Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles

Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer StylesProbably the best homebrewing book I ve ever read this book does a great job of discussing ingredients and techniques for producing great beers It also describes many of the major styles attempted by homebrewers, with valuable information on how to make them My only criticism of the book is that, in his analytical, scientific way, he presents the factual information on how the style recipes rather than great recipes He reports what percentage of award winning recipes use which kinds of malt and yeast, and in what percentages, rather than assembling what he thinks of as a great recipe This is a book driven by data rather than advice and it s an unrivaled source of information for homebrewers. This is a well researched, thorough discussion of various beer styles, including histories and cultural context, as well as ingredient considerations based on traditional and contemporary recipes, with a bias toward tried and true vs hip and trendy The book was published 20 years ago, so there is no mention of recent crazes such as hazy IPA.There is also, inexplicably, no mention of Belgian styles This and the poor presentation of tabular material are my only complaints Still, there is much wisdom in these pages The author knows his stuff and takes a longer view that is less malleable than BJCP classifications, which change often to accommodate current interpretations These truly are classic styles.Before discussion of individual styles, there is a detailed explanation of recipe formulation theory Using this I was able to develop a hefeweizen recipe from scratch, scribbling copious notes on scraps of paper and doing longhand calculations Rather amusingly I ended up with something that bore strong resemblance to Jamil Zainasheff s recipe in Brewing Classic Styles.On the one hand, I was somewhat annoyed at having spent the better part of an afternoon reinventing the proverbial wheel On the other, my goal was not increased expediency but rather increased understanding The fact that I reached the same destination as Zainasheff a justifiably well respected brewer using independent means validates the work in his book and in the current volume.Through the process of deriving a similar recipe using established methods, I came to appreciate why Zainasheff made the decisions he did in formulating his This increases my confidence in those methods and in my ability to create new recipes or tweak existing ones to suit my taste.I haven t yet brewed the hefeweizen recipe I created, but I know that when I do, it will be a good example of the style If it isn t, the fault lies not in the recipe but in its execution I should start practicing. Formulas, Ingredients, Historical And Modern Day Brewing Practices Are All Covered In This Book Drawing On Information From Old Brewing Records, Books, Contemporary Beer Analysis, And Hundreds Of Recipes, The Author Provides A Wealth Of Data On The Current And Historical Brewing Techniques And Ingredients For Popular Ale And Lager Styles It Also Includes Brewing Calculations For Planning And Adjusting Brews As Well As A Thorough Examination Of Primary Brewing Ingredients This brewing book keeps paying dividends If you concoct your own recipes, it s an indispensable reference. Read this continually for several years and tried many recipes and techniques. I m marking this as read after the fact, calling it last year Then weeding it.This is a pretty good book but it is extremely dated regarding techniques and is especially limited in recipe formulation as the availability of grains and other ingredients is far larger today. This is a book of two combined halves There is a very good description of what each ingredient does for a beer and how to combine these ingredients in order to target different types of beer For each style there are statistics on the ingredients used by commercial brewers so you can get an idea of the normal range of ingredient use for each style All of these aspects are excellent and worth the purchase price of the book alone.However, as well as the ingredient statistics for commercial brewers, the author also includes ingredient statistics for the winners in each style category in American Homebrewer s Association competitions While there is nothing wrong with doing this, it is not made clear that home brewers, by nature, tend to be an experimental bunch and tend to try new things and ingredients all the time So there is a risk that if you use the home brewer s data to inform your decision you may actually end up significantly different from your intended style This may not be important to you, but I ve deducted a star because of this If it was me, I would have handled this by separating the home brewers data out into appendices so the data was available if it is of interest to you, but doesn t detract from the relevant commercial data in the main body of the text. This book is an excellent overview of the different styles of beer and what it takes to make them The book is separated into two halves, with the first being an overview of brewing ingredients and how changing different parts of the process will change the flavour of your beer This is not an introduction to the process of brewing, for that read Palmer s book The detail of the first section is amazing, and is delivered using an easy to consume style.The second half goes over each of the major styles of beer, the history of how it evolved, the characteristic tastes you should be striving for and the ingredients and brewing process that the entries to the second round of the National Homebrewing Championship used to make their entries Each chapter in the second part is self contained, and it is very easy to jump to your target style and just read that chapter so you can get on with your brewing. Every since I first read this book I have referred to it as The Bible so has every other brewer I have ever worked with Not at all a book of recipes, this advanced brewing tome is of a reference My only complaint is the binding I m pretty sure I am on my 5th copy because the binding falls apart and the pages scatter Perhaps that s because it gets used most of the time in a humid environment Invaluable for recipe development, this book has it all most every recipe formulae and tables you will ever need, commercial and winning homebrew ingredient ratios, and historical and modern information for most common beer styles I use this book almost every time I test batch and require my brewers to use it too I firmly believe in constructing beer from numbers if you don t future test batches will be just shots in the dark If there were 6 stars I would give it that. For somebody who wants to really understand brewing science and how to brew classic styles this is an excellent read It may be easier for me to read since I m an engineer but I found every page of this book useful The section on styles is also very great as it gives you a history of the style and then as an added bonus it gives you, albeit from 1994 or 1995, the general makeup of NHC second round beers for those styles which can help you to come up with your own version of classic styles of beer I felt like a kid in a candy store throughout the whole reading of this book

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  • Paperback
  • 404 pages
  • Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles
  • Ray Daniels
  • English
  • 12 February 2017
  • 9780937381502

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