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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
Very concise and clear with plenty of practical pieces of advice. If you want to make good beers, this is a must-have.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I received "Designing Great Beers" as a gift when I was very new to brewing, and it was a frustrating and confusing read. Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Anderson
I'd call this a must have reference for home brewers interested in creating their own recipes rather than relying on prepackaged kits. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrei
Outstanding book. Highly recomend the read. It breaks down all the details about beer classification and what it takes to brew each type. Highly recomend.Published 1 month ago by Dawson kelhi
I started brewing a couple years ago and knock out a brew every few months. I did extract once and then immediately to all grain and learned that process and I was wondering what... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dark Wing Duck
I knew I wanted to write my own beer recipes the moment I brewed my first partial mash kit. This book has been absolutely crucial to everything I do as a home brewer. Read morePublished 1 month ago by C Shane Lambert
Lot's of great information for beginners and the advanced. This book was easy to read and my beer brewing improved a lot after reading it.Published 2 months ago by brent touchstone