Experimental Homebrewing Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer

Experimental Homebrewing by Drew Beechum and Denny Conn

Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer

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Format: Trade Paperback , 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760345382
Publisher: Voyageur Press
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Trial. Error. Better Beer.

When most brewers think of an experimental beer, odd creations come to mind. And sure, in this book you can learn how to brew with ingredients like bacon, chanterelle mushrooms, defatted cacao nibs, and peanut butter powder. However, experimental homebrewing is more than that. It's about making good beer--the best beer, in fact. It's about tweaking process, designing solid recipes, and blind evaluations. So put on your goggles, step inside the lab, and learn from two of the craziest scientists around: Drew Beechum and Denny Conn. Get your hands dirty and tackle a money-saving project or try your hand at an off-the-wall technique. Freeze yourself an Eisbeer, make a batch of canned starter wort, fake a cask ale, extract flavors with distillation, or sit down at the microscope and do some yeast cell counting. More than 30 recipes and a full chapter of open-ended experiments will complete your transformation. Before you realize it, you'll be donning a white lab coat and sharing your own delicious results!

Denny Conn brewed his first batch of homebrew in 1998 and since then has brewed over 500 more. He is a BJCP national-ranked beer judge and has been a member of the governing committee of the American Homebrewers Association for nine years. His recipes have been brewed by several commercial breweries in both the United States and Europe. He was a contributing author to Craft Beer for the Homebrewer and coauthor of Experimental Homebrewing. He currently consults for several breweries, is a field educator for Oakshire Brewing in Eugene, Oregon, and cohosts the Experimental Brewing podcast. He lives in the foothills of the Coast Range in Oregon with his wife, five cats, and two dogs.

Drew Beechum has been brewing and writing about brewing since he first picked up a kettle in 1999. He is the author of The Everything Homebrewing Book, The Everything Hard Cider Book, and The Homebrewer's Journal, and coauthor of Experimental Homebrewing. Beechum has also written for Zymurgy, the journal of the American Homebrewers Association, writes a regular column for Beer Advocate, and is the cohost of the Experimental Brewing podcast. He lives in Pasadena, California, with his lovely wife, a dedicated brewery, and his loyal army of dogs and cats.
Format: Trade Paperback , 240 Pages
ISBN: 9780760345382
Illustrations: 88 color & 4 b/w photos
Size: 8 in x 10 in / 203 mm x 254 mm
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"I was delighted when I read this book for the first time. It's a whimsical yet authoritative treatise on the ingredients and processes that make great beer?İand the best beer recipe book since Brewing Classic Styles. Experimental Homebrewing is a book that every brewer can benefit from." - John Palmer, Author of How to Brew, Brewing Classic Styles, and Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers

"I was delighted when I read this book for the first time. It's a whimsical yet authoritative treatise on the ingredients and processes that make great beer?İand the best beer recipe book since Brewing Classic Styles. Experimental Homebrewing is a book that every brewer can benefit from." - John Palmer, Author of How to Brew, Brewing Classic Styles, and Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers

"What I love about homebrewing is the opportunity for experimentation, learning, fun, and great beer. Drew and Denny have captured all of that and more." - Jamil Zainasheff, Author of Brewing Classic Styles, Owner of Heretic Brewing

"What I love about homebrewing is the opportunity for experimentation, learning, fun, and great beer. Drew and Denny have captured all of that and more." - Jamil Zainasheff, Author of Brewing Classic Styles, Owner of Heretic Brewing

"Not since Radical Brewing has a book so thoroughly tackled the wildly-creative side of homebrewing." - Gordon Strong, BJCP President, Author of Brewing Better Beer, and Three-time Ninkasi Award Winner

"Not since Radical Brewing has a book so thoroughly tackled the wildly-creative side of homebrewing." - Gordon Strong, BJCP President, Author of Brewing Better Beer, and Three-time Ninkasi Award Winner

"From the most basic brewing recipe to the craziest concoction you have ever brewed, experimentation is the key to tracking your progress. In this fantastic book, Drew and Denny provide the structure needed to unleash the endless secrets of brewing, one beer and one experiment at a time!" - Jaime Floyd, Owner and Brewer at Ninkasi Brewing

"From the most basic brewing recipe to the craziest concoction you have ever brewed, experimentation is the key to tracking your progress. In this fantastic book, Drew and Denny provide the structure needed to unleash the endless secrets of brewing, one beer and one experiment at a time!" - Jaime Floyd, Owner and Brewer at Ninkasi Brewing

"With home and craft brewing widely practiced, next-level direction will be welcome, and the authors bring more than 30 years of combined experience to this informative, playful guide. Beechum (The Everything Homebrewing Book) and Conn (contributor, Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America's Top Brewmasters) are accomplished brewers and serve on the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee. While the heart of the work addresses experimentation, adequate coverage is given to basic ingredients, equipment, and techniques. The "Favorite Experimental Styles" chapter particularly reflects the book's utility by exploring these fashions, then adding variations so fellow brewers get a feel for moving from the known to the unknown. The final section, "The Experiments," highlights the science and community behind brewing and invites readers to "report…results and discuss them" at the book's website. The detailed index enables easier navigation of the text. VERDICT With this much talent on tap, readers won't be disappointed. Recommended for beginners (but not complete novices) and veteran home brewers who enjoy a challenge or want to experiment with their craft." - Library Journal

"With home and craft brewing widely practiced, next-level direction will be welcome, and the authors bring more than 30 years of combined experience to this informative, playful guide. Beechum (The Everything Homebrewing Book) and Conn (contributor, Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America's Top Brewmasters) are accomplished brewers and serve on the American Homebrewers Association Governing Committee. While the heart of the work addresses experimentation, adequate coverage is given to basic ingredients, equipment, and techniques. The "Favorite Experimental Styles" chapter particularly reflects the book's utility by exploring these fashions, then adding variations so fellow brewers get a feel for moving from the known to the unknown. The final section, "The Experiments," highlights the science and community behind brewing and invites readers to "report…results and discuss them" at the book's website. The detailed index enables easier navigation of the text. VERDICT With this much talent on tap, readers won't be disappointed. Recommended for beginners (but not complete novices) and veteran home brewers who enjoy a challenge or want to experiment with their craft." - Library Journal