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.
Ray Daniels started home brewing in 1989, became a certified amateur beer judge in 1992, and won a beer writer of the year award in 1998. Read morePublished 4 days ago by P. Mulloy
This is a great reference for the homebrewer. Good histories of the popular styles and good explanation of how to design a beer that would fit within the style.Published 10 days ago by E Salmon
Excelent book. For those who wants to start developing his own recipes.Published 15 days ago by Devon Lorentz
Great book. A little outdated for today. There are computer programs that do it for you now. Excellent reference material if you want to do the calculations the old fashioned... Read morePublished 16 days ago by George Dionne
Another must have for the home brewer. A little more technical which I like!Published 17 days ago by Player
Great book with tons of detail. You can really get a grasp of beer styles and formatting your own beer recipes. I think a beginner or advanced brewer can utilize this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Thomas Chiccarelli