Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

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Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby TwoBottles » Thu Apr 16, 2015 19:07

I have just been given this for my birthday.

I cannot see it on the this forum if it isn't I will post a review.

It is a collection of recipes from America's top brewmasters.
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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby calumscott » Thu Apr 16, 2015 21:22

Look forward to your thoughts on this one. :thumb:

I'd like a decent book that delves into the methods they use across the pond.
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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby TwoBottles » Fri Apr 17, 2015 09:09

This book is a collection of recipes from a selection of US craft brewers.

Each chapter concerns a particular beer type and features several recipes and a short history of the brewer contributing the recipe. The guy writing the book seems to know all the brewers personally and is obviously an enthusiast.

The recipes contain both grain and hop bills and are presented as extract and all grain versions. Both US imperial and metric quantities are given. I will check a few recipes using Brewers Friend when I have time.

There are some US malts used which are unobtainable over here but there is enough experience on this forum to brew round this.

It does not go into any techniques but offers some guidance on making, fermenting and conditioning times for each beer.

The book is structured as follows:

Chapter 1: Pale Ales and IPAs.
Short history of the style re the US.
Brews from nine craft brewers.

Chapter 2: Porters and Stouts.
Short history of the style re the US.
Brews from four craft brewers.

Chapter 3: Wheat and Rye Beers
Short history of the style re the US.
Again four recipes.

Chapter 4: Belgians.
Short history of the style re the US.
Seven ales.

Chapter 5: Other Ales.
Short history of the styles re the US.
10 recipes, as an example this contains Dead Guy Ale from Rogue Ales, their take on a German Maibock.

Chapter 6: Lagers
Short history of the style re the US.
Three recipes here.

The book is not cheap at £16.99 but I think a worthwhile read as the writing style is easy going and the description of each beer and history of the brewer I found very interesting.

If you have a specific US beer you are interested in I will post the recipe if it is in here, just ask.
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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby calumscott » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:30

Be careful when posting recipes.

The copyright law is a bit weird. The list of ingredients and weights is not copyright. The method is.

This leaves a nasty grey area when it comes to beer. The timings of hop additions and the temperature and timing of mashing or mash steps would probably be considered method and thereby copyright. Even listing the hop additions separately could be construed as method as you can start to infer from that the order and timing of them (the first is likely to be a 90min addition, the last a dry hop, particularly in an american style).

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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby TwoBottles » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:38

Point taken, sorry guys you will have to buy the book.
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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby calumscott » Fri Apr 17, 2015 11:40

:lol:

I didn't mean don't post anything! As I say, the ingredients are perfectly legal. And experienced brewers knowing the quantities of what's in a beer will be able to get pretty close without the method. :thumb:
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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby kev » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:02

What recipes are in it?

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Re: Craft Beer for the Homebrewer - Michael Agnew

Postby TwoBottles » Fri Apr 17, 2015 12:06

The following recipes are in the book:

8-Bit
Capt'n Compton's Pale Ale
Elevated IPA
Furious
Hop Stoopid
Maharaja (+10% abv IPA :O)
Spiral Jetty
Thrust!
Watershed IPA and lots of others....

There are also some interesting brews using hazelnut extract ( a brown ale) and a couple of US takes on mild.
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