Recipes

 

Below are some of our favourite all-grain beer recipes that we thought you might enjoy. These are tried and true recipes that we've brewed ourselves, some multiple times in order to perfect and tweak them to our liking.

Each recipe is designed to produce 12 gallons of wort, or a full 10 gallons of beer after fermentation and various losses. The recipes have been tailored to the efficiency level we achieve on our Electric Brewery. Use our Brew Day: Step by Step instructions to brew them if your setup is identical to ours. If your setup is different, feel free to scale them to meet the needs of your particular equipment.

We'll be adding more recipes as time goes on so make sure to check back often! Got a recipe you'd like to share? Post it in our Recipes & Ingredients forum! A great source of recipes is also Jamil Zainasheff's book Brewing Classic Styles. Every month Jamil also breaks down one style in BYO magazine with sample recipes.

American Ale

The Electric Pale Ale

Our signature beer! This is an all late-addition American Pale Ale (APA) where hops are only added in the last 20 minutes to give it very smooth bitterness with a massive hop flavour. It's one of my house beers that I like to always have on tap as it's dry and thirst quenching.

Original gravity: 1.056
Final gravity: 1.010
Colour: 5.9 SRM
Alcohol: 6.0% ABV
Bitterness: 37 IBU

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The Electric Pale Ale (sessionable version)

A lower alcohol (4.3% ABV) version of our signature beer, perfect for those days when you're looking for all the flavour but don't necessarily want to feel the effects after having a few pints.

Original gravity: 1.041
Final gravity: 1.008
Colour: 4.9 SRM
Alcohol: 4.3% ABV
Bitterness: 29 IBU

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The Electric Hop Stand Pale Ale

Brewed as an experiment to push hop flavours and aromas as far as possible. A massive amount of hops (over one pound) were added and steeped after the boil and held at specific temperatures. Our control panel with advanced temperature control allows this (unlike a dial-type boil control). This process is used by new popular beers like The Alchemist's Heady Topper.

Original gravity: 1.052
Final gravity: 1.010
Colour: 7.5 SRM
Alcohol: 5.5% ABV
Bitterness: No friggin' idea

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American Amber Ale

Similar to an American Pale Ale but with a stronger caramel flavour, more body, darker in colour, and more of a balance between bitterness and maltiness.

Original gravity: 1.051
Final gravity: 1.011
Colour: 13.5 SRM
Alcohol: 5.2% ABV
Bitterness: 33 IBU

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Janet's Brown Ale

This is a recipe by well known home brewer Mike McDole (aka 'Tasty' on the forums he frequents) that took gold at the 2004 National Homebrew Competition for its category. Technically an American Brown Ale, it is a bit outside the numbers for that style because it has slightly too much hops and alcohol. If you like hoppy American style ales, this is one you definitely have to try.

Original gravity: 1.068
Final gravity: 1.016
Colour: 18.3 SRM
Alcohol: 6.8% ABV
Bitterness: 64 IBU

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India Pale Ale

The Electric IPA

An American IPA with lots of citrusy/piney/fruity/resiny hop flavour. This recipe purposely keeps the standard 60 minute bittering hops somewhat restrained. Most of the flavour hops are done at 5 minutes before flame-out to give the beer a massive hop flavour. The beer is then also heavily dry-hopped for additional aroma. Bitter enough to be an IPA but not over the top mouth-puckering, with enormous hop flavour/aroma.

Original gravity: 1.065
Final gravity: 1.013
Colour: 8.6 SRM
Alcohol: 6.9% ABV
Bitterness: 58 IBU

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Green Flash West Coast IPA

The aggressive use of Columbus and Simcoe hops provides a strong earthy character with a unique pungent and dank hop-aroma, blended with pine resin flavours. The combination is intense, for hop lovers only.

Original gravity: 1.069
Final gravity: 1.013
Colour: 8.9 SRM
Alcohol: 7.3% ABV
Bitterness: ~90 IBU

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Sierra Nevada Torpedo Extra IPA

A big American IPA; bold, assertive, and full of flavour highlighting the complex citrus, pine, and herbal character of American hops. Named for the unique dry-hopping technique of recirculating the finished beer through cylindrical torpedo-like vessels filled with hops.

