- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Clarkson Potter (November 1, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307889203
- ISBN-13: 978-0307889201
- Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 106 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #174,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Brooklyn Brew Shop's Beer Making Book: 52 Seasonal Recipes for Small Batches Paperback – November 1, 2011
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"The owners of Brooklyn Brew Shop have created a must-have for beer obsessives. This simple, straightforward book addresses the basics on equipment and ingredients, and includes recipes for around 50 beers, organized by season. Cross your DIY tinkerers off your holiday list―this is their gift."
―Heather Shouse, Time Out Chicago
About the Author
ERICA SHEA & STEPHEN VALAND are co-owners and -founders of the Brooklyn Brew Shop. They sell their beer making kits and ingredient mixes at BrooklynBrewShop.com, the Brooklyn Flea, Williams-Sonoma, Urban Outfitters, West Elm, and Whole Foods. Both they and their kits have been featured in Food & Wine, the New York Times, Real Simple, Cosmopolitan, Serious Eats, and on the Early Show, Regis & Kelly, ABC, NBC, and Fox. They live in Brooklyn.
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There are a good two dozen or more beers I want to brew. The book is separated into seasonal sections. The Everyday IPA is a Spring beer. Other got-to-make beers are: the Grapefruit Honey Ale (Summer), Cranberry Wheat (Fall) and Chocolate Maple Porter (Winter). Other interesting recipes are the Apple Crisp Ale, Prohibition Ale (which uses raisins to prime the beer), Cardamom Ale, Grapes & Grain Ale, Pumpkin Dubble, Chestnut Brown Ale, Winter Wheat Ale, Dates & Honey Ale and the New Year Beer.
Each recipe has suggested food pairings. At the end of each seasonal chapter there are food recipes using beer from the book such as Beer Mustard, Lavender Shortbread with Honey-Beer Glaze, BBQ Beer Barbecue Sauce, Beer-Brined Pickles, and even Spent-Grain Dog Biscuits! There is an index, sources and glossary in the back.
Beware newbies - the book is sketchy on how to brew and gives you just the briefest of instructions. But there's plenty of places online for all that how-to information (google How to Brew by John Palmer) and many, many books. Each recipe has a 5 gallon conversion for brewers who enjoy making larger batches. I am so thrilled to have a nice little book with lots of interesting recipes, all figured out for 1 gallon batches.
As Nike says: Just Do it. So buy this book, go to page 108, and make the Imperial Pepper Stout. Do it now - do not delay. I just tried my first bottle of the pepper stout and it's the best drink of beer I have ever had in all my life. And I made it myself. Drank it just now, yep I did. And it inspired me to write this review. This is the book to start with. Thank you Erica and Stephen.
Note: Some of the measurements for ingredients for the one gallon batches are pretty small (less than 1/20th of an ounce). I bought an old triple beam lab scale off of ebay, convert to grams and this works well for me.
The creative and radical recipes are what make this book so great. There are a few standards, but mostly not. For example, there is a gluten free beer made (unbelievably) from carrots. A bourbon Dubbel made with Bourbon soaked oak chips, a cherry beer make with cherries and cherry wood smoked malt. A Gose with instructions for a 3 day sour mash. There are four gluten free beer recipes in this book, and for one of them, you malt your own buckwheat. They have easy to follow instructions for germinating then drying and crushing it. I know these recipes have been tested and so I feel safe trying them out even if it sounds outrageous. For me, this is like Randy Moser's Radical Brewing, but with well described recipes. Many of the recipes use seasonal ingredients.
The book contains all-grain recipes for making both one and five gallon batches. Five gallons is a traditional home brew batch size, and one gallon is really small, since you will only yield about 8 bottles. The benefit of the one gallon batch size is that you do not have to buy a large pot, you may already own one. When I first started brewing I purchased a one gallon kit from the Brooklyn Brewshop (authors of the book) and brewed my first really good beer using it and their very clear instructions. It was the one gallon "Well Made Tripel" kit. Since then I've I stopped using kits and only make larger batches, but there are so many fun recipes in here that I might just pick up a mini fermentor and try them as one gallon batches. It seems like it would be easy to make a small batch on a weeknight after work and a way to try many recipes with less time commitment.
There is quite a bit of easy to read instructions for the beginner. Their writing is good, clear, and entertaining. I think this book is fun for the novice or experienced brewer.