- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Brewers Publications (July 7, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1938469119
- ISBN-13: 978-1938469114
- Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1 x 8.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Michael Tonsmeire has created an incredibly comprehensive account of American sour beer making today. As John Palmers How to Brew is to beer making in general, American Sour Beers is the defining work for homebrewers and professional brewers seeking everything from a rudimentary understanding of sour beer to guidance on advanced techniques and philosophy." -- Jeffrey Stuffings, Jester King Brewery Read this book. It will prove essential in helping you get where you want to get with your sour beers. Making great sours requires patience, conversing with other brewers, tasting, dumping from time to time, doing it again...yet sour beer is not a mystery. Our forefathers have done it for a few thousand years, and with this exploration of contemporary and innovative American souring techniques at your side, you can do it, too. -- Peter Bouckaert, New Belgium Brewing Company
About the Author
Michael Tonsmeire is an award-winning homebrewer, certified beer judge, sour beer blogger and has written articles on sour beers for various beer magazines. He most recently developed the recipes and grew the microbes for the sour beer program at Modern Times brewery in San Diego, CA. Tonsmeire resides in Washington, D.C.
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The author has an exceptional blog he has maintained for many years titled "The Mad Fermentationist". I have read nearly every article on the blog, and it got me started brewing sour beers in my own home. I have brewed over a dozen sour beers now, and felt like I mostly knew what I was doing. This book goes FAR beyond the content on his blog, and expanded my knowledge far beyond what I expected.
The in-depth information into the methods of elite sour breweries and award winning homebrewers allows you to not only attempt to replicate their methods, but also gives you enough information to create your own methods from their advice. While incredibly well researched and dense with information, the book is extremely accessible due to the excellent writing style of the author.
Overall I can't recommend it enough. If you brew sour beer, or want to brew sour beer, you absolutely must own a copy of this book.
On another note, the author writes an impressive blog at [...] and offers in the introduction of this book to answer specific questions from worried brewers that contact him through his blog.
This book is probably the most comprehensive text on sour beers for the home brewer - it's full of useful information. The author has a website (search for the 'Mad Fermentationist') and obviously has a lot of experience on this topic.
Be warned, this is not a book for the beginner. Brewing sour beers is a long complicated process and the results are not assured. The reader must be at least familiar with all grain brewing techniques in order to get most out of the book.
Those of you who have already acquired a taste for sour beers will know that commercial examples are not at cheap and often will cost 10 to 30 dollars for a single bottle. Making them yourself costs no more than for other beers - you just have to wait a few years before they are ready. So start the production line now - this book will help you.
Those of you who haven't acquired a taste, go out and buy some and see what you're missing - then buy this book.
Your zeal for brewing is more infectious than some Brett in an old wooden barrel.
Out of all the great Brewers out there, I am hard pressed to think of anyone that embodies the spirit of homebrewing more than you. Thank you for being a great asset to the homebrewing community and inspiring me to brew better beer.
Your writing style (as in your blog) is approachable, smart and informative. I just brewed my first Berliner Weisse with the recipe out of the book. I used Wyeast 5335 and Wlp 644 for the fermentation. Very strange looking spent grain in the mash tun!
I look forward to using this book as my guide through my Sour Beer journey.
Your book is an amazing jumping point but I have listened to you on the Brewing network and other areas and sometimes it sure sounds like you are changing your views and opinions on souring techniques. So your books awesome starting point but then you have to keep learning from other sources as you should as a brewer. Much appreciated for the launching point!