Author(s): Mary Izett
Enjoy a quick brew day and make Gose, Smoked Ale, Pennsylvania Swankey, Strawberry-Peppercorn Short Mead, Tart Blackberry Cider, Boozy Kombucha, Kefir Beer, Absinthola, Mauby, Tepache, and more! Homebrew tastes great, it's inexpensive to make, and it's equally fun to brew old favorites and new recipes. There's only one thing stopping you from brewing your 1st or 101st batch: time. Whether it's your kids, your job, or a million other things, it can be hard to find a free brew day. Then there's the agonizing wait to crack that first cap. But what if you could brew a session IPA in just a few hours? Or if you could brew a sour beer that's ready to drink in weeks instead of months? In Speed Brewing, author Mary Izett shows you how to make it happen. Whether you're a new or experienced brewer, you'll find time-saving techniques and recipes that save hours on brew day. You'll also find beers, ciders, and meads that pack big flavors but ferment quickly. Lesser-known fast fermentables--boozy kombucha, kefir beer, spirited sodas, and more--ensure there are plenty of exciting experiments for even the most creative brewer.
Whether you decide to brew the Bia Hoi, Smoked Summer Ale, or Strawberry-Peppercorn Short Mead, weeknights will never be the same.
"When I first saw Mary's book, I must admit that it raised an eyebrow. What was this, some sort of strange joke? But one good look through, and I was hooked. Wherever you go in the world, from England to Vietnam to Africa, people have always brewed some delicious beers quickly-why not now? There are a lot of great ideas in these pages." - Garrett Oliver, brewmaster of the Brooklyn Brewery, editor-in-chief of "The Oxford Companion to Beer," and author of "The Brewmaster's Table" "I joke that if it can be fermented, I've fermented it. However, Mary's book shows that my experiments have fallen far short! She's presented so many fun, easy, interesting, and impressive ideas that I can't wait to try. Using her recipes for alternative brews turns every trip to the grocery into a research trip. Back to the fermenters I go!" - Drew Beechum, author of "Experimental Homebrewing," "The Everything Hard Cider Book," and "The Everything Homebrewing Book""Fermented beverages are as old and diverse as mankind, but in this age of high technology, it is easy to forget how accessible they can be. I have always been a dedicated homebrewer and craft beer drinker, but this book has convinced me to broaden my horizons and try something new. In fact, I have time right now..." - John Palmer, author of "How To Brew""The beers I enjoy most tend to be made by brewers who have entered into partnership with their favorite yeast strains. They are a product of confidence as much as equipment or scale. "Speed Brewing "is intended to inspire such confidence as quickly as the fermentations it describes." - Stan Hieronymus, author of "For the Love of Hops" and "Brew Like a Monk""This is a great book on fermenting a wide array of beverages. It is user-friendly, with straightforward methods and clear instructions. It's a valuable contribution to the growing literature of fermentation." - Sandor Ellix Katz, author of "The Art of Fermentation" and "Wild Fermentation"
MARY IZETT is a passionate homebrewer specializing in fast and alternatively fermented beverages. She is the current president of the New York City Homebrewers' Guild and President Emeritus of the Malted Barley Appreciation Society. As a beer judge, she has achieved National ranking in the Beer Judging Certification Program. Mary is the New York City/Long Island columnist for the Ale Street News and writes about craft beer and food on her blog, My Life on Craft.