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
It IS a book about Designing Great Beer: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles.
This book does not provide recipes, but it does provide great information about the fundamentals that you can use to formulate your own recipes.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in taking their brewing to the next level.
Excellent primer for the more advanced brewer. Unfortunately, it badly needs an update as some key BJCP styles are missing altogether.Published 16 days ago by Etcetera
Wonderfully detailed history and descriptions. Note: The book does not include detailed recipes, but the style descriptions offer guidelines that can be readily interpreted by... Read morePublished 19 days ago by M. Baer
Nice book, explains a lot about beer styles and how to design them. Also touches on Hops, yeasts and water profiles.Published 1 month ago by Ray
Great book for beginners as well as those who want to brush up!Published 2 months ago by Stacy Dawes
Most comprehensive book in my collection. This book will tell you everything and anything you need to know to make world class beer, now just get a book on water chemistry and your... Read morePublished 2 months ago by David Pillor