Brewing Barley Wines: Origins, History, and Making Them at Home Today (Paperback)

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Brewing Barley Wines: Origins, History, and Making Them at Home Today (Paperback)


For Craft Beer Drinkers and Homebrewers Alike

From early English origins to modern American examples like Sierra Nevada’s Bigfoot and Rogue’s XS Old Crustacean, barley wines are a favored style among homebrewers and craft beer drinkers alike. In Brewing Barley Wines, widely respected beer and brewing writer Terry Foster presents the history and development of the style as well as the guidance and expertise necessary to successfully homebrew it yourself.

The book opens with an exploration of the definition of the style from its murky past to somewhat arbitrary modern standards. Foster explores the style guidelines given by the Brewers Association (BA) and the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and finds them to be narrow, even faulty, showing that many beers not designated as barley wines­—including some stock ales, Scotch ales, wheat wines, and even double IPAs—can be said to fit the style. Foster then goes on to give a history of barley wine, which saw its first specifically labeled commercial example as recently as 1903, but which has been produced for centuries under a variety of names. Originally an English style, barley wines were not generally brewed in America until the rise of craft brewing in the late twentieth century. But having cemented a foothold in the New World, with many craft breweries having at least one featured example and sometimes several, barley wines are now rarely produced by British brewers due to heavy taxation on strong beers. 

Foster then examines the ingredients used in barley wines as well as best practices and procedures for brewing them, including how to create and successfully manage the high-gravity worts required for making these beers. Finally, Foster provides a collection of sixty recipes showcasing the variety and range of ingredients explored in the book with detailed instructions for making them at home.

Brewing Barley Wines belongs in the library of every craft beer drinker or homebrewer.
Terry Foster was born and educated in London and holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the London University. He started brewing some sixty years ago and has been brewing at home ever since. He has written for several magazines, including ZymurgyAll About BeerAmerican Brewer, and Brew Your Own. Terry is the author of Brewing Porters and Stouts, also from Skyhorse Publishing; Pale Ale and Porter in Brewers Publications' Classic Beer Styles series; several pieces appearing in The Oxford Companion to Beer, edited by Garrett Oliver; and of a regular Techniques column for Brew Your Own. He lives in Stratford, Connecticut.

Product Details ISBN: 9781510766938
ISBN-10: 1510766936
Publisher: Skyhorse
Publication Date: May 28th, 2024
Pages: 304
Language: English