Original gravity: 1.069
Final gravity: 1.014
Colour: 8.6 SRM
Alcohol: 7.3% ABV
Bitterness: 58 IBU

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Sierra Nevada Ruthless Rye IPA

A rugged IPA with fruity, citrus and herbal hop notes balanced with the dry spiciness of rye.

Original gravity: 1.062
Final gravity: 1.012
Colour: 12.3 SRM
Alcohol: 6.6% ABV
Bitterness: 55 IBU

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Bell's Two Hearted Ale

An American style IPA that uses only Centennial hops for a hoppy, but balanced finish. Very drinkable. Considered a truly historic beer by many.

Original gravity: 1.066
Final gravity: 1.012
Colour: 5.0 SRM
Alcohol: 7.0% ABV
Bitterness: 55 IBU

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New Zealand IPA

A combination of unique New Zealand hops produce a tropical punchbowl of flavours including passion fruit, limes, oranges and Sauvignon blanc grapes.

Original gravity: 1.059
Final gravity: 1.011
Colour: 8.7 SRM
Alcohol: 6.3% ABV
Bitterness: 55 IBU

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Russian River Pliny The Elder (double IPA)

The homebrewer favourite! An American Double IPA with an explosion of fresh hop aroma of floral, citrus, and pine. A definite must-brew for any hop-head. Over 41 oz hops are used in this 10 gallon recipe.

Original gravity: 1.078
Final gravity: 1.014
Colour: 8.4 SRM
Alcohol: 8.5% ABV
Bitterness: 261 IBU

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Russian River Pliny The Younger (triple IPA)

Christened as best beer in the world by Beer Advocate in 2009, this Triple IPA has garnered a massive cult-like following over the years. Only available once a year at select bars in California during a short 2-week period. Now you can brew your own and drink it year round!

Original gravity: 1.088
Final gravity: 1.008
Colour: 6.5 SRM
Alcohol: 10.5% ABV
Bitterness: ??? IBU

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Stone 'Enjoy By' (double IPA)

Intense dank hoppiness, with flavours of peaches and hints of tropical fruits. Brewed and distributed to be consumed as fresh as possible to maximize the flavours produced by the medley of nine hops, including exciting new varieties such as Galaxy and Nelson Sauvin.

Original gravity: 1.081
Final gravity: 1.010
Colour: 5.9 SRM
Alcohol: 9.4% ABV
Bitterness: ~90 IBU

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Bell's Hopslam (Imperial IPA)

Six different hops in the kettle topped off with a big dry-hop of Simcoe results in a pungent blend of grapefruit, stone fruit, and floral notes. A remarkably drinkable rendition of the Double India Pale Ale style.

Original gravity: 1.087
Final gravity: 1.012
Colour: 7.3 SRM
Alcohol: 9.9% ABV
Bitterness: 161 IBU

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Firestone Walker Double Jack (double IPA)

A double IPA with grapefruit and tangerine American hop aromas, accented by undertones of stone fruit and pine.

Original gravity: 1.086
Final gravity: 1.014
Colour: 8.2 SRM
Alcohol: 9.5% ABV
Bitterness: 161 IBU

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English Pale Ale

Fuller's ESB (Extra Special Bitter)

Fuller's ESB is a full-bodied ale with a rich mahogany appearance. The unique blend of Northdown, Target, Challenger and Goldings hops imparts grassy, peppery notes along with citrus fruit characters of grapefruits, oranges and lemons. The blend of Pale Ale and Crystal malts give a biscuity, toffee element to the beer.

Original gravity: 1.058
Final gravity: 1.014
Colour: 13.1 SRM
Alcohol: 5.8% ABV
Bitterness: 34 IBU

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Fuller's London Pride

Fuller’s London Pride is deep amber or bronze in colour, with a thinnish off-white head. It's a smooth and astonishingly complex beer, which has a distinctive malty base complemented by a rich balance of well developed hop flavours from the Target, Challenger and Northdown varieties.

Original gravity: 1.042
Final gravity: 1.011
Colour: 11.5 SRM
Alcohol: 4.1% ABV
Bitterness: 29 IBU

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English Pub Ale

An easy drinking (lower alcohol, lower bitterness) English style pub ale with a smooth, full-bodied malty flavour. Quaffable and refreshing. Heavily inspired by the commercial beer Boddingtons Pub Ale. Best served on cask or on a Nitrogen/CO2 beer gas blend for a nice creamy head with low carbonation.

