Category Archives: Brad Homebrew

Homebrew Conan the Bitter

Cheesy name, but I wanted to try a new yeast from Imperial Yeast, called Barbarian.  Then I went super bitter with the hops, coupled with this yeast that’s intended to be for NEIPA.  I’m super happy with how it turned out.

Aroma is beautiful and fragrant of flowery hops.  First taste is bitter, yet at the same time somehow feels smooth on the palate.  Lots of hop flavors throughout, combined with the smooth mouthfeel.  Left with lingering hop bitterness.  Beautiful.

Brewed: 4/25/2021.  Distributed: 5/20/2021.

ABV: 6.7%,  IBU: 115

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

Hops: Hallertauer, CTZ, Citra, Galaxy.

Yeast: Imperial Yeast A04 Barbarian.

Homebrew Cliff Adams

Sometimes I have Sam Adams and it’s absolutely delicious.  Other times, not at all.  I was searching out clone recipes for Sam Adams Boston Lager, and I decided to just make the beer that was in my mind for those delicious ones.  This was my first attempt.  Not there yet, so this is just a cousin.  I’ll keep trying.

Sweet aroma of malt and lager yeast.  Crisp bite that has a bit of hops and then cuts out cleanly.  Left with a fairly sweet, light, bitter crispness.

Brewed: 4/5/2021.  Distributed: 5/20/2021.

ABV: 6.0%,  IBU: 30

Malts: Brewer’s 2-row, Vienna, Caramel 20L, Amber.

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh.

Yeast: Wyeast 2308 Munich Lager.

Homebrew Random Amber

I made this beer because I wanted to try out a new yeast supplier.  Since I’d made a lot of IPA-stuff recently, I wanted something a bit different, so opted for a hoppy Amber, using malts and hops I had on hand.

Slightly sweet aroma of malt with mild hop aroma in the background.  Taste is starts off sweet and slightly thick feeling, but then has a slice of hop bitterness cut through and then dry things out.  Ends with a cornoccopia of flavors of malt, yeast and some hop bitterness.  Mild caramel malt flavor mellows on the palate and lingers.

Brewed: 4/1/2021.  Distributed: 5/4/2021.

ABV: 6.2%,  IBU: 51

Malts: Brewer’s 2-row, Munich, Caramel 20L, Amber, Flaked Oats.

Hops: Hallertauer, CTZ, Simcoe, Cascade.

Yeast: Imperial Yeast A07 Flagship.

Homebrew NEIPA 4.0

For this, I followed a lot of the base recipe from my NEIPA that I really enjoy, but I used different hops to go for something slightly brighter.   I also tried using flaked wheat instead of flaked oats, simply because that’s only what I had available.  In hindsight, I’m sticking to flaked oats on my NEIPAs going forward.  And lastly, I used a new yeast.  I really liked how this yeast worked out and will likely use this again in the future.

Fruity, citrusy hop aroma.  Slight bite from the hops and yeast at first taste, which then transitions into a moderate malt taste, before slowly fading out and leaving some lurking hop bitterness and hints of yeast flavor.

Brewed: 3/27/2021.  Distributed: 4/24/2021.

ABV: 4.9%,  IBU: 56

Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Wheat, Caramel 20L.

Hops: Columbus, Zythos, Amarillo, Simcoe.

Yeast: Imperial Yeast A38 Juice.

Homebrew Farmer on the Moon

This is one of my favorites.  Born from an ethereal experience after a 5k run up in Traverse City, where they had beer during and after the race.  I had this phenomennal beer with Galaxy hops.  It was so delicious post-run, but was my inspiration for this beer.  I’ve made it several times.  This was the other beer entry in National Homebrew Competition.

Beautiful color of orange with a white frothy head.  The beer is opaque and hazy from the flaked wheat.  Nice perky hop aroma.  Flavorful punch of hop zest on first drink that fills the mouth with exciting hop flavors, and full sweetness of the yeast.  Finishes fairly crisp, with lingering hop bitterness trailing off into the distance.

Brewed: 2/13/2021.  Distributed: 3/13/2021.

ABV: 5.4%,  IBU: 83

Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Wheat, White Wheat, Caramel 20L.

Hops: Hallertauer, Galaxy.

