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Popular Homemade Beer Recipes

As more and more beer lovers get into home brewing, more and more homemade beer recipes circulate. Whether you prefer all-grain or extract, there is surely a recipe out there that would be most appealing to you.

There are hundreds of beer recipes, but some stand out. Listed below are two fantastic home brewing recipes that are popular with beer aficionados.

A Calagione Masterpiece – Blood Orange Hefeweizen

Sam Calagione is the host of Discover Channel’s Brewmasters and the founder/president of Dogfish Head Craft Ales. He offers the recipe to the Blood Orange Hefeweizen, a blood orange flavored brew bound to be a favorite. The ingredients include the following:

  • 6.6 lbs. Light Liquid Wheat Malt Extract
  • 4 medium size blood oranges
  • 0.5 oz. Hallertau Hop Pellets (4.5% AA) boiled 60 minutes
  • 1 oz. Saaz Hop Pellet (4.3% AA) boiled 20 minutes
  • 0.5 oz. Hallertau Hop Pellets (4.5% AA) boiled 10 minutes
  • Wyeast 3068 or 3638 or White Labs WLP 300 or 380


  1. Boil extract according to the schedule above and add the hops.
  2. Peel the oranges and separate sections of the fruit.
  3. Discard half the peels and cut the remainder, as well as fruit sections, into pieces. Use a grater for the peels.
  4. Heat the fruit and peels in a ½ gallon of water to 160F and turn off the heat. Allow the fruit to steep during cooling.
  5. Cool the wort and steeping fruit to 70-75F before adding to the fermenter.
  6. Let it ferment for 10 days at 70-75F.

Ed Wort’s Universal Favorite – Haus Pale Ale

According to Ed Wort, moderator of an online DIY brewing site, it is easy to make a pale ale using all grain that everyone will like. If you want to figure out if you’ll like it yourself, try to make your own batch. Here are the ingredients:

  • 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.
  • 0.25 oz. Cascade (6.6%) boil for 15 min.
  • 0.25 oz. Cascade (6.6%) boil for 5 min.
  • Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast.


  1. Mash all grains for 1 hour at 152 degrees.
  2. Drain the running into the boil kettle, reincorporating the first quart or so into the mash.
  3. Sparge with 175F water and boil for an hour, adding hops according to the schedule above.
  4. Chill to 70-75 degrees before pitching yeast.
  5. Use 1 package of the Nottingham Ale Yeast and ferment for 10 days at 68 degrees.

Pick a recipe and starting making your own special home brew!

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