Tuesday, 16 December 2014

ARTS AND CRAFTS: Making Craft Beer at Home - Gretchen Schmidhausler

Release Date: 10/10/14
Publisher:  Osprey Publishing


Craft beer has in recent years seen an unprecedented surge in popularity across the United States and Canada. Tired of mass-produced beers, drinkers have gravitated toward handcrafted, small-batch and often local beers and many devotees have even begun to brew their own. This comprehensive book, written by an experienced craft brewer, provides background, discusses the ingredients employed, explains what equipment is required and details the step-by-step "how-to" of the brewing process. A perfect introduction to the world of craft beer, Making Craft Beer at Home demystifies the art of home brewing while providing an historical perspective on America's love affair with the drink, and shows why this often exquisite refreshment has taken its place at the table alongside fine wines and liquors.


OK, I have to admit to being a bit of a dabbler in the art of Homebrewing, bot because I’m cheap but because I have particular tastes in Ales that a lot of the ones on the mass market don’t hit what I enjoy (usually its Microbreweries.) What this book does is walk you through the various stages, helping you work out your flavours for your mash and above all else helps you work towards what you enjoy alongside how to introduce your hard work to other drinkers.

Its eye opening and whilst it not a cheap brew at the end of the day (if you want that buy complete home brew kits) its one that when you’ve perfected your ingredients is something that you will be able to replicate time and again alongside introducing to other brewers.

All round a cracking book and one that for me will become a much thumbed guide to getting it right.

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