A Guide to Craft Brewing by John Alexander

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A Guide to Craft Brewing by John Alexander

Postby Good Ed » Thu May 08, 2014 22:20

John is a Scot who now lives in the US and has been brewing since 1970, Dunfie would know him. This book was published in 2006 and even then would have sounded a bit dated but the book is a valuable store of brewing knowledge for those who want to deepen their understanding of brewing, and I refer to it regularly.

It covers equipment, ingredients, water and the brewing process including yeast and fermentation. There are chapters on finings, traditional cask storage, kegs, bottling, head formation and retention and lastly on by-products and infections.

There are also two chapters of recipes, traditional and Scottish beers and continental beers, which Dunfie assures would have been perfected over time by John.

Highly recommended.

Here's to the man who drinks strong ale,
and goes to bed quite mellow.
Lives as he ought to live,
and dies a jolly good fellow.
- Old English folk song
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Re: A Guide to Craft Brewing by John Alexander

Postby Pcpogo » Sat May 10, 2014 19:03

Just ordered a copy. Looking forward to it.


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Re: A Guide to Craft Brewing by John Alexander

Postby mixbrewery » Wed May 21, 2014 23:25

Excellent read - had my copy since 2008.
Covers plenty of subject matter for all levels of brewer, but some of the chemistry stuff is still way over my head :scratch:
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Re: A Guide to Craft Brewing by John Alexander

Postby Good Ed » Wed May 21, 2014 23:52

Just be aware that there are a few errors in some of the figures in the tables, so just double check before using them, but to me that doesn't detract from the value of the book.

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Lives as he ought to live,
and dies a jolly good fellow.
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