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Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them Paperback – September 8, 2005
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The three most popular - "For the Love of Hops," "Brewing with Wheat" and "Brew Like a Monk" - are about beer and brewing, but I don't pretend to be a brewing expert.
I'm a journalist. I visit places (mostly breweries, but for the most recent books hop farms and research facilities) I collect stories, I ask people what they do and why they do it, I sort through various histories, and I try to make sense of what brewing scientists have to say.
Not everything I learn makes it way into books, so as well as writing for a variety of magazines I comment on the importance of the "where in beer" at www.appellationbeer.com.
Top Customer Reviews
While being the most accessible of the series, Brew Like a Monk does have periods of extreme tehnical pursuit and it is not just there to baffle, but to educate. Topics such as pitching rates, krausening, bottle conditioning, mash PH, hop extracts, fermentation temperatures, attenuation, and adjunct types are covered in full. For those that are so inclined, Malt analysis and enzyme content are also covered as well as fermenter design of the trappist and secular breweries.
As I said, this, as well as the other two in this series, are not for the novice brewer, but if you really want a definitive and complete working knowledge of belgian brewing in the trappist tradition, look no further.
Homebrewers often set out to create trappist-inspired beers with the goal of high alcohol content. From reading the book, one will learn that this is a flawed approach; these beers are about allowing the yeast to contribute flavor and attenuation, about embracing the quirky qualities of the yeast, and about retaining balance and "drinkability" in the beer. Higher alcohol content is serendipitous, but almost incidental.
Insightful interviews with trappist brewers, and secular brewers of superb abbey-style ales, introduce the reader to this brewing "philosophy." These discussions, and the technical data of the beers they brew, are of enormous value. (As are the lessons they learned from brewing less-than-spectacular beers.) In fact, the differences in malt bills between the two schools is radical at times. I found it amusing that many of the most revered examples of the styles do not fit neatly into the "guidelines" that are supposed to define them.
All aspects of abbey-style brewing are explored in depth... from water, ingredients, and mash temperatures to pitching rates, influences on yeast behavior, and bottle conditioning. Questions about two of the most controversial topics among homebrewers... yeast origins and sugars... are definitively answered.
Finally, the text is a joy to read! At once both thoughtful and passionate, the book conveys the reader on a journey of exploration and teaching.Read more ›
This friendly, if somewhat disorderly book is just that conversation. I love the complexity and depth of belgian strong beers. Occasionally, by dumb luck, I've brewed one. Other times, my efforts have been dull, or over-concentrated or just odd.
In these conversations, we get some clarity about yeast, malt, fermenters, temperature control and bottling.
I think the odds in my favor just went up. This is a book to mine for insights.
Lynn Hoffman, author of The New Short Course in Wine
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought this because my daughter and her boyfriend were planning a trip to Brussels with the special aim of learning about brewing Belgian beer. This book was very technical. Read morePublished 21 days ago by E. D. Wetherholt
Brew like a Monk is a great book and is very inspirational. I am really glad I purchased it. The instructions where easy to follow, and it made my brewing a piece of cake. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Just Your Average Jane
Very interesting for all beer lovers, and espesually for any home brewer.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Used, but good condition. Excellent book, well researched. This book adds a lot to correcting history of abbey beers, as well adds basic information on what makes these beers... Read morePublished 2 months ago by old doc
Very in-depth analysis of Belgian brewing and what really makes the style (or lack therof).Published 2 months ago by Joe Dillard
Michael Jackson’s World Guide to Beer infected me with the Belgian beer bug in the late 1980’s and award winning beer writer Stan Hieronymus’s book Brew Like a Monk is one of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by P. Mulloy
Iteresting book. A little heavier on the history and lighter on the practical brewing info than I expected.Published 3 months ago by Fred Jackson
This book contains a lot of usable content and tips for brewing Belgium style beers. Even if not for brewing belgium style beers this book can be a reference for useful brewing... Read morePublished 4 months ago by DR2020