Brew Like a Pro: Make Pub-Style Draft Beer at Home by Dave Miller [pdf, epub] 1612120504

Brew Like a Pro: Make Pub-Style Draft Beer at Home

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  • Title: Brew Like a Pro: Make Pub-Style Draft Beer at Home
  • Autor: Dave Miller
  • Publisher (Publication Date): Storey Publishing, LLC (December 4, 2012)
  • Language: English

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Make your best beer ever! Legendary brewer Dave Miller brings a lifetime of professional experience into your home. With complete plans for a system that requires just 18 square feet and full of small-batch recipes, Brew Like a Pro reveals the secrets of truly great draft- and pub-style brewing. Learn to make classic all-grain beers that stay fresh in kegs for months, eliminating the need for bottling. This clear, concise guide is sure to take your homebrewing to the next level.

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Enjoy Refreshing Draft Beer — at Home! Elevate your homebrewed beer to new levels of quality and consistency. Dave Miller has been a homebrewer and a professional brewmaster; he has firsthand knowledge of the inner workings of a pub brewery and a unique understanding of how to adapt pro techniques for home use. Follow Miller’s advice on setting up an efficient all-grain home brewery and a draft system for serving fresh, cold beer, and you’ll be brewing like a pro in no time — no bottling required!

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About the Author

Dave Miller is the author of Brew Like a Pro and Dave Miller’s Homebrewing Guide, published by Storey in 1995. He was a brewer at Blackstone in Nashville from 1994 to 2008. During his tenure there, Blackstone’s beer won 14 Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup medals. In his retirement, he has returned to the world of homebrewing. He was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Homebrewers Association.

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This is one of my top 3 favorite homebrewing books, and it’s probably the most underrated (along with “Bock” from the Classic Beer Style series). This book fills a gaping void in the most popular homebrewing literature, which is a focus on system engineering, process, and equipment rather than recipe design and beer styles. Miller provides clear, detailed explanation of the all-grain system process and provides valuable guidance for establishing a homebrewery. This is one of the few (only?) books that describes the process using a pump and other sophisticated, commercial-level techniques. Miller puts a premium on beer clarity, which at first I bristled at. Why spend so much time and devote so many words to brewing clear beer? Well, as any advanced homebrewer knows, if you want to impress anyone with your homebrew–whether it be a beer judge or just a discerning friend–it needs to be clear. So I really appreciate his focus and emphasis on this crucial step. Miller recommends kegging your beer from Day 1, and offers explanation of kegging equipment and process. This section of the book is also very helpful, but I’ll just note that I don’t agree. As a 10 year homebrewer myself who tried kegging at one point, I much prefer bottling and find it to be a much easier process, not backbreaking work like he makes it out to be. Cost is a concern for most homebrewers when setting up a system. However, Miller is a self-described cheapskate, so his recommended equipment and set up won’t break the bank. To me it gives this book more legitimacy that he doesn’t expect advanced all-grain homebrewers to use all kinds of stainless steel bling; rather, it’s the process that matters.

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