Hey, Im a starving college student and I had this great idea to make my own beer this summer. I was wondering if anyone knew some good recipes is should start off on. I tend to drink darker beers, but I am open to anything. Thanks,
3 lbs. Amber DME 2½ lbs. Dark DME 1 lb. Light dry DME 1 lb. Crystal malt (60L) ½ oz. Northern brewer pellets 2½ oz. Amarillo pellets 1 pkg. American ale yeast
OG: 1.058 FG: 1.009
METHOD: Start by steeping grains (156ºF) for 30 min in ½ gallon water. Sparge with another ½ gallon at ~ 170°F. Start boil after bringing the initial water volume to 2 gallons. Add DME and Northern Brewer pellets. Boil 30 minutes and add 1oz. Amarillo pellets. Boil 20 minutes add 1oz. Amarillo pellets. Turn off heat and add ½ oz. Amarillo pellets. Cool wort and strain into fermenter. At 70°F pitch yeast. Primary ferment for 6 days. Rack to secondary for 2 weeks.
Prior to bottling: Boil ¾ cup (approx. ½ lb.) of Dark DME in 2 cups of water. Rack into bottling bucket with beer and proceed with bottling. Ready in two to three weeks.