Beer Style: Specialty Beer Family

Blanche de Ballard (Belgian Witbier)

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To duplicate the authentic slightly sour tang of this style, using the Belgian liquid yeast strain is recommended. There are no finishing hops so that the aroma and character of the spices and yeast can surface. The best results can be obtained from the coriander by buying the whole seed and grinding it fresh on brew day. A complex and refreshing treat to savor in any season. Recipe submitted by The Cellar Homebrew, Seattle, Washington, www.cellar-homebrew.com


Archaeobeer

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Back in the day – we’re talking WAY back in the day – beer was brewed with malt, and bread, and honey and wine . . . and just about anything that could be fermented. How the ancients brewed – and how you can too!

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Brewing With Coffee

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Coffee in the morning and beer at night? What about both at the same time? How to blend two of the most popular beverages in the world into a heady brew. 

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Overlook Amber Ale (Gluten Free)

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An American-style amber ale, made with gluten-free sorghum.

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Simple Simon (Gluten Free)

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Another sorghum recipe…

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Flanders Red Ale

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Flanders red ales are reddish sour beers aged in oak. With a little technique and a lot of time, you can brew the "Burgundy of Belgium" in your homebrewery. Plus: Four recipes from four homebrewers.


21% Alcohol All-Grain Beer

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Did you ever want to do something just because someone told you it couldn’t be done? A comment at a homebrew club meeting sets a homebrewer on a quest to brew an all-grain beer over 20% alcohol by volume.


Brewing Belgian-Style Beers: Tips from the Pros

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Make the most of your Belgian-style beers with expert advice from the brewers at Ommegang, Allagash and Boulevard.

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Gilligan’s Gueuze (Blended Lambic)

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A gueuze is a beer made from blending “old” lambics, up to three years old, with a “new” lambic that has just finished its main fermentation. The traditional mash program for a lambic is a turbid mash, involving both infusions and decoctions to step the mash through a variety of temperatures. The mash in the all-grain version is a simplified version of this.


Berliner Weisse (Napoleon’s Champagne)

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The biggest challenge to making a Berliner weisse is making a light, clean base beer, then rapidly souring it with bacteria. You need to sour the beer fairly rapidly since it’s a low gravity beer and doesn’t have a lot of alcohol to act as a preservative.

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Ötzi’s Eisbock

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As members of the Bock(bier) family, Eisbocks have all the characteristics of a typical strong beer, only more so. They are much maltier and smoother even than the Dopplebocks. Essentially, Eisbocks are "iced strong beers," because they are frozen at the end of their maturation period (which separates out water in the form of crystals that can be removed).

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Rauchbier (Awesome Atavism)

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The biggest trick to making a good rauchbier is getting a clean smoke
character, one in which chlorine compounds from your water don’t react
with the smoky phenols to make odd flavors and aromas. To avoid this,
carbon filter your water and — because carbon filtration may not remove
all the chlorine compounds in your water — treat your brewing liquor
with one crushed Campden tablet per 20 gallons (76 L).

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