Do you have what it takes to become a real ‘Home Brewer’? You will most likely succeed if you have a great regard for detail then put your heart and soul into it.
It’s true too that patience is a virtue because to become a true ‘Brew Master’ requires patience.
Having all the above traits will transport you into the realm (field) of ‘Home Brewing’. It is much more than just brewing beer. It’s the culture, history and tradition that come with it.
Sam Calagione, author of Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast’s Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home has now been revised.
His extended version, Extreme Brewing: Deluxe Edition (Quarry Books, June 2012), will lead you on an adventurous journey through his introduction to home craft brewing.
Promoter and proprietor of “Dogfish Head Craft Brewery” in Milton, Delaware, Sam Calagione is an independent audacious (daring) brewer who will show you how to think outside the box.
He and his ‘bubbly’ partners search worldwide for very unusual ingredients and in doing so uncover archaic (old) methods which they implement to create beers unlike the commercial variety.
Throughout the pages of Extreme Brewing: Deluxe Edition, you will be given an additional 14 new beer recipes as well as:
- Step-by-step instructions and tips for producing recipes from a combination of ingredients which you would have never thought of.
- Which grains are used to make sweet home brews.
- How to enhance the flavor of your dinners, soups, sauces and desserts using the beer recipes provided, plus
- Great ideas for beer-themed dinners; beer-themed meaning that every dish has beer as one of its ingredients.
- Easy to read Glossary of Common Brewing Terms.
- Photos of the beer brewing process and a smidgen of history about how some beers evolved.
Where to Buy
Extreme Brewing: Deluxe Edition by Sam Calagione can be purchased from one of the following online stores:
Amazon U.S. – Available in a deluxe edition: paperback, kindle edition and hardcover.
Barnes & Noble – Sold as a NOOK book (digital format), paperback and hardcover.
Amazon U.K. – Advertised as a digital download (kindle edition) and paperback.
Benefits of Making Your Own Beer
By brewing your own beer, you are in control of what ingredients go into making it.
In choosing all natural ingredients when brewing, you’ll be steering clear of the preservatives and chemicals which may be present in a majority of commercial beers.
You will soon find that there are many diverse natural organic ingredients which you can add for color and flavor that are a healthier option than factory made, store bought beer.
I contacted the staff at Dogfish.com to ask them which natural sugars you can use to brew beer instead of using processed white sugar. Their master brewer was more than happy to provide me with this advice:
“All beer can be made from all natural ingredients. Beer itself in the simplest of forms is nothing more than Malted Grains, Yeast, Hops and Water all very natural ingredients. The function of malt is to modify starch into sugar with the enzymes that are in the grains themselves. They can modify most starch substances when properly exposed at the correct time and temperature in a mash. As brewers we make choices to add different ingredients, maple syrups, organic sugars to obtain different flavor profiles in our beer.
Recommendations for natural alternatives? The sky is the limit. I’ve seen beer made with Beets, Coconuts, Tomatoes, Yams, and many different fruits to name a few. The best bet I can give your readers is to experiment. When they cook with something that has a lot of natural sugars chances are it’s fermentable.”
My late grandmother (my mother’s mother) use to condition her hair with a mixture of beer and raw egg.
After leaving it in her hair for a few minutes and then rinsing, her hair felt soft and had a lovely sheen to it.
Did You Know?
International Beer Day is on August 5, 2012. It’s a World celebration of beer.
To find out more, please visit InternatinalBeerDay.com
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