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The Complete Homebrew Beer Book: 200 Easy Recipes, from Ales and Lagers to Extreme Beers and International Favorites Paperback – March 17, 2011
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The Complete Homebrew Beer Book by George Hummel provides easy-to-follow instructions so the reader will quickly understand the flavor components of beer, and how to design recipes to suit individual tastes. The recipes are also categorized according to difficulty, so the reader can create at their own comfort level and pace. The comprehensive glossary guarantees answers to every question pertaining to ingredients and equipment, and the overall design is user--friendly. (Lifestyles and Homes Magazine 2011-07-01)
Unlike other brew-your-own-beer books, this title from award-winning homebrewer George Hummel offers little in the way of wordy preambles or you-can-do-it pep talks. After a short rundown of the equipment and the basic steps, Hummel methodically walks readers through over 200 recipes, starting with relatively simple and approachable beers like an American Amber and an India Pale Ale, before moving on to more complex fare such as American Barley Wine, a pre-Prohibition lager. All the classics are here, as well as more esoteric recipes for a Cranberry Wheat, a Smoked Pumpkin Ale, Chipotle Amber, and a Thai Lemongrass with Galanga. Hummel even offers recipes for seven gluten-free variations on Pale Ale, lager and others, enabling tipplers with Celiac disease or other dietary restrictions to enjoy a cold brew as well.... Hummel's thorough and clear instructions inspire confidence and creativity, which will surely readers off to their local brewer's supply store or web site. (Publishers Weekly 2011-07-06)
Easy-to-follow instructions to allow even a novice to make beers to suit any taste or craving. There are also outstanding and easy recipes for delicious meads, tasty ciders and great sodas--all of which can be made in a home kitchen and with minimal equipment. (Tri-City Herald 2011-07-20)
Always a bit of a smartass, our George, which is why we love him. And maybe why you should be looking to pick up his new book, The Complete Homebrew Beer Book. It's gotta be fun. (Jack Curtin Jiquid Diet 2011-04-19)
Proving beer lovers can be productive members of society, Philly's own homebrew honcho George Hummel just dropped a guide/recipe book giving you 200+ ideas for createable suds. (Thrillist.com 2011-04-19)
So you finally want to start brewing your own beer but you're not sure where to start. I get it. I was there once, too. It sounds so complicated with the grains, the hops and the boiling. Where do you even start? There are plenty of great references on the web that can walk you through the brewing process, but unless you like the idea of getting boiling wort all over your new iPad, I suggest you stick to the paper kind. Speaking of which, The Complete Homebrew Beer Book by George Hummel is just the thing. Award-winning homebrewer and contributing writer for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News, George Hummel is unleashing his take on homebrewing with this new book. I've had a chance to flip the pages and this one's definitely going to make a great reference. I'm always on the lookout for another great homebrewing book to add to my library and The Complete Homebrew Beer Book doesn't disappoint. It's loaded with tons of beer recipes (over 200, actually), easy-to-follow brewing instructions and
it's written to keep the attention of beginner and advanced brewers alike. Some of the other great features include recipes for soda and mead, and a comprehensive glossary crammed with everything you've ever wanted to know about brewing. And since the recipes are categorized according to level of brewing difficulty, you can pick and choose your spot on the learning curve -- it's beer circuit training as you make your way from an American Brown to a Belgian Dubbel building that brewer's brain. (The Bachelor Guy 2011-04-26)
This is a fairly comprehensive book... Throughout there are brewer tips and trivia items, which make great reading. The upside to this book: good collection of recipes. (Dean Tudor's Gothic Epicures 2011-04-26)
This book can be used by the beginner or experienced home brewmeister looking for new techniques and new recipes to enhance their skill. (Shannon Graff Hysell American Reference Books Annual 2012 2012-04-01)
Hummel methodically walks readers through over 200 recipes... All the classics are here, as well as more esoteric recipes, [even] 7 gluten-free variations... Salient tips... charts on hops and their applications, as well as some troubleshooting advice help ensure consistent results.... Hummel's thorough and clear instructions inspire confidence and creativity, which will surely readers off to their local brewer's supply store or web site. (Publishers Weekly 2011-07-04)
About the Author
George Hummel is an award-winning homebrewer who conducts tasting seminars, is a key contributor to beer festivals and writes a regular column for Mid-Atlantic Brewing News. His store, Home Sweet Homebrew, is a popular destination for locals and tourists alike. He lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone who has contemplated brewing has heard horror stories about boil-overs, not having big enough pots, or cleaning out whole-grain and hop sludge after mashing, even when only a small amount was used. George explains what causes these situations, and offers practical solutions for every one of them - so well, that you feel he is in your kitchen with his brotherly support. In little sidebars, he even gives tips and suggestions about equipment, yeast, sanitizing oak chips, and milling your own grain. He also provides sidebars with brief explanations about each beer style, the original gravities, and a short equipment list. He does not confuse the brewer with any numbers for final gravity, but does clearly explain how to determine that fermentation is complete.
The book is divided into Part One for novices, followed by Part Two for more advanced homebrewers - using whole grains in conjunction with malt extracts. He provides charts of Brewing Gear and Supplies, with columns that list essential equipment vs.Read more ›
The recipes in this book are in my experience pretty good and certainly cover a wide range of beer styles and tastes, including some unusual beers such as smoked beers, fruit beers, etc. and ciders and mead. A brewer could probably use this as his or her only recipe book and still have a huge variety of beers to brew. The directions for the process of brewing are also pretty good, at least for the beginner. They include information on making yeast starters, steeping specialty grains, controlling the temperature of the fermentation, lagering, etc.
I do have some concerns about this book though.
This book does not give a good description of how each beer is supposed to taste when it is done. What are the characteristics of a good example for each style? For someone who has not toured the world of beers, this information would be very helpful in deciding what style to brew and in evaluating the end product.
The specs for the recipes do include the OG and some other numbers, but not the Finishing Gravity or the IBUs. Even a beginner should be given this information in order to tell when the beer is done fermenting and to calculate the IBUs in case he needs to make hop substitutions.
The directions for brewing are repeated for each recipe, taking up a lot of pages that could have been used for a better discussion of the beer style and tips specific to that style. A few checklists etc., for the reader to copy and use each time he brews would be better in my view.Read more ›
The diverse grouping of styles rocks! He has everything from American IPAs to Belgian styles, orange cream ales, soda recipes and more. Once you get the basics of each style down, it steers you into whatever directions you want to take.
This book really helped me become more advanced with extract brewing. However, I eagerly await a sequel which incorporates all grain brewing. This is not complete without delving into that style.
If I was a new brewer, I would start with this book.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book for the average homebrewer!! Pick it up and learn some stuff!Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
Excellent book. Good information and lots of good recipes. I actually checked this out at the library and like it so much that I wanted to buy it.Published 17 months ago by Jared Johnson
This is such a great straight forward book on home brewing. It only deals with extract recipes and procedures, but for what it does it couldn't do any better!Published 21 months ago by Brian Douglas
It is an exelent book for the price and it is anough to get the interested person started experimenting with diferent types of beerPublished on November 25, 2013 by Hugo O. Jimenez
My guy brews with actual grain---- and almost every recipe in this book is based on extract. That's great for new brewers (or veteran home brewers who prefer that method), but... Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by Grace
This book had so much information for the person that either has already started brewing or that wants to start brewing. Read morePublished on August 7, 2013 by Dad of Divas