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American Sour Beers Paperback – July 7, 2014
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This book details the wide array of processes and ingredients in...
American sour beer production, with actionable advice for each stage of the brewing process.
Craft brewers and homebrewers have adapted traditional European techniques to create some of the world’s most distinctive and experimental styles.
1. Sour Beers: A Primer - A Brief History of Sour Beers.
2. Getting Started - General Suggestions for Brewing Sour Beers.
3. Wort Production - Recipe Design.
4. Know Your Microbes.
5. Commercial Methods Of Souring - Classic European Methods & American Breweries’ Methods.
6. Homebrew Methods Of Souring - Mad Fermentationist (My Method).
7. Spontaneous Fermentation.
One of the most exciting and dynamic segments of today’s craft brewing scene...
American-brewed sour beers are designed intentionally to be tart and may be inoculated with souring bacteria, fermented with wild yeast or fruit, aged in barrels or blended with younger beer.
Inspiration and practical applications for brewers of all levels are provided by some of the country's best known sour beer brewers, including Russian River, Jolly Pumpkin and The Lost Abbey.
8. 100% Brettanomyces Fermentation.
9. Fermentors And Wood Aging.
10. Adding Fruits And Vegetables.
11. Aging And Blending.
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.
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.
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.
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