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Brew Like a Monk: Trappist, Abbey, and Strong Belgian Ales and How to Brew Them Paperback – September 8, 2005
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About the Author
Tim Webb was born in 1955 and spent most of his formative years in Birmingham, sin city of the industrial Midlands. To say that he attended Medical School there is stretching the truth somewhat but they were eventually kind enough to give him a degree on condition that he went somewhere else. He is now a psychiatrist ministering to troubled minds in Plymouth. He has no interest whatever in treating sexual problems as he finds them all terribly embarrassing. His main interests are self-preservation, Bathams bitter and the quest for a zipless anorak.
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While being the most accessible of the series, Brew Like a Monk does have periods of extreme tehnical pursuit and it is not just there to baffle, but to educate. Topics such as pitching rates, krausening, bottle conditioning, mash PH, hop extracts, fermentation temperatures, attenuation, and adjunct types are covered in full. For those that are so inclined, Malt analysis and enzyme content are also covered as well as fermenter design of the trappist and secular breweries.
As I said, this, as well as the other two in this series, are not for the novice brewer, but if you really want a definitive and complete working knowledge of belgian brewing in the trappist tradition, look no further.
Homebrewers often set out to create trappist-inspired beers with the goal of high alcohol content. From reading the book, one will learn that this is a flawed approach; these beers are about allowing the yeast to contribute flavor and attenuation, about embracing the quirky qualities of the yeast, and about retaining balance and "drinkability" in the beer. Higher alcohol content is serendipitous, but almost incidental.
Insightful interviews with trappist brewers, and secular brewers of superb abbey-style ales, introduce the reader to this brewing "philosophy." These discussions, and the technical data of the beers they brew, are of enormous value. (As are the lessons they learned from brewing less-than-spectacular beers.) In fact, the differences in malt bills between the two schools is radical at times. I found it amusing that many of the most revered examples of the styles do not fit neatly into the "guidelines" that are supposed to define them.
All aspects of abbey-style brewing are explored in depth... from water, ingredients, and mash temperatures to pitching rates, influences on yeast behavior, and bottle conditioning. Questions about two of the most controversial topics among homebrewers... yeast origins and sugars... are definitively answered.
Finally, the text is a joy to read! At once both thoughtful and passionate, the book conveys the reader on a journey of exploration and teaching.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a great book if you are into Belgian abbey and trappist beers. This is not really a recipe book it is more of a guide of the history and methods behind many of the well... Read morePublished 1 month ago by J. D. Christensen
This is a great book that is well written. This book gets you into the spirit of brewing like a monk and honoring the long tradition of brewing Belgian style beers. Cheers!Published 1 month ago by Timothy Paul Belmont
Wonderful descriptions and methods for creating a huge range of delicious and complex beers. Plenty of detail so that each one can be followed (relatively) easily to make... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gregory R Harding
I originally thought I would have to shave my head and lead a life of Monastic celibacy to brew like a monk. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a home brewer who loves Belgian and Belgian-style ales, this was a must-read book. The first part of the book talks about Belgian breweries and how they create their beers. Read morePublished 5 months ago by M. Salsbury
I bought this because my daughter and her boyfriend were planning a trip to Brussels with the special aim of learning about brewing Belgian beer. This book was very technical. Read morePublished 6 months ago by E. D. Wetherholt
Brew like a Monk is a great book and is very inspirational. I am really glad I purchased it. The instructions where easy to follow, and it made my brewing a piece of cake. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Just Your Average Jane