon as a beer destined for lands far and huge throughout the seven seas. To make sure its secure passage, it was made within the mildew of a preferred home model in what’s now the UK, however with a better quantity of hops and a extra strong grain invoice. The ensuing preservational …

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Plan Bee Farm Brewery’s Dandeliaison Recipe

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  Plan Bee Farm Brewery’s Evan Watson has provided this recipe for their farmhouse ale with dandelions and honey. He says, “If you’re crazy like me, [you can] cultivate a yeast via generations of starters and raw honey. Happy Brewin’.” ALL-GRAIN OG: 1.044 FG: 1.008 IBUs: 10 ABV: 4.8% FERMENTABLES 90 percent 2-row base (local …

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Breakside Liquid Sunshine Pilsner Recipe

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Ben Edmunds, head brewer for Breakside Brewery in Portland, Oregon, shared this recipe for their classic German Pilsner with an emphasis on late-kettle hops. ALL-GRAIN Brewhouse efficiency: 88%OG: 1.049 (11.5°P)FG: 1.010 (2.6°P)IBUs: 26ABV: 5% MALT/GRAIN BILL 7 lbs 6 oz (3.35 kg) German Pilsner malt HOPS SCHEDULE 0.4 oz (11 g) Opal [8.7% AA] at …

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17 Chocolate Beers for National Chocolate Day

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Brewers often tell me that chocolate as a brewing ingredient adds complexity, well-roundedness, and smoothness to a beer’s flavor. It’s not easy to brew with chocolate—its oils can cause head retention issues, and it often require long and labor-intensive boils—but these beers make it all worth it. Here are seventeen beers compiled in honor of …

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Your Father’s Mustache Pre-Prohibition Lager Recipe

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Jeff Renner, a founding member of the Ann Arbor Brewers Guild, began a successful campaign in the 1990s to get Classic American Pilsner recognized as a style in homebrewing competitions. In 2015, the new BJCP Style Guidelines recategorized it as a Historic Beer and a Pre-Prohibition Lager. Renner first brewed “Your Father’s Mustache” when he …

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