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With another year in the books, it's always good to reflect on the previous year. Here at Brewgr, we have over 28,000 users in our community and 90,000 unique homebrew beer recipes on the site. With all of these recipes, there were 10 that stuck out as the most popular homebrew beer recipes of 2022.
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It's really no surprise that a Miller Lite Clone makes the list - one of the most popular beers in the US, it's only natural many people would want to imitate. This is a case where I'm fairly positive the homebrew will be better than the actual thing - I'm no beer snob, but as a craft beer lover it's hard to properly enjoy a Miller Lite. That's just my opinion of course!
This recipe has a pretty equal mix of 2-Row, Vienna and Flaked Corn on the grain bill. It's hopped with 2 oz of Saaz and Safale-05 yeast. About as simple of an all grain brewing recipe as you're going to find!
This clone is attempting to replicate the famous New Belgium Voodoo Ranger IPA. Now as a craft beer lover, this is one I would be excited to try to replicate. If you love IPA's and live in the US, it's almost a sure bet that at some point you've tried this delicious brew.
This all grain recipe has a grain bill that is almost completely made up of 2-Row, with a dash of Carapils and Crystal 120. It's hopped with a combination of Simcoe, Cascade, and Chinook and uses Safale-05 yeast. If you haven't brewed an IPA before, this would be a great introduction!
One of the most popular beers in the world makes our list. With Heineken available in 190 countries worldwide, it's only natural that people would be interested in an attempt to clone it. To top it off, the all grain recipe is pretty simple to execute.
This recipe has a grain bill dominated by Pilsner malt with a splash of Crystal 15L. The hops used are Northern Brewer and Hallertau with White Labs WLP833.
This recipe is a funny one - friends can talk you into doing just about anything, including brewing a clone of a beer you don't even enjoy drinking. This Yuengling Lager clone was at least endorsed by the brewers friends who were desperate for a Yuengling since they couldn't grab one at the local beer store.
The grain bill is surprisingly complex, with a majority of 2-Row and Flaked Corn, and a smattering of other grains and a pound of light Dry Malt Extract. This beer is lightly hopped with a mix of Cascade and Cluster, ending with Fermentis Saflager W-34/70.
If you've ever been to Oktoberfest in Munich, or you have dressed up in lederhosen to pretend that you are Bavarian drinking machine, you'll have tasted the Hofbräu Original Lager. This famous beer deserves to be cloned if not for the taste, then the tradition it holds in the beer world.
This all grain recipe has a grain bill with a majority of Pilsner malt with a small amount of Vienna malt. It is hopped with Hallertau hops and White Labs WLP835 yeast.
If you were about to ditch the lederhosen from the last one, go ahead and keep it on for one more flavor packed German beer. If you're tired of the light lagers, a nice wheat centric hefeweizen is just the cure. Having gone to Oktoberfest myself, I would often switch to a hefeweizen as a nice respite from all (and I mean ALL) of the lagers.
This all grain ale recipe is an almost equal mix of Pilsner malt and Pale Wheat with Tettnang hops and White Labs WLP380.
Brewer: Brewer 115753
This clone clearly needs no introduction - if you have had a beer in a clear bottle, there is a good chance that it's a mildly skunked Corona that is covered up with a lime wedge.
This clone's grain bill leads with Pilsner malt and is complimented by equal parts Pale Ale, Wheat Malt, and Flaked Corn. This brew is hopped with Hallertau and Saaz, with White Labs WLP940 yeast.
This is one of my favorite beach beers, and honestly I think I may try to clone it myself. This is like the craft beer lovers easy drinker, "Bud Light" equivalent now that you can grab them in 15 packs. It may not be a very complex session IPA, but I'll take it over a light lager any day.
This recipe boasts 6 different items on the grain bill, with 2-Row as the majority. The hops are a combination of Simcoe, Amarillo, and Crystal followed by a White Labs WLP001 yeast.
Brewer: Brewer 114399
If you thought that the French were only known for their cuisine and their wine, think again. The Kronenbourg 1664 Blanc is fruity wheat beer. I must admit, it's the one beer on the list that I haven't tried, and it's most likely because I haven't been to France. When I finally visit, I will seek this out, because clearly it's unique enough to be cloned.
This all grain recipe has a grain bill that is mostly Pilsner malt and Wheat Malt, with sprinkles Flaked Wheat and Acidulated malt. The hops included are Saaz, Amarillo, and Mosaic finished with White Labs WLP400.
Enter the King of Beers - Budweiser. While I'm not surprised this gets the top spot, and it's certainly one of the most popular beers in the world, I can't say I'll be making this clone myself. That being said, if you're interested in recreating a good old "Bud Heavy", this is the recipe for you.
The grain bill is a mix of 6-Row malt and Flaked Rice with a small amount of Carapils. The hops included are Hallertau with Fermentis Saflager S-23 yeast.
Recap of the Most Popular Homebrew Recipes of 2022
It's incredibly telling that 9/10 of the recipes on the list are clone recipes. I think that this is only natural - people are eager to learn how they can create something that matches the beer that they have in front of them. This is a great way for people to get into homebrewing, and once you're able to not only clone one of your favorite beers, but make a better version that is your own, then you'll be hooked.
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