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Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew Paperback – Illustrated, October 25, 2007
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- Item Weight : 1 pounds
- Paperback : 317 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0937381926
- ISBN-13 : 978-0937381922
- Product Dimensions : 5.79 x 0.78 x 8.62 inches
- Publisher : Brewers Publications; Illustrated Edition (October 25, 2007)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #53,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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--These recipes are award-winners, which means that the judges chose them over others. That means they got the judge's attention, which means they tend to push the boundaries of the style to get that attention. You will want to look to the BJCP style guidelines if you are trying to hit somewhere more in the middle of the style.
--The recipes focus on extract, with substitutions for all-grain brewers. I brew with grain, not extract, and so it is extra thinking to substitute grain for extract. But I know that 80% of those who brew use extract, so I don't blame the authors for focusing on that.
--As with almost every brewing book, the reader may not pay attention when the authors say "Ferment at 50 degrees" or something like that. But the secret is to do exactly what it says: control your fermentation and hold it precisely where it tells you to. One sentence can't convey the importance of that.
All that doesn't take away from the value of this book. It will make a great addition to any home brewer's library.
I was recommended this book, and am really pleased with it. Palmer provides the technical details for things like amount of priming sugar to add to achieve a certain level of carbonation, and how large of a yeast starter to make, and Zainasheff provides information about what to keep in mind when brewing a certain type of beer, as well as at least one recipe for each type. Each recipe has both an extract and all-grain method, as well as information about mashing, the type and amount of yeast to use, and fermentation temperature and duration.
I'm impressed by the range of recipes in this book. You might not find a recipe for the "Jalapeno-coffee stout" you really want to make, but there will be enough information and instruction in this book for you to figure it out and produce something decent. For instance, I really wanted to make a blueberry blonde ale. This book didn't have that recipe, but it did have a blonde, and it had instructions in the fruit beer section on how to make a fruit beer. I used the blonde recipe, followed the fruit instructions, and made an amazingly good beer. I'm really impressed with it.
Other recipes from this book I've tried without modification, and all have ended up stellar. My favorite so far is the Special/Premium Bitter. Fantastic beer.
If you're looking for a recipe book, I'd recommend this one. If you're looking for something on the mechanics of brewing, I recommend "How to Brew" by Palmer.
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).
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It gives a brewing amature or proffessional a starting point to try every possible style.