Hazy, Juicy, New England IPAs have been the most popular beers on many a craft brewery’s taproom in the last three years. Other than one notable holdout, just about every microbrewery in my neck of the woods has at least once NEIPA on the menu. And that’s no surprise—the style is very approachable for longtime craft beer lovers and newbies alike.
The first NEIPA I brewed and shared on BeerCraftr is admittedly complicated. As I have experimented with this beer style, I have sought to make it easier to brew. Here I cut out the whirlpool step altogether and simplified the dry hop schedule. And to make things even simpler, I cut down the mash and boil times in half (50/50!), inspired by the short and shoddy methods of the brülosophy team. It worked well. In the end, the beer tasted as good—if not better—than my original recipe, with half the hassle.
In the vein of simplifying an already tasty recipe, I tweaked my original APA recipe by reducing the grain bill to two grains, swapping out Amarillo for Perle, adjusting the hop schedule, and trying a different yeast strain. The changes were worth it—this version is superior to the original. It has become my new go-to APA recipe, so I thought I’d offer it here for your consideration. As a fun experiment, brew the two APA recipes back-to-back and compare. One can never have too many APAs in the house!
If you take a second look at the Uncommon Lager recipe, you’ll notice it shares the same grain bill as this recipe. It also shares an identical fermentation profile, having fermented warm (for a lager) at 18ºC for two weeks. Here I’ve simplified the hops to a simple boil addition, and have swapped in a different yeast. The changes are subtle, but noticeable if you have the two beers side-by-side.
Kveik is becoming all the rage for its amazing fermentation properties. This Norwegian yeast can tolerate very warm fermentation temperatures (well into the high 30ºC range) and is awesome if you struggle to keep your fermentation temperatures lower. I wish I had discovered this yeast years ago when I only had room on my warm kitchen countertop to ferment. This recipe would thrive in such a warm environment. And it’s delicious.
This beer gets its name for taking inspiration from California Common, but with a grain bill you would expect to find in a Vienna lager. This was also the first recipe in which I experimented with fermenting a lager on the warmer side, maintaining a fermentation temperature of 18ºC (64ºF). It worked incredibly well. I hope you enjoy this one, and the freedom to make a lager at a warmer temperature!
This was a fun experiment. My former colleagues and I wanted to create a beer that would represent each of us in one recipe. So, we chose a grain bill and a Belgian yeast to represent our resident Belgian; hops with mint and lime aromas to represent our resident Cuban and Peruvian, a wit style for the white guys on the team. Designed for easy sipping on a hot patio, it can double as a beer cocktail base. Why not toss in some mint leaves and a dash of white rum?
It would appear that time is our worst enemy when it comes to conditioning this beer. We need to drink it very quickly after bottling it if we want to avoid the purple/grey haze. If you’re going to brew this style, apply what I have learned through trial and error with these four simple tips.
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I have seen few breweries in Canada brew with these two herbs, but one brewery—Beau’s—does it so well. When I first had one of their bog myrtle gruits, I was enchanted. This was my first attempt at making my own, and I couldn’t be happier with the result. This beer is beautifully herbaceous, sweet, and peppery. It’s one of my favourite recipes. You can order these special ingredients online. I get mine here.
If you’re looking to showcase and enjoy a malt-forward beer, this is a user-friendly recipe. The grains really shine in this recipe, giving you the chance to explore the pronounced cereal and biscuit notes of this particular grain bill. With a low ABV, you can have a couple of these in a session and properly explore this under-appreciated style. If you want to have fun with this one, taste the specialty grains and adjust the ratio to your liking. Be sure to keep 85% of the grain bill for the pale malt.
This is by no means a clone of the famous Breakfast Stout made by Founder’s Brewing Company. But it it’s a similar beer in spirit. I love coffee stouts and when the original Breakfast Stout finally hilt the store shelves in Toronto, I couldn’t get enough of it. This is my own version of this recipe which has strong notes of coffee and chocolate, with the smooth mouthfeel that only oats can provide.
Two of my closest friends celebrated their wedding in summer 2017, and I wanted to toast them with a beer they could call their own. They had recently spent a week in Asheville, North Carolina and raved about the coconut brown ales (and porters) that brew mecca had on offer. So, I thought, why not make them their own version? This is it, and it’s worth the extra effort.
Gose might be my preferred summer beer. I brewed this Gose ale recipe as a perfect start to any fun sunny evening with friends. It’s not too sour, and the sea salt and coriander seeds give the beer that perfect balance. You could sip on this bad boy by all day long. And I love a sessional sour beer. Far too many of today’s sour beers take it a notch too far with the tart. This one is restrained.
HALO is an amazing brewery in Toronto. I met one of the founders when they were looking for seed funding. Sadly, I was a month too late in pledging my support. I wanted to invest because of this one beer. The brewery has since shared its recipe for the world. I’ve adapted it for one-gallon BIAB brewing here. If you’re ever in Toronto, pay HALO a visit—they’re fellow homebrewers gone pro.
Adding fruit beers to your arsenal at home often takes trial and error if you’re building a recipe from scratch. However, when used well, they can elevate your beer to a whole new level. I’m here to help you step it up a notch with this detailed tutorial on how to use fruit and spices when brewing beer.
Most homebrew recipes give us a clear indication of when to add the hops: the start of the boil for bittering, later in the boil for flavour and the end of the boil for aroma. But we can also add hops before the boil. Or after the boil, or after primary fermentation. Get to know all the hopping methods available to you.
I was inspired to write this guide after a reader wrote in to complain that despite following my recipe to a tee, his original gravity reading came in very low. As all-grain brewers, we have all had this problem eventually. It has happened to me on more than one occasion, and it is beyond frustrating to experience. But the good news is this: it’s pretty easy to fix your OG! Let me show you how.
I’m a late convert to this style, long of the view that it was a fad that would pass. Well, the style remains, and I concede that a black IPA is a thing of beauty. It’s a style that elegantly contrasts roasted caramel notes with the grassy or tropical flavours. Why not, right?
I could tinker with saison recipes without ever touching another style. Saisons offer so much variety and I just love how spicy you can make it while still producing a balanced beer. This one has a classic spice mix that augments the yeast so well.