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History, humor and homebrewing converge when the creative and prolific mind of Randy Mosher explores the expressive side of beer in Radical Brewing.
Mosher sees homebrewingand by extension craft brewingas an antidote to corporate, mass-market beers. Over two decades of brewing and beer research, he has probed the depths of beer history in both his reading and his brewing. Radical Brewing displays the many unique ales and lagers that have resulted from his celebration of beer while serving as a vehicle for discussing a creative, "outside the lines" approach to modern brewing. Through it all, the reader is treated to Moshers irresistible love of beer and brewing as well as some very humorous asides on beer history.
The infectious spirit of homebrewing is hard to resist when one reviews Moshers recipe for "Electric Aunt Jemima Maple Buckwheat Ale," checks out the section on "(Not so Dumb) Blonde Ales" or chuckles through his fanciful description of the birth of beer featuring the ancient Harleh-riding Urs Angels. Best of all, the two-color visually rich content comes in self-contained segments that instantly engage readers no matter what page they turn to.
Typically, modern brewing books focus on the science of how to brewand Mosher has mastered all of that. But in Radical Brewing, he focuses on the creative, expressive opportunities available to those with a brew kettle. Each chapter offers techniques and recipes as well as ideas for independent exploration of new brewing frontiers. The result is a text that both informs and inspires experienced brewers while providing an engaging and intelligent introduction to the hobby for newcomers.
Famed beer writer Michael Jackson once called Mosher "some kind of homebrewing genius" and in the forward to Radical Brewing, he further lionizes this genius, saying "His activities are probably a threat to our morals. Passion, imagination and tenacity are a challenge to the established order." These two masters of beer have collaborated in the past, as Jackson notes when he tells how Mosher accurately recreated the flavor of a now-lost beer style that even Jackson had only once tasted himself. And though Jacksons accolades for Mosher are great, one can only imagine that they will pale as practicing brewers of all stripes begin to digest Moshers treasure-trove of beer ideas and render their own reviews of this delightful book.
The world desperately needs more Moshers. If only we had more Moshers, the Tasmanian tiger might return from extinction. Mike Tyson at his peak would be able to step into the ring with Muhammad Ali. We would be able to see and hear the great performers who pre-dated the recording of sound. I might even now be sipping a pre-Prohibition beer and checking whether Buddy Bolden could be heard across Lake Ponchartrain. Or I might be sampling Harwood's Porter in a London pub, or an India Pale Ale aboard a clipper heading for Calcutta.
This is a great book. I've brewed 12 batches (all extract) so far and am grateful to Palmer and Papazian for the fine books they've written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by David S.
In July 2010, three months after I started homebrewing, I spent a week with Randy at the Siebel Advanced Homebrewing Course. That was four years and 78 batches ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Em Kay
Very helpful as info that most brewing book don't have . its a must if you brewPublished 2 months ago by raidil
Really nice book - it contains a lot of interesting recipes and styles descriptions. Lots of good and useful hintsPublished 2 months ago by Piotr Szulawski
This book was excellent for a beginner. I would recommend it as a 1st ro 2nd book along with John Palmer's "How to Brew". Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jared Bockoff
This book is great—the spirit of adventurousness combined with historical perspective that Mosher brings is more or less the same thing that attracted me to brewing in the first... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
One of the best books in my brewing library. Yes some parts may be a little radical. but not really. DON'T BE INTIMIDATED! This book is an indispensable brewing reference book. Read morePublished 3 months ago by edward brock