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Brewing the World's Great Beers: A Step-By-Step Guide Hardcover – July 1, 1992


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Storey Books (July 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0882667769
  • ISBN-13: 978-0882667768
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.9 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,308,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

The only thing better than drinking a well-made traditional beer is having the satisfaction of brewing it yourself. And with today's improved ingredients and techniques, making your own beer or ale is easier than it's ever been before.

In Brewing the World's Great Beers, Dave Miller takes readers step by step through the entire brewing process, explaining in clear, concise language how to make great-tasting beer or ale -- the first time, and every time. His basic method of brewing with easy-to-use malt extracts helps beginning brewers hone their skills before moving on to more sophisticated techniques.

The book also includes 85 practical and easy-to-follow recipes -- some for beginners, some for veterans -- that capture the Old World flavor of:
-- British Ales and Stouts
-- Belgian Ales
-- American Specialties
-- German Ales and Lagers

Brewing terrific beer at home can develop into a lifelong hobby that will please not only yourself, but your family and friends. Half the fun of homebrewing involves expanding your horizons and discovering new and wonderful styles of beer from around the globe. Your adventure begins in the pages of Brewing the World's Great Beers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Author and brewing expert Dave Miller has been a Brewmaster at the St. Louis Brewing Company and at the Blackstone Restaurant and Brewery in Nashville, Tennessee. Beside writing Storey's Brewing the World's Great Beers, The Complete Handbook of Home Brewing and Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide, he has also written Home Brewing for Americans and Continental Pilsener. His articles have appeared in Zymurgy magazine and he has worked on the annual book, Beer and Brewing, which showcases the transcripts of talks from the National Homebrew Conference.

Dave is also a Certified Beer Judge, a troubleshooting columnist for Brewing Techniques, and a frequent speaker at homebrewing conferences. He has won the Home Brewer of the Year award at the National Homebrew Competition. Married and the father of five children, Dave is a graduate of the Siebel Institute of Brewing Technology and resides in Tennessee. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roy Batty on February 9, 2006
Format: Paperback
I've been homebrewing since the 1990 (all-grain since 1994), and started out using Charlie Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Charlie can wax poetic about the joys of homebrew, but he's pretty fuzzy on the details - and good homebrew is all about the little details.

This is where Mr. Miller's book comes in handy. This book is broken up into three sections, which are basically step-by-step guides for the novice, intermediate, and advanced homebrewer. It may come off as "uptight" or "anal-retentive" or "paranoid," but if you want to brew award-winning beer, you MUST sweat the details.

There are recipes for brewing standard beer styles, as the title suggests, but the real strength of this book is in its concise, practical approach to proper brewing procedure. Personally, I haven't used any of his recipes, but I always insist on devising my own anyway - that's the fun part, and once you learn the correct procedure you can focus entirely on the more creative aspect - recipe formulation.

The quality of my homebrew took a big step forward once I used this book, and I've gone on to win several awards with them. After you get the advanced brewing section down, pick up Greg Noonan's New Brewing Lager Beer - it's a great advanced source for improving your wort production, for both ales and lagers, but for beginning to intermediate brewers, I can't recommend Brewing the World's Great Beers highly enough.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "bpwhittaker" on July 26, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book was given to me as a gift, and it helped me to get started in homebrewing. A good introduction to the mechanics of homebrewing. But as the first reviewer suggested above, the author is a bit paranoid. For a first-timer, I'd probably reccommend Papazian's guides as a better place to start. It's a little more easygoing and makes for a more interesting read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "t_esko" on January 10, 2002
Format: Hardcover
... is this book. I began homebrewing in 1993, and was immediately able to create basic and very good beers using only this book as my guide. It walks you into the process, providing the fundamentals, and then allowing you to learn more at your own pace (from full wort boils, to yeast cultures, to full grain). I quickly gained the confidence to not only progress, but to experiment with variations on the recipes to suit my own tastes, and as a result I have enjoyed this casual hobby for 8 years running.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 31, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This was an excellent book for brewers. For a beginner like me, the author walks you through the basics and explains processes in a simple yet helpful way. There are many beer recipes to choose from, so anyone can find a recipe to suit their tastes. I highly recommend this and other Storey books!
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Format: Paperback
This is the most concise & informative book on home brewing you can buy. The book is separated into three parts which are essentially beginning, intermediate and advanced. The book features several recipes, each one presented in its simple malt extract form, extract with specialty grains and all grain formulations. Additionally, there are quite a few hand drawings depicting equipment and ingredients.

The book is presented on the cover as a primer for brewing your favorite beers. Most people will unfortunately take this to mean commercial examples of their favorite beers. However, the title refers to the world's various beer styles and not any commercial facsimile. I think this confusion may have hurt some of Dave Miller's initial sales.

I've been brewing for more than 20 years now and I have an extensive library of brewing books on the science of zymurgy. I still come back to this book from time to time because of its simple structure and concise style. There are a great many books that offer more indepth knowledge of brewing but they tend to voluminous. I think most beginning brewers are overwhelmed by information when they start brewing. This book presents everything you need to know in 150 pages. What more can you ask for?
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