When it comes to finding new homebrew beer recipes, you may encounter a plethora of options. It is evident that by doing an internet search or heading over to your local brewery supply store that there are many ingredients and kit options just to get started. If you find yourself as a homebrewing beginner, you might be best to pick up a premade homebrew beer recipes kit from a number of online retailers. You will also want to make sure to get your bottles, carboys and fermenting containers, and the rest of your materials so that upon purchasing your ingredients you will be ready to go.
Now a word of advice: make sure that you do not deviate too much from the homebrew beer recipes as if it is your fist attempt you need to learn the basics and build off of that. You will develop a set of skills that you will be able to deviate from later on as you start to experiment with the recipes. The best tip I can give you is to get a spiral notebook and keep accurate records and notes of what you do during every step along the process.
To get you started, I have included one of the beginner homebrew beer recipes below:
A Pale Ale using extract and whole grain methods:
- 1.0 pound crushed crystal malt – I recommend Muntons brand
- 1.0 pound crushed Pale Ale Malt
- 6.0 pounds LME (Liquid Malt Extract) – I recommend Northwestern Gold Syrup
- 2.0 pounds of gold DME (Dry Malt Extract)
- ¾ ounce hops pellets – I recommend Galena Hops pellets)
- 1 and ½ ounce English Kent Golding’s variety Hop Pellets
- 1 pkg Whitbread Ale Yeast – Use the 1099 strain if possible
Begin with a filled grain bag (from your supply store) using the crushed grains listed and boil in 3.0 gallons of water. Once it reaches boiling go ahead and add the liquid extract and the DME. When it comes to a boil again add the Galena hops and boil for 25 min. Now add ¾ ounce of the Goldings hops (or half of your portion) and boil for 20 min. Finally add the remaining ¾ ounce of the Goldings hops for aroma. You will now want to cool in an ice bath and monitor the temperature until it reaches room temp, or about 72 degrees. Pour into a sanitized carboy and finally add 2 more gallons of cold water.
Remember to check with your supply store for explanations of these techniques.
Hopefully you will use this and start creating your very own homebrew beer recipes. Eventually you will be on your way to continued brewing success!