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The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing)

The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing)

The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing)

Beer is one of the most complex alcoholic drinks with some beers having more than thirty ingredients and most of them requiring the proper mixture and amounts of the right hops, malts, and herbs to taste just right. For anyone considering creating their own beer, one of the most fun and effective ways of acquiring all of these ingredients is to grow your own hops, malts and herbs and experiment in mixing them together. But, with more than fifty kinds of hops alone and hundreds of brewing herbs a

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  1. 25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Good book, but flawed, November 4, 2011
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    E. B. Pondelik (DC) –
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    This review is from: The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing) (Paperback)

    I picked this book up as a companion to Fisher and Fisher’s The Homebrewers Garden. I am always on the lookout for any book that talks about home malting. There are very few out there. This book expands on home malting and hop growing in a meaningful way. The practical chapter on yeast ranching is clear and well explained. Unfortunately, this book is flawed. It is filled with an annoying amount of typos. The chapter on brewing herbs is mislabeled, chocolate malt is listed as 20 Lovibond, and plant is misspelled several times among other issues. There are several factual errors about the brewing process.

    The chapters on malt, hops, and reasoning behind growing your own are great. The chapters on herbs, recipes, and brewing process are lacking. The chapter on herbs is basically a spreadsheet with all the facts, except how the herb affects taste. There are few recipes using the herbs listed in the book. The chapters on basic brewing and equipment seem unneeded. Growing your own ingredients is an advanced topic for homebrewers and they probably know how to brew if they pick up this book.

    Overall, the book is good for malting and hops. The current list of suppliers of seeds, herbs, and other things mentioned in the book is very useful. The idea for a community beer garden is fantastic. The editing is distracting. The brewing chapters and herb chapter feel like padding. I would recommend this book for malting, hops, and an introduction to yeast ranching. If you are looking for a book on brewing herbs, then you should look elsewhere.

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  2. 10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Brewing is no longer complicated., July 2, 2011
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    A. Yates “Abby” (Stamford, CT) –
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    This review is from: The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing) (Paperback)

    What makes this book so great is that it easily explains everything you need to know on brewing beer and growing ingredients to make beer. I have been brewing for 2 years, and found through reading this book there are easier and less expensive techniques; they aren’t going to tell you about them at the home-brew store. If you are thinking of brewing or growing for brew, start here. You will end up saving a lot of money in the long run; this makes me very happy.

    Amateurs: he will explain everything you need to know in the simplest way possible, this will give you a greater understand of why and what is happening with out feeling like you are in a Microbiology class.

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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    WDlibrary, January 29, 2012
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    This review is from: The Complete Guide to Growing Your Own Hops, Malts, and Brewing Herbs: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply (Back-To-Basics) (Back to Basics Growing) (Paperback)

    This book has super huge font for the blind as a bat reader. It is very informative but in some ways remedial. If you’re an advanced brewer you’ll find yourself skimming over a lot of elementary information. For the novice home brewer and home brew gardener it’s a great 0-60mph book. For the “been doing it a while but want to expand” reading the whole thing cover to cover is tedious and numbing with intermittent A-HA moments. Seriously. One page you’ll be reading what an Alpha acid is, which for home brewers should be elementary, and on the next you’ll be breaking down soil chemistry complete with pH guides and the whole bit. SO, great, perfect, excellent for a beginner, good for an intermediate, helpful for an advanced brewer who wants to get into the hops growing side. Just be forewarned your getting a lot you already know in addition.

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