Local home brewer writes a ‘how to’ book

Robert Walch 12 a.m. PDT August 9, 2014

“Sustainable Homebrewing: An All-Organic Approach to Crafting Great Beer” (Storey. $18.95) by Amelia Slayton Loftus.
Local connection: Amelia Slayton Loftus is a Monterey County resident and accomplished home brewer. She co-founded Seven Bridges Cooperative, a cooperatively owned, certified organic homebrew supply store.
Content: The organic food movement has reached craft beer and those who are into home brewing. One of the leading advocates of this type of hands-on production is Amelia Slayton Loftus. And, thanks to this book, the award winning brewer is making it possible for you to climb aboard the sustainable home brew bandwagon.
To do this you need to choose the right ingredients and supplies that have a low impact on the environment and employ practices that use as little water and energy as possible (that’s’ not a bad idea in a drought situation too!). You also will want to reuse and recycle spent grain, cooling water, and beer bottles and kegs plus use durable equipment that is safe and not too costly.
That’s the general game plan and Loftus supplies the details to make this a reality while producing a really great beverage that you’ll be proud to serve family and friends. She covers everything from growing your own ingredients and employing solar energy, to achieving zero waste through composting or baking with spent grains.
Most importantly, there are over thirty beer recipes included here as well that will pique the interest of both the advanced home brewer as well as the beginner. For the do-it-yourselfer this is an invaluable guide that will make your home brewing sustainable while taking the end product to the next level.
Quote: Why brew organic? The author says, “It’s cheaper in the long run. Some organic ingredients cost more (in some cases a lot more), but brewing your own organic beer is still cheaper than buying it. You can reduce costs by buying in bulk and building your own recipes, brewing from scratch with whole grains instead of extract, and seeking out local sources for heavy base ingredients such as barley malt and malt extract”.
Audience: If you already brew at home but haven’t got into organic brewing, you will want to read this book. If you aren’t a home brewer but have been thinking about trying it, you’ll want to read this book. If you just love beer you’ll find this book informative and worth reading.
Robert Walch of Monterey writes about Central Coast Authors for The Salinas Californian. Contact him in care of Central Coast Authors, The Salinas Californian, 123 W. Alisal St., Salinas 93901, or e-mail to jtruskot@thecalifornian.com.

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