Blizzard Bitter — An Intermediate-Level Home Brew Beer Recipe

I kegged this beer during the epic East Coast snow storm of February 2010. As I type this entry, a second large storm is dropping up to 12 more inches of snow on our already blanketed neighborhood. Total accumulation from the two storms could be 4 feet.

Now that’s a storm that calls for relaxing, not worrying, and having a homebrew. And this is just the beer for the job.

Blizzard Bitter is a rich, malty, satisfying English-style ale with a deep amber color and a foamy head. It goes down easy and steels the soul for the bout of shoveling in the icy weather that you know is just waiting around the corner.

The hops provide a pleasant background bitterness with little aroma. I kegged this batch and kept the CO2 levels low to give it the perfect draft look and feel.

This is classified as an intermediate recipe because it includes grains, but a beginner should be able to handle it just fine.

For more information, see A Beginner’s Guide to Homebrewing Beer.

    Procedure

Put a pound of Crystal 20 in a grain bag and add it to 1.5 gallons of warm water. Heat slowly to a boil, and remove the grain bag. (I like to set the grain bag in a large pan and collect whatever drips off, adding it back to the boil.)

Add 1 cup of dark molasses, one cup of brown sugar and 2 3.3 pound cans of Briess CBW Golden Light. Return to a boil.

Add 1 oz. of Northern Brewer pellet hops. (8.5% alpha.) (60 minutes)

After 30 minutes add 1/2 ounce of Northern Brewer pellet hops. (30 minutes)

After 10 minutes add 1/2 ounce of Liberty pellet hops. (20 minutes)

After 5 minutes add 1 tsp. of Irish Moss and 1 tsp. of Gypsum. (15 minutes)

After 5 minutes, add 1/2 ounce of Northern Brewer pellet hops. (10 minutes)

After 5 minutes, add 1/2 ounce of Liberty pellet hops. (5 minutes)

Cool to 80 degrees or less and pitch Safale 04 dried yeast.