True Brews: How To Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, And Kombucha At Home

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True Brews: How To Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, And Kombucha At Home

by Emma Christensen

Ten Speed Press | May 14, 2013 | Hardcover |

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This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn''s Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more.

You can make naturally fermented sodas, tend batches of kombucha, and brew your own beer in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. All you need is the know-how.  
             
That's where Emma Christensen comes in, distilling a wide variety of projects-from mead to kefir to sake-to their simplest forms, making the process fun and accessible for homebrewers. All fifty-plus recipes in True Brews stem from the same basic techniques and core equipment, so it's easy for you to experiment with your favorite flavors and add-ins once you grasp the fundamentals.  
             
Covering a tantalizing range of recipes, including Coconut Water Kefir, Root Beer, Honey-Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Pale Ale, Chai-Spiced Mead, Cloudy Cherry Sake, and Plum Wine, these fresh beverages make impressive homemade offerings for hostess gifts, happy hours, and thirsty friends alike. 

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 7.48 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1607743388

ISBN - 13: 9781607743385

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True Brews: How To Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, And Kombucha At Home

by Emma Christensen

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 192 Pages, 7.48 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: May 14, 2013

Publisher: Ten Speed Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1607743388

ISBN - 13: 9781607743385

About the Book

An accessible homebrew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, including beer, mead, soda, kefir, kombucha, hard cider, sake, and fruit wines.

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Introduction                     Let’s set a few things straight: anyone can homebrew in any size apartment with a stockpot, a bucket, and a jug. I promise you this is true. You don’t need a lot of space. You don’t need fancy equipment. You won’t stink up the apartment or be forced to hide homebrew in the bathtub. And as long as you use common sense, you don’t need to worry about exploding bottles. You want to homebrew? Let’s do it.       Sodas run the gamut from the simplest of ginger ales to the fanciest fancy-pants fresh fruit- and herb-infused sparklers. There are kombucha scobys and kefir grains that have traveled the world and back over the course of generations. Homebrewers and winemakers will argue into the wee hours about the merits of this brewing technique with that temperature variance and using this particular piece of hand-welded equipment.       But every single one of these brews, from that basic soda to the finest Pinot Noir, shares the same fundamental process. If you take a sugary liquid, add some yeast or friendly bacteria, and let it sit for a while without bothering it, this beverage will transform into something fizzy, flavorful, and quite often, alcoholic. That, my friends, is fermentation.   Sugary liquid + yeast (and the occasional friendly bacteria) + time = delicious fermented beverage
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Table of Contents

Introduction   Brewer’s Pantry  Brewer’s Toolbox  Brewer’s Handbook   Chapter 1   Soda Pop   Expert Interview:  Jesse Friedman, SodaCraft  Master Soda Recipe  Ginger Ale  Strawberry Soda  Orange Cream Soda  Watermelon-Mint Soda  Cherry-Lime Soda  Grape Soda  Grapefruit Soda  Root Beer   Chapter 2  Kombucha   Expert Interview:  Eric Childs, Kombucha Brooklyn   Master Kombucha Recipe   Peach Iced Tea Kombucha   Hibiscus Kombucha  Blackberry-Sage Kombucha  Honey–Green Tea Kombucha   White Tea–Pomegranate Kombucha   Chapter 3 Kefir   Expert Interview:  Nancy Van Brasch Hamren,  Nancy’s Yogurt  Master Milk Kefir Recipe  Master Water Kefir Recipe  Cherry, Pistachio, and Cardamom Kefir Smoothie  Banana-Berry Kefir Smoothie  Mango Lassi Kefir Smoothie  Ginger-Pear Kefir  Coconut Water Kefir  Sparkling Raspberry Kefir Wine     Chapter 4  Hard Cider   Expert Interview:  Jeffrey House, Ace Cider  Master Hard Cider Recipe  Dry Apple Cider  Sweet Spiced Mulled Cider  Pear Cider  Hard Lemonade  Jamaican Ginger Beer  Pineapple–Brown Sugar Cider                    Chapter 5  Beer  E
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This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn''s Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more.

You can make naturally fermented sodas, tend batches of kombucha, and brew your own beer in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. All you need is the know-how.  
             
That's where Emma Christensen comes in, distilling a wide variety of projects-from mead to kefir to sake-to their simplest forms, making the process fun and accessible for homebrewers. All fifty-plus recipes in True Brews stem from the same basic techniques and core equipment, so it's easy for you to experiment with your favorite flavors and add-ins once you grasp the fundamentals.  
             
Covering a tantalizing range of recipes, including Coconut Water Kefir, Root Beer, Honey-Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Pale Ale, Chai-Spiced Mead, Cloudy Cherry Sake, and Plum Wine, these fresh beverages make impressive homemade offerings for hostess gifts, happy hours, and thirsty friends alike. 

About the Author

EMMA CHRISTENSEN is a food writer, beer reviewer, and homebrewer; currently her writing appears daily on Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn. In addition, Christensen writes a twice-monthly syndicated column for Tribune Media Services on weeknight meal solutions for harried home cooks. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Editorial Reviews

“I dare you to get through the first chapter of True Brews without running to your kitchen to try a recipe. Emma Christensen demystifies the process of homebrewing with her clear, empowering, and enticing recipes, showing us the full brewing potential of even the smallest and most basic kitchens. Even more, her enthusiasm is entirely infectious—get this book into enough hands, and I predict a homebrewed revolution.” —Alana Chernila, author of The Homemade Pantry   “Fermented beverages come in many varied forms, and True Brews explores a vast array of them. I applaud Emma Christensen for this user-friendly compendium of ancient wisdom, modern methods, and inventive flavor combinations. Invite microbes into your life via some of these lively brews. Become part of the fermentation revival!” —Sandor Ellix Katz, author of The Art of Fermentation and Wild Fermentation   “I’ll confess: I was skeptical about brewing at home before picking up Emma Christensen’s True Brews . My skepticism was immediately quashed by this book, which like a shaken-up bottle of homebrewed soda, positively explodes with accessible techniques, enticing recipes, and best of all a clear, enthusiastic voice that guides you through the process. Thanks to this book, I can’t wait to start brewing and drinking my own beer, wine, and soda at home.” —Adam Roberts, author of The Amateur Gourmet and Secrets of the Best Chefs  
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