All Grain Brewing Recipes – The Best of The Best

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One of the things I have always found challenging was locating tried and proven all grain brewing recipes to use.

Sure you can find all sorts of recipes all over the place… but before I went and spent the money, time and energy on brewing the beer up I wanted to confirm and be sure that the recipe was a good one and my home brew would turn out tasting good. a flight of home brewed craft beer

There are a few places you can locate some good all grain recipes…

Surprisingly I discovered that one of the best ways of locating one, was to buy beer kits.

Yup beer kits… All Grain of course… They not only come with all of the ingredients, but they also come with the recipe and instructions.

So if I liked the beer I would simply keep the recipe and ingredient list and buy the ingredients on my own next time.

Adventures in Homebrewing I have found has some of the best all grain kits on the market.

The cool thing is that you can read the review of the kits on their site before you order. So you can see what other home brewers think of the brew.

Anyhow just a little tip for you… I’m good like that!

What I wanted to do with this post is to give you a list of some of the all grain brewing recipes I have found to make very good beer… the plan is to have this be an every expanding list of recipes I brew and enjoy so be sure to book mark this page and come back often to see my latest concoction.

 

Robb’s Favorite Home Brewing Recipes

To start with I have previously done up a post that included my top 5 favorite home brewing recipes.

These are beers that I have been brewing for years and that I am very partial to. I have brewed them at home… and of course I have shared them with many friends and family members over the years who also enjoyed them…

Plus I brewed them at my microbrewery and they continue to be some of the biggest sellers there even though I am no longer involved with the brewery. If you search hard enough you can even find reviews for them on untapped.

So if you want to check them out here is the link to that post:

Home Brewing Recipes – Here are My Top 5

 

How This List Will Be Structured

OK let’s get this new list started… again these are also tried and proven home brews… if you like the style of beer I am sure you will like the brew…

I am going to break this list down into the style of beer and list them alphabetically by style as I build out this list. They will all be a form of an Ale… so Ale as a style will not be listed. If you like a APA or Pale Ale they will be listed alphabetically as such.

Some of you may ask why I am only listing Ale’s… the answer is simple… because they are the type of beer I brew. I do not make Lagers as they take too much time and require more specialized equipment and processes, etc.

If you like a lager I recommend you brew a Kolsch or even a Blonde Ale from the following list. They are very similar to a lager…

 

Ingredients for These Beers

I am going to include a link to some of the vendors I recommend for ingredients.

If you are not partial to a homebrew supplier and would like to do ol’Big Robb a solid… do me a favor and order up your ingredients from these companies…

At no cost to you they throw me a referral fee for sending you to them… this helps me pay for this site and perhaps the odd pint of brew at my local watering hole! J

Cheers for that!

Here is where I list my favorite vendors:

Home Brewing Supplies Online

 

A Quick Word on Yeast

As you will see in the recipes below I am a big fan of dry yeast… this is Make Beer Easy after all.

And in particularly I like US-05 for American style beers and US-04 and Danstar Nottingham Ale Yeast for European style beers.

By all means mix and match and use whatever yeast you wish to try. It will surprise you how the yeast will change the flavor of the beer. So have fun with it. If you want to try a liquid yeast in place or a different dry yeast, have at it and be sure to report back in the comment section what you tried and how it turned out.

 

Blonde Ales 3 glasses of blonde ale home brew

Blonde Ales are some of the most enjoyed homebrews. Sometimes called golden ales, they are very easy to drink brews. Typically these beers are very balanced and light without any over powering malt or hop characteristics.

They are known and enjoyed for their simplicity. You can also add flavorings very nicely to these beers. Typically fruit, spices or honey can be added for flavor.

These beers are great for enjoying on a hot summer day.

 

#1 – Train Wreck Irish Blonde Ale

The first one up is the Train Wreck Irish Blonde Ale. This is a very simple recipe that makes for a very refreshing beverage. Great for those hot  and sunny days.

