True Brews by Emma Christensen
How to Craft Fermented Cider, Beer, Wine, Sake, Soda, Mead, Kefir, and Kombucha at Home

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This accessible home-brew guide for alcoholic and non-alcoholic fermented drinks, from Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn's Emma Christensen, offers a wide range of simple yet enticing recipes for Root Beer, Honey Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Sorghum Ale, Blueberry-Lavender Mead, Gin Sake, Plum Wine, and more.

You can make naturally fermented sodas, tend batches of kombucha, and brew your own beer in the smallest apartment kitchen with little more equipment than a soup pot, a plastic bucket, and a long-handled spoon. All you need is the know-how. 
             
That’s where Emma Christensen comes in, distilling a wide variety of projects—from mead to kefir to sake—to their simplest forms, making the process fun and accessible for homebrewers. All fifty-plus recipes in True Brews stem from the same basic techniques and core equipment, so it’s easy for you to experiment with your favorite flavors and add-ins once you grasp the fundamentals. 
             
Covering a tantalizing range of recipes, including Coconut Water Kefir, Root Beer, Honey–Green Tea Kombucha, Pear Cider, Gluten-Free Pale Ale, Chai-Spiced Mead, Cloudy Cherry Sake, and Plum Wine, these fresh beverages make impressive homemade offerings for hostess gifts, happy hours, and thirsty friends alike. 
 

About Emma Christensen

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EMMA CHRISTENSEN is a food writer, beer reviewer, and homebrewer; currently her writing appears daily on Apartment Therapy: The Kitchn. In addition, Christensen writes a twice-monthly syndicated column for Tribune Media Services on weeknight meal solutions for harried home cooks. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area.
 
Published May 14, 2013 by Ten Speed Press. 192 pages
Genres: Cooking. Non-fiction

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The first is using a double-dose of chocolate: cocoa powdered added to the dry ingredients and melted chocolate added along with the butter and eggs.

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Potato chips baked perfectly in three minutes with no need to reduce microwave time or flip the chips partway through cooking.

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Quinoa Salad with Apples, Walnuts, Dried Cranberries, and Gouda from Fine Cooking.

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If you're adding fillings to your omelette, just make sure those are cooked or re-warmed, if needed, and ready to go before you actually start making the omelette.

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Cook's Illustrated suggests breaking the turkey down into drumsticks, thighs, and breast (or buying turkey parts), ensuring that each part of the turkey cooks to perfection.

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10 Spicy, Cheesy, and Fried Tex-Mex Recipes • 7 Women Who Turned Their Food Passion into a Career• Artichoke, Kale, and Ricotta Pie• Kitchen Tour: Adrian & Gregg's Pacific Northwest Kitchen• Old-School Recipe: Make Your Own Strawberry Milk!• Macarons Made Easy: 10 Myths Completely Debunked.

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When I do have them it's to make dishes for parties: a thai-inspired noodle salad with cashews and cashew nut butter (instead of peanut), I make cashew cream for vegan dishes, and chocolate bars.

Jun 18 2012 | Read Full Review of True Brews: How to Craft Ferm...

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The emphasis there is hearty, warming food (since it gets so frackin cold in the wintertime up north)...I used to eat this dish for lunch once a week or so, although the noodles the street vendors used were much chewier, almost bready (providing a nice textural contrast with the soft napa cabbage...

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