Our Lager #1 recipe includes just a little carapils for body. Cascade hops are included for bittering and Saaz for flavor. Wyeast 2112 California Lager yeast allows you to ferment at temperatures up to 65F and still have the clean malty lager flavor.
This recipe has stood the test of time. First brewed over 13 years ago and has been a Great Fermentations standard ever since. With an original gravity of around 1.054, this beer is so flavorful that it drinks as a much bigger beer. A rich unsweetened to semi-sweet chocolate palate comes from a pound of chocolate malt and 4 oz. of debitterized black. The palate is rounded out with some 60L crystal and enough Cluster hops to bitter. We suggest Wyeast 1007 German Ale for a dry finish or 1728 Scottish Ale for a more malty finish. Want to change it up? Add cacao nibs or cold-pressed coffee in the secondary.
If you like chocolate, you will love this beer. Nearly 2 lbs. of crystal malt, paired with chocolate, debitterized black and carapils meld with 24 tablespoons of cocoa powder to make this a perfect marriage of beer and chocolate. We suggest Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale yeast to add enough sweetness to balance the unsweetened chocolate. Want to kick it up a notch? Add a hint of raspberry flavoring. Note that this recipe calls for 1.5 cups of Cocoa Powder which is not included in the kit, but can be purchased at your local grocery store. Don't pick hot chocolate mix though!
A blend of wheat and pale malts with flaked oats give this Belgian wit beer a creamy texture and a thick moosey head. Bittered with Saaz hops and finished with bitter orange peel and coriander this is your home brewed answer to Blue Moon. There is a little extra coriander and orange peel in the kit if you want to add more in the secondary to kick up the aroma. Use Wyeast 3944 Belgian Wit yeast for the rest of the flavor profile. Doesn't take a lot of aging to reach its peak.
Spicy rye malt combined with a load of American hops creates an explosion of taste in your mouth. Citrus and grapefruit notes from the hops are well balanced by a huge malt backbone made up of munich, medium crystal, carapils, flaked wheat and the subtle spiciness from the rye.
Rich and complex with a strong malty sweetness that finishes moderately dry. Dried fruit and dark caramel flavors are balanced with a slightly spicy fruitiness derived from the Belgian yeast. This is a beer that will surely improve and develop with age!
The Daddy Mac is our answer to a malty, smooth Scottish ale! Developed by our brewer Wes in his spare time, this recipe won him second place in the Indiana Brewer's Cup in the Scottish and Irish Ale category. Amber malt gives this beer a nice nut character, which is enhanced by crystal 60L and chocolate malt, which give it sweetness and roastiness respectively, while also giving it a nice brown hue. A single hop addition gives this beer just enough hops to balance the malt character and sweetness. Ferment this at cool temperatures with an authentic Scottish yeast strain, and you've got a nice, malty, and highly drinkable Scottish-style ale that will have you thinking you are in the Scottish Highlands!
Across the Pond ESB is a straightforward beer in the style of the English pub ale. A rich, malty backbone supplemented by Simpson's Medium Crystal and Special Roast malts supports traditional East Kent Goldings hops, with a slightly heavy bittering addition and some hops for the finish. Although the style has bitter in its name, it is not agressively hoppy like an American IPA. Instead, it has just the right bittering hop note that seamlessly balances on the malty body of the beer. A beer just like those pub ales served across Britain, Across the Pond will whisk you away with one sip!
A classic hefeweizen beer with a slight honey aroma from the specialty malt. Yeast strain will significantly affect the flavor and aroma of this beer. Use the Wyeast 1010 American Wheat strain if banana and clove flavors are not desired. The addition of honey malt will add a pale orange hue and a waft of honey aroma.
Hop Anonymous is an American IPA brewed in conjunction with Andrew Castner, Head Brewer at RAM Restaurant and Brewery in Indianapolis. A nutty malt character and fruity, spicy, and resin-like hop notes all make this a very tasty pint. Castner describes his great fermentation: I wanted to see what flavors would come from large amounts of Victory Malt. The result was a pronounced nut and toast character in the malt to go along with the citrus and herbal aspects of the American hops. Dry-hop at least a week at room temperature to create character.
Life's A Beach is a small session beer that drinks like a big IPA! Very smooth, the low ABV on this beer means that you can have several in a session without falling flat on your face. But that doesn't mean it's light on flavor! Crystal 20 malt provides residual sweetness and body on top of the base, with Maris Otter rounding out the malt character with a bit of breadiness. A melange of hops dominated by Amarillo give this beer its delicious hopiness! A perfect beer for the beach, or any occasion!
We create the Octoberfest flavor palette from lots of munich, toast from biscuit and rich caramel from melanoidin malt. This amber colored beer starts with a firm malt grasp that quickly gives way to a slightly dry finish with lingering hop flavor from the hallertau and saaz. Use Wyeast Octoberfest 2633 if you can lager, Wyeast Bohemian lager 2124 if you don't have control over temperature.
Bursting with hops, this West-Coast Double IPA is a beer sure to please you and all of your hophead friends! A little bit of white wheat and biscuit malt give this beer its character, while corn sugar helps to dry the beer out and increase the alcohol content. Layer Galaxy and Chinook hops over this base, and you've got one of the most drinkable big IPAs this side of the Mississippi! Resiny, big and delicious, Pacific Heights always brings huge flavor to the table!
A light session ale in the 3-4% ABV range. Small amounts of munich and flaked wheat provide a neutral palate for fruit, spice or herb beers. If adding any of these, we suggest using a yeast that will provide a little residual sweetness like Wyeast American II 1272 or Ringwood ale 1187. This beer is good on its own but a great base for fruit beers.
Big on hops, low in alcohol! Big Little Guy Session IPA follows in the footsteps of many commercially-produced session IPAs by delivering a big hop punch without harsh bitterness. In addition, the ABV is kept low, so that you can have several in a session and not fall flat on your face! This Founder's All Day IPA clone includes a combination of Amarillo, Simcoe and Crystal hops that fill out the hop profile, delivering a delicious burst of hops on the pallet that do not linger or become overly bitter. A blend of crystal malts, dark wheat and flaked oats contribute sweetness, body and mouthfeel to balance the beer out. With a quick turnaround, this beer is incredibly easy to make and can be ready to drink quickly! In a few weeks you'll be sitting on the back porch, enjoying several of these with friends. Cheers!
The signature of this Kolsch is its malt roundness and noble hopping. We like to ferment with Wyeast Kolsch yeast to get a slight fruitiness of an ale with the clean lager-like flavor palette. We like to pitch Kolsch yeast in the 58-62F range and let the heat from fermentation ramp the temperature up to around 65-68F. However this yeast ferments well any where between 56-70F. Watch out, this yeast can be volcanic! We recommend using half reverse osmosis or distilled water and half tap water for a finished beer more true to style.