Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Do You.... Brew?

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I know you. You are a DIY force to be reckoned with. You make your own meals, bake the odd loaf of bread. Heck, you even grow a few things in the garden. That lived!

But did you know you could make your own beer?

Intriguing, no?

Unlike wine, beer is best enjoyed fresh. And it isn't that complicated to make. In fact, once you get the basics down the variations are endless. Just think about it, you could have your own signature brew. How many of your friends have their own signature brew? That's what I thought. You'll be the envy of the neighbours and the most popular guy or gal on the block.

What do you need to get started?

The Complete Homebrew Beer Book
200 Easy Recipes, from Ales and Lagers to Extreme Beers and International Favorites

George Hummel
Paperback, 456 pages

The idea of brewing my own beer is fairly new to me. I was immediately excited about the prospects. So was my husband, as you can imagine. Since this was new territory for us, we decided to go on the road and interview a couple of people about making your own beer.

We found some home brewers who have the equipment at home. Not overly technical, just large. Other people go in to U-Brew types of places and do their brewing there. In the brewing facilities you have the choice of using kits or your own recipes. We found that seasoned brewers quickly outgrew the kits, and loved to experiment.

The Complete Homebrew Beer Book is the ultimate resource for home brewers. It has the 200 easy recipes, well laid-out and easy to understand, as well as a full education on brewing. You'll learn what tools you'll need, the steps involved, and how to brew your own healthful (yep, I said healthful, homemade beer is a living entity - some say the pyramids were built on beer!) beers, and even gluten-free beers, ciders, sodas and meads!

Part One introduces Homebrewing for Beginners.
Part Two is Taking Your Brewing Skills to the Next Level
Part Three is Weird and Extreme Beers and Other Fermentable Beverages.

excerpts from Homebrewing for Beginners, The Complete Homebrew Book:

This will be the summer I brew! How about you?

Are you ready to become your own brewmaster?