Creating a small batch beer recipe from scratch

My first beer recipe was pretty much improvised: take 3 fermentables, 3 hops and a yeast; all that in approximate amounts found online and brew to see what it gives

This time, I wanted to clone one of my favorite beers, a California Common created by a local microbrewery, which required a much more precise recipe

Small batch craft beer

Luckily, the ingredients and properties (color, bitterness, ABV) were provided on their website, but not the proportions nor any brewing procedure
This made for an excellent exercise to come as close as possible to those figures using online tools

I started by creating a new recipe on brewtoad.com and added the ingredients

California Common Stirling

Then, what is really amazing, is that all the properties of the final beer are updated on-the-fly whenever you change something
Plus, there are scales that let you see if you are within reasonable ranges depending on the beer style you want to brew

Altogether, using Brewtoad was a very enriching experience that allowed me to create a recipe that closely matched all the properties of the beer I wanted to clone

On top of that, this recipe allowed me to experiment with dry hopping, which consists in adding hops directly to the fermenter during fermentation, which adds flavor without adding bitterness
More about dry hopping here

Enjoy!

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Passionate about beer brewing, I try a new recipe every other week and share my experiences in the blog section with my faithful readers

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