Beer & Wine
For everything there is a season — and beer is no exception. Best-selling author Randy Mosher leads you on a delicious tour of beer-tasting opportunities throughout the year, guiding you through all the best seasonal beer releases and festivals. Discover which beers are best to drink on warm spring afternoons or icy winter nights, and learn to make the most out of Craft Beer Week and Oktoberfest. Fun, fresh, and full of insider information, Beer for All Seasons will have you enjoying the varied delights of your favorite beverage year-round.
Understand the science that goes into making your favorite beverage. This crash course in brewing chemistry makes it easy for every homebrewer to make better beer. Using simple language and helpful diagrams, Lee W. Janson guides you through every chemical reaction in the brewing process and explains how you can avoid potential problems. Steer away from common mistakes in taste, fermentation, and alcohol content, and use your newfound knowledge to successfully brew your most delicious beer yet.
Make your best beer ever! Legendary brewer Dave Miller brings a lifetime of professional experience into your home. With complete plans for a system that requires just 18 square feet and full of small-batch recipes, Brew Like a Pro reveals the secrets of truly great draft- and pub-style brewing. Learn to make classic all-grain beers that stay fresh in kegs for months, eliminating the need for bottling. This clear, concise guide is sure to take your homebrewing to the next level.
Gear up with the right equipment and take the hassle out of homebrewing. Karl E. Lutzen and Mark Stevens guide you through the best tools for all your brewing needs, from DIY homemade versions of commercial brewery equipment to simple devices that make brewing easier and safer. Learn which gadgets and gizmos work best for measuring, mashing, bottling, kegging, and more. With the proper tools close at hand you’ll save both time and money, leaving you free to focus on enjoying your homebrewed beers.
Get brewing! This foolproof beginner’s guide to brewing great beer at home includes everything you need to know to make your very first batch. With step-by-step instructions, insightful advice, and simple recipes for a variety of beer styles, you’ll be proudly sipping your own homemade beer in no time. This revised edition covers additional techniques and equipment, as well as new varieties of hops and other ingredients. Ground yourself in the basics of homebrewing and experiment with new tastes and combinations. It’s fun, easy, and oh-so-rewarding!
Enjoy the rich and complex flavors of wine that’s been matured to its peak. In this comprehensive guide, Jeff Cox provides everything you need to know to build and maintain your own wine cellar. Whether you’re thinking of storing a few extra bottles in a spare closet or are looking to properly age a garage full of wine, you’ll find straightforward advice and helpful hints on successful cellaring techniques. Build and delight in your collection of wine while learning how to bring out the full potential of every bottle.
Brew your own clones of Magic Hat #9, Ithaca Brown, Moose Drool, Samuel Adams Boston Ale, and 196 more commercial beers! Revised, improved, and expanded, this second edition of CloneBrews contains 50 brand-new recipes, updated mashing guidelines, and a food pairing feature that recommends the best fare to match every beer. With basic brewing equipment and a bit of know-how, you can duplicate all of your favorite lagers and ales from home.
Create your own delicious liqueurs. Pattie Vargas and Richard Gulling provide recipes for over 100 home-crafted cordials to suit every occasion, from cinnamon coffee liqueur to spiced blackberry brandy, and pineapple rum to black walnut liqueur. The simple instructions and insightful tips will have even beginners filling bottles with after-dinner joy. Learn to use your flavored liqueurs to spice up main dishes or add an extra pop of flavor to timeless desserts, and be sure to invite some friends over to enjoy a few sips.
In this comprehensive guide to homebrewing, Dave Miller offers expert advice on the entire brewing process. With up-to-date techniques, simple definitions for unfamiliar terminology, and helpful diagrams demonstrating proper equipment layouts and methods, Miller includes everything you need to know to brew great-tasting beer at home. Clear enough for the novice, yet thorough enough to earn a home in the libraries of accomplished brewmasters, Dave Miller’s Homebrewing Guide is packed with useful information that will inspire you to take your beer to the next level.
From planting vines to savoring the finished product, Jeff Cox covers every aspect of growing flawless grapes and making extraordinary wine. Fully illustrated instructions show you how to choose and prepare a vineyard site; build trellising systems; select, plant, prune, and harvest the right grapes for your climate; press, ferment, and bottle wine; and judge wine for clarity, color, aroma, and taste. With information on making sparkling wines, ice wines, port-style wines, and more, this comprehensive guide is an essential resource for every winemaker.
Raise a glass of homemade burgundy and enjoy the fruits of your labor. This informative guide provides an overview of the entire home winemaking process, from the vine (or the boxed kit) to your glass. With more than 100 recipes for a wide range of delicious wines, ports, and champagnes, you’re sure to find a wine to suit your taste. Clear diagrams for setting up your equipment and fail-safe instructions ensure that your home winemaking will be a success.
