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Our recipes are available in Extract for the Beginning Brewer or Partial Mash for the Intermediate and Full Mash for the Advanced Brewer. Please make sure you are aware of your brewing skill before ordering.
Belgian Beers Browns and Reds Doubles and Triples
High Gravity Beers Lagers and Pilsners Pale Ales
Porters and Stouts Recipes of The Month Specialty Beers
Wheat Beers
Recipes marked as (HG) are High Gravity Beers

 # High gravity beers take a long time to mature. Generally, the higher the gravity, the longer they need to age. Barley Wines and Imperial Stouts take 6 months to a year before they are fully realized.
 # Because they take a long time to mature, one must be particularly careful about oxidation. Small amounts of oxidation will show themselves during the aging process. For this reason, it is advisable to use oxygen barrier caps with these beers.
 # You will have to be careful about choice of yeast and use a "high gravity" yeast that is alcohol tolerant. We think you get better results if you use the proper ale or lager yeast rather than pitch champagne yeast either as a primary or secondary yeast.
 # It is advisable to age these beers someplace that experiences even temperatures, i.e., temperature does not vary more than 1-3Ί
 # One more thing to remember about these beers is they require large hopping rates to balance the large amount of malt. Hopping rates of 45-90 I.B.U.’s are not uncommon.

   A brief note on our recipes.

   As you will notice we have included many different styles. Each style has to conform to the specific parameters in terms of gravity, color and bitterness. For example an English or American Pale Ale must have an original gravity of between 1.044 — 1.056, bitterness of between 20 — 40 I.B.U.’s and color between 4 — 12 S.R.W. There are of course other more subtle characteristics that will further define a style, but these are the main ones. Let’s contrast the above example with say, the characteristics of an India Pale Ale with gravity between 1.050 — 1.070, bitterness between 40 — 65 I.B.U. and color between 4 — 14 S.R.W. In other words as you can see, the India Pale Ale has a higher original gravity, more bitterness (hops) and a slightly darker color.

   We have made an attempt to formulate our recipes to the classic definitions of each style. This is especially important if you wish to enter a beer into a contest, as you will be graded down if your entry does not conform to style parameters of the style you entered. You can also throw caution to the wind and design your own recipes at your own creative whim. Here are some guidelines if you do so:

      1. Determine what you want for a starting gravity.
      2. Choose the hop you prefer and figure out how strong you would like the hop presence.
      3. Bitterness Chart PDF(12k) Decide what degree of lightness or darkness you would like.
      4. Choose specialty grains.

         NOTE: Use our recipe sheet to keep things in order. (recipe.pdf) 100k

         The higher the starting gravity, the longer the beer should age. Be careful not to overdo your specialty grains. Sometimes a little is really good but a lot is not.
      5. Choose your yeast.
      6. Consider water treatment.
      7. Consider adjuncts.

   Remember, you can Email us with any questions you may have. We will answer specific questions, but will not be able to go through the whole brewing process with each of you. You can always download instruction sheets from our How To Brew Section.