Sustainable Homebrewing – An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Sustainable Homebrewing

August 22, 2019

Title: Sustainable Homebrewing – An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer

Author: Amelia Slayton Loftus

369 pages

Price: $19

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Amelia Slayton lives what she preaches. She has been a fervent (“obsessed”, as she says) home brewer since 1994, and has founded the country’s first and only certified organic brewing supply store, in Santa Cruz, California, Seven Bridges Cooperative in 1997, which she managed until 2011. She grew up in rural Vermont in a family who grew most of the food they would need. Amelia is creative, passionate, militant for the environment and a sustainable lifestyle, she worked for Greenpeace for seven years. Today she continues to express her talent for crafting quality home made beers, as well as cooking from her farm fresh ingredients and roasting artisan coffee. The book’s graphic design is the author’s work.

What I like about this book

  • The graphics are beautiful, simple and natural
  • It promotes a whole more natural and community lifestyle, and serves a global environmental cause
  • The style is enjoyable to read and relaxed
  • The book gives cooking recipes too (OK, I love to cook)

Why you should buy this book

  • Amelia Stayton is the pioneer and most influencial authority on sustainable and organic home brewing
  • It’s ultimately about you making great beer with the best possible ingredients
  • It situates beer making in its rich cultural, culinary and creative lifestyle and context in a unique way
  • You will save money by learning how to save water, energy, ingredients, and to how to recycle and reuse
  • You will find something for you in this book, offering tips and techniques for beginners, intermediate and advanced home brewers
  • As the home brewing movement continues to grow, it becomes essential to give the community an environmental dimension

Please leave your comments below if you have read this book or have any questions,

Cheers and to our health,

Vincent

How to Brew – John J.Palmer, The Reference for Home Brewing

How to Brew – Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

June 27, 2019

Title: How to Brew – Fourth Edition

Author: John J. Palmer

582 pages

Price: $23

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

My rating: 5 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

John Palmer was born in Michigan, graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1987 from Michigan Tech. He also worked at a lab involved in aerospace R&D. John Palmer is currently one of the most recognized authority in home brewing. Co-author of two other essential books on beer making: “Brewing classic styles” – with Jamil Zainasheff and “Water: a Comprehensive Guide for Brewers”. John Palmer founded in 2011 Palmer Brewing Solutions, Inc., a consulting company specialized in product development for the beer industry, and is today the director of publications for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

How to Brew – Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Scientific, yet clear and simple; comprehensive and providing an enormous amount of information, yet remarkably organized and practical. Many Brew Masters at famous breweries call this book the reference in the art of beer making. Countless beginners have used it to take their first steps as home brewers too.

What I like about this book

  • Absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know to learn how to brew is presented here
  • The style is concise and precise
  • The science behind the art or the mystery is explained with facts
  • There are many formulas, numbers and charts – all relevant
  • It guides you through the whole learning process, step by step
  • It reminds you of the foundational priorities – Sanitation, control of temperature and fermentation management
  • Several methods are discussed for each stage of the brewing process, making you understand the chemistry and giving you choices as you become more advanced
  • John Palmer likes to review the different pieces of equipment available
  • The water adjustment question is thoroughly explained, in plain English, despite the reference to all the chemical terms
  • You will find the recipes for all the great classic beer styles (except New England IPA …, too new)
  • Many pictures throughout this book make for a user-friendly reading
  • Gives you a complete list of troubleshooting

 

Why you should buy this book

  • It is the most comprehensive book on brewing
  • This book truly provides you with ALL the information you need to know to brew great beer every time! This is no overused marketing line.
  • You need both the technical aspect WITHOUT losing sight of the notion of balance and taste.
  • This book is way worth the investment if you are serious about learning how to brew
  • A book you can read as you need.
  • John Palmer makes you feel like trying more technical methods while giving you the reassurance of knowing that you understand what you are doing.

Please leave your comments below if you have read this book or have any questions,

Cheers and to our health,

Vincent

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Fourth Edition, by Charlie Papazian – a Must Read!

Title: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing – Fourth Edition

Author: Charlie Papazian

459 pages

Price: $10

Cheapest place to buy: Amazon.com

My rating: 5 out of 5

Complete Joy of Home Brewing 4th Edition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author

Charlie Papazian is regarded as the most prominent and respected advocate to the modern home brewing movement revival in America. He founded the American Homebrewers’ Association (AHA) in 1978, which runs every other year the most prestigious and largest beer competition in the world, “The World Beer Cup”, aka “The Olympics of Beer”.

Papazian wrote 5 books, “The Complete Joy of Home Brewing” is considered as “The Bible of the Home Brewers“.

What I like about this book

  • Relaxed approach and fun style
  • Easy to read
  • Structured in 3 sections: beginners/ intermediate/ advanced – in each section, you will be walked painlessly through all the information you need to know as you make progress
  • Intelligent mix of facts and anecdotes, both informational and entertaining

 

Why you should buy this book

  • You will learn how to make excellent beer, regardless of your skills level
  • Charlie Papazian is the most trusted authority in home brewing
  • This book demystifies all the chemistry, it presents home brewing in a way that everybody can understand and put into practice
  • The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, 4th Edition is an essential, practical and enjoyable reading
  • It has been fully updated with current recipes and styles of beers
  • This book is an undisputed reference in the larger home brewers community – share the joy and the spirit
  • Should you own only one book on home brewing, The Complete Joy of Home Brewing would be it.

 

Please leave your comments below if you have read this book or have any questions,

Cheers and to our health,

Vincent