Beer Style: Specialty and Experimental Beer

Mexican Pulque

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Readers should keep in mind that it is difficult to replicate true pulque using only the ingredients in a home brewer’s pharmacopeia. It is common for pulque brewers in Mexico to reproduce their own strains of yeast, using a starter of fermented pulque (known as the “semilla”, or seed) to ferment a fresh batch of agave nectar. These yeast strains, like many tricks of the trade, are closely guarded secrets amongst pulqueros — indeed, some of these strains of yeast may be as old as the Aztec Empire itself.

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Hard Ginger Beer

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Hard Ginger Beer (5 gallons/19 L)OG = 1.038 FG = 0.995 ABV = 5.5% Kit Harrington of Root Sellers’ advises, “Start with the freshest ingredients possible, they really show when you make

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Hard Root Beer

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Hard Root Beer (5 gallons/19 L)OG = 1.038 FG = 0.995 ABV = 5.5% Kit Harrington of Root Sellers’ advises, “Sodium bicarbonate (baking soda), is great for knocking the acidity down and

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Maple Beer

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Maple Beer (5 gallons/19 L, extract with grains)OG = 1.041 FG = 1.010IBU = 13 SRM = 16 ABV = 5.1% The original gravity is calculated based on the estimated OG on

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Brewing Maple Beer at Home

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This spring, if you live in maple syrup country, try swapping out your normal brewing water with maple sap.


RPB’s Doodle

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One of the fun things about the RPB is the ability to brew very unique beers. This recipe is Brewmaster Rod Read’s attempt to brew a beer that tastes like a snickerdoodle cookie.

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RPB’s Molé

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RPB’s Molé (5 gallon/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.054 FG = 1.015 IBU = 2 SRM = 30 ABV = 5.3% Ingredients 9 lbs. (4.1 kg) 2-row pale malt 1.15 lbs. (0.52

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Madison Brewing Co.’s BURNT clone

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Toasted hemp seeds, infused into this American brown ale, provides a unique nutty character. The hops balance the malt characters nicely. Recipe provided by the head brewer at this Bennington, Vermont based brewpub.

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Pre-Prohibition Techniques

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Learn to brew like they did pre-Prohibition, with the help of someone who has the old brewing notebooks.

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Coffee American Rye Ale

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Coffee American Rye Ale

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El Camino (Un)Real Black Ale clone

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 Collaboration among 21st Amendment, Firestone Walker and Stone Brewing Co. A smooth black ale that has fig, chia seeds, fennel seeds, and pink peppercorns added.

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Brewing Gone Nuts

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Get adventurous by going nuts with your homebrewing and you can end up with unique, flavorful beers. Plus: four “seedy” homebrew recipes.

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