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Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home

Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home

Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home

Extreme Brewing is a must-have book for aspiring home brewers who are interested in making their own specialty beers at home.  There is no in-depth science to absorb and all the recipes are easy to follow and malt-syrup based, with variations for partial-grain brewing. 

Extreme Brewing is rooted in the brewing tradition of Belgium with a unique emphasis on hybrid styles that incorporate fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices to create unique flavor combinations. Not only will you lea

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  1. 67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    All flash and no substance, November 4, 2006
    By 
    Michael Johnson (Livonia, MI United States) –
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    I just received this book yesterday and was disappointed by the content. Sam recruited some of the biggest and hottest names in craft brewing to contribute. Garrett Oliver, Michael Jackson, Vinnie from Russian River, and many more either contirbute a recipe or essay. However, most of these contributions are minimal and not as in depth as their personal publications. Issues such as brewing with spices and wood aging are discussed but in too little detail to really learn much.

    The beginning of the book covers brewing for the very beginner. Other books cover this much better. I think a beginning non-technical brewer would do better with the Joy of Homebrewing while more studious brewers should get John Palmer’s book. Food and beer pairing is covered but Garrett Oliver’s book is better.

    As for the extreme brewing aspects I would rather spend my money on Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher. It allows for your independent experiments and is much more educational.

    The book is also set up to sell homebrew kits designed to parallel the book. Look elsewhere for your brewing education. I was left with the thought of “Where’s the Beef?” with this one.

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  2. 32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A great brewer, a disappointing book, January 16, 2007
    By 
    D. Edenson
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    Firstly, let me say that I respect Sam’s achievements in brewing and applaud his creativity. I’m looking forward to more “extreme” offerings from Dogfish Head in the future. Unfortunately, my regard for this book does not match that of the author. It’s really a bit of a mess. In trying to appeal to beginner and experienced brewer alike, I think it fails to satisfy either. The title would lead the consumer to believe that this is a guide for brewers (enthusiasts) to kick their brewing knowledge and techniques up a notch. However, the first sections of the book are an uninspired description of the extract brewing process, barely detailed enough for a beginning brewer. The book then describes how and when to use extreme brewing ingredients (non-traditional sugars, spices, herbs, etc). This is by far the most interesting part of the book, but is more applicable to an experienced brewer. The book then concludes with an extract/partial mash recipe section leaving us all-grain brewers hanging out in the breeze. Next time Sam, pick an audience and stick to it throughout the book.

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