Writer: Gordon Strong

Gordon Strong’s Cream Ale

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(5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.052 FG = 1.010IBU = 14 SRM = 3 ABV = 5.6% Ingredients3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg) German Pilsner malt3.5 lbs. (1.6 kg) US 2-row malt2 lbs. (907 g) flaked corn (maize)1 lb. (454 g) corn sugar (15 min.)1.15 AAU Vanguard hops (first wort hop) (0.25 oz./7 g at 4.6% alpha


Cream Ale: An American original

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Who created it and why is it called a cream ale? Alright, these are the two questions Gordon doesn’t have an answer for — but for everything else related to cream ale, he’s got a great story to tell of one of the iconic American styles of beer.


Strong Scotch Ale

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Strong Scotch Ale (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.074  FG = 1.020IBU = 27  SRM = 19  ABV = 7.1% Ingredients15 lbs. (6.8 kg) Golden Promise malt5 oz. (142 g) debittered black malt8.3 AAU Golding hops (60 min) (1.5 oz./43 g at 5.5% alpha acids)White Labs WLP028 (Edinburgh Scottish Ale), Wyeast 1728 (Scottish Ale), or SafAle US-05


Brewing Traditional Scottish Ales

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The beer styles of Scotland have been misunderstood for years. While entire books have been written on these beers, it seems that many brewers and beer enthusiasts have focused on minor points, amplified incorrect information, broadly generalized the country, and taken homebrewer techniques as traditional commercial brewing methods. This really isn’t unique to Scotland, as


Scottish 70/- Heavy

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Scottish 70/- Heavy (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.035  FG = 1.012IBU = 13  SRM = 13  ABV = 3% Ingredients6.5 lbs. (2.7 kg) Golden Promise pale ale malt6 oz. (170 g) flaked


Scottish 60/- Light

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Scottish 60/- Light (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.032  FG = 1.012IBU = 17  SRM = 18  ABV = 2.5% Ingredients4 lbs. (1.8 kg) Golden Promise pale ale malt1 lb. (0.45 kg) flaked maize1 lb. (0.45 kg) Invert No. 3 sugar or dark Belgian candi syrup 3 oz. (85 g) debittered black malt3.4 AAU Fuggle


Rauchbier

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Rauchbier (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.053   FG = 1.013IBU = 21   SRM = 16   ABV = 5.3% Ingredients6 lbs. (2.7 kg) German smoked malt (rauchmalz)3 lbs. (1.4 kg) Munich malt (6 °L)1 lb. (454 g) dark Munich malt (9 °L)8 oz. (227 g) aromatic malt8 oz. (227 g) Caramunich® III malt


Rauchbier

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A classic rauchbier can be an acquired taste. Those that appreciate the style know the depth of character found in them. Learn the history and the nuances to brew one yourself.


Belgian Pale Ale: The Pride of Antwerp

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We here at BYO spoke and Gordon listened . . . check out the history and keys to making a Belgian pale ale that would make an Antwerpian proud (if that is what they are called).



The Hardest Styles to Brew

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We at Brew Your Own recently posed a question to the readership on social media asking what styles they find hardest to brew, and why. The answers, as you’ll see, varied from lagers to traditional ales, to newer styles and specialty beers. Well, the editors of BYO aren’t just going to leave you hanging and


Gordon Strong’s California Common

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California Common (5 gallons/19 L, all-grain)OG = 1.050 FG = 1.013IBU = 35 SRM = 11 ABV = 5% Ingredients7.7 lbs. (3.5 kg) North American pale ale malt1.25 lbs. (567 g) Vienna malt1.5 lbs. (680 g) crystal malt (40 °L)6 AAU Northern Brewer hops (60 min.) (0.75 oz./21 g at 8% alpha acids)8 AAU Northern


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