Welcome to the beginning of any great brew day: the recipe! Recipe formulation can be daunting at first so we’ve assembled a collection of some of our favorites to try out or adapt. For many, creating and tasting recipes is one of the more rewarding experiences from homebrewing, like mixing the spices for your own curry instead of buying the premade mix. For others, it’s the process and following a recipe can keep ingredient purchases easy and the brew day relaxing. Let’s not forget those free-wheeling brewers who throw recipes to the wind and are guided by their senses and what is available creating the ‘recipe’ on the fly while getting ingredients and during the brew day. One thing they can all agree upon is that the enjoyment of the final product, whether by design, circumstance, or plain good luck, is rewarding. Soon enough, we will convert others to the Synergy Brew-side: where the best beer is the beer you brew.
Here we have a contender for 'Merica's Pastime, it doesn't involve bases but it does involve beer! American Pale is the classic craft brew of the US, showcasing hop aromatics and flavor with a balanced bitterness to go with any food and all activities. Grab a pale and be proud to be 'Merican.
A classic summer sipper, this simple recipe highlights the clean drinkability of the Kolsch style. Fermenting this ale at 60 Deg F or below creates a crisp and refreshing but flavorful beer reminiscent of a lager. More hop flavor and aroma than its traditional German counterpart will leave you with an empty glass wondering . . . Where's The Day?
"Who says 'come on in and have a beer', Nobody "... Bitter that is. Ordinary Bitter is anything but bitter: a malt/hop balanced, low alcohol but flavorful session style featuring Enlgish ingredients. This standard British pub ale is meant for quaffing with friends throughout the afternoon and evening.
A classic Irish Red that will ward off gingervitis and protect you from the lava pits. A balanced ruby ale that finishes crisp with a touch of malt sweetness. An optional knockout addition of Goldings hops will provide extra hop aroma if so desired. Better Red than Dead!
A Stout for all occasions! Roasty, full bodied yet easy drinking, Session Stout is great for getting the brew day started right!
American Red ales typically have the hop flavor and aroma of an American Pale, with the malt balance of an English Bitter. Don't Call Me Red has the pungent aroma of Simcoe hops and a balanced caramel sweetness to complement the fruity hop flavor and crisp, dry finish.
Kenny Lager is Vienna style with two types of Vienna malt for depth, and a delicate aroma of flowers and spices from Saaz hops. Put on your hood and warm up with an easy drinking, malt forward amber lager.
Munich Helles is the most prominent style brewed in Bavaria and enjoyed year round. Soft malt notes with delicate aromas of spice and flowers from imported German hops. Put on your drinking hats and grab a basket, we're going to Helles.
Classic Northwest hops and a Cascade dry hop makes this strong IPA a favorite for all the hop heads out there. Gentle malt sweetness balances an intense bitterness with notes of citrus fruit, herbs, and a resinous mouthfeel. I Pee Ale, you pee ale, everybody pee's ale!