Recipe Formulation Links

On August 28, 2013, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

BarleyAndWineListed below are some links mentioned during the session Stephen and I gave at Barley & Wine, on August 28, on recipe formulation. I’ve broken them up into five main areas, hops, malt, yeast and recipe aggregation sites and other resources.  This is by no means a comprehensive list, but should serve as a starting point for your recipe formulation adventures .





BYO’s Hop Chart

Hop Union’s Aroma Wheel

Hop Union’s Hop List

USA Hops Variety Manual



BYO’s Grain and Adjunct Chart

BeerTools Base Malts and Speciality Grains

Beersmith’s Grain, Sugar and Extract List

Old Republic Brewing’s Malt and Grain Guide



BYO’s Yeast Chart

White Labs Yeast List

Wyeast Yeast List

Mr. Malty’s Yeast Comparison Chart


Recipe Collections

 Lazy Brewer’s Recipes

BeerTools Recipes

BeerSmith Recipes and More

Brewtoad Recipes


Other Resources

Brewer’s Friend Recipe Calculator

Brewgr Recipe Calculator

BeerTools Pro Software

Beersmith Software

Designing Great Beers – Book

Brewing Classic Styles – Book



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First Shipment of 2008 Hops Arrive!

On October 1, 2008, in Homebrewing, by Mark Ranes
First shipment of 2008 crop hops arrives!

First shipment of 2008 crop hops arrives!

I arrived home today to find the pungent aroma of hops on my doorstep.  My first shipment of the 2008 crop of hops arrived from Freshops.  I got 5.5 pounds of hops – two pounds of Zeus (another trade name for Columbus:), two pounds of Nugget, .5 pounds of Magnum, .5 pounds of Sterling and .5 pounds of organic New Zealand Hallertauer hops.  When I opened the box, the aroma of the Nuggets exploded into the room.  I have another 5 or so pounds en route from Hops Direct that should arrive any day.  Once they show up, I’ll be spending some quality time with my vacuum sealer, making sure that these fresh hops stay fresh for the 2009 brewing season.

I really like both of the hop suppliers mentioned above and I buy from both of them every year.  Freshops is a tad bit more expensive, but they always have a better selection than Hops Direct.  Hops Direct is a couple bucks a pound cheaper, and they tend to pack up “heavy” pounds for shipment, that run about 18-20 ounces:)

Probably the biggest disappointment for me this year is that neither of these suppliers has any Summit hops – my new find of the year last season.  I still have some Summits from last year, but I was hoping to pick up some new cop Summits.

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TAFTBD IPA on Deck for Sunday

On April 17, 2008, in Homebrewing, Recipes, by Mark Ranes

Last Friday afternoon, I went to the taps to pull a pint of one of my favorite homebrewed IPAs, my TAFTBD IPA (Teach a Friend to Brew Day), and it spit the keg’s accumulated yeast into my my pint glass. Swearing under my breath, I realized that it was time to break out the brew sculpture and make another batch. This is the ale I’ve brewed the last three years in November to mark the AHA‘s Teach a Friend to Brew Day event. It is a hearty, west coast IPA, with a strong malt backbone, that holds up well to large quantities of Columbus, Centennial and Cascade hops. This IPA is always well received by hopheads and is a beautiful amber-copper color, with a wonderful nose of citrusy and piny aromas. This isn’t a particularly “hop crisis” friendly brew, using 10 ounces of hops, but I’ve planned well in my 2007 harvest hop purchasing – and a pint of this stuff is mothers milk for hopheads:) The only thing I’m changing up on the recipe from past brews is the use of White Labs Pacific Ale yeast, WLP0041. Normally I use Cal Ale yeast, WLP001, in TAFTBD IPA, but the Pacific Ale yeast brings a little more yeast character to the table. I’ve used it in my IPAs in the past with great results. I’m so glad White Labs has removed this yeast from their seasonal lineup and made it available year-round. Here’s the recipe:

Teach A Friend to Brew IPA
14-B American IPA

Size: 10.0 gal
Efficiency: 75.0%
Attenuation: 75.0%
Calories: 305.76 per 16.0 fl oz

Original Gravity: 1.069 (1.056 – 1.075)
Terminal Gravity: 1.017 (1.010 – 1.018)
Color: 11.5 (6.0 – 15.0)
Alcohol: 6.78% (5.5% – 7.5%)
Bitterness: 65.47 (40.0 – 60.0)

20.0 lbs Pale Malt (2-row)
5.0 lbs Golden Promise
2.0 lbs Victory Malt
1.0 lbs Cara-Pils Dextrine Malt
1.0 lbs Crystal 40L
1.0 oz Columbus (15.0%) – added during boil, boiled 60.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 30.0 min
2 ea Whirlfloc – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 tsp Yeast Nutrient – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.0 oz Cascade (5.8%) – added during boil, boiled 15.0 min
1.5 oz Cascade (5.8%) – added during boil, boiled 2.0 min
1.5 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added during boil, boiled 2.0 min
1.0 oz Cascade (5.8%) – added dry to primary fermenter
1.0 oz Centennial (10.5%) – added dry to primary fermenter

1 1600 ml starter White Labs WLP041 Pacific Ale

I made the starter this afternoon when I got home from work, so it really won’t have as much time as I’d like to build up the cell counts. I’ll feed the starter on Saturday and then again on Sunday morning when I fire up the burners on the brew sculpture.

Sadly, this won’t be ready and in prime condition until at least June…

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