Brewer's Best® Recipes

 

Each kit makes 5 gallons of beer

(approx. 53-12 oz. glasses)

Classic Recipes

All kits conform to the BJCP Style Guidelines and include all the ingredients with proven recipes to produce prize-winning brews.

 

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American Amber

Pale Ale malt combined with medium caramel malt creates a rich, copper color. Bitterness is balanced to match the malt character. Smooth clean finish with moderate carbonation level.

 

IBUs: 29 - 32 ABV: 4.75% - 5.25% Difficulty: Easy
American Cream Ale

An ale version of the American lager style. Clean, light and simple to brew. Faint malt notes with a hint of corn-like presence. An easy drinker.

 

IBUs: 16 - 18 ABV: 5.25% - 5.75% Difficulty: Easy
American Light

This recipe uses the traditional combination of pilsner malt, rice and corn adjuncts. It is light-bodied, refreshing and thirst quenching. A very easy recipe to brew and an excellent entry to craft brewing.

 

IBUs: 13 - 16 ABV: 4.0% - 4.5% Difficulty: Easy
American Pale Ale

Perhaps the most widely brewed American style ale. Moderately strong hop aroma and bitterness. Pale ale malt base provides deep gold, almost amber, color and medium-bodied mouthfeel.

 

IBUs: 32 - 36 ABV: 5.0% - 5.5% Difficulty: Easy
American Pale Wheat

This is an easy drinking ale blending the styles of pale ale and wheat beer. The malt bill is based on wheat extract and flaked red wheat and will provide a light copper color and ample head retention. American Pale Wheats are hoppier than traditional wheat beers and American Cluster and Liberty hops lend a moderate hoppiness. BRY-97 yeast ferments a clean, ale flavor profile without the banana and clove phenols that its German counterpart has. This beer is very drinkable and is most enjoyable fresh, just after bottle conditioning.

 

IBUs: 31 - 35 ABV: 6.25% - 6.75% Difficulty: Intermediate
Belgian Saison

A light bodied, effervescent ale with warm malty flavors and a slight orange hue from the steeping grains. Golden Candi Syrup lends a faint caramel sweetness and a hint of fresh plums. The included Belgian style yeast strain completes this farmhouse style ale by contributing a spicy and peppery background.

 

IBUs: 20 - 25 ABV: 5.25% - 5.75% Difficulty: Intermediate
Continental Pilsner (L)

One of the world’s classic beer styles, this recipe is best enjoyed when lagered. Pilsner malt extract produces a straw color. A dry beer that finishes with ample hop bitterness. This kit includes a lager yeast that will also perform well if fermented at ale temperatures.

 

IBUs: 28 - 33 ABV: 4.0% - 4.5% Difficulty: Intermediate
Dunkelweizen

Munich and chocolate malts combine to create a darker, maltier version of its lighter counterpart, Weizenbier. Amber-brown in color yet medium-bodied with a slightly sweet, bready flavor. A specialty wheat yeast produces the characteristic phenols found in traditional Weizens.

 

IBUs: 10 - 13 ABV: 4.75% - 5.25% Difficulty: Easy
English Brown Ale

This medium-bodied brew has a malty character surrounded by a nutty aroma. Crystal malts with a touch of chocolate malt create the brown color balanced by a subdued hop flavor.

 

IBUs: 21 - 25 ABV: 4.25% - 4.75% Difficulty: Easy
English Pale Ale

A classic English style that yields medium-high bitterness above a foundation of caramel maltiness. Hop character is derived from a heavy bittering addtition. This is a well-balanced, drinkable Special Bitter.

 

IBUs: 30 - 33 ABV: 4.25% - 4.5% Difficulty: Easy
European Bock (L)

A dark, moderately strong, malty lager. Our Bock uses Munich malt extracts and darker specialty grains for color adjustment. This kit includes a lager yeast that will also perform well if fermented at ale temperatures.

 

IBUs: 21 - 23 ABV: 6.25% - 6.75% Difficulty: Intermediate
ESB

Our Extra Special Bitter recipe creates a medium strength English ale that has great drinkability and slightly more evident emphasis on the bitter characteristic. To complement these select hop additions we’ve included authentic English malt extracts. Getting better flavor would require a trip across the pond.

 

IBUs: 35 - 40 ABV: 4.8% - 5.5% Difficulty: Easy
German Altbier

A classic German Style, our Altbier is amber colored with a nice malty character. It is moderately hopped maintaining the true style of this Amber hybrid. A great beer to ferment cool and cold condition.

