Get Ready For The Game With These Five Home Brew Recipes

As we head into fall, many Americans are getting ready for football season! Whether it’s the NFL or the local high school team, football fans are gearing up to enjoy watching their favorite sport. Beer is a big part of this ritual and there are literally thousands of recipes available online for home brews. If you don’t have anything to brew your beer, check out our guide on the best beer brewing starter kits.

We’ve sorted through them all and found the 5 best beer brewing recipes for game day.

McSpoon’s Scotch Ale

This is a dark ale which contains 9.5% alcohol by volume and is described as Scottish wee-heavy. This recipe is for a five-gallon batch.

15 lbs light dry malt extract
4 oz peat-smoked malt
4 oz chocolate malt
16 oz 55-degree Lovibond crystal malt
2.25 oz black malt
1 oz Northern Brewer hops, 60 minutes

Place all grains in two gallons of water at 150 degrees. Boil, then add the dry malt extract and bring again to a boil and add hop pellets. When cool, add the mixture to the carboy or fermenting bucket and top off with up to five gallons of cold water. Ferment for up to six weeks, then bottle.

Altbier

This is a five-gallon recipe that is 5% alcohol to volume.

4 oz chocolate malt
12 oz Caramunich malt
4 oz black patent malt
2 lbs pale liquid malt extract
4 lbs Munich liquid malt extract
1 lb wheat liquid malt extract
1 oz Spalt hops
1 oz Perle hops
1 t Irish Moss (one Whirlflock tablet may be substituted for Irish Moss)
One of these: White Labs WLP036, White Labs WLP026 or Wyeast 1007

Steep all grains for 15 minutes in 155 degree water. Add all extracts and stir until completely dissolved. Bring mixture to boil and add the Perle hops. Boil for 45 minutes, then add 1/2 oz Spalt hops, along with the Irish Moss.

Boil another 55 minutes and add rest of Spalt hops. Pour mixture into a carboy and add yeast. Ferment for two weeks at 62 degrees and drop the temperature to between 32 and 40 degrees and leave for up to six weeks, then bottle.

American Pale Ale

Simple, but delicious, this is a good craft beer for beginners.

1 lb crystal malt
6 lbs light dry malt extract
2 oz Cascade hops
1 oz Chinook hops
5 oz priming sugar
brewer’s yeast

Add grains to three gallons water and heat to 155 degrees, then steep. Bring to boil and add malt extract. Boil again and add 1/2 hops. Boil for 45 minutes and add rest of hops. Add mixture to 2.5 gallons of cold water in the carboy and ferment at 75 degrees or less for up to six weeks, then bottle.

Dunkelweizen

This is a brew that is both delicious and different. Just remember to go light on the hops.

6lbs wheat liquid malt extract
8 oz German Vienna malt
8 oz German Munich malt
8 oz German dark crystal malt
3.5 oz Hallertau Hersbrucker hops
1 1/4C dry malt extract
Brewer’s yeast

Steep grains for 30 minutes in 155 degree water, then add wheat malt extract. Boil and add hops. Boil again for 60 minutes. Pour into carboy and chill to 70 degrees. Ferment for 7 to 10 days then bottle.

Mild Ale

This home brew falls somewhere between a brown ale and a light ale. Considered a mild ale, this is one of the oldest types of British Ales.

1 lb dry malt extract
3.3 lbs liquid malt extract
2 oz chocolate malt
4 oz crystal malt
2 oz black patent malt
1/2 oz Goldings hops
1/2 oz Fuggles hops
Brewer’s yeast
1/2 C corn syrup for priming

Steep grains in three gallons of water at 110 degrees to 120 degrees for 15 minutes. Remove grains and add malt extract. Boil and add Fuggles hops. Boil an hour and add Goldings hops. Cool mixture and add to fermenter. Add cold water until the mixture equals five gallons. Add the brewer’s yeast. Aerate by stirring.

Cover and ferment for 7 to 10 days at 55 to 65 degrees. Move mixture to bottling bucket and add corn sugar to prime. Bottle mixture and allow to condition for 1 to 3 weeks at 50 to 65 degrees.

Creating a delicious home brew can take some time and a lot of trial and error, but when you’ve created a great beer, it was well worth the time. These are 5 of the top home brew recipes for game day. Try one or try them all and sit back and enjoy a brew while you watch your team dominate…or lose.