True Brews, How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home, by Emma Christensen was a book we just couldn't resist. Fermentation is one of our passions and a book that focuses on beverages was a no-brainer. We've played around on own with kefir, kombucha, ginger beer, and various other beverages with good results. That said, even with our library of fermentation books, we tend to fly by the seat of our pants. This book looked like it would be fun and informative, an easy read that would also give us some solid information to work with.
True Brews did not disappoint. The writing has a straightforward tone. It is easy going and approachable while communicating all of the pertinent information. Emma Christensen covers a wide range of recipes from gluten free pale ale to cloudy cherry sake. The recipes span the globe and I was especially intrigued by the wide range of flavors. There is a Mexican Pineapple cider known as tepache and a blueberry-lavender mead. Every chapter begins with a master recipe for the brewing technique followed by variations. There are interviews with brewers and precise recipes to extrapolate from. It's a great book and we are so happy to have found it. We encourage anyone with an interest in home brewing to check it out. It's the perfect summer read for those of us obsessed with food and drink.
May 17, 2005