Stan Hieronymus Brewing Local

Book Review: Stan Hieronymus Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer

I’ve read many brewing books, I’ve eclipsed two full shelves of them, and few excite me anymore. But Brewing Local: American-Grown Beer by Stan Hieronymus stands out as one of the more interesting ones. Most books about brewing are either introductory, very advanced, highly specific, or vague and generic.

Brewing Local stands out from all those by being specific in one unique area and covering a wide variety in that area. Instead of telling you how to make a Saison or just rattling off a list of recipes Hieronymus presents a great deal of flexibility and unique ingredients.

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Homebrew Water Treatment: An Introduction

What started with a free book for renewing my American Homebrew Association membership has turned into a two-month long quest to learn about homebrew water treatment.

What follows is my best attempt to share what I have learned. I will say now, some of this may be wrong, but it’s the best I can understand now and I’m relatively confident that it is correct. If I misstate something please leave a comment and I’ll get it corrected.

Water Treatment

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Learning About Beer: Carbonation

There’s something magical about the snap and fizz of opening a new bottle or can of beer. I especially love the deeper pop as the cork comes out of a cork and cage bottle. These sounds are thanks to beer carbonation and they prepare our entire sensory system for that liquid we love so.

Join me for a look into beer carbonation, nitrogenation, how carbonated beer styles should be, and why beer goes flat!

Beer Carbonation

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So You Wanna Be A Brewer? One Man’s Path

What homebrewer, or even just a beer enthusiast, hasn’t thought I want to be a brewer? Two years ago Matt Rowe, @LooseScrewbeers, started tweeting real facts about being a brewer with the hashtag #SoYouWannaBeABrewer. He was kind enough to let me compile the first 20 into a blog post you can read here. Ever since then I’ve wanted to sit down with him and get more in-depth about his path to be a brewer.

So You Wanna be a brewer

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