|Recipes From Tin Whiskers
|Home Brewing Recipes
Baker Street Ales Associate Brewer
the crossroads of the beer world
As you know I'm happy to give you my brewing recipes that have been perfected
over years of brewing both for fun at home and commercially at Baker Street.
Sadly, I'm in the minority of brewers. That's understandable since a good beer
recipe can be the key to success to any establishment. There are however
more than a few like me who believe sharing is good for the growth of brewing
and the growth of craft beer. Joining that group is the new Tin Whiskers
brewery in St. Paul, MN. Here's two of their top recipes they are happy to share:
"Short Circuit Stout" -
BJCP Style: Sweet Stout, 13B
Mashed @ 156°F for 60min
UK Chocolate Malt
UK Roasted Barley
Nugget - First Wort
Nugget - 60 min
Lactose - 5min
East Kent Goldings - 1min
This recipe is for one of their most popular brews: Flip Switch IPA
BJCP Style: American IPA, Style 14B
Mashed @ 154°F for 60min
Flip Switch IPA Recipe
Chinook - 60min
Warrior - 20min
Centennial - 10min
Citra - 1min
Thanks to all the readers who have indicated they enjoy the Q/A section I some-
times put at the end of my column. Well, here goes another section with some of
the most common questions I get. By the way if you write me I try to personally
answer every e-mail. Hey, it's about beer so it's always good.
Q- I'm thinking of brewing for the first time. Do I have to know a lot of chemistry?
A - That's the most common question I get. The answer is no. All you have to
know is the following (and I bet you can handle it all)
1. How to boil water;
2. How to work a can opener;
3. How and why to clean and sanitize your brewing equipment. There are no
shortcuts to cleaning and sanitizing...you either do it right, or you shouldn't brew.
4. Follow the instructions and the recipe procedures you are given, to the letter.
If "the letter" is unclear in any way, call whomever you bought it from and ask
questions...or write me.
5. How and why to be kind and gentle to your beer. ANY splashing or agitation of
hot wort, more than a mere gentle stir while it is chilling, has the potential of
ruining your beer. Then, after it has fermented, ANY splashing or agitation of the
beer before or while you bottle it, can also ruin it.
Q- Do you recommend any book I should read on home brewing?
A - Other than my book (sadly now out of print but I am working on a revised
issue) for beginners I recommend John Palmer's How To Brew.
Q- For a beginner should I use extract or all-grain?
A- Review my old articles and you'll see I often give both versions of a recipe.
Back to your question, extract brewing has two significant advantages over all-
grain brewing for beginners:
•it allows you to brew beer in about one-third the time it takes to brew an all-grain
batch of beer, and
•it allows you to brew with much less equipment right on your kitchen stove.
If you're thinking of brewing or giving a gift of home brewing equipment I
recommend U-Brew in South Orange, NJ. Ask for Dan (973-762-7077) ; he can
guide you through every step and tell them you heard about it from BeerNexus.
That's it for this month. Hope to see you next time!
Good Brewing and Cheers!