Writer: Chris Colby

Young’s Double Chocolate Stout clone

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Young’s Double Chocolate Stout clone (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain) OG = 1.053   FG = 1.013 IBU = 28   SRM = 35   ABV = 5.2% Ingredients 7 lbs. (3.2 kg) pale ale malt

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Hopping Help for Extract Brewers

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  All forms of homebrewing – whether all-grain, partial mash or extract – share many similarities. However, each it has its own set of challenges as well. One of the biggest complaints

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Wort Boiling & Hop Character

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The bitterness in beer is developed by adding hops to boiling wort. Likewise, boiling hops adds hop flavor and aroma. The bitterness keeps the beer from being too sweet and the flavor

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Doughboy Draught

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American Pilsners were bigger and hoppier in the past, right? Well, not always. In 1917 — near the end of World War I — Congress passed the Food and Fuel Control Act (also known as the Lever Act), which gave President Wilson the power to set prices on and direct the distribution of food and coal. Wilson shut distilleries, limited the amount of coal breweries could use and capped the alcohol percentage in beer to 2.75% by weight (about 3.4% by volume). Here is a classic American Pilsner an American infantryman (or doughboy) might have drank during training, before being shipped off to the trenches in Europe.

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The Schizlitz

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This is a beer formulated with some information I received about how Schlitz was brewed in 1975. I simplified this formulation by using flaked maize and specifiying that the beer be fermented at working strength, rather than using high gravity brewing.

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Red, White and Brew

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This is a modern American Pilsner, though not an attempt to clone any particular brand.

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Brewing Belgian-Style Tripels

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Tripel is pale to golden in color, and strong (the BJCP guidelines list it as OG 1.075–1.085, and 7.5–9.5% ABV). However, three things keep it from seeming like a big beer — it’s

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Origins of Lager Yeast

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The domestication of barley coincides with the first year-round settlements of early humans, who were previously nomadic. This event occurred in the Fertile Crescent — the region surrounding the Tigris and Euphrates

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Wiener Blut Vienna Lager

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Recipe author Chris Colby says, “Wiener Blut is a malty, lightly sweet amber lager with slightly more German noble hops than usual.” Silver medal winner at the 2004 National Homebrew Contest.

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Warsteiner Brauerei: Warsteiner Premium Verum clone

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Warsteiner is a well-known German Pilsner. This light-colored lager has a more rounded, less crisp, malt profile compared to Bitburger. Treat your yeast well to reach the fairly low final gravity of this beer.

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Plzenky Prazdroj’s Pilsner Urquell clone

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Brewed in Plzen, Czech Republic, Pilsner Urquell is the original Pilsner beer. Brew this clone with soft water.


Paulaner Hefe-Weizen clone

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Paulaner Hefe-Weizen is a well-balanced example of a hefe-weizen. Follow the mash details and watch your fermentation temperatures to get the much sought after “breadiness” and banana/clove aroma of a German hefe-weizen. Prost!

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