The Naked Brewer: Fearless Homebrewing, Tips, Tricks and Rule-breaking Recipes

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For novice and experienced homebrewers alike, a year’s worth of homebrew recipes and how-tos that will arm you with the basic wisdom any homebrewer needs to build their brewing know-how.

In The Naked Brewer, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune provide a spectrum of seasonal homebrew recipes with something for every beer-loving palate, from a Black Smoke Pale, Crisp Summer Kolsch, or Honey Chamomile Blonde perfect for summer, to heartier brews like a Pecan Pie Brown, Imperial ...

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For novice and experienced homebrewers alike, a year’s worth of homebrew recipes and how-tos that will arm you with the basic wisdom any homebrewer needs to build their brewing know-how.

In The Naked Brewer, Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune provide a spectrum of seasonal homebrew recipes with something for every beer-loving palate, from a Black Smoke Pale, Crisp Summer Kolsch, or Honey Chamomile Blonde perfect for summer, to heartier brews like a Pecan Pie Brown, Imperial Blood Red, or Fig and Clove Dubbel. This brewers’ handbook will help you master tricks like:

• Recipes for easy tinctures, syrups, and preserves that will become unique additions to your homebrew.

• The Top 10 Brewing Don’ts that will help you be the most successful brewer possible.

• How to make a whiskey barrel–aged beer by adding whiskey-soaked wood cubes to your brew.

• How to make a delicious German brew with just a fifteen-minute boil.

The Naked Brewer shows you how to make tasty, interesting, and innovative brews in the comfort of your home that you will be proud to share with friends.

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What People Are Saying

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“This is a perfect book to for anyone who is a fan of artisanal beer and homebrewing. I personally am a huge fan of the Honey Chamomile Blonde beer that these two incredibly talented ladies have developed, and now I can learn to brew it myself at home. Their philosophy of using fresh and local ingredients to create delicious recipes is perfect for the artisanal craft movement evolving today.”—Shiva Rose, actress and founder/writer of

“The Beer Chicks’ unique approach to homebrewing is a breath of fresh air. They make it simple, accessible, and fun—as beer and brewing should be.”—Joel Elliott, co-owner and brewmaster at Strand Brewing Company

“It is almost impossible not to have fun when you’re hanging out with the Beer Chicks. Leave it to Hallie and Christina to take the intimidation out of the brewing process and inject that sense of mischievous adventure that seems to follow them everywhere. Whether you’re a curious newbie or a stone-cold veteran brewer, you will find it almost impossible not to have fun with this book.”—Jeremy Raub, cofounder and head brewer at Eagle Rock Brewery

“As with cooking, learning to make great homebrew requires finding mentors whose palates you can trust. Christina and Hallie know beer and know how to help you find your own palate and turn your desires into a frothy beverage you can be proud to serve as your own. How fantastic that their zest for sharing a passion for the world’s most accessible drink now reaches into your own kitchen!”—Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW’s “Good Food”

"About 9 years ago, I was under the mistaken impression that beer was one-note and boring. Christina and Hallie opened my eyes, introducing me not only to my favourite beer in the world, but also to the notion that real chicks drink (good) beer. And now it's pretty clear that real chicks also brew it. There's no one I'd trust more to walk me through the art and science of brewing a cold one!"—Aarti Sequiera

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399537684
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/2/2012
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 940,125
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Perozzi and Hallie Beaune, aka the Beer Chicks, are beer sommeliers, consultants, authors, avid homebrewers, and devoted home cooks based in Los Angeles. They are nationally featured beer experts and cohosts of the one-hour special “Eat This, Drink That” on the Cooking Channel. Christina and Hallie continue to spread the good word of beer through their website, thebeerchicks.

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Table of Contents


You Don't Have to Be a Pro, You Just Have to Relax 1

Our First Foray into Homebrewing 3

How to Use This book 6

1 Beer Refresher Course 11

You'd Be Nothing Without Me: Malt 12

I'm Not Jaded, I'm Bitter: Hops 15

Where the Action Is: Yeast 18

Water, You've Heard of It 21

All Beer is an Ale or a Lager 22

What's Your Type? Beer Styles 23

2 Become the Brewer 25

Brewing Beer in the Real World 25

Why We Brew Smaller 26

So, How is it Done? 27

How to Bottle (So You Can Drink Your Beer) 36

Beer Stats: ABVs, IBUs, OGs, FGs, Ls, and SRMs 39

Your Homebrew Kit 42

Brewing Vocabulary 47

3 June 53

Summer English Pale 54

West Coast Hopped-Up Pale 59

Black Smoke Pale 63

Black Smoke Pale Split Pea and Ham Soup 68

4 July 70

Traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen 71

Poor Man's Provence Lavender Wit 76

Sisters of Summer Tripel 81

Baby Arugula Summer Salad with Sliced Pears and Crumbled Goat Cheese in a Honey-Hefeweizen Vinaigrette 87

5 August 89

Crisp Summer Kölsch 90

Honey Chamomile Blonde 96

Lemon Verbena Basil Wheat 101

Lemon Verbena Basil Beer-Marinated Chicken 106

6 September 107

Just One Hop Simcoe IPA 109

Just One Hop Cascade IPA 114

East India Pale Ale 118

East India Pale Ale Vegetarian Curry 126

7 October 128

Der Nackte Brauer Festbier (The Naked Brewer Festbier) 129

Imperial Blood Red 134

Controversial Pumpkin Ale 138

Controversial Pumpkin Cheesecake with Spent Grain Crust 144

8 November 146

Pecan Pie Brown Ale 147

Cranberry Belgian Pale 153

Sage Chestnut ESB 158

Sage Chestnut ESB Stuffing 163

9 December 165

Christmas Spiced Porter 166

Fig and Clove Dubbel 172

Alpine Juniper Braggot 177

Fig and Clove Dubbel Chutney 183

10 January 184

Berliner Weisse 185

Zee Russian Imperial Stout 190

Scandalous Hard Apple Cider 195

Zee Russian Imperial Stout Beer Affogato 200

11 February 201

Stupid Cupid's Bittersweet Chocolate Stout 202

Crescent City Café au Lait Stout 207

Groom's Scotch Whisky Wee Heavy 214

Crescent City Café au Lait Stout Braised Pork 219

12 March 221

Dry Irish Stout 222

Tropical Belgian-Style IPA 227

Biére de Mars 232

Dry Irish Stout Oatmeal Cookies 237

13 April 239

Saison Classique avec Miele 240

Rosemary Laurel Savory Saison 245

Dark and Stormy Witbier 250

Mussels Steamed in Saison Classique avec Miele 255

14 May 257

Brandied Apricot Cream Ale 261

Decadent Dunkelweizen 266

Fruity Faux Lambic 271

Roast Duck with Sour Cherry Lambic Sauce 277


I Glossary 279

II Homebrew Resources: Your Lifeline 289

III Hop Chart 293

IV Malt Chart 295

V Yeast Chart 299

Index 305

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