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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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―Heather Shouse, Time Out Chicago
“Both inspiring and practical, greenmarket foragers and home brewing teachers Erica & Steve have brought their impressive wisdom to this wonderfully simple book that has me inspired to brew some of their Cardamom Ale at home.”
—Bill Covaleski, Brewmaster & President, Victory Brewing Company
“Erica and Stephen epitomize the DIY mentality that has captivated Brooklyn--and the rest of the country for that matter--over the past few years. After seeing them for years at the Brooklyn Flea Market teaching people how to brew in small batches, it’s awesome to see how their impact has now spread to all corners of the country.”
—Shane Welch, President, Sixpoint Brewery
“Since their launch of homebrew kits at the Brooklyn Flea, Erica and Stephen have been creating seasonal, easy to follow recipes and kits for the home brewer. Now with the Brooklyn Brew Shops Beer Making Book they have defined a true year-round farm-to-bottle guide for the home brewer that brings the joy of making beer to the farmers market. Make beer/Drink beer/Enjoy!”
—Adams Dulye, Executive Chef, The Monk’s Kettle
“Erica and Stephen are a triple threat—master marketers, whip-smart, kitchen creative—and they're one of the Flea's sweetest success stories, having grown from a cute booth at the market to a full-blown national brand in three short years. If you can make it (beer) in Brooklyn, you can make it anywhere!”
—Eric Demby, Co-Founder, Brooklyn Flea and Smorgasburg
“This brewing book is easy to read, easy to follow and proves that it’s easy to build your own versions with your own, local ingredients.”
—Samuel Merritt, President, Civilization of Beer
"Whether you're brewing on your apartment stove, or on a propane burner in your back yard, Erica and Stephen make it easy and fun to craft and make your own beer in one or five gallon batches. With 52 different recipes, you'll be able to make your favorite style, and have endless inspiration to try something new -- every week of the year if you want to. I love this book as much as I love making beer, and I really love making beer. Cheers!"
- Wil Wheaton
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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just made the Easy I.P.A. Waiting on it to finish fermenting before I'll taste it. The only thing I wished was different was the SG, OG, and FG. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Red
Purchased two as gifts for siblings who like to brew. They seemed to appreciate it/like it.Published 2 months ago by Megan
It explains everything from the basics and you can got to the website for extra help. All recipes are for 1 gallon and has measurements for 5 gallons.Published 5 months ago by James
Got this as a gift for my husband and I can not wait to give it to him! It has so many different beer recipes as well as appetizer recipes to pair with the beer.. Read morePublished 8 months ago by kayla
Best book for the beginning breumeister, and I still refer back to it. Gem of a learning and reference book with excellent recipes.Published 11 months ago by Jeffrey L Blackford