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diy beer recipesWhen it comes to brewing your home beer, one of the greatest challenges has to do with the recipes of the beer. We have taken the pains to come up with great American recipes that will take your brewing experience to a whole new dimension. And we believe that when you add a new recipe to your collection, it will develop your appetite for brewing.

If you are new to brewing beer we firmly recommend that you start with a beer making kits, it will enhance your knowledge of how the process works ranging from the equipment, ingredients, and the supplies involved.

You need to ask yourself relevant questions in a bit to decide on the type of beer making kits buy such as, is it easy to use? Are they of high quality? What is the cost implication and what is the kind of beer you intend to make? So let’s go into making these exclusive recipes that will change your brewing experience. We are going to use the American Barley wine and Abbey Dubbelnd recipe from the west coast for our beer.

American Barleywine

(8.5 liters)

Are you in search of beer to share with grain? Unfortunately, this isn’t that beer. It is bold, big and brash; it is the largest beer- it is an American Bare wine. It is a win because the key ingredient is made from malt barley and as a result of the strength, it is more of wine than is dark, and brooding, irrespective of a long time aging it has this decent hop punch.


  • 3kg Diablo IPA
  • 3kg Northwest Pale Ale
  • 12g Centennial Hop Pellets
  • Pack of Carbonation Drops

    Colour: Mahogany

  • Body: Medium
  • Bitterness: High
  • Alcohol Level: 9.9% ABV
  • Naturally Carbonated: Natural


    Step 1: Mix

  1. Ensure that all equipment that will be involved in the brewing of the beer is washed and cleaned.
  2. The Diablo IPA and the Northwest pale should be part of the fermenting vessel(FV).
  3. Fill the container with water to 8.5 liters mark.
  4. The yeast should be sprinkled, and the lid should be fit.

    Step 2: Brew

  • Your vessel should be kept in a place that where it will not come in contact to direct sunlight, and it has to ferment between 16C-18C.
  • Importantly the fermentation should take place as the recommended temperature as the initial foaming can be uncontrollable.
  • The fermentation takes between 14 to 21 days approximately.
  • As soon as the foam intensity has died down, about the 7th day, the Centennial Hop Pellets loose should be add– PLEASE DO NOT STIR.
  • The check the specific gravity on the 14th day.
  • From then you need to check it the next day and repeat it after that.

N.B:   we advise that a Krause collar should be fit, as it will increase the head space and hold down the foam.

    Step 3: Bottle

  • As soon as the specific gravity has gained stability over days, the brew is said to be ready.
  • If you notice that the hop debris is still floating, the vessel should be put in the refrigerator or an ice bath.
  • Fill the clean pet bottle to the 3cm mark from the top.
  • To secure the cap drop one carbonation
  • The bottle should be kept away from the sun in a location that is in the range of 18C.
  • The storage should be such that it does not come in contact with direct sunlight at or above 18C.

    N.B: if you want to preserve this beer for 18 months then you are advised to use a sturdy bottle.

    Step 4: Enjoy

  • You can check for carbonation squeezing the Pet bottles after two months.
  • The bottles not refrigerated should improve in due course.
  • For maximum satisfaction, the bottle should be chilled when you are ready to drink.
  • You can pour the chilled beer inside glassware, and allow the sediments behind
  • The alcohol content will be approximately 9.9% ABV.

Abbey Dubbel

(8.5 Liters)

The brew is made with American west coast style Pale Ale.  The Pale malt that shows citrus and Melon flavor that has a bitter but light finish. It has a delicate floral, and a tropical fruit aroma like lemon and grapefruit that is waft from within the Golden, Amber Ale.


  • Bewitched Amber Ale 1.3kg
  • Smooth malt extract 250g
  • Saaz hops pellets
  • Safbrew T-58 Dry Yeast
  • Beer Carbonation Drops

    Color: Mahogany

  • Body: Heavy
  • Bitterness: Medium
  • Alcohol Level: 6.5%ABV
  • Naturally Carbonated: Natural

    Step 1: Mix

  • Ensure the equipment for the brewing process is washed clean.
  • The Bewitched Amber Ale and the Smooth malt extract will be part of the fermenting vessel (FV).
  • Pour Cold water into the container to the 8.5 liters mark.
  • The T-58 yeast should be sprinkled and then fit the lid.

    Step 2: Brew

  • Keep the vessel in an area where direct sunlight does not come in contact with it and then try to ferment at 20C-24C.
  • The fermentation should take between 7-14 days.
  • Add the Saaz Hop Pellet once the foam subsides within the fourth day.
  • Check the specific gravity  within seven days
  • After that check the specific gravity the next day and the days ahead.

    Step 3: Bottle

  • Upon stabilization of the specific gravity after some days the brew is ready
  • You need to fill a clean Pet bottle to 3cm mark from the top.
  • Two drops of carbonation should be added to a jar to secure the cap.
  • Store the bottle where it does not come in contact with direct sunlight at 18C or above.

           Step 4: Enjoy

  • For you to check for adequate carbonation after two weeks, squeeze the bottles.
  • Bottles not in refrigeration should improve with age.
  • When you are ready to drink, chill the beer in the refrigerator.
  • You will need to pour the beer in clean glassware while the sediment settles below.
  • The alcohol content should be 6.5% ABV.

Follow the above guide to brewing a different brand of beer from the natural blend you are acquainted with

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