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

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

by George Hummel
 

200 easy recipes from ales & lagers to extreme beers & international favorites

Making your own beer is a rewarding and fun hobby. The quality of that beer will depend on your skills as a brewer, and you can build those skills by using the complete, step-by-step recipes found here. The goal of this book is to get you brewing great beers as quickly as possible.

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200 easy recipes from ales & lagers to extreme beers & international favorites

Making your own beer is a rewarding and fun hobby. The quality of that beer will depend on your skills as a brewer, and you can build those skills by using the complete, step-by-step recipes found here. The goal of this book is to get you brewing great beers as quickly as possible. Once you understand the basics, you can vary your beer to suit your individual taste - simply by modifying ingredients or adjusting the process you can enjoy your beer, your way.

Part 1: Features a crash course on basic ingredients and brewing gear along with an overview of the preparation, brewing, fermentation, and bottling and conditioning processes. You'll soon be brewing your own ales.

Part 2: Introduces malted grains, liquid yeasts and the chance to explore recipes that highlight an exciting variety of beer styles from the British Isles and Belgium to the United States and Germany.

Part 3: Features weird beers, extreme beers and other fermentable beverages. So you'll be able to create everything from fruit and gluten-free beers to smoked beers and meads.

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.
Thrillist.com
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780778802686
Publisher:
Rose, Robert Incorporated
Publication date:
03/03/2011
Pages:
456
Sales rank:
279,115
Product dimensions:
6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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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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