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Randy Mosher

The Complete Guide to Brewing Delicious Beer

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    Brewing beer is both a science and an art.

    Beer. What is it about this fizzy, alcoholic beverage that so captures our affection? Is it the refreshing taste of a cold brew on a hot day? The way a hearty ale warms your bones on a cold winter night? Or, is it the way friends and family gather over a pitcher to laugh and joke?

    The truth is, it’s all these things and more. Beer is such a versatile, malleable drink that it offers something for everyone. Different recipes can produce brews of different strengths, colors, flavors, and aromas. Really, with beer the possibilities are endless.

    Now, you can search the world for your favorite beer. Or, you can pick up a few simple tools and learn to brew your own personal batch.

    The key message here is: Brewing beer is both a science and an art.

    People have been brewing beer since the dawn of time. Today, beer is made by everyone from ancient monastic orders to giant multinational corporations to groups of friends just tinkering in the kitchen. And, while all these brewers surely have their differences, each of them abides by the same basic principles. That’s because at its core brewing beer is a simple process that blends a little chemistry and biology with a lot of dedication and passion.

    On the scientific side, brewing is about managing a few chemical reactions. Essentially, brewmasters carefully combine a series of sugars, carbohydrates, and specialized, reactive proteins called enzymes to create a desirable base called wort. Then, they introduce yeasts which ferment the liquid to enrich it with carbonation and alcohol. And voilà – you have beer.

    Still, making excellent beer requires more than just the science. After all, you want to create a brew that surprises, delights, and refreshes anyone lucky enough to grab a draft. Here’s where a little bit of intuition and creativity come in. Once you grasp the basics, you can start experimenting with different processes, ingredients, and styles to make a beer that really stands out. Whether that’s a traditional Belgian tripel or a zany novelty IPA, well, that’s up to you.

    Of course, brewing beer is a learning process. Even the best brewers are bound to make mistakes or miss the mark from time to time. If this occurs, don’t worry. Even a bad beer can still be fun to drink and share and you can always try again next time. In the next blink, we’ll start with the basics. 

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    What is Mastering Homebrew about?

    Mastering Homebrew (2015) is an accessible guide to the art of making beer. This practical handbook gives a step-by-step overview of the whole process from brewing to bottling.

    Who should read Mastering Homebrew?

    • Budding brewers looking to make their first batch
    • Seasoned drinkers seeking to deepen their beer knowledge
    • Anyone curious about making beer at home

    About the Author

    Randy Mosher is a world-renowned authority on homebrewing. A member of the board of directors of the American Homebrewers Association and the Chicago Beer Society, his previous works include The Brewer’s Companion, Beer for All Seasons, and Tasting Beer.

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