The Complete Homebrew Beer Book: 200 Easy Recipes, from Ales and Lagers to Extreme Beers and International Favorites


How to brew, ferment and enjoy world-class beers at home.

Making beer at home is as easy as making soup! George Hummel smoothly guides the reader through the process of creating a base to which the homebrewer can apply a myriad of intriguing flavorings, such as fruits, spices and even smoke. 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 ...

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How to brew, ferment and enjoy world-class beers at home.

Making beer at home is as easy as making soup! George Hummel smoothly guides the reader through the process of creating a base to which the homebrewer can apply a myriad of intriguing flavorings, such as fruits, spices and even smoke. 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.

Using Hummel's easy-to-follow instructions and thorough analysis of the flavor components of beer, a novice homebrewer can design recipes and make beers to suit any taste or craving. Knowing exactly what's in a beer has additional benefits -- homebrewers can easily avoid the chemical additives traditionally found in mass-produced commercial beers. As an added bonus, the recipes are categorized according to their degree of difficulty, so new brewers can find the recipes that match their comfort level and then easily progress onto new skills.

These 200 tantalizing beer recipes draw their inspiration from the Americas and around the world. They include:

  • Irish amber
  • American/Texas brown
  • California blonde
  • Bavarian hefeweizen
  • Multi-grain stout
  • Imperial pilsner
  • Pre-Prohibition lager
  • Golden ale
  • Scottish 60 shilling
  • Belgium dubble
  • German bock
  • Raspberry weizen
  • Vanilla cream stout
  • Flemish red & brown
  • Standard dry sparkling mead

There is also a comprehensive glossary that virtually guarantees readers will find answers to every question about ingredients and equipment. Packed with practical advice and effectively designed, The Complete Homebrew Beer Book is like having a personal brewmaster overseeing and guiding each creation.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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 7 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. Salient tips, such as using spring instead of distilled water, repeated instructions on how to dechlorinate tap water, charts on hops and their applications, as well as some troubleshooting advice help ensure consistent results. Brewers accustomed to relying on ready-made kits may find this from-scratch approach intimidating, but Hummel's thorough and clear instructions inspire confidence and cre-ativity, which will surely readers off to their local brewer's supply store or web site. (June)
Lifestyles and Homes Magazine
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.
Tri-City Herald
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.
Jiquid Diet - Jack Curtin
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.
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.
The Bachelor Guy
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.
Living in the Kitchen Blogspot - Natashya Hamilton
The Complete Homebrew Beer Book is the ultimate resource for home brewers. It has the 200 easy recipes, well laid-out and easy to understand, as well as a full education on brewing. You'll learn what tools you'll need, the steps involved, and how to brew your own healthful (yep, I said healthful, homemade beer is a living entity -- some say the pyramids were built on beer!) beers, and even gluten-free beers, ciders, sodas and meads!
Dean Tudor's Gothic Epicures
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.
American Reference Books Annual 2012 - Shannon Graff Hysell
This book can be used by the beginner or experienced home brewmeister looking for new techniques and new recipes to enhance their skill.
Library Journal
For the beginning home brewer, this book is a good place to start. Like Stephen Snyder's The Brewmaster's Bible, this guide arranges the recipes by beer style, though Snyder plunges deeper into the history of beer styles than home brewer, Mid-Atlantic Brewing News columnist, and Philadelphia brewing supplies shop owner Hummel, who only briefly notes the origins of each beer along with its recipe. In the first chapter, Hummel introduces the ingredients, equipment, and basic setup for home brewing. He also discusses common home brew problems to watch out for, but the main focus of his book is the recipes. Two hundred recipes give readers a wide range of brews to make (not only beer but also cider, mead, and soda). VERDICT The step-by-step, easy-to-follow recipes are perfect for those starting out in the craft of home brewing. Highly recommended.—Ginny Wolter Toledo-Lucas Cty. P.L.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780778802686
  • Publisher: Rose, Robert Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/3/2011
  • Pages: 456
  • Sales rank: 515,985
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Part 1 Homebrewing for Beginners

Introduction 8

Ales for Absolute Beginners 41

Part 2 Taking Your Brewing Skills to the Next Level

Introduction 74

North American Brews 93

Brews from the British Isles 127

Brews from Belgium and Northern France 161

Brews from the German and Czech Regions 193

Beginner Ales Made with Grains 227

Part 3 Weird and Extreme Beers and Other Fermentable Beverages

Introduction 260

Brewing with Fruits and Vegetables 265

Spiced and Other Flavored Beers 301

Smoked Beers 331

Funky Beers 349

Gluten-Free Beers 365

Brewing Meads and Flavored Meads 380

Ciders 427

Scratch Sodas 439


Glassware and Beer-Clean Glasses 444

Glossary 445

Index 449

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