Simple Homebrewing: Great Beer, Less Work, More Fun

Simple Homebrewing: Great Beer, Less Work, More Fun

by Denny Conn, Drew Beechum

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Learn to brew the best possible beer with less work and more fun! Simple Homebrewing simplifies the complicated steps for making beer and returns brewing to its fundamentals. Explore easy techniques for managing the four main ingredients of water, malted barley, hops, and yeast (along with a few odd co-stars) to become beer. Pick up tips and tricks for a range of brewing challenges like making water adjustments, working with adjunct ingredients, and brewing wild beers. Drew Beechum and Denny Conn will guide you from extract brewing to all-grain batches, explain recipe design and small-batch brewing, and even share ideas on how to make technology work for you. Simple Homebrewing helps you develop a simple, thoughtful process to make homebrewing more accessible and enjoyable. Even experienced homebrewers can learn from this dynamic duo, as Simple Homebrewing features expert advice for brewers of all levels.

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ISBN-13: 9781938469626
Publisher: Brewers Publications
Publication date: 06/07/2019
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 250
File size: 8 MB

About the Author

Denny Conn brewed his first batch of homebrew in 1998 and has since brewed 500+ more. He is a nationally–ranked Beer Judge Certification Program judge and served on the American Homebrewers Association® Governing Committee for nine years. His homebrew recipes have been brewed by several commercial breweries in both the United States and Europe. Denny was a contributing author to Craft Beer for the Homebrewer and co-authored Experimental Homebrewing and HomeBrew All-Stars with Drew Beechum. He is the co-host of the Experimental Brewing Podcast. He lives in Noti, OR with his wife, five cats, and two dogs.

Drew Beechum has been brewing and writing about brewing since he first picked up a kettle in 1999. He is the author of The Everything Homebrewing Book, The Everything Hard Cider Book, and co-authored Experimental Homebrewing and HomeBrew All-Stars with Denny Conn. Drew has also written for Zymurgy® and Beer Advocate magazines, and is co-host of the Experimental Brewing Podcast. He lives in Pasadena, CA, with his lovely wife and loyal army of dogs and cats, and has a dedicated brewery in his home.

Table of Contents


List of Recipes




Chapter 1 – What is Simplicity?

The Inherent Simplicity of Beer

The Importance of a Pragmatic Focus, or A Book's Manifesto in Three Lines

The Efficiency of Simplicity

A Word on Process

But, That's Not How the Pros Do It

What isn't Simplicity?

Profiles in Simplicity: Doug King

Chapter 2 – Simple Extract Brewing

Modern Brewing Pioneers

The Basics about Brewing and Extract

Rescuing Extract from Its Reputation

Why Extract Is Awesome

Why Extract Is Terrible

The Simplest Brew Day Ever

The Oversimplified Explanation of Extract Brewing

What to Expect When You're Expecting Beer

Tricks for the Best Extract Beer

Advanced Extract Brewing

Late Extract

Full-Volume Boil

Use a Chiller

Speed Brewing: Beer in 20 Minutes

How to convert to/from Extract

Other Extract Uses

Yeast Starters

Simplifying Your Brew Day


Baking: The Final Frontier

Pretzel Magic

Extract Beer Recipes from Denny

An Inspirational Message to All the Doubters

Profiles in Simplicity: Jay Ankeney

Jay's Tips for Extract Brewing

Chapter 3 – Simple Small Batch

In Defense of Small-Batch Brewing

Less Physical Strength Needed

Smaller Gear and Less Gear

Less Room Needed

More Variety and Experimentation

Less Risk

Less Time Needed

Small Batch Shortcomings

Brewing Small: The Total Picture

A Small-Batch Brew

What's In Your Kitchen?


