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Leftover Beer Recipe

I have all these leftover ingredients.  I have small amounts of hops and grains that I have used some portion of what I bought for other recipes…and I have saved the remainder.

Some of these ingredients are kind of old.   I wouldn’t say they are stale, but they are really fresh either.   I don’t feel right throwing them away and I have no delusions that these ingredients will make a stellar beer..

After taking some inventory of my stockpile, here is my leftover beer recipe:


8.0 lbs. American 2-row
0.5 lbs. Belgian Special B
0.75 lbs. Carapils Malt
0.75 lbs. American Victory
0.25 lbs. English Chocolate Malt
0.5 lbs. Flaked Maize
0.5 oz. Fuggle Pellets boiled 60 min.
0.5 oz. Casade Pellets boiled 60 mins
0.5 oz. Styrian Goldings Pellets boiled 15 min.
0.5 oz. Cascade Pellets boiled 1 min.
Yeast : White Labs WLP001 California Ale


Mash grains at 154° for 60 minutes.  Collect 6 gallons of wort and boil for 60 minutes.  Add hops as indicated.  Cool to 70 degrees and ferment for 2 weeks.


Original Gravity: 1.052
Terminal Gravity: 1.012
Color: 21.20 °SRM
Bitterness: 31.9 IBU
% Alcohol: 5.2 %

I guess this beer could be considered a really bad American brown ale (Flaked Maize??!?).  I would rather market it as a Recycled Ale.    How very green of us.


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  1. Awesome!!! I love inventing beer. I’ve done a number of beers like this. Sometimes, it turns out to be very drinkable beer. Other times, not so much. I call it my “Hop Wop”

    I don’t know what you are going to make, but I’m pretty sure it will be beer.

  2. Hopshead

    Recycled ale sounds good. I have made several “left over” beers as well. I call mine the “everything but the kitchen sink” ale. I really should shorten my beer names.

  3. Mike

    I’ve actually had very good luck with leftover beers. I made a leftover wheat once then decided to rack it onto peaches and apricots for grins. It turned out really well and was a huge hit with the g/f. I named it “Leftover peach and apricot wheat” Creative no?

  4. Beki

    I did the same thing last December. I named it Chuchie’s Prohibition Ale because I had a “Chuchie” (Aunt) who grew up during Prohibition and The Great Depression who never threw out or wasted anything. It actually turned out to be a decent hoppy amber ale. I mixed all of the hops together though and divided that throughout the boil.

  5. Tracibub

    Brilliant! We don’t usually have leftover grain (haven’t started all-grain brewing yet…), but we do have leftover hops. Now I’ve got half a mind to just make up a “Random S#*t Brew!”

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