This focus on facts continues into part 2 of Daniels's guide, where it backs an admirably pragmatic take on beer styles and their importance in home-brewing. Daniels devotes a chapter to each of 14 major style categories, detailing historical origins and modern brewing techniques. He lays a contemporary groundwork by compiling and analyzing the recipes of the National Homebrew Competition's most successful beers. The assumption is that beers deemed representative of particular beer styles in modern competitions serve as ideal models for recipe creation. Among the information provided for each style is a chart showing the percentage of brewers using each type of grain and in what proportions the grains were added. Similar data are supplied for hop varieties, yeast strains, and water treatment. This reverse engineering of award-winning beers naturally benefits experienced brewers seeking to wow judges at the next competition. Yet, even brewers taking their first shy steps into creating their own recipes have much to gain from this kind of practical analysis. Daniels provides the basic tools a brewer of any level can use to formulate recipes with confidence and creativity. --Todd Gehman
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in taking their brewing to the next level.
This book does not provide recipes, but it does provide great information about the fundamentals that you can use to formulate your own recipes.
There is a chart for each style which gives information on ingredients used in beers which made it to the second round of the NHC.
Great book! It sets itself apart in its focus on the designing of recipes more than the brewing itself. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Jeffrey J. Bonavita Jr
Book is for intermediate to advanced brewers, but is very comprehensive. It describes the major / minor ingredients in beer, what effects they have on the final produce and what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Robert C. Anderson
I've been a homebrewer since 1995, but it was only last year that I picked up this book. It is a great reference. I have used it on several occasions. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Fish Tech