Homebrewing For Dummies, 2/e Paperback – 14 Mar 2008
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Want to become your own brewmeister? "Homebrewing For Dummies, Second Edition", gives you easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from making your first 'kit' beer to brewing an entire batch from scratch. Before you know it, you'll be boiling, bottling, storing, pouring, and kegging your own frothy, delicious suds. This friendly, hands-on guide walks you through each step in the brewing process at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels. It fills you in on all the homebrewing basics with a comprehensive equipment list; instructions on keeping your hardware clean and sanitized; and, loving descriptions of the essential beer ingredients, their roles in the brewing process, and how to select the best ingredients for you beer.You'll also find out about additional ingredients and additives you can use to give your homebrew distinctive flavors, textures, and aromas.This work helps you discover how to: set up your home brewery; select the best ingredients and flavorings; create your own lager, ale, and specialty beers; try your hand at cider, and even meade; brew gluten-free beer; package your beer in bottles and kegs; evaluate your beer and troubleshoot problems; take part in homebrewing competitions; and, become an eco-friendly brewer. "Homebrewing For Dummies, Second Edition" is fully updated with the latest brewing techniques and technologies and features more than 100 winning recipes that will have your friends and neighbors singing your praises and coming back for more.
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Make your own delicious lagers and ales
Want to become your own brewmeister? This must-have guide gives you easy-to-follow instructions in everything from brewing and bottling to storing, pouring, and kegging your own beer. You get the latest on required equipment and new brewing methods, as well as over 100 tried-and-true recipes. Plus, you'll see how to take part in homebrew competitions!
Praise for Homebrewing For Dummies
"An outstanding, surefire guide for homebrewers at every level of expertise."
-- Tom Dalldorf, Publisher, Celebrator Beer News
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-- Bill Owens, Brewmaster and Publisher
Discover how to:
Set up your home brewery
Select ingredients and flavorings
Brew basic beers, specialty beers, even cider and mead
Evaluate your beer and troubleshoot problems
Become an eco-friendly brewer
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I am new to brewing, had a simple kit (ferment in a plastic bucket then put in a barrel for conditioning) for about a year and have tried a few brews, which have worked out quite nicely. However I wanted to improve things, specifically; I was interested in how and why you might want CO2 on the barrel (i've seen those canisters you put on the cap), I wanted to get my beer a little less yeasty and more information about the differnt type of sugars (brewing, white, candy etc).
Basically this book didn't look at any of these.
It assumes you will either store your beer in bottles or explains how to install a realtivly expensive soda keg CO2 system. It doesn't mention putting the fermented beer into kegs like the basic homebrew kits do, or the CO2 caps that you can fit.
It also doesn't really talk about sugars, I think it assumes you will use malts, which I understand that the purists will suggest is the only thing you should be using, but in the real world that isn't true (otherwise brewing sugar wouldn't be called brewing sugar would it!)
My other gripe is that as well as being in US units so is a lot of the language and costs etc. So I'm not sure who this book would be good for.
Complete beginners - Good in the sense that you can go down their route totally (i.e. start with bottles), however it doesn't tie in with what is on sale in the UK (what it tells you to do with the kits isn't what you actually do with the ones I have bought). i.e. not helpful if you have just bought Home Brew - Balliihoo® Complete Equipment Starter Kit - Best Seller
Have some experience - Fine as long as you've done it their way. If you've gone a slightly different route (i.e. me with a barrel) then not much help...I found better advice on internet forums.
Experts - might be good I guess, but I suspect there will be better books out there.
All that said, like all the Dummies books it is quite nicely set out and easy to use.
For a beginner like me it is extremely long winded & over complicates otherwise simple issues, seemingly just to achieve a word count laid down by the publisher. Also, crucially it is an American book that assumes an American audience. Purchasing tips, measurements, equipment to use are all of little to no use to UK home brewers.
That said, for the geek who just wants to "know" more about how the brewing process works it has some fascinating details