Author(s): Gretchen Schmidhausler
Craft beer has in recent years seen an unprecedented surge in popularity across the United States and Canada. Tired of mass-produced beers, drinkers have gravitated toward handcrafted, small-batch and often local beers and many devotees have even begun to brew their own. This comprehensive book, written by an experienced craft brewer, provides background, discusses the ingredients employed, explains what equipment is required and details the step-by-step "how-to" of the brewing process. A perfect introduction to the world of craft beer, Making Craft Beer at Home demystifies the art of home brewing while providing an historical perspective on America's love affair with the drink, and shows why this often exquisite refreshment has taken its place at the table alongside fine wines and liquors.
Gretchen Schmidhausler began making beer at home more than 20 years ago, before embarking on a career as a professional craft brewer. In this book, she shares her wealth of knowledge, her passion for the art of brewing and her love of craft beer with those who share her interest. She is the owner/brewer of the Little Dog Brewing Co., located in New Jersey.
Introduction / The Art and History of Brewing / Further Background to Beer / Brewing Ingredients / Brewing Equipment / The Brewing Process / From Fermenter to Bottle / Recipe Formulation / Enjoying Beer / Tasting Notes & Troubleshooting / Glossary / Further Reading / Index