File Size: 6441 KB
Print Length: 374 pages
Publisher: Pylon Publishing (June 23, 2013)
Publication Date: June 23, 2013
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Best Sellers Rank: #26,948 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #2 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Drinks & Beverages > Beer #19 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Beer #31 in Books > Cookbooks, Food & Wine > Beverages & Wine > Homebrewing, Distilling & Wine Making
Very informative. I've been home-brewing for a few years now and would consider myself an intermediate-level home-brewer but still learning. With this in mind I didn't use it as much for the step-by-step explanations on how to get started in brewing (although it did provide in-depth instructions), but rather used it for advice on moving from extract to all-grain brewing. It definitely helped me get off on the right track. It really digs into some of the science behind the brewing process, but in a simple way so people understand the why and how instead of just following steps. There was also a lot of information and history about beer that I found interesting and hadn't known. This is a great book if you're looking for an all-encompassing reference about beer including beer history, ingredients, making your first batch, troubleshooting techniques, and some great sounding recipes. For the money, you can't beat it.
I am an amateur home brewer with a bunch of great brews under my belt, however, I haven't brewed in a while because I lost the passion. A friend got this book for my recent birthday and I am back! This book has instantly revived my passion for brewing, through engaging writing, detailed recipes, and interesting history! I dug out my carboy and dusted off my hydrometer and my first brew from this book is bubbling away!It really is great to find a guidebook that is well written, bravo.
I bought this for my husband who wanted to start making his own beer. Now my kitchen is full of home brewing equipment, and he spends more time making beer than I spend making meals. He frequently uses this book as a reference, and says it is very good. He's had a lot of fun making his first batch and seems to be learning a lot.
With four batches under my belt this is the book I keep coming back to for help. There are many "must have" books on home brewing and I have them all but is my favorite. The information is up to date and the book is only a year or so old. There are Not a lot of pictures but it's not an issue as his explanation of procedures and steps are detailed and all inclusive. If you have any common sense or intelligence you will have no problems following along.
This is the best beginner to intermediate-level book on home brewing I've read! I am an experienced all-grain brewer and I was initially skeptical of how much I could learn from this book, but once I picked it up I couldn't put it down. Mr. Houston does a tremendous job of walking the reader through the different aspects of brewing; from the history, understanding the ingredients and getting started in brewing, to all-grain brewing, adjunct ingredients, and advanced techniques. I learned a lot of things reading this book that I thought I already knew, and indeed should have already known after brewing for 18 years! Also very helpful was Mr. Houston's review of different books and web-based tools. All too often I walk into brew stores and see a library of books, but have never before had an abbreviated review of the books to aid my decision on which I need to include in my brewing references. Technical but not overly scientific, this easy-to-read book is a must-read for all beginner and intermediate brewers (both extract and all-grain), and for experienced brewers like me who can benefit from revisiting some of the basics.
I have enjoyed good beer for many years and have always thought of brewing my own. I received a brew kit for Christmas and immediately went to my Kindle for more information. This book was the result.My knowledge of beer is novice at best, but my wine knowledge is fairly advanced. I enjoy good craft brewed beer, but don't know much about it like I do about wine. This book is beautifully written, and the author has a wine background so it fits perfectly to my situation.The information given in this book is vast, but well written, and dollar for dollar, I don't think you will find a better value in a beginner beer brewing guide than this one. The author also cites a huge amount of additional material, including a vast array of online resources that will further your education of this awesome hobby. I would have gladly paid $25 for this guide, but $2.50 - it's a steal!
I downloaded this book just out of curiosity ($3 for a kindle book - what can you loose?), and it opened for me the door both to home brewing and boutique beers in general. Excellently written, the material is clearly presented, and a highly engaging and enjoyable read. Most important though is that will ***inspire you*** to brew some great beer. I thought at first to give it only four stars since I would have liked a little more depth, but after buying John Palmer's How to Brew (an excellent book in it's own right), I realized that a book greatly technical detailing the chemistry and biology of brewing is daunting, and will discourage the first time brewer. You will find here all that you need to know, and I am sure that there is some good practical info for those who have brewed before too. My first batch using a combination of malt extract and steeped grains - was quite impressive, and has already inspired some relatives into brewing their own. Highly recommended.
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