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Bock (Classic Beer Style) Paperback – January 26, 1998
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The recipes are nicely formatted, and cover a wide gamut of Bock-style beers. There's even a recipe for a historic Bock, for those who want to experiment.
Richman's advice regarding ingredients, brewing, and fermentation is grounded in theory (which he briefly explains) and very practical.
Unlike George Fix's book on Oktoberfest, Richman nails this style dead on, and I applaud him for it.
Fix (rather amateurishly, I might add) built his recipes around Belgian pale and pilsner malts (wrong country, wrong lovibond, wrong flavor), and achieved the requisite color in his recipes with the addition of varying amounts of crystal malt. In other words, he cheated by using color malts in order to take advantage of simple infusion mashing.
Richman, on the other hand, makes Bock (oktoberfest's stronger, darker and richer sibling) the authentic way ... with real German vienna & munich malts (correct country, lovibond and flavor), and the correct technique (labor, energy, and time intensive triple decoction mashing, and subsequent long wort boils that generate the distinctive melanoid and caramelization flavors). He also recommends the use of more authentic yeast strains than Fix does.
Bottom line is that this book is the real deal - it gives you the low down on real bock done right, rather than kluged together with shortcuts and cheaper inferior ingredients.
Want to compare the taste difference between these completely opposing and mutually exclusive approaches ? Here's a quick example off the top off my head ...Read more ›
This book is fairly advanced and I would not recommend this series for the beginner or low experience brewer as Richman does give some very technical descriptions about mash chemistry which are important to understand for this style but would be very overwhelming if you are starting out. If you are an advanced brewer, this is a beautiful series and should be read by everyone as this series shows up in the reference section of almost all of the books I have read.
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This book is not only great for brewing bock beer, I was amazed at the tips and information that I have never came across before. Read morePublished on January 20, 2013 by bob
If you are interested in brewing a great German style bock beer this book is a must. If you enjoy drinking or brewing beer then you have to read this first.Published on October 22, 2012 by Paul J. Pope