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Top 10 Home Brew Beer Recipes

To home brew a great beerwhether it's all-grain or extractrequires, first and foremost, an understanding of the process and mastery of brewing technique. That's not to say creative, well-balanced recipes with all the right ingredients don't help with the final product. We scoured brewing books, listened to beer podcasts, and talked to brewmasters to find ten of the best homebrew recipes out there, representing a range of beer styles. The recipes we found come from some of the best professional brewers in the country as well as absurdly dedicated homebrewers. Cheers!






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EdWort's Haus Pale Ale

This recipe was provided by Ed Wort from Bee Cave, TX. EdWort is a moderator of homebrewtalk, one of the most popular DIY brewing sites online. Wort describes this staple of his homebrewery as "a beer that everyone likes. It's light, crisp, dry, and very tasty." Hundreds of members of homebrewtalk agree. Here's how to make it.

All Grain Version

Beer Style: American Pale Ale Batch Size: 5.5 gallons Original Gravity: 1.051 Final Gravity: 1.011 Bitterness: 39 IBU Boiling Time: 60 minutes Color: 5 SRM Alcohol: 5.24% ABV Ingredients
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8 lbs. 2-Row Pale Malt 2 lbs. Vienna Malt 0.5 lb. Crystal 10L Malt 1.0 oz. Cascade (6.6%) boil for 60 min. 0.5 oz. Cascade (6.6%) boil for 30 min.


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0.25 oz. Cascade (6.6%) boil for 15 min. 0.25 oz. Cascade (6.6%) boil for 5 min. Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast. Directions Mash all grains for 60 minutes at 152 degrees. Drain the runnings into the boil kettle, recirculating the first quart or so back into the mash. Sparge with 175F degree water and boil for 60 minutes adding hops at the schedule above. Chill to 70 to 75 degrees before pitching yeast. Fermentation Use 1 Package of Nottingham Dry Yeast and ferment for 10 Days at 68 Degrees.


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Extract Version Steep Crystal Malt for 30 minutes at 155F. Replace Pale Malt and Vienna Malt with
6.5lb Extra Pale Liquid Malt Extract and 1.5lb Munich Liquid Malt Extract and boil according to directions above.

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