American Sour Beers

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American Sour Beers One of the most exciting and dynamic segments of today’s craft brewing scene , #American-brewed #sour #beers are designed intentionally to be tart and may be inoculated with souring bacteria, fermented with wild yeast or fruit, aged in barrels or blended with younger beer. Craft brewers and homebrewers have adapted traditional European

American Sour Beers

American Sour Beers

One of the most exciting and dynamic segments of today’s craft brewing scene , -brewed are designed intentionally to be tart and may be inoculated with souring bacteria, fermented with wild yeast or fruit, aged in barrels or blended with younger beer. Craft brewers and homebrewers have adapted traditional European techniques to create some of the world’s most distinctive and experimental styles. This book details the wide array of processes and ingredients in American sour beer production, with actionable advice for each stage of the process. Inspiration, education and practical applications for brewers of all levels are provided by some of the country’s best known sour beer brewers.

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B. MacAskill says:
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The best brewing book I have read yet, June 16, 2014
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This book is fantastically well researched, and extremely informative in an area of brewing that is short on really quality literature. “Wild Brews” and “Farmhouse Ales” are both very quality books for traditional methods and the history of old world “wild” beers, but if you are interested in brewing or consuming experimental American sour beers, this book is absolutely essential.

The author has an exceptional blog he has maintained for many years titled “The Mad Fermentationist”. I have read nearly every article on the blog, and it got me started brewing sour beers in my own home. I have brewed over a dozen sour beers now, and felt like I mostly knew what I was doing. This book goes FAR beyond the content on his blog, and expanded my knowledge far beyond what I expected.

The in-depth information into the methods of elite sour breweries and award winning homebrewers allows you to not only attempt to replicate their methods, but also gives you enough information to create your own methods from their advice. While incredibly well researched and dense with information, the book is extremely accessible due to the excellent writing style of the author.

Overall I can’t recommend it enough. If you brew sour beer, or want to brew sour beer, you absolutely must own a copy of this book.

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Bob in Mass says:
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
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Packed with essential brewing know-how, June 22, 2014
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This book will serve as a valuable and enduring resource for adventurous brewers at all levels of expertise. It is well documented yet clear and comprehendible throughout. The author starts with a primer on sour beers then takes the reader step by step through various options at each stage of sour beer production. He explains the different mindset necessary to brew sours and guides the reader through the creative journey with numerous concrete examples and advice from successful brewers. The book wraps up with an array of proven recipes as well as suggestions for further experimentation.

On another note, the author writes an impressive blog at […] and offers in the introduction of this book to answer specific questions from worried brewers that contact him through his blog.

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Wombat37 says:
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Wonderful book!, July 19, 2014
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What a wonderful book! Sour beers have been traditionally classed as a Flanders Ale (Red or Brown), some variant of Lambic or as a Berliner Weisse. There are alternatives and that’s what this book is all about. This is a recently published book and I see new styles of sour ales are finding their way into the BJCP guidelines. This is an exciting time for homebrewers.

This book is probably the most comprehensive text on sour beers for the home brewer – it’s full of useful information. The author has a website (search for the ‘Mad Fermentationist’) and obviously has a lot of experience on this topic.

Be warned, this is not a book for the beginner. Brewing sour beers is a long complicated process and the results are not assured. The reader must be at least familiar with all grain brewing techniques in order to get most out of the book.

Those of you who have already acquired a taste for sour beers will know that commercial examples are not at cheap and often will cost 10 to 30 dollars for a single bottle. Making them yourself costs no more than for other beers – you just have to wait a few years before they are ready. So start the production line now – this book will help you.

Those of you who haven’t acquired a taste, go out and buy some and see what you’re missing – then buy this book.

Highly recommended!

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