While authors of entry-level brewing books do well to alleviate the fears of anxious new brewers, advanced writers benefit from a pointedly informative approach. Dave Miller's dry, technically versed style has earned him widespread respect through his own publications
as well as his work with Brewing Techniques
, the first-rate magazine for small-scale brewers. Really an update to his classic Complete Handbook of Home Brewing
, Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide
is clear enough to introduce advanced techniques to the average home-brewer, yet thorough enough to provide a permanent reference for the expert.
Miller manages to improve upon his earlier book--itself one of the finest advanced brewing books available--by updating and better organizing the information. While the Homebrewing Guide does provide a cursory introduction to basic brewing techniques and a sampling of supplementary topics (kegging, filtration), its real value is in the thoroughness and clarity with which all-grain brewing is described. Grain mashing, for instance, is discussed in three different chapters: a summary of various mashing techniques, a description of the underlying biochemistry, and a step-by-step description of the mashing process. By compartmentalizing the information into short chapters and carefully organizing their sequence, Miller creates a guide that can be read straight through as an initiation to advanced brewing or easily referenced for specific information on brew day. --Todd Gehman
From Publishers Weekly
In A Taste for Beer, coming from Storey in October, Stephen Beaumont provides a concise, entertaining overview of the world of beer: styles, flavors, food combinations, recipes?as he puts it: "the many ways in which beer may contribute to the quality of your life." ($14.95 paper, 192p ISBN 0-88266-907-9) After you're familiar with all the options, you may want to consider making your own: in Home Brew, coming in October from Lyons & Burford, Philip Ward introduces the various beers and provides simple instructions for brewing your own: equipment and supplies needed, how to set up your own brewery, recipes, resource lists and more. ($12.95 paper 160p, ISBN 1-55821-315-5) Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great-Tasting Beer, also from Storey in October is a comprehensive reference to the entire brewing process, with charts, tables and illustrations. Miller, an experienced brewmaster, devotes each chapter to covering a topic in depth, with full detail on the latest techniques. ($14.95 paper, 368p ISBN 0-88266-905-2)
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