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“Armed with Emma Christensen’s clear, concise, and thorough guide, cooking up a world-class IPA, summer-friendly saison, or salty-tart gose is as simple as strolling to the store to snag a six-pack.”
—Joshua M. Bernstein, author of Brewed Awakening and The Complete Beer Course
“From grain to glass, Emma has done a heroic job of demystifying and evangelizing the homebrewing process. To any and all aspiring brewers, I highly recommend this book!” 
—Sam Calagione, president and founder of Dogfish Head Craft Brewer

Table Of Contents

Introduction   1
chapter 1: Know Your Ingredients   5
Malts   6
Water   10
Hops   10
Yeast   14
Other Fun Ingredients   16
Say Hello to the Beer Family!   19
chapter 2: Assemble Your Beer Kit   23
General Equipment   24
Brewing Equipment   27
Fermenting Equipment   28
Bottling Equipment   29

What to Expect on Your First Visit
to a Homebrew Store   34
chapter 3: Brew Your First Beer   37
Bird’s-Eye View of How to Brew Beer   38
How to Brew an All-Extract Beer   40
All-Extract Amber Ale   49
How to Brew a Partial-Extract Beer   50
Partial-Extract Amber Ale   53
How to Brew an All-Grain Beer   54
All-Grain Amber Ale   62
A Photographic Guide to Brewing Beer   60
Should You Brew a 1-Gallon or
a 5-Gallon Batch?   64
Chapter 4: Pale Ales   69
A Very Good American Pale Ale   71
Bitter Brit English-Style Pale Ale   72
Bitter Monk Belgian-Style Pale Ale   73
Pine Woods Pale Ale   74
Amarillo SMASH Pale Ale   77

What to Worry About,
What Not to Worry About   78

Chapter 5: India Pale Ales (IPAs)   81
A Very Good IPA   83
Centennial Dry-Hopped Double IPA   84
Double-Take Black IPA   86
Two-Left-Feet American Barleywine   87
Campari IPA   89
How to Pour and Taste Beer   90
Chapter 6: Brown Ales   93
A Very Good American Brown Ale   95
Pecan Pie Brown Ale   96
Brown Bear Seeks Honey Braggot   98
The Great Pumpkin Ale   99
Chai-Spiced Winter Warmer   101

Get Geeky with the Mash   102
Chapter 7: Porters and Stouts   105
A Very Good Porter   107
A Very Good Stout   109
Smoky Chipotle Porter   111
All-Day Dry Irish Stout   112
Affogato Milk Stout   113
Boss-Level Barrel-Aged Imperial Stout   114
Play with Your Hops   116
Chapter 8: British Ales   119
A Very Good British Mild   121
Tea Time Extra-Special Bitter (ESB)   122
High Seas British IPA   124
Sugar and Spice Strong Ale   125
Figgy Pudding British Barleywine   127
Brewing in Warm Weather,
Brewing in Cold Weather   128

Chapter 9: Belgian Ales   131
A Very Good Abbey Ale   133
Maple Cider Dubbel   134
Tropical Island Tripel   136
Fuzzy Nose Sour Ale   137
Peach Melba Sour Lambic   139
Get Funky with Sour Beers   140
Chapter 10: Scottish and Irish Red Ales   143
A Very Good Scottish Ale   145
A Very Good Irish Red Ale   147
Day Hiker Irish Red   148
Caramel-Coconut Wee Heavy   151
Smoke & Scotch Ale   152
Ten Small Habits That Will Make
You a Better Brewer   154
Chapter 11: Wheat Beers   157
A Very Good Wheat Beer (Hefeweizen)   159
Sweet-Tart Berliner Weisse   160
Salty Dog Gose   161
American Summer Wheat Ale   162
Lavender-Orange Witbier   165
Adding Fruits, Spices, and Other
Fun Things to Beer   166
Chapter 12: Rye Ales   171
A Very Good Rye Pale Ale   173
Dark Pumpernickel Roggenbier   174
Finnish Juniper Rye Sahti Ale   177
No Apologies Imperial Rye Ale   178
Red Eye Chicory Rye Porter   179
Five Easy Ways to Level-Up
Your Brew Game   180

Chapter 13: Session Ales   183
A Very Good Session Ale   185
Riding Lawn Mower Pale Ale   186
Watermelon Saison   188
Lemonade Stand Shandy   189
Farmers’ Market Gruit   191
How to Design Your Own
Homebrew   192
Chapter 14: Gluten-Free Beers   197
A Very Good Gluten-Free Pale Ale   199
Gluten-Free Saison   200
Gluten-Free Chocolate Porter   202
Jasmine Honey Sparkler   203 
Hoppy Hard Cider   205
The Real Deal with Lagers   206
Chapter 15: Lagers   209
A Very Good Pilsner   211
Spring Blossom Maibock   212
McNally’s Oktoberfest   214
Chocolate Doppelbock   215
Ode to San Francisco Steam Beer   217
Common Problems, Easy Solutions   218
Glossary: Homebrewer’s Lingo   222
Recommended Resources   226
Acknowledgments   227
About the Author   228
Index   229

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