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Beer Craft

A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer
Bostwick, William (Book - 2011 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"An ingeniously designed guide to homebrewed beer, focusing on small, manageable batches and gastronomic experimentation. Homebrewing, like bread baking and pickling, is surging in popularity, especially among the young foodie set. Beer Craft is the ultimate resource, covering everything aspiring homebrewers need to know, including: - anatomy of beer: water, hops, malted grain, and yeast (the big four)--what they do and how to choose the right kinds - equipment: what's needed, what to buy, and where to buy it - basic steps: mashing the grains, boiling the wort, hopping, pitching the yeast, fermenting, then bottling (and drinking!) - advanced tips for the enthusiast: customizing labels, caps, and six-pack carriers for one's homebrew With suggestions for brewers on a budget (you don't really need that wort chiller) and a focus on small batches that don't require 20 pounds of grain, Beer Craft supplements more than a dozen basic recipes with guidelines for inventing your own beers. Way more than a recipe book or an instruction manual, it's a tool kit to empower newbies and veteran brewers alike"--Provided by publisher.
Authors: Bostwick, William
Statement of Responsibility: William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill
Title: Beer craft
a simple guide to making great beer
Publisher: New York : Rodale, c2011
Characteristics: 175 p. : col. ill. ; 18 cm.
Notes: Includes index
Summary: "An ingeniously designed guide to homebrewed beer, focusing on small, manageable batches and gastronomic experimentation. Homebrewing, like bread baking and pickling, is surging in popularity, especially among the young foodie set. Beer Craft is the ultimate resource, covering everything aspiring homebrewers need to know, including: - anatomy of beer: water, hops, malted grain, and yeast (the big four)--what they do and how to choose the right kinds - equipment: what's needed, what to buy, and where to buy it - basic steps: mashing the grains, boiling the wort, hopping, pitching the yeast, fermenting, then bottling (and drinking!) - advanced tips for the enthusiast: customizing labels, caps, and six-pack carriers for one's homebrew With suggestions for brewers on a budget (you don't really need that wort chiller) and a focus on small batches that don't require 20 pounds of grain, Beer Craft supplements more than a dozen basic recipes with guidelines for inventing your own beers. Way more than a recipe book or an instruction manual, it's a tool kit to empower newbies and veteran brewers alike"--Provided by publisher.
Subject Headings: Brewing Amateurs' manuals Beer
Topical Term: Brewing
Beer
Additional Contributors: Rymill, Jessi
LCCN: 2010050707
ISBN: 1605291331
9781605291338
Branch Call Number: 641.873 B
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Mar 02, 2012
  • Quetzlzacatenango rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A simple, easy to understand and overall visually appealing introduction into homebrewing. The authors brew small one gallon batches and so their focus is on experimenting. At first I thought the book wasn't very useful but upon reexamination it's full of helpful little hints especially if what you want to do is experiment (like I do). Not a good resource to keep handy for a long time but enlightening and fun to read, nonetheless. It also gives you confidence to do anything you want with your beer without getting bogged down in technicalities including all-grain brewing without any special equipment. There's also some great charts for ingredient comparisons.

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