Your Homebrewing Guide
(Clockwise from left to right: Jim Koch, Ken Grossman, Sam Calagione, Tomme Arthur)
The No. 1 rule to making beer: Use The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, by Charlie Papazian, President of the Brewers Association. It has step-by-step guides and provides the simple-to-understand science and reasoning behind the processes. Originally published in 1984, several craft beer biggies credit the book for helping them launch their empires.
You Could Be Next
These founding brewers all began in their kitchens armed with Papazian’s book, a dream and a thirst for really, really good beer. Here’s a few of their brewing tricks.
Jim Koch, Samuel Adams
“Brew what you want to brew and the passion will come through. When i first began, I knew the ingredients I wanted were harder to find, but I didn’t want to skimp.”
Ken Grossman, Founder, Sierra Nevada Brewing Company
“Get your hands dirty, but keep your equipment clean.”
Sam Calagione, Dogfish Head
“Don’t be afraid to jump from extract brewing to partial-grain brewing. This involves a bag of crushed barley that you steep like tea before you boil.”
Tomme Arthur, The Lost Abbey and Port Brewing
“Treat your yeasts like they are your favorite child (not the red-headed stepchild), and your beers will be awesome.”