Standard German Pilsner

A German Pilsner is a solid beer to have on tap. Most folks enjoy the style as it is both refreshing for beer lovers and easily mistaken for an American lager by beer haters. Also, the beer is fairly simple if you pitch enough yeast, have your hot-side process down, and are disinfecting properly. This recipe was built to occupy the middle of the road for the style. It is bitter and has some hop flavor, but also highlights…

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A Taste of Vermont in the Mail

Receiving a package in the mail, whether its batteries or a book, brings me such a charge of delight. This particular package was beer, it was recently acquired on my brother’s trip to Vermont and thus naturally, it was awesome. One thing I realized after trying all these Vermont beers is that the NE IPA style is great, but not all of them are perfect or the same. Additionally, not everyone is making the full throttle hazy, low SRM,…

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Making IPAs Hoppy

Early in my brewing career my IPAs sucked. Other styles were solid, hitting all the numbers for bitterness, flavor, dryness, etc, but my IPAs were inconsistent, often too sweet, and error prone. As I slowly checked off errors and made realizations on my brewing process and recipe formulation I decided IPAs are hard to brew right, but for a good reason. There are extra variables added when brewing IPAs and most of it centers on creating and maintaining hop…

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Birthday Beer Session IPA

Session IPAs are tough beers to brew. My thoughts and goals on the style are to achieve drinkability, outstanding hop flavor/aroma, and similar body and presence to a full strength IPA. Common nationally distributed examples like Firestone Walker Easy Jack, Oscar Blues Pinner, and Founders All Day IPA achieve these much of the goals. My approach with this beer was to combine the drinkability of All Day IPA, the hop aroma of Pinner, and increase the body (but not…

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The Loops NE IPA

During the 2016 hop harvest I bought a pound of fresh Azacca hops after they appeared in a couple of Stone IPA recipes online. I have used them relatively sparingly in most recipes, but there is one distinct characteristic between my IPAs and IPAs with Azacca: FRUIT LOOPS. I recently made a session IPA with 25% Azacca in the Whirlpool and Dry Hop and the initial fruit loop smell was crazy. This recipe continues the trend and pairs with…

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A Foolproof Saison

Saison was one of the first successful styles I brewed. The original intent of the recipe was to create a beer that pleased both beer lovers and beer haters alike. I still find this beer to be one of my most 'sellable' creations and enjoy it myself. If you need a beer you feel confident about serving to friends and families, this is a great option. The recipe also provides a solid base to experiment with things like boldly…

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Bed-Stuy Trio IPA

My brother lives in New York City and recently moved to the Bed-Stuy neighborhood of Brooklyn. He has access to a plethora of up-and-coming hop-centric breweries, which focus on small batch can releases and/or drinking IPAs as fresh as possible. When my girlfriend and I visit him we explore bottle shops and tap rooms, in search of the best and brightest of the aforementioned group. This recipe was inspired by one of the first and most memorable cans we…

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