Friday, March 14, 2014

Fantastical Friday

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Disclaimer: I received a e-copy from NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinions.

This week I am very excited to share my review for a book that just recently came onto my radar. I shared my excitement for the book with Nick because it's all about one of his hobbies that I like to assist with: HOMEBREWING!

A year ago, I had Beer Week on the blog and Nick took over to talk about homebrewing and share two personal recipes he came up with that have been very successful and are spoken highly of by everyone who has tried them.

The book I was lucky enough to get an e-copy of to review is called Sustainable Homebrewing by Amelia Slayton Loftus.

Here's the synopsis [via Amazon]:
"Amelia Slayton Loftus shares her expert knowledge in this comprehensive guide that includes everything homebrewers of all levels need to know to brew delicious, organic beer. She covers the whys and hows of organic brewing, things to consider when buying equipment, and everything you need to know about organic ingredients (what makes them different, how to get them, and how to make substitutions). She also offers more than 30 irresistible recipes. You’ll learn how to brew sustainably by growing ingredients yourself, recycling water, using solar energy, and achieving zero waste. Loftus also includes information on developing new recipes, tips for honing competition skills, and a tasting guide to different beer styles."

As we venture out of the military life this year, Nick and I have really begun to talk about what we want to do when we buy our first home. One of our biggest goals is to be as sustainable as possible.

In Sustainable Homebrewing, Loftus talks about the very basics of every aspect of homebrewing. While Nick is pretty well-versed and I'm learning through helping, it's always nice to have a fresh perspective and continue learning more and more things about the basics. There is always new information to gain.

I am planning on getting this book as soon as it comes out because there are whole chapters on how to brew from scratch and how to reuse what you have brewed with. Plus there are a ton of recipes for beer AND recipes on how to use spent grain. I hope to make a few of those recipes very soon, as we just brewed our first all-grain batch and we have a bunch of huge gallon bags of spent grain in the freezer. We've made a spent grain bread recipe, but it wasn't from this particular book - and it was super delicious. Another awesome part about this book is that Loftus touches on growing your own ingredients to brew with. Nick has already been planning to do this and it is great to have a starting point and guide to reference back to.

I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in homebrewing or to those who already homebrew, but are looking into more sustainable ways to do it!

Preorder this title: Amazon//Barnes&Noble

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