Scratch Brewing’s Dead Leaves and Carrots Beer Recipe

  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’

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

  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

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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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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Plan Bee Farm Brewery’s Dandeliaison Recipe

  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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Redhook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter Recipe

Redhook Out of Your Gourd Pumpkin Porter (Seattle, Washington) is dark chestnut brown and is made with pureed pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and maple syrup. “This full-bodied, rich roasty porter makes you want to eat turkey and watch football or build a bonfire.” ALL-GRAIN OG: 1.056FG: 1.012IBUs: 28ABV: 5.8% MALT/GRAIN BILL 9 lb (4.1 kg) …

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Brewing with Capsicum (Candy Peppers)

Candy crimson peppers, or capsicums, have a stunning and distinctive delicate spiciness that lifts any meal, so let’s put it in beer. Firstly, it’s necessary to know that inexperienced peppers are literally immature, so that they received’t have developed the complete depth of taste we would like. Despite the fact that they’re often a little …

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Avery’s Rumpkin Recipe

Avery Brewing Co. (Boulder, Colorado) wondered what would happen if a monstrous pumpkin ale, plump full of spicy gourdiness, were aged in fine fresh rum barrels to add suggestions of delicate oak and candied molasses. Rumpkin is what happened! ALL-GRAIN OG: 1.135FG: 1.020IBUs: 25ABV: 16% MALT/GRAIN BILL 25 lb (11.3 kg) Pale malt (2-row) 14 …

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Get Your Pumpkin On: Our Favorite Pumpkin Beers of 2016 (so far)

 If you’ve been to the beer store lately, surely you’ve noticed that it’s the time of year where we have pumpkin beer up to our tonsils. Some of us put on our Charlie Brown T-shirts and cheerfully fill up one or two make-your-own six-packs, while others throw garlic and holy water at the cooler (the …

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