Instructions:

  • Batch size 5 gallons
  • Based on 73% Brew House Efficiency
  • Mash is 60 minutes at 151 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Boil is 60 minutes
  • Original Gravity – 1.051
  • Final Gravity – 1.012
  • ABV – 5.1%

Grains:

  • 8lb two row
  • 1 lb dextrin
  • 1 lb torrified wheat

Hops:

  • 1 oz Hallerteau ( 60 min)

Yeast:

  • 1 packet Fermentis Safale S-04

 

 

#2- A Lil of This A Lil of That Blonde Ale

Another refreshing and light homebrew. Very easy to make and inexpensive as well. With such little ingredients it will surprise you at how complex and tasty this brew is for being a blonde.

Instructions:

  • Batch size is 5 gallons
  • Efficiency is 73% (brew house)
  • Mash for 60 minutes @ 150 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Boil for 60 minutes
  • Original Gravity – 1.050
  • Final Gravity – 1.009
  • ABV – 5.5%

Grains:

  • 9lbs Two Row
  • 1lb Dextrine

Hops:

  • 1oz Willamette (60 mins)

Yeast:

  • 1 packet Fermentis Safale S-05

 

 

#3 – Great Memories Mosaic Blonde Ale

If you love Mosaic hops and a nice refreshing passion fruit flavor you are going to really dig this beer.

It’s one of my favorites for when the weather is hot. This recipe has the right amount of mosaic hops that imparts just the right amount of flavor. It’s not quite an APA but inline with that type of beer.

Instructions:

  • Batch size is 5 gallons
  • Efficiency is 70% (brew house)
  • Mash for 60 minutes @ 150 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Boil for 60 minutes
  • Original Gravity – 1.049
  • Final Gravity – 1.010
  • ABV – 5.2%

Grains:

  • 9lb Two Row
  • 9oz Dextrine
  • 7oz Caramunich II
  • 6oz Flaked Wheat
  • 6oz Flaked Oats

Hops:

  • 0.5 oz Mosaic (60 mins)
  • 1 oz Mosaic (10 mins)
  • 1 oz Mosaic (Dry Hop – 3 days)

Yeast:

  • 1 packet Fermentis Safale S-05

 

IPA’s (India Pale Ales)

#1 –  Cousin Jimmy – American Pale Ale

Oh and this bad boy is my favorite IPA of all time, the world famous Cousin Jimmy!  A big hit at the Brew Pub I owned.

It’s basically an easy drinking IPA, not overly bitter or hoppy, Just Right!

I always describe it as being the way IPA’s use to be before the Hop craze took over.

Instructions:

  • Brew Method: All Grain
  • Boil Time: 60 min
  • Batch Size: 5.25 gallons (fermentor volume)
  • Boil Size: 6.25 gallons
  • Boil Gravity: 1.051
  • Efficiency: 75% (brew house)

Stats:

  • Original Gravity: 1.061
  • Final Gravity: 1.010
  • ABV (standard): 6.66%
  • IBU (tinseth): 74.39
  • SRM (morey): 7.87

 

Fermentables:

  • 10 lb – Pale 2-Row (83.3%)
  • 1 lb – Carapils (Dextrine Malt) (8.3%)
  • 1 lb – Caramel / Crystal 40L (8.3%)

 

Hops:

  • 1 oz – Columbus, Type: Pellet, AA: 15, Use: Boil for 60 min, IBU: 53.7
  • 1 oz – Columbus, Type: Pellet, AA: 15, Use: Boil for 5 min, IBU: 10.7
  • 2 oz – Cascade, Type: Pellet, AA: 7, Use: Boil for 5 min, IBU: 9.99

 

Mash Guidelines:

  • Temperature, Temp: 150 F

 

Yeast:

  • Fermentis / Safale – American Ale Yeast US-05
  • Optimum Temp: 54 – 77 F

 

Pale Ales

#1 – BlingDing Pale Ale

This is a traditional English Pale Ale.  Nicely Balanced, not to bitter, not to hoppy and not to malty, just right!

