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Product Details

  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (November 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592532934
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592532933
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 11 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #883,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Sam Calagione is the founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE, the nation's fastest growing independent brewery, and Dogfish Head Brewery and Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE. His innovative style has earned him a reputation as one of America's most adventurous entrepreneurs and brewers. The Small Business Association has named him Businessman of the Year. He is the author of Brewing Up a Business: Adventures in Entrepreneurship from the Founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery (Wiley, 2005.) He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, People, Forbes, Bon Appetit, and many other magazines and newspapers. He lives in Lewes, DE.

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Sam Calagione is the founder and owner of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery in Milton, DE, the nation's fastest growing independent brewery, and Dogfish Head Brewings & Eats in Rehoboth Beach, DE. His innovative style has earned him a reputation as one of America's most adventurous entrepreneurs and brewers. He has been named Businessman of the Year by The Small Business Association and is the youngest person to be named to the Board of Directors for the Association of Brewers. Sam has been featured in publications as diverse as Wall Street Journal, BusinessWeek, Playboy, People, and Bon Appetit, and is the host of the new series Brew Masters on Discovery Channel.

Customer Reviews

If you're a home brewer this book is for you.
Eric
My husband really likes the information in the book- it has great recipes for brewing your own beer, as well as information about beer and the brewing process.
Erin E. Meyer
This is my first brew book and I gotta say i am pretty pleased, nice easy read with a little info about everything.
Jake

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68 of 72 people found the following review helpful By Michael Johnson on November 4, 2006
Format: Paperback
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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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful By D. Edenson on January 16, 2007
Format: Paperback
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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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Dunk on November 29, 2006
Format: Paperback
Let me start by saying I like Sam's beers and he seemed like a good guy when I met him a while back.

When I heard about the book I was quite interested as I had recently read Radical Brewing (which is a fairly in depth examination of ingredients and techniques).

Extreme Brewing is a great book for a novice brewer who want some basic extract / partial mash recipes for what are currently viewed as some "extreme" craft brewes from Dogfish Head, Avery, Russian River, etc. The brewers and beers in the book are some of the best but there is no real depth of information for anyone who has been brewing for any length of time. I'm not an expert, but this book really had nothing new to offer in terms of brewing ingredients / techniques.

If you want some recipes for extract versions of some big beers, go for it. If you want to really explore brewing on a creative level - pass.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Scott Pointon VINE VOICE on March 25, 2009
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First off I will qualify myself as a librarian and avid home brewer. Though I love brewing at home, I have not as yet made the jump to "all grain" brewing. What I was looking for was a book that had some more advanced recipes aimed at the "weekend warrior" home brewing types that still use malt extract in their beers. This book fit the bill perfectly! With contributions from some of the biggest and most respected names in the craft brewing world, this book is both instructional as well as inspirational. Not everyone pops out of the womb as a superstar brewer, and I think Mr. Calagione should be commended for writing a book aimed at the beginner and intermediate home brewers. I found this a well written, attractive, and informative read. Highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ernest Park on July 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I've made over half of these recipes. Good big balanced beers to be sipped not guzzled. Good side bar info, informative sections like what cheese or chocolate goes which style of beer, what glass goes with what style, or what fruit is best. Definitely recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Flip69 on January 6, 2009
Format: Paperback
Santa brought me Sam Calagione's "Extreme Brewing" for Christmas. As a veteran homebrewer and beer enthusiast, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. I do not believe it will replace cornerstone texts like "The Joy of Homebrewing", "How to Brew", or "Designing Great Beer" as a reference or instructional guide. It is, nonetheless, an extremely interesting and informative book, a tasty sidedish to the other books' meat and potatoes. "Extreme Brewing" provides a useful, if somewhat abbreviated, "how to" description of the homebrewing process. The rest of the book focuses on ingredients, recipes, and brewing techniques. As other reviewers have mentioned, the recipes presented in the book are written for extract brewing. Unlike other reviewers, however, I do not believe this relegates the book to the "novice brewer" category. Each recipe includes a description of the techniques used to produce the beer, and the "extreme ingredients" used to give the beer its special qualities. I found several of the techniques (e.g., continual hopping, multiple primary fermentations, etc.) very interesting. I also appreciated the discussion of "extreme ingredients" (what they are, how to use them, how much to use, etc.). The use of these techniques and ingredients is far from basic. I count several of the Dogfish Head Brewery offerings among my favorite beers (even though I have to drive to the next state to get them). Now I have new insights into how they achieve some of their results. I do not think I could have simply figured it out on my own. Finally, the book is well made and looks good, with glossy pages and high quality photos. It is a beer book you would not be embarrassed to have out on your coffee table. I recommend it.
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