Craft Beer for the
Recipes from America's Top
Writer Michael Agnew is a homebrewer, Certified Cicerone (Sommelier for beer), and a Beer Judge Certification Program National Judge. In Craft Beer for the Homebrewer: Recipes from America's Top Brewmasters, Agnew collaborates with Billy Broas, the head brewer at the Homebrew Academy and author of the Homebrew Academy Blog; Denny Conn author, homebrewer with 425 batches under his belt, and co-founder of the experimental brewing podcast; Matthew Schaefer, author and homebrewer with 15 years experience, and Jordan Wiklund, author, editor and cribbage fanatic. Agnew and his team know beer, know how to make it and know how to communicate about beer. In this book Agnew and his collaborators provide 38 recipes for beers from several of America's top craft breweries. While they provide a basic introduction, Agnew and his collaborators assume the reader has the basics of homebrewing under her belt. Agnew provides all grain and grain plus extract versions of each recipe. The grain plus extract versions sugstitute extract for the base malt. The recipes are all for 5 gallon batches. Agnew groups the recipes into 6 styles: pale ales and IPAs; Porters and Stouts; Wheat and Rye Beers, Belgians; other ales; and lagers. The style introductions are concise and well written. the introductions for the brewers are entertaining and well written and the "pro brewer tips' peppered throughout will definitely help home brewers take their skills up a notch. Agnew has judged a lot of beer, knows where most of the mistakes lie, and also provides the homebrewer much useful advice. This is a good book for intermediate homebrewers and above who want interesting recipes and some useful information to improve their game.