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Brew Better Beer: Learn (and Break) the Rules for Making IPAs, Sours, Pilsners, Stouts, and More Hardcover – May 5, 2015
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“Armed with Emma Christensen’s clear, concise, and thorough guide, cooking up a world-class IPA, summer-friendly saison, or salty-tart gose is as simple as strolling to the store to snag a six-pack.”
—Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening and The Complete Beer Course
“From grain to glass, Emma has done a heroic job of demystifying and evangelizing the homebrewing process. To any and all aspiring brewers, I highly recommend this book!”
—Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewer
About the Author
EMMA CHRISTENSEN is the recipe editor for the popular homecooking website The Kitchn (www.TheKitchn.com), and a graduate of the Cambridge School for Culinary Arts in Cambridge, Massachusetts. A former beer reviewer for the Columbus Dispatch, she is a dedicated home-brewer
always eager for the chance to nerd out about fermentation. Emma lives in the San Francisco Bay Area. To learn more, visit www.emmaelizabethchristensen.blogspot.com.
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First of all, this book is just fun to read. I pick it up and thumb through it just because I enjoy it -- I re-read passages again and again because there's always a piece of information I missed on first pass. Re-reading this is fun, not tedious, because it's very low-jargon and written from a human voice, not too technical in its style.
It's also really beautiful and makes a really great coffee table book because of that. I'm glad to have this book in its hardcover form rather than Kindle because it looks and feels so nice. Also it is very lightweight!
Most importantly, the book is PERFECT for an ambitious beginner like myself who wants a completely straightforward how-to guide while also providing enough info that I understand why each step is done as it is, and what I could do differently if I wanted to alter a recipe. I had no problem jumping straight to the IPA recipes (I brewed my first beer! The "Very Good IPA" recipe) and brewing a great all-grain 1-gallon batch of beer which actually tastes like something I would buy commercially! Because that went so well, I bought the goods to make a 5-gallon batch which is fermenting right now, beautifully (the Affogato milk stout). This book provided me every single bit of information I needed to successfully brew both 1-gallon and 5-gallon batches of beer, from the equipment to buy, to the ingredients, to step-by-step instructions with photos to help. It has so many recipes I'm excited to try -- I've already bought ingredients for my next 1-gallon batch. Thanks for helping me get hooked on homebrewing!
One thing, though, a small little critique. It'd be awesome if the authors could proofread this book again, thoroughly, and print other copies. I'd love copies of the book without typos/repeated items on lists, etc. I want to keep and use this book for a long time, and the English freak in me gets a little anxious with the typos, which are fairly abundant for a book with this production value. It does not take away from the information presented, though, which is amazing -- I'd just love to buy another copy without the errors!
Very underatandable and easy recipe and comparison!