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CloneBrews, 2nd Edition: Recipes for 200 Commercial Beers Paperback – May 10, 2010
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All 150 recipes come with separate extract, mini-mash, and all-grain instructions. You'll also find tips for replicating any commercial beer so you can make your own clones when you discover a new favorite!
About the Author
Mark Szamatulski has been the co-owner and operator of Maltose Express since 1990. He and his wife Tess have written the books Clone Brews and Beer Captured. These books each give homebrew recipes for commercial beers and help the home beer maker to brew great beers on the first attempt. Mark and Tess have written the Style column for Brew Your Own magazine, where they are on the Editorial Board, and have contributed many articles to the publication. Their beers have been awarded many medals in homebrew contests, and have had their beers put on the tap of a local brewery. Time.com has filmed their store for its website, and they were the subject of a Discovery Channel segment on homebrewing which was featured on the show “How Stuff Is Made.”
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My issue is that there are missing bits and pieces to this e-book compared to the actual printed book. To a home brewer, these are critical issues. My first brew that I used this book on was a Duvel. Compare the Duvel from the hard copy and the soft copy. Important information missing from the soft copy. I brew using all-grain, not extract, and this Duvel leaves out the important section on what base grains to use in place of the less satisfactory (to my tastes) and more expensive (no argument here) DME extracts. The printed version has a nice section following each recipe discussing what all grain brewers should use in terms of base grains.
If this is my first attempt at using the book, and there are issues that make me run down my hard copy again, I fear that there are many more. This book needs to be re-edited and then re-published electronically, at no cost to those of us who bought this book in e-book format.
1. Lots of wasted space. There are 69 pages of light lagers from around the world. The receipts are almost identical, with very slight difference in hops and gravity. Every single lager (56) has the exact same lagering procedure, even when they should be treated differently. All styles repeat the same data (Serving notes, bottle conditioning) over and over. I think they really pushed to have 200 recipes and 440 pages. The food pairings seem like rather random filler to me.
2. The key difference in many beers is how they are mashed, fermented, or conditioned/lagered. This book often mentions those difference in the blurb, but then fails to follow through in the process. For instance, it will mention in the blurb that it is lagered for 3 months, and then say lager 1 month in the instructions. Or say that it is decoction mashed, and then specify an infusion mash for all grain. All fermentation temps are identical for all beers in a style, with no advice on what would be best for the recipe or a given yeast.
3. There are a large number of mismatches between the extract with grains, mini-mash, and all grain recipes that seem like errors. For example, on page 209, the mini-mash has flaked maize, but the all-grain has no corn of any sort.
Most brewers would be much better treated by Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew, which explains the styles underlying this book much better, and then provides great tips on mashing, fermenting, and all the other processes that can make a beer taste different.
With the addition of 50 new recipes along with new layout and organization this book is darn near perfect.
The only knock is over detailed times of hop additions.
If you've brewed a batch or 2 of brew you understand the process however, this book breaks it down to an exact step by step process.
This book is a huge improvement over their first book and I would recommend it to any beginning or intermediate brewer.
If you know anything about specialty beers there are a lot of options and good variety. They really did a good job of merging quality with well-known names.
He brews his own (Of course!).
I got this for him for Christmas, hoping that it would offer him *something*. I figured 200 recipes, means 200 chances for my gift not to suck.
He called me up to tell me how much he loved it. He said that he was super excited to try the recipes. Jury is out on whether they're accurate.
I'll report back.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Nice book for the average homebrewer!! Pick it up and learn some stuff!Published 11 days ago by Amazon Customer
Bought this as a gift got my hubby. He really likes it but wishes there were more beers in it that they sell in the US. I should have looked a little more closely at it. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Ashley R
I bought this for some casual reading in my spare time, I don't have much spare time since I'm still working. Maybe sometime in the future (2 years) I'll be able to read this book.Published 1 month ago by GarySten
Very cool, lots of great recipes including my all time favorite Saison Dupont. But because of the way the book was bound, it's some what difficult to hold open, read, and brew all... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Greg Rodriguez
Lots of great recipes. Brewing instructions could have more detail for the newb.Published 2 months ago by Brian Mooney
not the best of brews, but some good ones for sure and also an idea on a variety of alternatives to various styles that you may not have thought about. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Christopher Davis
This book has some excellent recipes. I followed the all-grain recipe for Rare Vos and ended up with probably the best beer I've ever tasted! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ben C