Sunday, January 24, 2010

New year -- New brew ingredient ideas

These days, when beer fans are not salivating over the next monstrous ipa (see Brewdog's Nanny State and Lagunitas' Hop Stoopid Ale ), there continue to be other breweries that are scanning the globe, or their parents' spice cabinet, for the next big ingredient for a new beer (as an example of such an adventuresome, globe trotting brewery look no further than Delaware's Dogfish Head Brewery beer lineup).

It is with this in mind that I have begun to think out my brewing list for the year. At the onset of this year (read late December), I made it my goal to compose and brew my own barleywine, porter, stout, and ipa this year.

I am still in the process of learning how to compose the recipes for each style, but i'd like to work in some unique ingredients. For example, I think a beer that included copious amounts of rye, some mild hops, and brown sugar would be enjoyable. I will keep you all posted on how i work this into a beer recipe, but until then I would be very interested in hearing from all of you beer fans and homebrewers alike what your recipes would be for the aforementioned styles.

Until then, cheers!!

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