Writer: Jamil Zainasheff

Belgian Pale Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.048­–1.054 (11.9–13.3 °P) FG: 1.010–1.014 (2.6–3.6 °P) SRM: 8–14 IBU: 20–30 ABV: 4.8–5.5% Mick, the bartender at the Monk’s Kettle in San Francisco, serves me a De Koninck.


Belgian Dubbel

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by the numbers OG: 1.062–1.075 (15.2–18.2 °P) FG: 1.008–1.018 (2.0–4.6 °P) SRM: 10–17 IBU: 15–25 ABV: 6–7.6% I fondly remember my very first trip to Belgium. I was already passionate about homebrewing

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Baltic Porter

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I wasn’t very impressed with the first few commercial examples of Baltic porter I tasted. They were oxidized and a bit too sweet from long travels and time spent sitting on the

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American Wheat Rye

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by the numbers OG: 1.040–1.055 (10–13.6) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 3–6 IBU: 15–30 ABV: 4–5.5% The other day, my neighbor stopped by and as usual, I offered him a beer. He

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American Pale Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.045–1.060 (11.2–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010–1.015 (2.6–3.8 °P) SRM: 5–14 IBU: 30–45 ABV: 4.5–6.2% The very first homebrew I ever drank was an American pale ale my neighbor Steve

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American IPA

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by the numbers OG: 1.056–1.075 (13.8–18.2 °P) FG: 1.010–1.018 (2.6–4.6 °P) SRM: 6–15 IBU: 40–70 ABV: 5.5–7.5% All IPA sub-styles are “hoppy,” but there is a vast difference in the level of

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American Brown Ale

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by the numbers OG: 1.045–1.060 (11.2–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010­–1.016 (2.6–4.1 °P) SRM: 18–35 IBU: 20–40 ABV: 4.3–6.2% It is said that the first American brown ale was a creation of homebrewers in

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American Blonde

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by the numbers OG: 1.038–1.054 (9.5–13.3 °P) FG: 1.008–1.013 (2.1–3.3 °P) SRM: 3–6 IBU: 15–28 ABV: 3.8–5.5%               Oh where have all of the American blonde

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American Amber

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by the numbers OG: 1.045–1.060 (11.2–14.7 °P) FG: 1.010–1.015 (2.6–3.8 °P) SRM: 10–17 IBU: 25–40 ABV: 4.5–6.2% As I walked back from Mount Rushmore while vacationing one year, I began to think

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Hop Hammer

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Vinnie Cilurzo of Russian River Brewing Company in Santa Rosa, California brews what is arguably the world’s best example of this style, Pliny the Elder. Despite the huge hop levels and higher alcohol strength, it is superbly drinkable. Vinnie very generously shared his recipe with the brewing community and just about everyone interested in this style has seen his recipe. The recipe inside, while a little bigger in starting gravity than Vinnie’s, is a descendant of his original.

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Jamil’s McQuaker’s Oatmeal Stout

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Oatmeal stout is traditionally an English style, although there are more and more “Americanized” versions available. Oatmeal stout uses oats to build body and add a touch of silkiness to the mouthfeel.

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Ordinary Bitter

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Jamil Zainasheff provides readers with a recipe to make a classic English Ordinary Bitter.


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