Category Archives: Brad Homebrew

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


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


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


Brad Homebrew

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Coming soon:

  • Rocky Balboa IPA
  • YAK II
  • British Bitter Experimental #4
  • Little Barbarossa
  • Inauguration Stout