Homebrew All-Stars: Top Brewers Share Their Best Techniques and Recipes

Shelf Talker by | Aug 2016 | Issue #115

Homebrew All-Stars: Top Brewers Share Their Best Techniques and Recipes
by Drew Beechum and Denny Conn
May 2016
Voyageur Press, $24.99

Denny Conn used to bottle on the floor. Then, while homebrewing with a friend, he learned that putting bottles on one chair and sitting on another was much easier. In that spirit, Conn and Drew Beechum rounded up 25 homebrew celebrities and grilled them on their signature tricks and techniques. If you’ve ever sifted through a homebrewers’ forum trying to separate the experts from the blowhards, this book is for you. Divided into four “brewer archetypes” (Old-School Masters, Scientists, Wild Ones, and Recipe Innovators), the featured homebrewers generously share their favorite ingredients, must-have equipment and random discoveries (apparently rehydrating dry yeast isn’t as important as we think). Amanda Burkemper offers tips on entering competitions, and Mike McDole explains primary water treatment. Plus, there are award-winning recipes, like Jeff Gladish’s Poblano Wit. The knowledge crammed into this book is invaluable, and the homebrew community is indebted to these all-stars.