Original gravity: 1.046
Final gravity: 1.012
Colour: 5.8 SRM
Alcohol: 4.4% ABV
Bitterness: 18 IBU

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Scottish and Irish Ale

Irish Red Ale

Irish Red Ale is mild, moderately malty beer that is best known for its deep reddish copper colour. Closely related to English Bitters, it has an initial sweetness and a subtle roasted dryness in the finish. An easy-drinking pint.

Original gravity: 1.051
Final gravity: 1.014
Colour: 17.1 SRM
Alcohol: 4.9% ABV
Bitterness: 22 IBU

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Stout

Dry Irish Stout

A very dark, roasty, bitter, creamy ale. The most famous example being Guinness which was the main inspiration for our recipe. This is a sharp (not to be mistaken with harsh), dry beer with a bittersweet coffee/chocolate finish.

Original gravity: 1.044
Final gravity: 1.011
Colour: 26.7 SRM
Alcohol: 4.2% ABV
Bitterness: 40 IBU

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Russian Imperial Stout

A rich, deep, intensely flavoured full bodied ale with roasty, dry chocolate, almost tar-like sensations. Complex dark fruit flavours of plum and raisin. This is a high alcohol sipping beer with rich/luxurious depth that can be aged for years.

Original gravity: 1.100
Final gravity: 1.021
Colour: 30.6 SRM
Alcohol: 10.6% ABV
Bitterness: 86 IBU

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Strong Ale

American Barleywine

A strong American style Barleywine meant for sipping on a cold winter night. This is a high alcohol beer (12% ABV) that needs a good year or two of aging before reaching its peak. This recipe uses a massive amount of grain to reach the higher than normal alcohol content and will push your brewing setup to the limits.

Original gravity: 1.112
Final gravity: 1.022
Colour: 15.9 SRM
Alcohol: 12.0% ABV
Bitterness: 101 IBU

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Wheat

Weizen/Weissbier

A pale, spicy, fruity, refreshing wheat-based German ale.The signature banana/clove flavour comes from the use of the unique Weihenstephan yeast.

Original gravity: 1.050
Final gravity: 1.012
Colour: 3.1 SRM
Alcohol: 5.0% ABV
Bitterness: 13 IBU

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Light Lager / Light Hybrid Ale

Blonde Ale / Premium Lager

One of our house favourites. It's a big hit with everyone who tries it as there's enough malt and hop flavour to keep the beer snobs happy (we don't use any corn or rice), but it's still light enough to not scare away the Bud/Miller/Coors drinkers.

Original gravity: 1.048
Final gravity: 1.010
Colour: 3.1 SRM
Alcohol: 5.1% ABV
Bitterness: 19 IBU

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Cream Ale / Standard Lager

A crisp, clean tasting American style beer. Less flavour than our Blonde Ale/Premium Lager as it uses Domestic 2-row instead of Pilsner malt and 10% adjuncts.

Original gravity: 1.044
Final gravity: 1.006
Colour: 2.0 SRM
Alcohol: 5.0% ABV
Bitterness: 15 IBU

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Munich Helles

A clean, malt-focused German lager with a gentle, bready malt character. It's a smooth, easy-drinking beer that is often consumed by the liter. Since the 1970s it has been the most common beer served at Oktoberfest in Germany.

Original gravity: 1.050
Final gravity: 1.011
Colour: 4.8 SRM
Alcohol: 5.2% ABV
Bitterness: 19 IBU

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Kölsch

A clean, crisp, delicate beer with soft malt and hop character originally brewed only in Cologne. Served in tall cylindrical 0.2 litre Kölsch glasses

Original gravity: 1.045
Final gravity: 1.008
Colour: 3.0 SRM
Alcohol: 4.9% ABV
Bitterness: 21 IBU

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Pilsner

Bohemian Pilsner

Bohemian Pilsner is a medium-bodied beer with a rich, grainy malt flavour (from the Pilsner malt) that is complimented by a spicy and floral hop character (from the Czech Saaz hops).

Original gravity: 1.054
Final gravity: 1.014
Colour: 3.5 SRM
Alcohol: 5.3% ABV
Bitterness: 39 IBU

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