Yeast: White Labs WLP008 East Coast Ale

Homebrew Snakes Out Stout

Guinness was my gateway beer to craft beer.  We went on our honeymoon to Ireland and spent 2 weeks driving around the island.  Every night involved Guinness, and by the end of my 2 weeks, I was hooked, and started exploring other beers when we came back to the US.  Years later, after visiting the Guinness Brewery in Dublin, I enjoyed Guinness in their brewery pub and it was phenomenal.  This homebrew recipe I got from a guy’s YouTube channel where he pretty much relayed the same Guinness experience and thought this recipe was pretty close.

Mild aroma of dark malt, with hints of hops in the background.  Taste is crisp and gives the tastebuds a minor kick as it hits the tongue.  Mellows almost immediately and then the malt & yeast fade out slowly.  Flavorful and refreshing.

Brewed: 2/26/2021.  Distributed: 3/13/2021.

ABV: 4.1%,  IBU: 36

Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Barley, Roasted Barley.

Hops: Fuggles.

Yeast: Wyeast 1084 Irish Ale

Homebrew Sasquatch in a Kilt

I made this recipe once before and enjoyed it, then recently had a hankering to work it in to my brew rotation.  That hit my rotation at the same time as I got an email about the National Homebrew Competition, so I decided I’d send it in as an entry.

Smell of dark malts with a dark sweetness.  Crisp taste is sweet and coats the mouth.  Full-flavored malt backed by distinct sweetness of the Scottish yeast.  Full-on flavor assault on the taste buds and fades slowly.

Brewed: 2/12/2021.  Distributed: 3/24/2021.

ABV: 7.4%,  IBU: 32

Malts: Golden Promise, Munich Malt, White Wheat, Black Malt, Smoked Wheat.

Hops: Hallertau Mittelfrueh, Saaz.

Yeast: Wyeast 1728 Scottish Ale

Homebrew Inauguration Stout

This is pretty much the same recipe as a previous brew (Celebration or Sadness Stout), but that recipe didn’t turn out as planned.  It had much lower mash conversion efficiency than expected and the beer turned out much lower in ABV than expected.  This time, with more care in the mash process, I hit my numbers.  This was brewed shortly before the Presidential Inauguration, and hence the name.

Sweet aroma of dark malt.  Crisp bite of dark malt and hops.  Then leaves palate fairly clear, before a mild lingering of malt taste comes in.  Kind of like a new president coming in with a flurry of action and excitement, but then doesn’t leave you with a bitter taste in your mouth!

Brewed: 1/18/2021.  Distributed: 2/18/2021.

ABV: 5.1%,  IBU: 54

Malts: Maris Otter, Flaked Oats, Black Patent Malt, Melanoidin Malt, Roasted Barley.

Hops: Magnum, Chinook, Hallertau.

Yeast: White Labs WLP007 Dry English Ale

Homebrew British Bitter Experimental #4

British Bitter is the beer responsible for my homebrewing.  Falling in love with it when we lived in England, I couldn’t find anything like it when we returned back to the US.  So I decided to start brewing to make beers I couldn’t find.  That said, I’ve rarely brewed it.  This is my 4th time brewing it out of ~170 batches.  But, importantly, this batch is finally very close to what I want!

Malty and full-flavored, with a distinct slightly sweet flavor of the British yeast.  The malt is slightly roasty, and the beer finishes very cleanly, yet bold.  Shocking that it is such a low ABV, but doesn’t taste watery.

Brewed: 12/28/2020.  Distributed: 1/25/2021.

ABV: 4.2%,  IBU: 42

Malts: Maris Otter, Amber, Caramel 20L.

Hops: Target, East Kent Goldings, Challenger.

Yeast: White Labs WLP002 English Ale.

Homebrew Middle Barbarossa Rye IPA

This journey started with Barbarossa IPA, which was an attempt at an homage to Founder’s Red’s Rye.  Then I made Little Barbarossa, which was made with less caramel-y malt but same hop approach.  This batch was supposed to be Little Barbarossa, but got a better mash efficiency than expected, so came in at a higher ABV.

Slightly sweet, slightly hoppy aroma. Crisp taste, with the sweet/slickness of rye on the palate. Lots of hop aroma and flavor waft in as you drink it, then leaves you with a bit of lingering hop bitterness.

Brewed: 1/4/2021.  Distributed: 1/30/2021.

ABV: 5.4%,  IBU: 72

Malts: Brewer’s 2-row, Red X, Rye, Carafoam, Caramel 20L.

Hops: Columbus, Perle, Amarillo, Cascade.

Yeast: Wyeast 1056 American Ale.