Beer Styles

Russian Imperial Stout Recipes

by Brad Smith on February 28, 2010 · 4 comments

This week on the BeerSmith blog we turn to the Russian Imperial Stout beer style, the king of stout beers. We will explore the origin, history, beer style and some sample Imperial Stout beer recipes for home brewers.

Brewing German Altbier Recipes

by Brad Smith on December 16, 2009 · 2 comments

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German Altbier or Alt is a top fermenting beer that originated in the German Westphalia region and later grew in popularity around the Rhineland. This week we take a look at brewing Altbier at home.

Brewing Marzen and Oktoberfest Beer Recipes

by Brad Smith on November 1, 2009 · 12 comments

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The German Marzen and Oktoberfest beer styles are seasonal favorites of beer drinkers worldwide. As we enter the fall season, we take a look at the traditional Marzen and Oktoberfest beer recipes and how to brew them at home.

Seasonal Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on October 18, 2009 · 12 comments

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Brew the right seasonal beers by starting early. This week we look at when to brew your seasonal beer favorites so they arrive on time for your favorite holiday.

Brewing India Pale Ale Recipes IPA Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on September 13, 2009 · 24 comments

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India Pale Ale (or IPA) is a popular staple of homebrewers, microbrewers and hopheads who enjoy brewing some of the hoppiest beers on the planet. This week we look at India Pale Ale beer recipes, how to brew an IPA recipe and its history

English Pale Ale Recipes

by Brad Smith on June 1, 2009 · 5 comments

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English Pale Ale is a classic beer style and a personal favorite of mine. This week we take a look at how to brew this classic style at home including the history of the style, formulation of recipes and brewing of English Pale Ale.

Cream Ale Recipes – Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on April 4, 2009 · 3 comments

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Cream Ale is a distinctly American beer style that is refreshing and smooth. This week we take a look at brewing Cream Ale recipes. Cream Ale has enjoyed a resurgence recently as many microbreweries have taken up the style and even improved upon commercial versions.

Bock and Doppelbock Beer Recipes – Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on February 22, 2009 · 18 comments

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Bock beer is a classic German lager that is smooth and very drinkable. Traditionally bock was brewed in Winter, so it is appropriate for a winter beer article. This week we take a look at some bock beer recipes and how to brew the classic Bock beer style. History of Bock Bock traces its origins […]

Pilsner Lager Recipes – Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on December 14, 2008 · 13 comments

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Pilsner beer is remarkable not only for its modern dominance, but also its relatively recent origins. The popularity of Pilsner is truly worldwide, so much so that Pilsner recipes still dominates the US and many other beer markets. It is simply the most popular beer style in the world. Pilsner’s origins can be traced to […]

Belgian Wit Recipes – White Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on November 2, 2008 · 20 comments

Belgian Wit is a wonderful light, refreshing beer that narrowly avoided extinction to become a popular hit here in the United States. This week we’ll take a look at the history, brewing and recipes for Belgian Wit and White Beer.

Brewhouse Efficiency for All Grain Beer Brewing

by Brad Smith on October 26, 2008 · 34 comments

Brewhouse efficiency is a term that causes some confusion for first time all grain brewers. This week we take a look at how to calculate brewhouse efficiency and mash efficiency for all grain beer brewing.

Scotch Ale Recipes: Beer Styles

by Brad Smith on September 6, 2008 · 7 comments

Scotch Ale brings forth visions of fog filled bogs, dimly lit pubs and a hearty pint of ale. Scotland has always had its own distinct brewing style with an array of unique beers from the 60/- shilling light Scottish ale to the “wee heavy” strong ales. This week we examine the history of scotch ales […]

Brown Ale Recipes: Brewing Styles

by Brad Smith on July 9, 2008 · 4 comments

Brown ale is a distinctively English style that has also become popular with microbreweries in the United States. Today we’ll look at the origins of this classic style, how to brew Brown Ale at home and also a sampling of Brown Ale recipes.

Pint of Steam

“Steam Beer” brings to mind visions of the California gold rush, and San Francisco. Today we’ll look at the history of California common beer (aka Steam Beer) and how to design steam beer recipes and present a collection of Steam Beer recipes you can brew at home.

Wheat Beer

Wheat beer, Hefe-Weizen, and Weisse recipes have become very popular homebrew and craft beer styles here in the United States. Today, we’ll look at the history of wheat beer, how to brew a wheat beer and a sampling of wheat beer recipes including both Bavarian Weissebier and Berliner Weisse.