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Beer Craft: A Simple Guide to Making Great Beer Paperback – May 10, 2011
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“Beer Craft is a terrific primer for anyone looking to enter the endlessly fascinating world of homebrewing. Authors William and Jessi struck a perfect balance: Beer Craft is both quite educational while being effortless to follow!” ―Greg Koch, co-founder and CEO, Stone Brewing Co.
“Bostwick and Rymill demystify the esoteric process of homebrewing. ... The genius of this book is that it takes an incredibly complex topic and boils it down to quaffable parts without dumbing down the key points of becoming a serious homebrew honcho.” ―Food and Wine
“The ReadyMade magazine–style guide in retro pop-art tones boasts brilliantly colored charts, graphs, and illustrations that could revolutionize homebrewing.” ―Edible Brooklyn
“A new kind of guide … Offers insight for everyone. Laminate your copy so it can live forever on your countertop.” ―Beer Advocate
“Bostwick and Rymill streamline beermaking into a simpler, cheaper, and less daunting task: brewing by the gallon. … In this writer's experience, homebrew shopkeepers often encourage beginner brewers to first try their hand at pale ales, browns, or IPAs. But Beer Craft, true to the current era of creative and "extreme" brewing, pushes readers to explore.” ―SF Weekly
“This is the book I wish I'd had back when I made my first homebrew. With it, the greenest homebrewer could go into the kitchen with confidence and make great beer. … Highly recommended for anyone thinking about starting to homebrew. Advanced brewers might also consider picking up a copy just for the great reference charts on malt varieties, types of hop, yeasts, and basic recipe formulas.” ―Apartment Therapy
“Beer Craft is like Mark Bittman's How to Cook Everything--just for homebrew hobbyists. Unlike the homebrew books that have come before, Beer Craft is designed for urban DIYers living in small, city apartments. Even if you don't plan on making your own beer, the design, interesting facts, and plain readability of the book makes its worth adding to your library.” ―Dwell
About the Author
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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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.
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!
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.
The method explained in this book uses mostly kitchen items that you might already have, and shows you how to make one-gallon batches (9-10 bottles) of beer using a whole-grain mash (not sure if that's the industry term). When you go to the brewing store to pick up the last few items you need, you will learn that many people who home brew purchase kits that produce five or ten gallons of beer (a lot) at a time (but which are relatively expensive), and many people use pre-made mixes that have a higher chance of success than using actual barley. (I have friends who have made much better beer with much less effort using kits and mixes than I have during my first three brews using this book--it's actually easier to maintain the temperature of a larger batch, and maintaining temperatures is key in brewing.)
As long as you don't mind the challenge, it's a great way to learn about how beer has traditionally been made, and to do the process yourself, start to finish, without making a huge amount (as your first few batches will in all likelihood be awful anyway). It's basically the equivalent of making pasta with your own homemade sauce instead of store bought--so if that's how you like to do things, this book's for you.
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If you want to try making different kinds of beer in small batches on your kitchen stove, this book is for you -- whether you are a beginner or an advanced brewer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Adoracion
A very good guide to getting started with all-grain brewing. Easy to follow steps.Published 10 months ago by Stanley
Showed me how to brew all-grain without investing any extra money in equipment. #lifechangingPublished 11 months ago by Sean Thomas
This book makes the introduction to brewing very easy, and is also just a well written and illustrated read. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Derek