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Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew Paperback – October 25, 2007
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Title: Brewing Classic Styles
Author: Zainasheff, Jamil/ Palmer, John J.
Publisher: Natl Book Network
Publication Date: 2007/11/01
Number of Pages: 317
Binding Type: PAPERBACK
Library of Congress: 2007029472
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Second, you have to know the style guidelines if you want to enter competitions. It is also useful to modify the recipes for your own personal enjoyment. I do not compete in competitions. I have used this book and modify different recipes to fit my taste. Several of his recipes are just awesome. People always comment that my kegerator has better beer then most bars. :) Thanks Jamil!!!!
Third, He also describes the flavors and hints on brewing with the recipe. He talks about do's and don'ts when brewing to a certain style. He is sharing his brewing knowledge and it is full of wisdom.
One con is that it is for extract with a side mention of all grain. To remedy this problem. Use an online tool or Beersmith program to make sure the base malts measure up to the extract. Its a minor con because any experience brewer knows that efficiency of mashing varies widely on the all-grain brewing setup of the brewer.
As a recipe book goes, its 4 stars. Given the rarity of good beer brewing recipe books, it has to be 5 stars ( or 6 stars, hehehe).
As for the recipes, they are broken into chapters by beer style. Each chapter provides a brief introduction to the style, and 2-3 recipes. These recipes provide fairly detailed instructions and ingredients list, however some of the terminology might confuse the novice brewer. The recipes are good by themselves, but I personally find them as useful references when developing my on recipes. Its a great starting point to brew the beer as introduced in the book, then fine tune to your personal taste. Its important for up and coming brewers to learn creativity though, so I would advise new brewers to not be afraid to try something that maybe doesn't seem "right" or match up with a specific style or recipe, because that is how you learn about flavors (and the beer will probably still turn out well).
Overall, I would say this is the quintessential recipe & style guide for homebrewers. It offers a good amount of recipes covering a breadth of styles. It is a handy reference when brewing and is most useful, in my opinion, for developing your own recipes.
Oh, one other note. Many of the recipes, which I would love to try, are for lagers (probably half the book), which makes perfect sense for a book like this, but unfortunately, you need a second refrigerator or other approach to be able to maintain cold fermentation temperatures over long periods. Many people may have that setup already, but if not, just know that you'll be limited to how many of the recipes will currently apply to you.