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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Brewers Publications; 2nd Edition edition (November 16, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937381748
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937381748
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.5 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #265,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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George Fix PhD

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Great book for a homebrewers library or one who wants to become a brewmaster.
yiddishman
I have a chemistry background and this book did an excellent job of explaining in a technical way what biology and chemistry influence good beer making.
CopperTop
My only negative criticism is George Fix's excessive and sometimes exhaustive references to his own literature.
David Brock

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108 of 109 people found the following review helpful By Magellan HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 3, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a fairly technical discussion of the subject of brewing chemistry. It's probably more than your typical home-brewer will want to get into, but if you've got some biochem background, or have read Dr. Lee Janson's Brew Chem 101 book and are looking to read on from there, (or you're a very masochistic home-brewer :-)) this would be the next step to take. It does require a greater knowledge of biochemistry and some math (not too surprising, since Dr. Fix had a Ph.D. in math from Harvard). I note the problems with the citations another reviewer here mentioned, who said Dr. Fix refers to his own work and his other book too often, but I didn't mind that too much. Dr. Fix was certainly a competent professional in both math and brewing chemistry, and he did much important work on his own. The important thing is that this book helps to bridge the gap between the professional manuals of industrial microbiology and brewing chemistry and the professional literature. After completing this book, if you want more information, you'll have to go there, such as:
1. Beer and Wine Production: Analysis, Characterization, and Technological Advances (ACS Symposium, No. 536)
2. Biotechnology of Malting and Brewing by James S. Hough
3. Malting and Brewing Science: Hopped Wort and Beer (Volume 2) by D. E. Briggs, et al
4. Brewing Microbiology by Iain Campbell
5. Methods of Analysis of the American Society of Brewing Chemists, by the American Society Of Brewing Chemists
6. Malting and Brewing Science : Volume 1 (#Y0343)
by Dennis Edward Briggs, James S. Hough
7.
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62 of 71 people found the following review helpful By David Brock on November 3, 2001
Format: Paperback
Principles of Brewing Science deals with the biology and chemistry of beer. With my background in biochemistry, I was able to enjoy a detailed analysis on the subject. My only negative criticism is George Fix's excessive and sometimes exhaustive references to his own literature. Fix referred to himself about 40 times in this 173 page book. That is almost 1 reference per 4 pages, not to mention the fact that roughly one third of the book is charts and diagrams. What is most disturbing is that his other book, An Analysis of Brewing Techniques, makes numerous references to this book. The reader ends up getting caught in a futile cycle of references between these two books where some of the referred items are redundant. This round-about circle of references boarders on academic dishonesty. Another eyebrow raising issue is a reference Fix attributes to Rabin and Forget, 1998 on page 152. The reference section, however, has no list of Rabin or Forget. In all fairness, this book is the best compilation of the science behind the beer process and is quite informative. But I think it would be better suited as an appendix for his other book.
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By David Sweeney on January 18, 2000
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George has cleaned up this edition and offers many more citations and support than in the first edition. The style is scientific, clear and concise. George is not afraid to get into the hard topics. This is an excellent introduction to brewing chemistry throughout the cycle.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. McDowall on October 9, 2010
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Great book, well written and researched. The book gives a much more thorough treatment of the chemistry of the process than many other texts on the subject. The book would likely not be of significant utility (they should read How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time which is a very good practical guide), but for those who seek an deeper understanding of the molecular basis of said noble beverage it is well worth the effort.

As a bit of a chemistry nerd, I really enjoyed this book. For those who don't have a chemistry background it may be a little bit overwhelming at times but probably no less interesting.

I would like to take issue with the publisher however, as there are several errors in the printed text. Most of these errors are typographical by nature and as innocuous as any such error can be in a published work but for a work which markets itself as a serious study of brewing science it really is important to be reliable. When such errors relate to scientific information they can affect the delivery of information and markedly detract from the reader's overall impression of professionalism and validity.

Despite this, I strongly recommend this work as a most thorough and entertaining explanation of brewing science.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matt on May 2, 2013
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While I believe this is necessary reading for anyone serious about brewing, I must say I felt lost throughout a lot of the book. It clearly expects a certain level of understanding of chemistry well beyond high school levels. That said - the information is very interesting and much is applicable if you dig into the materials. I found myself going through the more interesting sections and comparing to other brewing books to try to understand the heart of the concepts. If you are looking for a scientific "why" certain things happen in the kettle, fermenter or bottle, this might be the right book. Just don't expect an easy read!
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