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Make Your Own Beer (Paperback)

A Guide to All Things Beer and How to Brew it Yourself

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By John Shepherd
Imprint: White Owl
Series: Make Your Own
Pages: 104
Illustrations: 120 colour illustrations
ISBN: 9781526769978
Published: 30th November 2020

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The primary aim is to create an accessible and practical guide to home brewing, covering all aspects of the process. The intended outcome is that somebody following the guide, would be able to brew a number of different style of beers of good quality and take pleasure from both the process and the end product.

Practically, the book will also offer some introductory, but very useful, information on other issues that are relevant to the home brewer; equipment and the cost versus benefit of different types, beer styles and flavours and an understanding of key, quality ingredients.

The photography will fit this approach in that images will be useful and show helpful details but also be professionally shot and be more than just functional; they will be good to look at.

The style of the book will be engaging and personal, in that it is intended to guide the reader through the process as something enjoyable, rather than approach it in a purely step by step approach. It is also intended to be light-hearted and, above all, readable and so could be enjoyed by someone actually brewing beer or someone who just wants an interesting way into the topic.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The comprehensive book is a must for anyone with an interest in brewing. It’s gives an overview of the history of brewing and gives clear advice on how to brew. It tells you what you need, what you can adapt and how you can improve. If you have never brewed before- this is the book for you. If you have brewed before but want some more ideas this is your go to guide. Fabulously detailed, guide book.

NetGalley, Jackie Oldfield

Very thoroughly written book about home brewing. There is a lot of in-depth knowledge, and it’s easy to spot that the author has a lot of experience regarding the subject. There are clear instructions about what you need, what you need to do and when, with pictures. The guidance through the process of brewing beer at home is excellent.

There are great explanations about the ingredients, but not too much so that it would confuse a keen newbie. Extra points for pointing out the importance of cleaning! It can never be emphasized enough. In fact, I believe that is were many go wrong. It is naturally the least exciting bit about brewing. However, if you’re not going to give it the attention it needs I don’t see a point in brewing your own beer. By following the instructions in this book you should be able to brew yourself some tasty beers!

NetGalley, Tove R

About John Shepherd

John Shepherd has been home brewing for many years and he had been running a video production company for ten years when, in 2013, he and a friend decided to set up, from scratch, a craft brewery.


Not coming from a brewing industry background, the only thing they knew about the market prior to setting up the brewery was that people like different types of beers and so that was their goal: to produce a beer for everyone and anyone, but always of the absolute best quality. From lagers to stouts, bitters to pale ales, they believed that whatever your taste; everyone deserves a good beer.


Six years on, having won a number of awards and sold lots of different beers, John stepped back from the brewery on a day to day basis to focus on writing. He is working on other “how to” guides as well as a screenplay, a book of short stories and has successfully submitted comedy material to the BBC.

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