The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer: A Comprehensive Handbook of Beginning Homebrewing

Shelf Talker by | Apr 2012 | Issue #63

The Illustrated Guide to Brewing Beer: A Comprehensive Handbook of Beginning Homebrewing
By Matthew Schaefer
Skyhorse Publishing, March 2012, $14.95

Most of us have been there: Hunched over a computer screen, desperately skimming blog posts and YouTube videos, hoping some homebrewer somewhere made the same rookie mistake you just did and posted the directions to magically reversing it online. Of course, many of those posts are by homebrewing experts—not beginner friendly. And instructional books typically fall between overly simple and too complicated. But Matthew Schaefer’s new book is right in the middle. He explains the basics and gives tips for wide-eyed first-timers, while anticipating what those beginners will want to learn about a few batches in, like partial-mash and all-grain brewing, and the science of off-flavors. And the best part? No more image searches for “blow-off tube.” No more YouTubing “how to siphon beer.” Schaefer’s let us into his kitchen, where we see everything from his dog Milo’s food bowl to his shmancy salt and pepper shakers (though there are some gorgeous professional pictures of breweries and ingredients in the book, too). This handbook is suited for the beginner, but comprehensive enough to be helpful batch after batch.