BEER STYLES AND RECIPES

Welcome to Brewpedia's guide to the world of beer styles and their accompanying home brew recipes.

This page will introduce you to the rich tapestry of beer varieties and how you can recreate them at home.

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a person holding a glass of beer on a table

Diverse Beer Styles

Ale

Ales, with their warm fermentation process, are celebrated for their depth of flavour and aromatic complexity. These beers are a testament to the brewer's art, balancing malt sweetness with hop bitterness. If you're just getting started brewing beer, Ale is a great place to start.

  • Characteristics:

    • Fermented at warmer temperatures

    • Exhibits fruity undertones

    • Typically ranges from golden to deep amber

Home Brew Recipe: Classic English Bitter

  • Malt: 4kg Maris Otter Pale

  • Hops: 50g East Kent Goldings (EKG)

  • Yeast: Wyeast 1098 British Ale Yeast

  • Process: Begin with mashing at 65°C for an hour. Proceed to a 60-minute boil, introducing hops at the onset. Allow fermentation for two weeks.

Home Brew Recipe: Golden Summer Ale

  • Malt: 3.5kg Pale Malt, 500g Carapils

  • Hops: 30g Cascade, 20g Amarillo

  • Yeast: Safale US-05

  • Process: Mash at 67°C for 75 minutes. Boil for 60 minutes, adding Cascade hops at the start and Amarillo in the last 15 minutes. Ferment for 10 days, then bottle and condition.

Lager

Lagers stand out with their crystal-clear appearance and a taste that's as refreshing as a mountain breeze. Their cooler fermentation process ensures a clean, mellow flavour, making them a favourite for many who seek a beer that's both invigorating and smooth.

  • Characteristics:

    • Fermented at cooler temperatures

    • Typically light in colour with a clear appearance

    • Offers a clean, crisp finish

Home Brew Recipe: Classic Pilsner

  • Malt: 4.5kg Pilsner Malt

  • Hops: 40g Saaz

  • Yeast: W-34/70 Saflager Yeast

  • Process: Mash at 63°C for 90 minutes. Boil for 75 minutes, adding hops at the 60-minute mark. Ferment at 10°C for three weeks.

Home Brew Recipe: Amber Vienna Lager

  • Malt: 4kg Vienna Malt, 500g Munich Malt

  • Hops: 30g Tettnanger

  • Yeast: W-34/70 Saflager Yeast

  • Process: Mash at 66°C for an hour. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops halfway through. Ferment at 12°C for three weeks.

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clear drinking glass with brown liquid on brown wooden table

Stout

Stouts are the epitome of depth and richness in the beer world. Their dark hues hint at the robust flavours within, often reminiscent of roasted coffee beans or the finest dark chocolate. A sip of stout is like a warm embrace on a cold night.

  • Characteristics:

    • Deep, dark colour, often black or deep brown

    • Dominant flavours of roasted malt, coffee, or chocolate

    • Velvety, creamy texture

Home Brew Recipe: Chocolate Coffee Stout

  • Malt: 4kg Pale Malt, 500g Chocolate Malt, 300g Roasted Barley

  • Hops: 40g East Kent Goldings (EKG)

  • Extras: 100g Cacao Nibs, 50g Coarsely Ground Coffee

  • Yeast: Safale S-04

  • Process: Mash at 68°C for an hour. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops at the start. Add cacao nibs and coffee during the last 10 minutes of the boil. Ferment for two weeks.

Home Brew Recipe: Creamy Oatmeal Stout

  • Malt: 3.5kg Pale Malt, 500g Oat Flakes, 400g Chocolate Malt

  • Hops: 35g Fuggle

  • Yeast: Safale S-04

  • Process: Mash at 67°C for 75 minutes. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops at the 45-minute mark. Ferment for two weeks, then bottle and condition.

IPA (India Pale Ale)

IPAs, or India Pale Ales, are a testament to the adventurous spirit of brewers. Originating from the need to preserve beers for long voyages, IPAs have evolved into a canvas for hop experimentation.

Their bold hop profiles can range from the tang of citrus to the resinous notes of pine, all the way to the delicate aromas of blooming flowers.

  • Characteristics:

    • Dominant and varied hop flavours and aromas

    • Generally higher in alcohol content compared to other ales

    • Colour can vary from a light golden hue to a rich amber

Home Brew Recipe: Fruity Summer IPA

  • Malt: 3kg Pale Ale Malt, 500g Munich Malt, 250g Crystal Malt

  • Hops: 50g Citra, 50g Mosaic

  • Extras: 250g Raspberries, 250g Blueberries

  • Yeast: Safale US-05

  • Process: Start with a mash at 66°C for an hour. Engage in a 60-minute boil, introducing Citra hops at the beginning and Mosaic towards the last 10 minutes. After primary fermentation, infuse with raspberries and blueberries for an additional week.

Home Brew Recipe: Piney West Coast IPA

  • Malt: 3.5kg Pale Ale Malt, 500g Carapils

  • Hops: 60g Simcoe, 40g Chinook

  • Yeast: Safale US-05

  • Process: Mash at 67°C for 75 minutes. Boil for 60 minutes, adding Simcoe at the start and Chinook in the last 15 minutes. Ferment for two weeks.

Wheat Beer

Wheat beers, often cloudy in appearance, are celebrated for their light and refreshing taste. With a significant portion of wheat in the grain bill, these beers often exhibit notes of banana and clove.

  • Characteristics:

    • Cloudy appearance

    • Light and effervescent

    • Banana and clove aromas

Home Brew Recipe: Classic Hefeweizen

  • Malt: 3kg Wheat Malt, 2kg Pilsner Malt

  • Hops: 20g Hallertau

  • Yeast: Wyeast 3068 Weihenstephan Weizen

  • Process: Mash at 64°C for an hour. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops halfway through. Ferment at 20°C for two weeks.

Porter

Porters are dark ales that strike a balance between the robustness of stouts and the lightness of other ales. They often have notes of chocolate, caramel, and nuts.

  • Characteristics:

    • Dark brown to black in colour

    • Chocolate, caramel, and nutty flavours

    • Medium body

Home Brew Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Porter

  • Malt: 3.5kg Maris Otter Pale, 500g Chocolate Malt, 250g Caramel Malt

  • Hops: 40g East Kent Goldings (EKG)

  • Extras: 100g Cacao Nibs

  • Yeast: Safale S-04

  • Process: Mash at 68°C for an hour. Boil for 60 minutes, adding hops at the start. Add cacao nibs during the last 10 minutes of the boil. Ferment for two weeks.

A World of Flavours Awaits

The beers we've explored today are but a mere glimpse into the vast and diverse world of brewing.

From the bustling beer halls of Germany to the tranquil tea houses of Japan where unique beer infusions are crafted, every corner of the globe offers its own take on this ancient beverage. Each region, each culture, and each brewer adds a chapter to the ever-evolving story of beer.

Remember, this is just the tip of the iceberg. The world of beer is as deep and varied as the cultures that have nurtured it. Whether you're a curious novice or a seasoned aficionado, there's always something new to discover.

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