Category Archives: Brad Homebrew

Homebrew Down in the Cellar Keller

Lots of full-flavored malt in the aroma and taste.  Not overpowering, but can’t be overlooked.  Lager malt makes it go down smooth.  A version of a beer I made before that I loved.  But this time I had to substitute my recipe’s melanoidin malt for some aromatic malt.  It came out a bit more of a nutty malt flavor than the original recipe.


Brewed: 6/24/2020.  Distributed: 7/22/2020.

ABV: 5.0%   IBU: 58

Malts: Pilsner, Vienna, Cara aroma, Carafa II

Hops: Hallertauer, Northern Brewer

Yeast: Wyeast 2206 Bavarian Lager

Homebrew Lockdown Lager

Not the typical lager.  Reddish/amber color and strong bready malt flavors provided by the Munich malt.  The yeast gives it a quenching punch, with little detection of hops.


Brewed: 6/5/2020.  Distributed: 7/7/2020.

ABV: 5.5%   IBU: 31

Malts: Munich, Brewer’s 2-row, White Wheat, Caramel 20L

Hops: Magnum, Citra, Galena

Yeast: WLP830 German Lager

Homebrew Get Off my Neighbor’s Lawn Blonde

This was the second beer made for Jim’s failed 60th surprise birthday party.  The first beer I called Get Off My Lawn as an homage to someone turning 60 and yelling and young kids in his yard.  It was hoppy and higher alcohol, so it was a bit more like someone yelling, “Get Off My Lawn!”  This one is mellower, but since it’s still in the “Surprise Birthday Series”, I carried forward the name, even thought it didn’t make much sense.

Slight malt sweetness with very minor hop bitterness.  This is definitely more of a malty tasting beer than hoppy beer.  Overall fairly mild, but still gives a tastebud tweak in the aftertaste with a bit of hops.


Brewed: 6/6/2020.  Distributed: 7/1/2020.

ABV: 6.2%   IBU: 34

Malts: Maris Otter, Brewer’s 2-row Pale, White Wheat, Munich Malt

Hops: Hallertauer, Citra, Columbus, Simcoe

Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale

Average:(average: 5 out of 5. Total: 1)

Homebrew One Seventh COVID Killer Double IPA

This was my first attempt at a high gravity IPA, and I was trying to create a recipe that would use a healthy dose of my bulk grains and hops that I may have overbought…  It was planned to be a 10% ABV, and hence the clever name based on CDC guidance that to kill the COVID virus you needed a disinfectant with at least 70% alcohol.

Anyway, gravity turned out lower than planned, and a last minute yeast issue had me using different yeast than originally planned.  So I ended up splitting the batch in two, and using two different yeasts.

Both versions have the common thread of a big punch of hop bitterness, a mild malt presence, and notable alcohol bite/aroma.  The batch fermented with East Coast Ale yeast has sweeter, fuller taste, and the batch fermented with the Vermont IPA yeast is a bit smoother.

Brewed: 5/25/2020.  Distributed: 6/19/2020.

ABV: 7.9% (Vermont IPA), 8.9% (East Coast Ale)  IBU: 154

Malts: Maris Otter, Viking Xtra Pale, Flaked Wheat, White Wheat, Red X

Hops: Magnum, Citra, Columbus, Falconer’s Flight, Amarillo, Cascade

Yeast: Gigayeast GY054 Vermont IPA, White Labs WLP008 East Coast Ale

Homebrew AHA Big Brew Day Quarantine IPA

The America Homebrewer’s Association (AHA) promotes a “Big Brew Day” in the spring.  The idea being people around the world are brewing on the same day in a big event.  They put out one or two recipes for people to brew if you want to join in and be brewing the same thing as others.  This year’s big brew event I usually go to was cancelled (COVID), but I brewed from home on that day, and this is one of their recipes.

The taste is very hop forward with a hop bite, and a hint of yeast.  Finishes very cleanly, with lingering hop flavors.  Crisp and hoppy.

Brewed: 5/2/2020.  Distributed: 6/5/2020.

ABV: 6.6%,  IBU: 74

Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, Munich, Caramel 40L, Caramel 20L.

Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade

Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale


Homebrew Barbarossa IPA

This recipe started from a clone recipe I found online for Founder’s Red’s Rye IPA, which was one of my original favorite Michigan craft beers, and was frequently in my beer fridge at home.  I don’t think this beer lives up the hype in my memory of that beer from so many years ago, but I decided I liked it none the less.  This is the third version of the recipe I created while trying to improve upon it.

The taste is bold with caramel malt sweetness, and a notable, but subtle effect of rye malt on the palate.  Rye has an edginess to the taste and a unique “slick” mouthfeel.  This is combined with flavorful hops that make this a full-flavored beer.  Depending on my mood/taste buds, it seems to drift between a flavorful hoppy beer with unique malt in the background, or a full-force malty beer with hops in the background.

Brewed: 4/13/2020.  Distributed: 5/12/2020.

ABV: 6.7%,  IBU: 78

Malts: Brewer’s 2-row malt, Red X, Rye, Carafoam, Crystal 40L, Caramunich.

Hops: Columbus, Perle, Amarillo, Cascade

Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale


Average:(average: 5 out of 5. Total: 1)

Homebrew AJIPA (Another Juicy IPA)

Super light golden color, with a hazy glow.  A lot of hops in here make this hop-flavorful.  A lot of fruity hops, but very little bitterness.  The calculated IBUs sound very bitter, but most of the hops are added post-boil in, while whirlpooling.  The yeast makes it very smooth with a mild sweetness.

I wasn’t sure how this one would turn out, so I made this as a “half batch”, 2.5 gallons.


Brewed: 4/25/2020.  Distributed: 5/12/2020.

ABV: 5.0%,  IBU: 130

Malts: Xtra Pale Ale, Flaked Wheat

Hops: Hallertauer, Columbus, Citra, Magnum

Yeast: GY054 Gigayeast Vermont IPA


Homebrew Half NAFTA

This beer is a pale golden color, and fermented with lager yeast.  It is slightly tart, with some light American hop fruitiness in the taste and aroma.  The yeast gives it a clean finish, without aftertaste.

Using Mexican lager yeast, plus what I was thinking were American hops, I came up with this clever name.  Turns out most of the hop flavor comes from New Zealand hops (Motueka), but I liked the name, so I didn’t change it.

Brewed: 3/6/2020.  Distributed: 4/30/2020.

ABV: 5.3%,  IBU: 19

Malts: Xtra Pale Ale

Hops: Hallertauer, Cascade, Motueka

Yeast: WLP940 Mexican Lager


Average:(average: 4 out of 5. Total: 1)

Homebrew Quaker on the Moon

This beer packs a huge mouthful of hop flavor, almost grapefruit-like.  You do get hints of the wheat malt in the background, but not that notable.  I bottled it at lower carbonation for this first round, simply because it was tasting ready.  This beer was a variation of one my favorite recipes.  Since the homebrew shop was out of the flaked wheat I usually use, I substituted flaked oats.

Brewed: 3/28/2020.  Distributed: 4/18/2020.

ABV: 6.2%,  IBU: 36

Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, White Wheat, Caramel Malt

Hops: Hallertauer, Galaxy

Yeast: WLP008 East Coast Ale


Average:(average: 5 out of 5. Total: 1)