Last weekend we rounded up 7 projects for homebrewers: deep-cleaning and equipment maintenance, getting set up to keg your beer, and establishing an outdoor brew system. But once you’re all ship-shape, it’s time to get brewing.
If you’re a beginner, we recommend starting with something pure and simple—don’t throw cardamom and hibiscus and six kinds of malt and cocoa nibs and peppercorns into your first brew. Maybe begin with this extract recipe for American Pale Ale? If you’ve been brewing awhile, you’re probably ready to step it up a bit. How about trying your hand at a Belgian Dark Strong Ale? One of the biggest challenges in homebrewing is finding recipes you trust, so we thought we’d give you a head start. Check out the slideshow for 15 Serious Eats-tested-and-approved recipes for homemade beer, from easy-for-beginners to more advanced projects.