Take a coast-to-coast beer tour without ever leaving home. Karl F. Lutzen and Mark Stevens have collected more than 240 recipes contributed from North America’s premier brewing suppliers, homebrew clubs, and individual artisans that are guaranteed to work well with standard homebrewing equipment. This eclectic mix is full of regional variations of porters, ales, stouts, and lagers that will have you expanding your repertoire and experimenting with essences of orange, ginger, maple, and more. With so many options, you’ll find the perfect brew for everyone’s taste.
Ashton Lewis supplies practical, easy-to-follow answers to all the questions that bubble up in the course of brewing your own beer. Covering all stages of the homebrew process, Lewis provides expert advice on buying hops, sanitizing your equipment, troubleshooting unpleasant flavors, the best way to pour beer into a glass, and much more. This comprehensive guide will help you understand brewing chemistry, fix problems, and achieve the flavor and balance you want in all of your handcrafted beers.
Build your own winery! Learn how to set up a home winery and construct all the basic equipment for just a fraction of what commercially manufactured products would cost. Leading you through the entire winemaking process, Steve Hughes includes building plans and step-by-step instructions for making more than 30 essential winemaking tools. From fashioning presses and pumps to the best way to fill and cork bottles, The Homebuilt Winery covers everything you need to know to affordably enjoy delicious, high-quality homemade wine.
There’s no end to the great-tasting wines you can make using ingredients (but not grapes!) from your farmer's market, supermarket, or even your own backyard.
Lutzen and Stevens are back with more than 260 of the latest and greatest homebrew innovations.
Clone the best 150 beers in North America without leaving your kitchen! Each recipe comes complete with partial-mash, all-extract, and all-grain instructions.
This timeless fermented beverage has inspired, influenced, and excited human beings for thousands of years. The secrets and mysteries of beer are revealed at last in this intriguing book of cultural history, poetry, song, little-known facts, and quirky quotes by beer drinkers from Nietzsche to Darwin.
This comprehensive guide includes everything homebrewers of all levels need to know to brew delicious, organic beer. Homebrew expert Amelia Slayton Loftus covers the whys and hows of organic brewing, things to consider when buying equipment, and everything you need to know about organic ingredients (including what makes them different, how to get them, and how to make substitutions). She also offers more than 30 irresistible recipes. You’ll learn how to brew sustainably by growing ingredients yourself, recycling water, using solar energy, and achieving zero waste. Loftus also includes information on developing new recipes, tips for honing competition skills, and a tasting guide to different beer styles.
Everyone knows how to drink beer, but few know how to really taste it with an understanding of the finer points of brewing, serving, tasting, and food pairing. Beer lovers will discover the ingredients and brewing methods that make each brew unique and learn to identify the scents, colors, flavors, and mouthfeel of all the major beer styles. Recommendations for brews to try in more than 50 beer styles from around the world encourage you to expand your horizons. Uncap the secrets in every bottle of the world's greatest drink!
“Randy is a true beer evangelist . . . he is saving souls one pint at a time.” — SAM CALAGIONE, Owner of Dogfish Head Brewery
Whiskey lovers will devour this fresh and comprehensive guide to everything there is to know about the world's whiskeys, including Scotch and bourbon as well as Tennessee, Irish, Japanese, and Canadian whiskeys. You'll learn about the types of whiskey and the distilling traditions of the regions where they are made, how to serve and taste whiskeys to best appreciate and savor them, how to collect and age whiskey for great results, and much more. There are even recipes for cocktails and suggestions for food pairings. This is the guide no whiskey drinker will want to be without!
2014 Gold Medal Winner for Beer Books from the North American Guild of Beer Writers
Like good wine, certain beers can be aged under the right conditions to enhance and change their flavors in interesting and delicious ways. Good candidates for cellaring are either strong, sour, or smoked beers, such as barleywines, rauchbiers, and lambics. Patrick Dawson gives a list of easy-to-follow rules that lay the groundwork for identifying these cellar-worthy beers and then delves into the mysteries behind how and why they age as they do. Beer styles known for aging well are discussed and detailed profiles of commonly available beers that fall into these categories are included. A short travel guide for bars and restaurants that specialize in vintage beer gives readers a way to taste what this new craft beer frontier is all about.
Q: What could cause a bitter or tart taste in a cherry wine?
A: An overload of phenolics. Press the fruit more gently.
Q: What are the guidelines for aging and storing country fruit or vegetable wines?
A: Cellar for 3 months before opening. Consume within 3 to 4 years.
From the basic process to troubleshooting to creating exotic or sparkling sips, The Winemaker's Answer Book has everything the bewildered winemaker needs to know.