Real Ales for the Home Brewer
Marc Ollosson - author

I bought this book by mistake really. I was looking for another one and couldn't find it, now I'm glad I did! The author gives very clear and simple to follow instructions for both full mash and malt extract home brewers in each recipe.


There is a brief but informative section at the front of the book describing different yeasts, equipment, malt extracts and hop varieties. As someone who has brewed my own for years, I almost skipped those parts but often now find myself referring back to them for tips as they are very useful.


The amount of beers is extensive, there are some very well known ones but the best are the beers you may not have heard of, or seen around for many years. The only disappointment I had was that Ind Coope Burton Ale was not in the book! All in all, I heartily recommend this book for the experienced and newbie brewer alike.


Get mashing!


Don't expect a detailed approach on how to brew. Whilst the basic procedure is outlined, this is more of a recipe book.


You may not have heard of many of the beers included but don't let that put you off -  many of the recipes are first class, so if you've just started on the road to AG brewing and understand the technique, this is a good book to offer inspiration for future brews.


Try the Townes IPA -  delightful!

buzzy -  Amazon purchaser

I mentioned in my last post that the recipe for Broadsword was from a book by Marc Ollosson, the recipe had been passed on to me by a friend, I decided to order the book online and it arrived this week.


I'm impressed with the information in the book and the range of recipes.


I like formulating my own recipes but there are quite a few here that I want to brew or draw inspiration from. I'd recommend this to any home brewer.

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Got Wheeler? Get Ollosson!

If you've learned and loved to brew with your Graham Wheeler in hand and would like a similar resource of diverse ale recipes written with the same verve and empathy, look no further.


Very useful too, as a basis for creating simple golden summer ales with balance to temper the crazed hophead in you!

Dave -  Amazon purchaser

If you know anything about the near-  legendary Styrian Stunner recipe then there's no need to rewind a few weeks and see me gushing about just how good this beer is.


The folks over at Beer Kit forum rave about this recipe from Marc Ollosson, and for good reason.

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Marc Ollosson designed this recipe (Styrian Stunner) in the book Real Ales for the Home Brewer.

So far it has proved to be a big hit, as well as won first place in this years BBF for Ordinary Bitter, and has won first place in the east region of this years NHC.


Screw the awards though, its an easy recipe that really tastes great.


Scioto, Olentangy, & Darby Zymurgists, Inc.

Great book that gives a good basic knowledge of home brewing from kits to all grain and lots of good recipes of commercially available beers.


Wayne - Amazon Purchaser

In the recipe book you will come across the following terms or recipes. With these recipes, explanations and your skill you'll be making superb real ale from good quality and very much tried and tested recipes for full mash, recipes for all grain, recipes for partial mash, recipes for malt extract using ingredients and equipment.
You will read up & possibly use ingredients such as halycon malt, pale malt, marris otter, amber malt, roast barley, chocolate malt, crystal malt and brown malt. Hops, no beer would be as interesting without them. You'll read up and come across varieties such as challenger hops, wgv hops, goldings gops, fuggles hops, target hops, bramling cross hops, styrian hops, hallertau hops, hallertauer hops, yeoman hops, northern brewer hops, whitbread golding variety hops, progress hops, willamette hops, mount hood hops, syrian golding hops, tettnang hops, saaz hops, northdown hops, north down hops, omega hops, brewers gold hops. As you can see there are many hops and grains available to the home brewer and craft brewer!
Best results for these classic British Real Ale recipes come from the all grain recipes but you can make many many of the recipes using malt extract as well. But there are still even more wonderful malts, grains and adjuncts you can use such as wheat malt, mild ale malt, carapils malt, black malt, flaked barley, torrified wheat, flaked maize, wheat flour. To help clear your all grain recipe you can use irish moss.
Hops fall into 3 main types and they are..... bittering hops, aroma hops, dual purpose hops.There are many terms used in all grain brewing such as EBU, European Bittering units, yeast, bottle conditioned, liquid yeast and yeast starter bottles. Of course we haven't forgotten instructions so in the book you will find malt extract brewing instructions, partial mash brewing instructions, all grain instructions & full mash instructions for your brews from all grain real ale recipes.
The terms we use include mash liquor, final gravity, original gravity, late hops, dry hops and ABV. All these are explained in the book.
The book contains pale ale recipes, , bitter recipes, mild ale recipes, stout recipes, porter recipes, IPA recipes, India Pale Ale recipes & dark ale recipes. All these British real ale recipes can be made using all grain / full mash and partial mash & a wide selection can also be brewed by you the craft brewer.
There is loads of equipment available for you to use. Your craft brewery can be as basic or as expansive as you like. You'll be using equipment with names such as mash tun, wort boiler, hop back, keg, beer barrel & bottles. secondary fermentation take place in your bottles and kegs whereas fermentation takes place in the fermenting bin - all this is described and explained in clear terms.
The acclaimed and award winning styrian stunner recipe is in this book of real ale recipes for all grain or full mash brewing methods as well as partial mash and simple malt extract brews to make superb quality real ale.
Beer of any form requires barley, malted barley. Two row barley does give the best results. It is from barley comes the fermentable sugars but sometimes we do need to add other types of sugar to the recipes, beet or cane sugars and syrups such as maltose, dextrose, sucrose, invertase, glucose, lactose and barley syrups may be used to produce quality ales from recipes for all grain recipes, malt extract recipes or partial mash recipes as well as full mash recipes for british real ales.
Other equipment to use during your all grain / full mash or malt extract recipe brew include, hydrometer, pressure barrel, king keg, . The barrels enable you to bulk store your quality malt extract or all grain recipe brews for british real ales easily. Barrel makes include rotokeg, hambleton bard, beer sphere, mini kegs & king keg. To boil up your wort produced from all grain or malt extract recipes you may require a large boiler such as a thorne boiler.
Real Ales for the Home Brewer contains over 120 superb quality recipes for British real ale - you can make the classic British real ale recipes contained in the book using all grain grain recipes, malt extract recipes, partial mash recipes and full mash recipes. Classic British real ale recipes with easy to follow instructions allowing you to produce superb results from all grain brews or malt extract brews.
Every recipe in the book was brewed and tested many times before it was included to ensure it was a good recipe which would give superb ales. All recipes were tested using the all grain recipes for the British real ales and many were tested using the malt extract recipes. These recipes have been tried and tested by many brewers who bought the 1st edition and they have been mightily impressed with the results they have had.
All grain brewing is the same as full mash brewing.
So this wonderful book will allow you the home brewer, the craft brewer, the extract brewer and the all grain brewer to produce superb quality British real ales at home at a fraction of the cost of the pub or supermarket using tried, tested and ore importantly trusted recipes.