Brewing from kits is a simple process but there are ways to tailor the beer to suit particular preferences.
This, and brewing from malt extract and / or grain, is well covered in this range of books.
Big Book of Brewing£7.95
If you have hesitated to try mashing because you thought it was too difficult, this book will explain how easy it really is.
David Line, a legend, makes the concept understandable and describes all the necessary equipment and ingredients you need to succeed.
He uses his practical experience at home brewing, his training as an electrical engineer and his outstanding sense of humour to shed new light on the topic of making all-grain beers.
245 pages Reprinted 2009
Brew like a Monk£16.95
Brew like a Monk delves into monastic brewing, exploring this speciality of the brewing world through detailed visits to the modern producers in both America and Belgium. Along the way, Stan Hieronymus examines methods for brewing these unique ales suitable for both commercial and amateur brewers.
Paperback 2005, USA, 272 pages
Brew your own British Real Ale at Home£14.99
Brew Your Own British Real Ale At Home, by Graham Wheeler
Open this book to find a treasure chest for all real ale fans and homebrew enthusiasts. It contains over 100 recipes which allow you to replicate an A-Z of famous cask conditioned ales which you may have sampled at a pub or beer festival.
Using two brewing processes malt extract and full mash you can customise brews to your particular taste. The brewing process and necessary equipment are explained so that you can immediately start brewing classic British beer styles using wholly natural ingredients.
Graham Wheeler is a leading authority on home brewing and the author of Brew Your Own Classic European Beers at Home, also published by the Campaign for Real Ale.
Paperback 2009 206 Pages.
Brewing Beers Like Those You Buy£6.95
This is a recently revised edition of David Lines best selling book. A brief introduction to the brewing methods used is followed by the full recipes as developed by David, based on information provided by the commercial breweries themselves. 107 recipes are included to make such famous beers as Grolsch, Holsten Pils, Marstons Pedigree, Pilsner Urquell, Theakton's Old Peculiar and Wadworth's 6x. With the information contained in this you will be able to successfully emulate your favourite commercial brew. This book is an essential part of any beer maker's library.
Paperback 1995 2nd Edition, 158 Pages.
Brewing With Malt Extract60p
This excellent booklet is intended to assist the kit beer maker to advance to the next stage in the hobby, which is producing excellent beer from malt extract. Brupaks is the sole distributor of what we believe to be the finest quality brewing grade malt extracts in the world. These are manufactured Muntons plc of Stowmarket to the same specifications demanded by brewers of commercial beer in brewpubs and breweries all over the world.
The booklet assumes that the reader possesses a certain degree of brewing competence. It shows you how to use Brupaks quality malt extract as the base ingredient to make a whole variety of beers from golden Pilsners to jet black stouts.
Paperback 1995, 12 Pages.
Husband and wife team Mark and Tess Szamatulski have spent years developing the recipes in this book for the happy customers of their homebrew supply shop, Maltose Express, in Monroe, Connecticut.
All the 200 recipes in the book come with separate malt extract, mini mash and all grain instructions to replicate famous beers including one of my personal favourites, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale. I do love the spicy citrus nose and taste that comes from the Cascade hops they use!
The recipes cover a good variety of beer styles from all over the world including classics such as Anchor Steam Beer, Bass Ale, Bishops Finger, Bitburger, Brains Traditional Welsh Ale, Chimay Red, Coopers Sparkling Ale, Duval, Edelweiss Dunkel Weissbier, Elephant, Fullers ESB, Guinness Extra Stout, Kwak Pauwel, J W Lees Harvest Ale, Newcastle Brown, Old Specked Hen, Orval, Pilsner Urquell, Rodenbach Grand Cru, Samiclaus, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, Singha and Spitfire.
If you ever manage to work your way through all these it will be time to start all over again!
2nd Edition Paperback 2010 439 pages
Complete Joy of Home Brewing£15.00
Charlie Papazian, master brewer, founder and president of the American Homebrewer's Association, presents a fully revised edition of his essential guide to homebrewing. This third edition of the best selling and most trusted homebrewing guide includes a complete update of all the instructions, recipes, charts and guidelines.
Everything you need to get started is here, including classic and new recipes for brewing stouts, ales, lagers, pilseners, porters , speciality beers and honey meads.
Paperback 399 pages Third Edition 2003
Designing Great Beers£19.99
by Ray Daniels
Designing Great Beers is essential reading for brewers who formulate their own recipes. Why? If you want to brew, say, an extra special bitter, you need to know what characterises the style, and what ingredients and processes will yield those characteristics. Until now this has required either a lot of research or just plain guesswork. ''Serious brewers should clear a space on their bookshelves for Designing Great Beers'' -- Greg Noonan, owner and brewer at the Vermont Pub and Brewery, founder of the Seven Barrel Brewery, and Author of New Brewing Lager, Scotch Ale and the Seven Barrel Brewery Brewer's Handbook.
Paperback December 1996 390 pages
Following on from Brewing With Malt Extract, also by Clive Donald, this concise booklet shows how to use the Brupaks range of quality brewing grade Malt Extracts to brew German styles of beer. These obviously include Pilsner, but also cover Munich Helles, Dortmund Export, Munich Dunkel, Octoberfest, Alt, Rauchbier and more. We can supply all the ingredients necessary to make any of these world famous beers.
Paperback 1995, 12 Pages.
Home Brewing - Self Sufficiency£7.99
In this book experienced professional brewer John Parkes (Red Rock Brewery- Bishopsteignton) demystifies the brewing process and explains in simple terms how to produce a variety of ales, bitters and stouts with the help of some basic equipment and a few key skills.
Those new to homebrewing will love the easy-to-follow instructions and the detailed explanations of the brewing process, and anyone already adept at home brewing will be delighted with the wide selection of original tried and tested recipes.
This book is eminently suitable for those starting to brew from kits but who have an interest in the wider field of how beer is produced traditionally from malted barley, hops and yeast.
128 pages Published 2009