Check out my brew video of this brew:

Instructions:

    • Batch size is 5 gallons
    • Efficiency is 68% (brew house)
    • Mash for 60 minutes @ 149 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Boil for 70 minutes
  • Original Gravity – 1.043
  • Final Gravity – 1.009
  • ABV – 4.43%

Grains:

  • 6 lb Two Row
  • 4 lb Marris Otter
  • 3.33 oz Crystal 60L

Hops:

  • 1 oz Challenger (60 mins)
  • 23 grams East Kent Goldings (0 mins)
  • 16 grams Willamette (0 mins)

Yeast:

  • 1 packet Danstar Nottingham Yeast

 

Check Back Often

Be sure to check back often for more All Grain Brewing Recipes as I will be continuing to add more on a regular basis. The plan is to add at least 1 – 2 recipes per week. We will see how I make out with that!

And if you have any recipes you would like to share or comments on these recipes, etc… drop them in the comment section below.

Cheers and Big Robb is out for now!

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11 thoughts on “All Grain Brewing Recipes – The Best of The Best”

  1. What a wonderful subject to read about today! I love home-brewed beer and the all-grain recipes that you have included for us to try and enjoy. The kits are an excellent way to get started for sure. You can determine which ingredients are used for the beers you try, and then brew them yourself and come up with a beer that suits you.

    Every one of the recipes that you have included is one that I would use for a home-brew operation. I look forward to reading more about recipes and anything else related to home brewing, as this is a hobby that I am intending on doing more than reading about soon.

    Do you also get your equipment from the suppliers of the ingredients? I am doing all the research I can get my hands on now in anticipation of getting started in November of this year. Any other advice on homebrewing, in general, will be appreciated. I will be back on your website. Thanks!

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  2. Oh this is a great post on making beer. I love to drink beer but I don’t know if I can actually go through the stress of making one at home. I like that you have detailed how to make the beer, I’m going to save your site and try it out sometime. I have a friend though that likes making everything she eats or drinks from home… I’ll be sure to share this with her…Best regards

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  3. This is great! Thanks for accumulating and sharing this list of your favorite all grain Ale brewing recipes. As requested, I have bookmarked the page and will check back often to see what you have added to the list.

    It will more than likely be a bit before I personally get to try my hand at one of these all grain recipes as I am still working on basic beginner recipes. I am happy to report that my 1st batch made with the Mr Beer brewing kit was extremely successful. Everyone that tried it loved it, including me and I don’t typically enjoy beer.

    When I do drink beer, I tend to go for the pale ales so when I get to this stage I think my choice will be one of the blonde ale beers. Can’t wait to try one of these. Thanks again!

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    • Congrats on the successful batch of Mr Beer!  Great start!  Cheers

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  4. I did try my hand at home brewing with my brother in law about a year back now, but our results were pretty poor at best. Wondering if you could maybe throw a few pointers our way?

    I am a big fan of blonde beers, and this is what we attempted, but we ended up with a really flat beer, and a really thin head. We followed a video tutorial but we could not figure out the reason this happened. Can you maybe enlighten us? What could be behind this flat result?

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    • Hey Chris, thanks for the comment man.  Making beer is like anything else worthwhile, it takes a bit of time to figure it all out.  its not hard but there are some steps involved.  The following is a great place to start your adventure: How to Home Brew

      In regards to your flat beer there was obviously a carbonation problem.  Either you did not use enough priming sugar or the bottles had a leak (perhaps the caps were the wrong size)…  I recommend the Coopers Carbonation drops for priming with sugar, very hard to mess it up with them.  They come with the Coopers Homebrew Kit

      Cheers and good luck!

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  5. Loved these articles definitely gonna give them a shot, did you ever brew a New England style IPA or Ale?

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    • Thanks Robert, let me know how you make out. And yes have brewed NEIP’s many times. Cheers man.

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  6. hi rob thanks for all the advice and tips I watch your brewing videos on YouTube quite alot you always make me laugh and give great advice. quick question the more fun blonde that was on here I’m sure I seen it a while ago was just wondering where it had gone ? I’m getting a grainfather next week and wanted to try it out that’s all. cheers big man chow for now ?

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