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Stone Brewing Co. Brewmaster Mitch Steele has brewed at some of the largest and smallest brewers in the world since graduating from UC Davis with a fermentation science degree. Landing at Stone Brewing Co. in 2006, Steele has overseen the brewing and packaging operations as the brewery has grown from 48,000-barrel operation to 148,000 barrels in 2011. Steele is a long-time IPA fan and an avid homebrewer.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Brewers Publications (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938469003
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938469008
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #22,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mitch Steele is the Brewmaster for Stone Brewing Co. Since graduating from UC Davis in 1984 with a Fermentation Science degree, he has brewed at some of the largest and smallest breweries in the world. After starting his brewing career in 1988 on a 14 bbl system at the San Andreas Brewing Co. in California, Mitch joined Anheuser-Busch in 1992, managing Brewhouse and Fermenting operations in 3 different breweries, and developing new beers as part of the Anheuser-Busch Specialty Brewing Group in the mid 1990s. Mitch joined Stone Brewing Co. in 2006 and has managed the brewing and packaging operations at Stone as the company has grown from a 48,000 bbl operation to over 287,000 bbls in 2014. He is also the author of the Brewers Publications book: IPA: Brewing Techniques, Recipes and the Evolution of India Pale Ale, and was awarded the Brewers Association Russell Scherer award for innovation in craft brewing in 2014.

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49 of 53 people found the following review helpful By Brian LeBaron on October 5, 2012
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If you like beer history, you'll like this book. About half of it is history of the IPA from 1800 to present. The history is well written and extremely well researched. If you are the sort who reads the beer history blog Shut Up about Barclay Perkins, you will enjoy the book.

Unfortunately, I found the book lacking in real tips for brewing better (modern) IPAs. There is good recipe information for brewing historical IPAs circa 1800-1850 (including water chemistry), but none of the recipes are scaled for the standard 5 gallon homebrewer setup. I myself am looking forward to using the information to brew a heavily hopped Burton IPA in the near future. There are also excellent recipes for some of the best-known modern IPAs in the country. All in all, about 50 pages of recipes. These recipes are from the horse's mouth, so to speak, and should be much more accurate than anything you find on the internet.

There is some style discussion for double IPAs, black IPAs (or dark cascadians, whatever you want to call them), and Belgian IPAs, but it really doesn't amount to much and is more of a side note than a main focus.

There is good brewing information in the book, but if you have already read Palmer's How to Brew and Yeast by White and Zainesheff (both of which are excellent books all homebrewers should read), I don't think there will be anything new to you. In the end, it is a nice addition to the interested brewer, but definitely not a must-have. Cheers.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By G. Larsen on October 22, 2012
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If you're interested in the british origins of IPA, you might love this book. A huge portion of the book is dedicated to history. While the recent American history (from 1960s to present) was very interesting, the older British history was pretty dry for me. What I was really hoping for was the end-all technical book on how to brew the perfect IPA. The technical portion of the book is surprisingly short and I haven't learned a lot i didn't already know (keep in mind that I have already read a lot about brewing hoppy beers.) I also feel that some of the information is vague. He doesn't say "do exactly this and your IPA will improve." Also, the recipes are a little tricky to follow, with some not clearly stating hop amounts. So, if you're looking for technical how-to, you might be a little disappointed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. Mulloy on December 22, 2014
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Mitch Steele graduated from University of California Davis with a degree in fermentation science in 1984 and he spent a major chunk of his brewing career as a brewer with Anheuser Busch. For the past 8 he has been head brewer at the Stone Brewing Company, known for their assertive IPAs. Mitch has an incredible amount of experience making beer and he buttresses that experience with extensive research into IPAs. In this book he provides an excellent history of the development and growth of IPA from the early 1700s to the present craft beer revolution. He gives a good overview of the current IPA variations and presents some of the challenges of brewing each. Mitch follows this with a good section on IPA ingredients and finishes with 60 pages of recipes. The recipes do not give specific amounts. He gives targets, identifies the percentages you need to meet the targets and assumes that you will use the information in his ingredient chapter to scale the recipe up to your size of a system. If Mitch’s explanations are not clear enough (I thought they were), you can figure the specific amounts for your system using either Ray Daniels Designing Great Beers or John Palmer’s How to Brew. This book is published by Brewers Publications, a division of the Brewer’s Association, a craft brewer’s trade organization. The book is intended for both craft and home brewers but by shooting for both audiences, doesn’t always serve both well. On the whole, this is an excellent, well prepared book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Ouellette on November 12, 2012
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Having read numerous brewing books, of both instructional, historic, and recipe this is a great combination of all three. Instead of trying to weave history with recipes and historical technique, the book is nicely divided into three main sections. History, technique & ingredients, recipes.
While the historic information may be not be terribly exciting, it's good to see the myth of IPA name corrected. It's also great to see so many recipes for amazing IPA's in one book. There is a large section dedicate to brewing techniques, and ingredients for IPA's. Recipes are from Russian River, DogfishHead, The Alchemist, Hill Farmstead, Avery, etc. As an avid homebrewer I can't wait to put a few of these recipes to the test, and use techniques to improve my existing hoppy ales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By thousand oaks on July 29, 2013
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Finally bought the book and glad I did. Great content, interesting history, seems well researched. As an avid and budding homebrewing of two years and 40ish batches I was hoping to extract a little more detail from the brewing side...but there is enough information to get me interested in tweaking a few things with future IPAs. Good job Mr. Steele. I look forward to seeing more in the future.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By David on November 25, 2012
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Very in depth read about the history and development of a very popular beer style. I like to brew with a mind towards more traditional styles and techniques, and found this book provided a good deal of information on the history of not only IPA, but of many traditional styles. Lots of time and research went into this effort. I applaud Mitch Steele, and enjoy many of his brew creations. Job well done!
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