Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer

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Rodale, May 10, 2011 - Cooking - 176 pages

Six easy steps to making world-class beer in your kitchen! Beer Craft by William Bostwick and Jessi Rymill 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 satisfy anyone making their first, or four-hundredth, beer.

Master simple stovetop recipes for all your favorite styles, from pale ales and barleywines to fruit and sour beers

Flavor your beer with spices, special grains, and a pantry full of deliciously unexpected extras like coffee, chocolate, and homegrown hops

Create labels and bottle caps for your home brewery, and get inspired by retro designs of beers gone by

Get pro tips on advanced techniques like barrel-aging and wild bacteria from interviews with brewers at Rogue, Sierra Nevada, Stone, and more of today's best craft breweries

Learn facts from beer history, like recipes for ancient bog-myrtle and heather beers, the story of the great London beer flood of 1814, and even brewing advice from Thomas Jefferson.

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Book is a great read to get the fundamentals in an easy to use way. I wish it would have stopped there and didn't do the recipes. The hops content is fairly high on most and that has resulted in >$40 of uber bitter beer that is borderline undrinkable. So you cost me $10 to read the book and in the end I spent $40 more on wasted brew. That is why you get 3 stars. Only put the recipe in if you are also willing to explain how to scale down recipes and perhaps calculate IBUs 

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About the author (2011)

WILLIAM BOSTWICK is a writer and beer critic. He likes brewing old-school styles like heather beers (but understands why some of them have gone extinct).

JESSI RYMILL is a designer and editor. She collects labels and bottle caps and wonders why the beers with the weirdest designs usually taste the best. Together, they live, work, and brew in Brooklyn and San Francisco.

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