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The Homebrew Handbook [Hardcover]

Dave Law
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Book Description

5 April 2012
Rise-up against the watery, wimpish beers you generally find on store shelves and produce your own beers packed with big, bold flavors. Following the explosion of interest in properly brewed beer, The Homebrew Handbook is here to provide the knowledge to allow beer enthusiasts to make their own. Packed full of 75 recipes for everything from stouts and porters to IPAs, wheat beers and pilsners, you will learn how easy it is to brew your own beers bursting with taste. So whether you like you like a hoppy, crisp finish, or a biscuity, malty taste, you are certain to find the right beer for you. A comprehensive techniques section provides all the key information needed to get started, explaining the key ingredients and how they work together, plus the equipment you ll need and how to set it up in your own home. Soon you will understand the intricacies of full-mash brewing and be well on your way to making beers you can be proud of. And the aim is to encourage you to experiment, not reproduce beers you have enjoyed in the past, but to master the basic types of beer, then go on to produce your own. It s how the some of the best microbreweries started, so why not follow their lead? Also included is advice from people who have started their own breweries, where they share a few secrets that will help you along the way.

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Cico (5 April 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908170247
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908170248
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 20.3 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,480 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Law has been at the forefront of the fight against tasteless, mass-produced beer; refusing to bow down to the bland and insisting on only serving beers produced by the finest microbreweries at his two London pubs. His passion for a well-made beer knows no bounds and shows in his own exquisite brews.

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One or two people have questioned some of the inaccuracies in this book but the only way to produce excellent beers (and you CAN produce them yourself using grains -- beers that equal anything you can drink in a pub), is to use the recipes and form your own opinions. All the recipes utilise ingredients that are easily available in the UK and Europe. There are enough recipes to keep me brewing for several years and, you never know, I may eventually be able to improve on them. One of the most practical books on brewing beer that I have seen.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great, but with a few small issues... 28 Jun 2012
Good Points: Easy to read, lots of useful anecdotes and tips. Fantastic pictures - makes recipes look very inviting and like an exciting prospect, certainly better than words on a page + wide variety of recipes and types of beer including German, Belgian, UK, US and fruit beers! Overall excellent overview on the subject with plenty to get started.

Bad Points: All grain brewing method doesnt match up with recipes. To quote the method "Heat 20L of Water, Use 10L for Mashing, 10L for sparging" - Recipe then calls for 23L of water. At no point is it stated where the other 3L of water are included. Similarly the recipes tell you how much water to use, but give you no idea how much beer you'll get out - not only is this a bit of an oversight on their part, but is quite misleading as a pretty 'standard' quantity for UK homebrew is 23L or 40pints - but this is listed as the quantity of water to start with. Personally allowing for absorption and boiling i ended up with about 15L. This is not crucial information - mashing times, approx gravity aimed for and boiling time are listed - if you follow the instructions you should end up with some beer - but an idea of how much would be useful.

Another small note on recipes - some are given with lots of information the kind of beer you'll be making - notes on taste, strength, different flavours etc. Some simply say 'Golden Ale: This ale is golden' or words to that effect. If you were trying to 'clone' a shop bought brew this might be fair enough - you already have an idea of what its like, but as you're making 30 - 40 pints, some more info as to whether its to your taste would be useful before committing all that time and effort.

Overall: Great book, but personally i will use the recipes given as guidelines on quantities and styles and plug the info in to a computer/iphone application to obtain proper quantities of liquid for mashing, sparging etc.
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2.0 out of 5 stars what a let down!!! 22 April 2014
I picked up this book in a shop the other day and on the face of it looked great, however after looking through it for around 5-10 mins. I could see so many mistakes with the OG and FG readings, they just don't add up with the desired ABV. a real shame because it could be a real good book. I'm sure the actual recipes are very good but you'll get different readings and have to a just accordingly.
you would have thought they would have realised such mistakes before publishing it. :(
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant book... BUT BEWARE! 11 Mar 2014
I was given this book as a gift after telling friends I was keen to start home brewing. I love the look of the book and it reads very nicely too - I particularly like the conversational style.

Now for the warning:
All the recipes advise you to START with 23 litres of water, this IS NOT the batch size!

Now call me an idiot - yes I realise I have misread - but, as someone who is new to homebrewing (which this book is aimed at) this was an easy mistake to make. 23 litres (or 5 gallons) is a very common batch size in homebrewing! In addition to this, (as others have noted) nowhere in the recipes does it tell you what the final batch size SHOULD be - just to add to the confusion. Thankfully I noticed this after my first brew and, although it didn't spoil it (I still made a nice beer) it just wasn't right.

I note that other reviewers have criticised the book further for technical errors and, although I haven't scrutinised all of the recipes, I would tend to agree. If in doubt run it through BeerEngine
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2.0 out of 5 stars Nice looking but full of errors 11 Jan 2014
Very nicely presented but so many of the recipes are full of errors. Of the 75 recipes there are at least 32 where the numbers just don't add up. If you were to make a beer to the recipe you would not end up with anything like the beer they suggest. Most often the quantities they suggest are too low to make the beer. Some have the wrong Original Gravity or Final Gravity making very hard to work out if you've made the beer correctly . There are a lot of basic maths errors too when they calculate how much alcohol should be in the beer. For instance the Dark Ruby Mild has an Original Gravity of 1034 a final gravity of 1014 and suggests an alcohol content of 5.6%, that's just impossible.

If you want to make any of the recipes in this book you would need to first check it and possibly redesign it which really defeats the object of buying the book in the first place. It's a shame because this book suggests it's for the aspiring backyard brewer but you'd need a fair amount of brewing experience to spot and correct the errors.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Do your maths... 11 May 2013
The book is a valuable all grain brewer book. It has a great variety of styles but a hell of a lot of errors, TBH some fatal and unforgivable errors which make me wonder how much proofing was done. The Champagne beer recipe tells me the beer would be 4.7% try closer to 9%! Gravities are all over the place leading you to fear your wort is seriously off until you run it through a recipe maker to realise you are right and the book is grossly wrong and obviously not proofed.

Use it as inspiration, utilise the brilliant malt and hops tables in the first chapters of the book but doubt every recipe and invest in a copy of BeerSmith
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