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Jamil Zainasheff started brewing in 1999 and soon started winning awards in homebrew competitions. He has brewed beers in every style recognized by the Beer Judge Certification Program, taken medals in the finals of the National Homebrew Competition every year since 2002 and amassed more than 20 Best-of-Show awards. He contributes articles to Zymurgy and is the Style Profile columnist for Brew Your Own. Author of the homebrewing bestseller How To Brew, John J. Palmer shares his years of hands-on experience to help homebrewers consistently make great beers while expanding their knowledge and experience with the hobby.

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  • Paperback: 317 pages
  • Publisher: Brewers Publications (October 25, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937381926
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937381922
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 0.8 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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162 of 169 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 3, 2008
Format: Paperback
When I first heard about the publication of "Brewing Classic Styles" last year, I was anxious to get the book so that I could try my hand at recipes that have a proven track record. Previously, I had been getting recipes off the Internet in a haphazard way, with no way of judging the quality of the recipe except by brewing it. I was also excited to read "Brewing Classic Styles" because of the impressive brewing reputations of its authors, John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff.

John Palmer is the author of "How to Brew," now in its third edition. This is my favorite homebrewing book. My brew kettle will be struck by lightning for saying this: How to Brew is better even than Charlie Papazian's The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing. John has a knack for writing clear explanations of advanced brewing topics. John is a frequent speaker at the National Homebrewing Conference and he writes the "Advanced Brewing" column for "Brew Your Own" magazine.

Jamil Zainasheff has not previously written any homebrewing books, but I think that's only because he was too busy brewing. He has won a multitude of awards in major homebrewing competitions including two Ninkasi Awards for the highest overall score at the National Homebrew Competition. Jamil is heavily involved with the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP) and he writes the "Style Profile" column for "Brew Your Own" magazine.

"Brewing Classic Styles" capitalizes on the fact that Jamil has an award-winning recipe for every beer style in the BJCP style guidelines. He has fine-tuned these recipes by brewing batch after batch for competitions over many years. Interestingly, he had already shared most of these recipes on the Internet before "Brewing Classic Styles" was written.
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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Geordan on April 9, 2012
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Having listened to the Jamil Show on the Brewing Network avidly, and being a big fan of Palmer's essential "How To Brew," I was excited to get my hands on Brewing Classic Styles. Jamil has said in the past that this book was greatly influenced by Ray Daniels' fantastic "Designing Great Beers," and I'm not surprised -- Daniels' book is an essential brewing resource.

Though there are tons of fantastic recipes in Brewing Classic Styles, it came as a bit of a disappointment -- there is very little depth beyond the basic recipes themselves. Much of the content is repeatedly duplicated, which, while understandable, feels lazy or rushed. Fermentation information, which Jamil stresses often as being the most important aspect of a recipe, is nearly always reduced to a boilerplate 3 sentence paragraph.

Jamil and Palmer state that the book started out as a "how to brew with extract" guide, and it shows: each recipe is delivered as extract based, with all grain options given in a final paragraph. Though this is not really a big deal, I do wish that the all grain recipes had been presented in the same easy to read format as the extract, instead of having to go back and plug in substitutions.

The most enjoyable part of reading the book itself are Jamil's stories regarding certain recipes; I will admit that I find myself wishing for more of these!

In conclusion, "Brewing Classic Styles" is a great collection of recipes that lacks some depth; it does, however, make a fantastic accompaniment to Daniels' "Designing Great Beers," which has all of the depth but no actual recipes.
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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By R. Bowser on December 2, 2007
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Jamil and John's excellent recipe book adds a missing element to the world of home brewing. This is a list of proven recipes in every style with notes about what is key in brewing that style. It is also a nice touch that an extract recipe is listed for each style as well.

Although, there are other recipe books available and recipes are all over the web, there is really no uniformly trusted source for spot on recipes for so many styles. Too many times I have grabbed a recipe even from a decent source and only later with more experience been able to isolate its flaws.

This book should help people start brewing their favorite styles or venture into unfamiliar styles with a real home brew pro as their guide. I have already brewed a couple of the recipes and can't wait to try more. Super resource.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Sletteland on April 7, 2008
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Brewing Classic Styles gives a concise introduction to each BJCP defined beer style, and proven example recipes for how to brew them. The recipes are all based on extracts (with specialty grains), with an all-grain option, and although they are centred around the ingredients, there's enough information about process as well to help you produce very good beer -- but if you're a total beginner, I'd recommend getting John Palmer's How to Brew as well.

There are also plenty of hints for how to tweak and modify the recipes for different outcomes, so the book should be a good companion to Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels for intermediate and experienced brewers as well, and doesn't confine you to one specific way of brewing or to a particular end result. As such, it encourages further creativity, even though the recipes should be (and are, at least to the extent I have tried them) excellent as they are.

Brewing Classic Styles isn't an essential book for the home brewer. You can easily get by without it. Some of the ingredients can be hard to find, especially outside the U.S. It is, however, a very good introduction to the styles, and provides you with clear examples of how to brew each. Of its kind, it's probably the best there is.
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