Thursday, April 28, 2011

Homebrew Part 2 - Reading a Big Book

Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a GlassI am getting ready to brew my second batch of homebrew.  I've been reading Randy Mosher's book, "Radical Brewing".  I'm only on page 34 out of over 300 pages, but I have been learning a lot.

I just got to the part of the book where he coaches you through brewing your first beer (this is actually my second).  What I like about it is that even though it is designed for beginners he gives you choices.  For example, you get to choose whether you want Kent Goldings, Saaz, Hallertau or Cascade hops.  You could make the recipe four different times with four different types of hops and get four different beers.

He also gives you a range of amounts that you should buy, so that if you want your first beer to be more or less hoppy, then you have control over that.  If you want it more or less malty, then you have control over that also.  I'm aiming for a big malty, hoppy beer with an amber color.  I'd like to use English yeasts and strive for some fruity esters in the aroma.  This is going to be fun.

The first time I made beer I used a kit from Brewer's Best.  It did a good job of walking you through the process, but it didn't really give you much of the backstory for why you were doing all the different steps.  It was good for someone who just wants to make beer, but doesn't really want to take the time to learn why you are doing everything.  Although, I have to say the Smoked Porter we made did not turn out that great and spoiled after 2 months or so.

New Brewers Complete Homebrew Beer Making Kit by Monster Brew
There are tons of great homebrew
kits available on Amazon.com
Hoping to brew the beer this weekend.  When I brew it I'll give you an update with photos here.

Let me know what kind of beers you've been brewing and where you learned how to brew in the comment section.

Talk to you later,

James

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