Writer: Dave Green

Weihen-not Hefe

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A first wort hop recipe. While I was going for a Weihenstephaner Hefe Weissbier clone with this beer, I found that using just wheat and Pilsner malt lacked the malt depth when compared to the original, even when I double decocted the mash. I added some dark Munich malt and melanoidin malt to try to coax a layer of complexity which the original German hefeweizen displays. I also adjusted the hops from a low alpha acid variety, Hallertau Mittelfrüh, to the higher alpha German Magnum to minimize extraction of polyphenols considering the longer contact time with the wort.

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Pre-Boil Hopping Techniques

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Break out of your hop schedule comfort zone by trying first wort hopping or mash hopping.

Recipes for both first wort hopping and mash hopping found below

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Hop Stands

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Ask eight brewers the key to crafting a great IPA and you will probably get nine different answers. One technique that is well-established in the professional brewing world but just recently gaining traction with homebrewers is hop standing or whirlpool hopping.

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Pelican Brewing Co.’s Kiwanda Cream Ale clone

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Pelican Brewing Co. from Cannon Beach, Oregon created the first modern beer recipe I heard about in which the first hopping addition was after flameout. This is the perfect summer beer to enjoy on the water.

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The Jitters Coffee-Chocolate Stout

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Beer brewed by BYO’s Dave Green, which were tasted live by Brad Ring on National Public Radio’s daily show "On
Point" on Friday, October 1, 2010.

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Practically Perfect Peach (Peach Wheat)

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Beer brewed by BYO’s Dave Green, which was tasted live by Brad Ring on National Public Radio’s daily show "On Point" on Friday, October 1, 2010.

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Gettin’ Down Wit a Kiss O’ Hops (Wheat Beer)

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A low-ABV farmhouse beer style beer, meant for consumption after a long, hot day toiling in the fields. The turbid mash and unmalted grains help provide grainy character while the yeast is the main driver. Adding some a mild Brett yeast can be a fun twist. Brewers can substitute in flaked grains if berries are hard to come by.


Hazed & Confused

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While originally brewed with a wit yeast, I thought a saison yeast might play nicely in the mix as well. The pepper hints from the Saaz and grains of paradise melded nicely while the orange provide a slight citrus character.

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Amber Waves of Wheat (Wheat Beer)

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If you’re looking for an experimental brewing technique, turbid mashing is a fun one to experiment with. This recipe provides outlines to brew up a low-ABV, Belgian-inspired, turbid-mashed beer. Get your stuykmanden ready!

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Sour Mashing Techniques

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Do you like beers with a little tart twinge to them? Or would you like to acidify your mash without adding calcium? If so, you may want to think about sour mashing — the other sour brewing technique.


Turbid Mashing

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As Belgian-inspired beers grow in popularity and continue to nudge their way into North American beer culture, the desire to brew better, more adventurous, creations pushes brewers forward to find the next


The Science of Step Mashing

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A single infusion mash is best for fully-modified malts — but when it comes to undermodified malts, you need to step it up.


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