In an alternative world, beside the crazy writing on this blog, some of our thoughts and visions about beer also end up in a more structured format as books. Embracing the task of writing a book is daunting. At that time, clueless where to start, what to write. The starting point is as difficult as the last mile. Along the way it gets dark and doubts monopolize the author. Even with all the challenges, the goal was never compromised: sharing knowledge to help brewers worldwide brewing beers with their own twist.

Below you can find the publications from the members of Brett Hotel.

The Shape of Brewing

A Guide for the Mindful Brewer

by Jorge Tomé

About the Book

The main objective is to teach how beer flavor can be shaped. By providing means for the brewer to be able to elaborate unique recipes. Removing fears and concerns about using unique ingredients, techniques and products. It is assumed the reader is familiar with the whole brewing process, and that good quality and stable brews are achieved consistently. This book is aimed at widening  the brewer’s horizons, offering a pole for that first vault jumping.

Therefore, throughout this book we’ll be reviewing where inspiration can come from, how to apply it to the beers to be, discussing techniques and processes where flavor can be impacted, shaping it to reflect our own intentions. Training the thinking process is crucial to come up with unique concepts and creations. 

Starting by reviewing the brewing process and its traditional ingredients to explore potential windows of creativity. And followed by unique ingredients that can be used in the process to then again go beyond the laws of tradition.

A large number of concepts, ideas and knowledge will be approached, but seldomly explained thoroughly. There are several resources and authors that can elaborate in better and more scientific ways than what’s the scope for this book. The reader can also see this book as a reference source for their trials, and, when appropriate, further readings will be encouraged on specific subjects.

Moving on, examples of homebrewed beers will be provided, exploring examples where creativity is put into practical terms. Providing the brewer an idea on how to contextualize techniques and ingredients presented before.

Then, to further understand where creativity and inspiration can come from, brewers from the craft beer industry are invited to share their visions, what drives their passion and how they expect the market to grow and expand.

The final chapter will explore and present theoretical brewing ideas and trials that the brewer is encouraged to conduct on their own. It can be seen as the school’s exercise book, but one where you cannot look for the solution in the back. You will need to find it for yourself.