 

IBUs: 38 - 42 ABV: 4.75% - 5.25% Difficulty: Easy
German Oktoberfest (L)

Amber in color with a nice blend of Munich malt and crystal grains. Medium-bodied, malty and finished with a distinct hop flavor. This kit includes a lager yeast that will also perform well if fermented at ale temperatures.

 

IBUs: 22 - 25 ABV: 5.25% - 5.75% Difficulty: Intermediate
Gluten Free Ale

This Ale is the perfect choice for those looking for a Gluten free beer. The wort is crafted from White Sorghum and Belgian Style syrup and then complemented with an addition of orange and lemon peel. Lightly bitter with undertones of floral and citrus from the hops, this ale is smooth and refreshing. At last, a Gluten free ingredient kit that can be enjoyed by all!

 

IBUs: 20 - 24 ABV: 4.5% - 5.5% Difficulty: Easy
India Pale Ale

We use plenty of hops to accent this popular style. From the bittering to the flavoring to the aroma hops, we created the perfect balance for this clean, crisp pale ale.

 

IBUs: 60 - 65 ABV: 5.75% - 6.25% Difficulty: Easy
Irish Stout

A dark, roasty, creamy ale. Although nearly black in color, this beer is medium-bodied and finishes dry from the roasted barley addition. Maltodextrin creates a thick, long-lasting head.

 

IBUs: 35 - 38 ABV: 4.5% - 5.0% Difficulty: Easy
Kölsch

Kölsch is a crisp, clean, easy-drinking ale. It has a straw-yellow hue similar to a pilsner, but is less hoppy, a bit sweeter and uses pale malts and a small amount of wheat. In order to achieve the lager-like characteristics this ale is famous for, we recommend using a liquid Kölsch yeast. Ask your retailer for details.

 

IBUs: 25 - 28 ABV: 4.25% - 4.75% Difficulty: Easy
Mild Ale

A tribute to traditional ales, Mild Ale is one of the oldest known beer styles. Keeping with the long standing tradition, we’ve used only the finest English malts and noble hops. Sensible flavor and modest aroma make this session ale one to share with friends!

 

IBUs: 15 - 19 ABV: 3.3% - 3.8% Difficulty: Easy
Milk Stout

Bold and black, yet sweet and subtle. This recipe offers all of the chocolate and roasted notes that you would expect from a stout. Addition of Lactose produces a full body, thick, creamy head, and sweet finish.

 

IBUs: 31 - 34 ABV: 5.0% - 5.5% Difficulty: Easy
Munich Helles (L)

A light-colored German lager with a malty profile. Slightly sweet with just enough bittering hops to balance the malt. This includes a lager yeast that will also perform well if fermented at ale temperatures.

 

IBUs: 17 - 21 ABV: 4.75% - 5.0% Difficulty: Intermediate
Red Ale

A medium-light bodied ale with a deep red hue. Our Red Ale is smooth and easy drinking. Nice balance of caramel malts and specialty grains. Low hop bitterness.

 

IBUs: 19 - 23 ABV: 5.0% - 5.5% Difficulty: Easy
Robust Porter

A classic dark ale featuring chocolate and de-bittered black specialty grains. A nice, hoppy character is balanced well against this roasty, full-bodied beer.

 

IBUs: 31 - 35 ABV: 5.0% - 5.5% Difficulty: Easy
Rye Pale Ale

A pale ale that uses just the right amount of Munich and Honey specialty malts in conjunction with Rye liquid malt extract to create a unique spiciness. Then we use a blend of different hop varieties to perfectly balance the beer - and it’s dry-hopped!

 

IBUs: 40 - 45 ABV: 4.2% - 4.7% Difficulty: Easy
Scottish Ale

Our Scottish Ale is full of caramel malts, both in the extract and specialty grains. Chocolate malt, roasted barley and a touch of smoked malt bring this full-bodied, malty ale to completion

 

IBUs: 15 - 18 ABV: 3.25% - 3.5% Difficulty: Easy
Vienna Lager (L)

Munich, Vienna and caramel malts combine to provide a rich malt aroma. When lagered this beer will finish clean and dry with no fruity esters. Vienna Lager is moderately hopped. This kit includes a lager yeast that will also perform well if fermented at ale temperatures.

 

IBUs: 24 - 28 ABV: 4.5% - 5.0% Difficulty: Intermediate
Weizenbier

Wheat malt and European hops create the recipe for this easy-drinking summertime classic. Light-bodied with a smooth fi nish, our Weizenbier features an authentic dry wheat yeast.

 

IBUs: 6 - 10 ABV: 4.5% - 4.75% Difficulty: Easy

 

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(S) = Steep-to-Convert

(L) = Lager