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True Brews: How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home Kindle Edition

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press (14 May 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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really good book with some good recipes, I am particularly interested in the beer and cider and the sake looks good aswell
I've only tried the IPA recipe so far and its really nice. its a bit of a shame that its in cups but then having said that there is a conversion table in the back. highly recommended.
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Beautiful book with fantastic recipes
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Afraid I was only interested in kefir so most of the book had no interest to me at all. If you are interested in only one type of fermenting it would be wiser to buy a book on just that one thing. If you THINK you might be interested then the book has lots of interest.
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"Look Inside" looks excellent and cannot wait to receive the book and get cracking, but using only fahrenheit for temperatures is so 19th century! I know they are still the standard stateside, but given other markets, and the "scientific" nature of fermenting, including celsius equivalents should have been a no-brainer...
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HASH(0x8e710da4) out of 5 stars I just adore this book 27 Jun. 2013
By Pirate Jeni - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book primarily to make soda since I already make kefir at home and as far as kombucha goes.. I just can't with the SCOBY. It's too... gelatinous for me.
Anyway, the very first thing I did was to make the watermelon mint soda. WORTH IT. Oh My Gawd. I'm hooked.. some of these methods are too involved for me, like the sake, but I'm very interested in brewing mead and hard lemonade.

My favorite bit about this book is that everything is small batches. You get to dip your toe into brewing without a huge investment. My first batch of soda was made in the recommended washed out two liter bottle. Less than a dollar for champagne yeast, a watermelon and some mint from my garden and I was all set to make the best soda ever in the world.

Emma gives you a basic recipe/method for each thing to make.. a Master recipe, if you will. I'm already dreaming of the different kinds of soda I can make with this new information.

I'm also looking forward to making hard cider as soon as it's apple season.

UPDATE: 02/08/14:

Well, I have a SCOBY because someone sent me one... and let me tell you, it's totally awesome once you get past the "omg whut is this?" factor. I have made the blackberry sage kombucha and it's totally one of my favorites. I've also made the pear water kefir.. DELISH. I'm currently working on the Sweet Mulled Cider.. I'm adding the yeast tomorrow.. it'll be a long wait but it will be ready in October.
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e703b04) out of 5 stars Brewing 101 18 Sept. 2013
By Cissa - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a very basic book on brewing a lot of different things. While we've brewed mead, beer, cider, and wine (not fruit wine), the clear recipes are handy even for these (except beer' we're pretty experienced with beer... although these recipes are for 100% mashed, and we've tended to use a mix of mash and extract).

One of the nicest things about these recipes is their small scale. If one does not know what one is doing, it helps not to be trying it in 5-gallon sizes! Even the 100% mash beer would be possible for us in a 1-2 gallon size, though it's unwieldy at 5+ gallons.

I am very interested in learning to make soda. I am also finding the kefir and kombucha fascinating, because I think I could use some more probiotics in my diet and these recipes look tasty. I'm also intrigued by the fruit wines, especially in the smaller quantities described here.

I've got some basic kefir started now, and am looking forward to exploring more of these very accessible brews.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e703a08) out of 5 stars Pretty good guide for the beginner 2 Mar. 2014
By DiscipleofJMB - Published on Amazon.com
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I purchased this book looking to expand upon my small-batch operations spurred on by the Brooklyn Brew Shop kits. I already had the supplies, I figured I'd try making other beers and other brews!

I had never heard of kefir or kombucha, and they seem weird so I'm unsure of whether I'll try those or not... So those are not mentioned in this review.

Soda: so far I have made the orange cream and cherry lime sodas. They were very easy to make and tasted great. Many people said the cherry lime one tasted like cherry pie in a bottle! I agree. Just make sure you let the soda carbonate fully before drinking! My first one came out a bit flat, which was my fault for rushing.

Beer: the Mocha Stout I made via this recipe has been pretty good. The book is VERY basic on the brewing process, and doesn't give you all the information you need to make GREAT beer. From my limited experience in making over half a dozen beers over the past 2 months, I have found that having a decent library of other brewing books and advice from experienced brewers will help you make a better product. When I first tasted the Mocha Stout, it had a strong sort of olive aroma, which I learned comes from the roasted malts. This will mellow with age, so I have put the rest of the batch in the fridge and will try it over the next several weeks/months to learn about the mellowing process. Overall, the recipes are ok but are very basic. If you really like brewing beer you will need to go beyond this book.

Cider: I am currently aging the Sweet Spiced Mulled Cider produced from the recipe in this book. It seems to be coming along well, as it's been aging a little over a month and was recently racked to its third fermentation stage to get it off the sediment. My first cider started out brown and murky, and is starting to clarify beautifully. It has an amber, golden aura and is truly beautiful. When I racked it over to another glass fermenter for longer aging, I was hit with yeasty and spiced aroma that was almost overwhelming but then I had a small taste. Those strong smells and tastes faded, and left me with a clean tart apple and sweet honey taste. I can tell this will be amazing after bottled and left to age so the initial funk dissipates.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CIDER: again, I had to find this information out from sources other than this book... Most cider you find in grocery stores and farmer's markets is strictly a "sweet" apple cider. The sweeter the cider, the less actual apple taste you will end up with. I happened to stumble upon a sweet-tart organic cider from a small farm near Richmond, VA that seems to be ideal so far. Many orchards apparently do make batches of cider specifically for home brew cider making, so ask around and try to get some of the cider that has a good amount of tart apples if you want that apple flavor.

Wine: mead will be first on the list, but I haven't tried it yet. Seems similar to the cider section so I'm confident I can do it with these recipes!
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HASH(0x8e641030) out of 5 stars Great book. I bought this book because I am ... 12 Aug. 2014
By Yacky - Published on Amazon.com
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Great book. I bought this book because I am interested in making my own kefir and kombucha. I didnt know where to begin, so I just found this book and started with it. The pages are very colorful and the instructions are easy to follow. For the brews that I want to make, not to many kitchen tools that I needed to get, however, for the others like beer or wine or sake, the kitchen tools list starts to grow longer and longer, but that can be expected when making those brews.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e7390c0) out of 5 stars great how to book 6 Jan. 2015
By WK Cook - Published on Amazon.com
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A very nice, woderfully illustrated book on fermented beverages (other than beer). This book is both inspirational as well as quite tactical on the how to's of making these beverages. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and can't wait to get started on some recipes.
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