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Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer

Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer

Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer

Six easy steps to making world-class beer in your kitchen! Beer Craft is your guide to drinking the best beer you’ve ever tasted—by making it yourself. This kitchen manual has everything you need to turn your stove into a small-batch, artisanal brewery. Hone your craft by perfecting the basic beer styles, or go wild with specialty techniques like barrel-aging and brewing with fruit. Beer Craft is the ultimate modern homebrewing resource, simple and clear but packed with enough information to

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  1. 26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    The future of brewing at home, May 19, 2011
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    Aside from being beautifully designed and a really simple read, this book approaches brewing from an angle that none others do (that I know of). For brewers just getting started, the typical books and other instructions that you find online lay out the process well, but for 5 gallon batches (read: A LOT). While this is OK, it commits you to making a huge amount of beer. This book pairs it down and teaches you how you can do it in smaller, 1 gallon batches. A 1 gallon batch basically yields you about a 12 pack. You end up using smaller equipment that is more manageable and if you don’t like the beer you make (which can happen), you don’t have so much to get rid of. You can always expand if you want to make a lot.

    The other thing that I really like about the book is, because you are working with smaller batches, you can experiment and adjust your ingredients and really think out the beer you want to make. The authors break down the different types of beer and relate them all to one another so you can understand what the hell you’re making and how you can tinker and change things up. It also has a lot of clever designs in it like a diagram that you can lay your hops out on and get a close estimate of the weight, if you don’t have a scale around. If you’re interested in beer history too this is a good find. All in all, really nice. Highly recommended.

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  2. 14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
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    A heady book about home brewing, May 21, 2011
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    John Baird (Norwalk, OH United States) –

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    DISCLOSURE: I am acquainted with William Bostwick’s father from whom I received this book as a gift. He’s a proud dad, and rightly so.

    Now that we have that out of the way, let me say that I’ve been brewing beer for over a decade. I’ve read lots of books – some better than others – on the subject. This one is the sort of handy guide I’ve been looking for.

    William covers not only the “hows” of home brewing, but the “whys” and adds a healthy dose of beer history. Jessi gives wonderful advice and practical hints on label and cap design. The book’s layout, artwork and extras, such as a brewing record, are all first rate.

    Plus, William threw in a great tip on how to remove old labels which in and of itself is worth the price of admission. If you’ve ever tried (and failed) to remove an old label from a bottle you know what I mean.

    So what’s the bottom line? How good is it? I wish I had had this book three weeks ago when I did my last brew, and I’ll have it near me the next time. And I ordered and paid for a copy for my oldest son who wants to get started in home brewing but doesn’t know where to begin. Cheers!

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  3. 10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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    I really like this book, May 13, 2011
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    Ursiform (Torrance, CA USA) –
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    I’m more of a wine guy than a beer guy, but I do like a beer now and then. I’ve toured a few breweries, and know some people who make their own beer. So I thought this book might be interesting.

    I found it more than interesting. It is very to-the-point about the differences between beers and how those differences are achieved by brewers, but without any sense that they are glossing over the details. Their graphical representation of the relationships between different types of beer helped me to better understand my tastes. The recipes and instructions are clear and should be easy to follow.

    The vignettes with different brewers add the human interest angle, and soften the overall bluntness of the book. Bluntness doesn’t bother me, but I think the vignettes are a net plus in this book.

    After reading it I’m actually thinking I should give some home-brew a chance. How much did I like this book? I was provided an advance (electronic) copy of the book by the publisher for review; I’ve ordered a copy of the final product.

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