The Complete Guide to Brewing Your Own Beer at Home: Everything You Need to Know Explained Simply

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According to the New York Times, a grassroots phenomenon has fueled the revival of craft beers in America over the past 30 years — so challenge yourself to create the best beers around for you and your friends. Whether you’re into lagers or ales, the craft of homebrewing beer is within your reach — so grab your beer stein and prepare to make this art form your next hobby.

You might have tried a great beer recently and want to know how to create something similar. With the ...

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Overview

According to the New York Times, a grassroots phenomenon has fueled the revival of craft beers in America over the past 30 years — so challenge yourself to create the best beers around for you and your friends. Whether you’re into lagers or ales, the craft of homebrewing beer is within your reach — so grab your beer stein and prepare to make this art form your next hobby.

You might have tried a great beer recently and want to know how to create something similar. With the various innovative methods outlined in this book, brewing like the pros is now easier than ever. The Complete Guide to Brewing Your Own Beer at Home will explain the important differences between equipment pieces and make your experienced streamlined so you can avoid common beginner mistakes. You will be able to start small and gradually learn to make more complex ales, lagers, and stouts over time, all while having a fun experience.

This book will guide any prospective brewmaster through the process of making a unique brew — from inception to first pour. Making your own beer has many advantages, starting with the low cost and the control you have over the maturity, strength, types, and volume of your creation. All of the rules and guidelines for homebrewing have been laid out for you, along with the fascinating history of this popular beverage. Learn about hops, malts, and barley and why these three ingredients can make or break your beer. You will learn about each piece of equipment you will need, how different amounts of yeast will affect your beer, which grains and malts to use, and where you can buy your own depending on needs and location. By the end of your journey, you will have a tasty creation to call your own.

Atlantic Publishing is a small, independent publishing company based in Ocala, Florida. Founded over twenty years ago in the company president’s garage, Atlantic Publishing has grown to become a renowned resource for non-fiction books. Today, over 450 titles are in print covering subjects such as small business, healthy living, management, finance, careers, and real estate. Atlantic Publishing prides itself on producing award winning, high-quality manuals that give readers up-to-date, pertinent information, real-world examples, and case studies with expert advice.  Every book has resources, contact information, and web sites of the products or companies discussed.

This Atlantic Publishing eBook was professionally written, edited, fact checked, proofed and designed. The print version of this book is 288 pages and you receive exactly the same content. Over the years our books have won dozens of book awards for content, cover design and interior design including the prestigious Benjamin Franklin award for excellence in publishing. We are proud of the high quality of our books and hope you will enjoy this eBook version.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781601386014
  • Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/30/2012
  • Series: Back to Basics Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 8.90 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 11

Chapter 1 The History of Brewing and Beer 15

A Happy Accident 17

The Most Ancient of Beverages 26

Beer in the New World 33

Bottling Beer and Creating the Industry 41

Beer in the Time of Prohibition 50

Case Study: Tom Horton 54

Chapter 2 An Overview of Brewing and Beer 57

Basic Ingredients 58

Basic Equipment 62

An Overview of Beer Types 63

Lager 64

California Common/Steam beer 66

Ale 68

Wheat beer 72

Case Study: Eric Holden 74

Chapter 3 The Necessary Ingredients 77

Barley 78

Common malts 82

Hops 85

Common hops 87

Yeast 91

Choosing the right yeast 93

Water 98

Carbonate and bicarbonate (CO3 and HCO3) 100

Chloride (Cl) 100

Sodium (Na) 101

Calcium (Ca) 101

Sulfate (S04) 101

Magnesium (Mg) 102

Adjusting Your Water 102

Additional Ingredients 103

Starches 104

Sugars 106

Flavorings 108

Fruits 109

Vegetables 111

Spices, Herbs, Roots, and Other Flavors 111

Case Study: Ben Batten 113

Shopping for Ingredients 114

Case Study: Kirk's Brew 115

Chapter 4 The Necessary Equipment 117

Where to Brew 118

The Necessary Equipment 120

Case Study: Daren Yu 133

Chapter 5 Brewing for Beginners 141

Ensuring your Equipment is Clean 143

Preparing the Ingredients 145

Examination of ingredients 146

Steeping the Grains 154

Adding the Malt Extract 155

Adding Hops 157

Late Extract Addition 159

Complete Boil and Cool 160

Measure the OG (Original Gravity) 163

Pitching the Yeast 164

Fermentation 165

Secondary Fermentation and Dry Hopping 166

Priming and Bottling 168

Kegging 173

What Might Go Wrong Along the Way 175

Clean and sanitary 175

Tannins 176

Boil-over 176

Excessive fermentation 177

Contamination during fermentation 177

Stuck fermentation 178

Over carbonation 178

Mold 179

Chill haze 179

Your First Taste 180

Chapter 6 Extract Recipes 181

American Amber Ale 182

Light American Ale 185

Scottish Strong Ale 187

Porter 190

Dark Wheat Beer 193

Golden Light Ale 194

Pitch Black Wild Rice Ale 196

Case Study: Samuel Moore 200

Chapter 7 Intermediate Brewing 203

Intermediate Ingredients 205

Intermediate Brewing Equipment 207

Do the Partial Mash 211

Imperial Oatmeal Stout 212

Chapter 8 Partial Mash Recipes 221

Partial Mash Chocolate Cherry Stout 221

American Cream Ale 225

Partial Mash Blonde Ale 227

Austrian Lager 229

ESB (Extra Special Bitter) 234

Partial Mash Porter 236

India Pale Ale 238

Partial Mash Irish Red Ale 241

Chapter 9 Advanced Brewing: All-Grain 245

All-Grain Equipment 247

Your First All-Grain Brew 249

Single-Step Infusion 249

All-Grain Porter 253

The Step Mash 257

Irish Red Ale 262

Decoction 265

Single decoction mash schedule 267

Double decoction mash schedule 268

Triple decoction mash schedule 270

Bohemian Pilsner 273

Chapter 10 All-Grain Recipes 279

American Amber Ale 279

California Common All-Grain 281

All-Grain Bock Beer 283

All-Grain Wheat Beer 285

All-Grain India Pale Ale 286

All Grain ESB 288

Conclusion 291

Resource Directory 293

Home-Brew Retailers 293

Web Equipment and Ingredient Resources 322

Web Home-Brew Resources and Forums 323

Glossary of Terms 325

Bibliography 329

Author Biography 331

Index 333

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