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The Rare Beer Club’s mission statement is quite simply to bring you the best craft beers that the world has to offer. And certainly no one had more knowledge and experience with artisanal beers than Rare Beer Club founder Michael Jackson, whom The Wall Street Journal referred to as “The World’s leading beer critic.”

It’s an exciting time to be a beer lover. Passionate, creative, artisanal brewers around the world are returning to often-forgotten traditions without compromising on ingredient quality to cut costs. They’re leading the way in creating new styles by experimenting with unusual ingredients, blending aged beers, aging beers in bourbon barrels, and imparting other innovative brewing techniques.

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Malt: A Practical Guide

Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse“Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse” completes the Brewing Elements Series from Brewers Publications. The book “delves into the intricacies of this key ingredient used in virtually all beers. This book provides a comprehensive overview of malt, with primary focus on barley, from the field through the malting process. With primers on history, agricultural development and physiology of the barley kernel, John Mallett (Bell’s Brewery, Inc.) leads us through the enzymatic conversion that takes place during the malting process. A detailed discussion of enzymes, the Maillard reaction, and specialty malts follows. Quality and analysis, malt selection, and storage and handling are explained. This book is of value to all brewers, of all experience levels, who wish to learn more about the role of malt as the backbone of beer.”

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BeerBug

BeerBugThis one is for homebrewers. The BeerBug is a cloud connected digital hydrometer — measuring the density and temperature of your fermenting beer, cider, or wine and reporting that to the cloud to be read from your computer or smartphone, anywhere in the world.

The BeerBug gathers specific gravity, temperature, and alcohol data from your fermenting brew and sends that data to the cloud. You are able to read your brew data via your web browser and iOS or Android App. When sending commands to your BeerBug your commands retrace this path, going through the cloud then back down to your BeerBug.

Some other key details:

- It fits most any vessel
- It mounts just like an airlock
- It reroutes C02 via airlock or blowoff
- It has rechargeable 25+ day battery life

Experimental Homebrewing

The cover of this book includes the words “mad science” and the fellow on the front has that certain look. No surprise that the 30-plus recipes in this book include beers made with mushrooms and watermelon (different beers, but in the spirit of the book you can do whatever you want).

However, authors Drew Beechum and Denny Conn — both “can I have my picture taken with you?” superstars in the homebrewing community — also are interested in experiments that include ways to make beer better. They ask questions like: Do you get different hop aromas from hops steeped at different temperatures? Can you change your flavor and aroma characteristics by pitching different amounts of yeast?

“Experimental Homebrewing: Mad Science in the Pursuit of Great Beer” comes with a list of coded experiments, so you can feel like a scientist yourself.

Scrabble coasters

Although the points on the tiles only add up to 17 the word FERMENTATION has the potential to add a lot more points by reaching double and triple letter or word scores.

These are the sorts of things you can contemplate while shuffling through this set of beer coaster tiles. It does not come with a large scrabble board, although no home bar should be without one. Added bonus: you can pick this up at the PBS store.