Small Processes

Profiles in Simplicity: Mary Izett and Chris Cuzme

Chapter 4 – Simple All Grain

The Strict Worlds of Fermentation

It Wasn't Always So

Making Malt

Onto Brewing

Mashing from Start to Finish

The Super High Level Process of Mashing

The Cheap 'n' Easy Mash Tun


Working Out Your Mash Water Volume

Batch Sparge

Other Mashing Regimens

Short Mash and Boil

Overnight/Extended Mashing

Brew in a Bag: One-Pot Brewing

Profiles in Simplicity: Chip Walton Teaches Us about Brew-in-a-Bag

Profiles in Simplicity: Jeremy Jalabert—Award-Winning, Busy Dad Brewer

Chapter 5 – Technology Serving Simplicity

Automated Systems



All–in-One Manual Systems


Speidel Braumeister

Recipe Interlude

Simple Fermentation Systems

BrewJacket Immersion Pro

Vessi Fermentor

Home Canning

Some Assembly Required

Bucket Heaters: A Cheap Electrical Assist

Raspberry Pi and Arduino-Based Systems

Looking into the Crystal Ball

Profiles in Simplicity: Ronaldo Dutra Ferreira

Chapter 6 – Simple Flavor Identification

Simplifying Recipe Design

Understanding Flavors and Ingredients

Flavors in Beer

Understanding Ingredients: Build Your Flavor Database

Malt Evaluation

Malt Evaluation at Home

Hot-Steep Malt Evaluation Method

Hop Evaluation

The Language of Hops

Evaluating Hops at Home

Yeast Evaluation


Estery and Fruity



Learning Through Drinking

Simple Beer

Chapter 7 – Simple Recipe Design

Evolution of a Homebrewer

Stage 1: Extract Recipe Kits

Stage 2: All-Grain Recipe Kits

Stage 3: Brewing Other People's Recipes

Stage 4: Your Own Recipes

The Philosophy of Recipe Design

Bottom-Up Recipe Design

Top-Down Recipe Design

Every Beer Tells a Story

Single Malt and Single Hop (SMASH)

Choosing Hops

Hop Balancing

Recipe Templates

How Do You Know It Worked?

Triangle Test: The Only Way to Know

Sample Triangle Test Procedure

The Importance of Locality

Profiles in Recipe Design: Randy Mosher

Chapter 8 – Simple Water

Simple Truths About Water

Brewing Water Basics

Treat Your Brewing Water

What's in Your Water?

Understanding Your Water






Chlorine the Killer

Distilled and Reverse Osmosis Water: The Level Playing Field

Adjusting Your Water



Function and Flavor

Adjusting Your Water: An Example

Is There A Simpler Way?

Sulfate-to-Chloride Ratio

It's Never Too Late

Profiles in Simplicity: Martin Brungard

Chapter 9 – Simple Adjuncts

A Little Adjunct History

How to Adjunct

Adjuncting the Hard Way: Cook 'Em.

Adjuncting the Easy Way

One Final Tip: Hulls are Your Friend

Major Players of the Adjunct World








And Now It Gets Weird



Not Weird Enough Yet?

Processing the Mushrooms: Denny Experiments

Profiles in Simplicity: Mike Williams of Candi Syrup, Inc.

Chapter 10 – Simple Yeast and Fermentation

Types of Yeast

Ale and Lager Yeast

“Wild” Yeast and Bacteria

Top versus Bottom Fermenting

Yeast Flavors

Ale Yeast: Saccharomyces cerevisiae

Lager Yeast: Saccharomyces pastorianus

Wild Yeast: Brettanomyces Species

Dry or Liquid?

Getting the Yeast Ready to Work

Rehydrating Dry Yeast

Liquid Yeast Starter

Starter by the Numbers

Simplifying the Starter: The Vitality Starter

High-Gravity Fermentations


Why Control Fermentation Temperature?

Easy Methods for Controlling Temperature

Temperature Manipulation

When Is Fermentation Done?

Profiles in Simplicity: Mark Van Ditta

Chapter 11 – Simple Wild

Wild Done Safely

Wild Inoculation

Getting Safer with Booze and Acid

Even Safer with Wild Starters

The Cultured Wild

Kettle Souring: The Ultimate Safe Sour

Blending and Flavoring

Profiles in Simplicity: Garret Garfield


Customer Reviews