- File Size: 17550 KB
- Print Length: 350 pages
- Publisher: Brewers Publications (September 10, 2013)
- Publication Date: September 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00FE0LQ8G
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- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #513,366 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The recipes are never a bad touch. I didn't see their value so much at first, but I have went back and referenced them on multiple occasions. The web is filled with beer recipes, however, so this certainly isn't an exclusive source of such info.
I feel there was quite a bit of brewing information that was left out. There was a sense of elitism without explanation (always a red flag) when it came to jabs against dry yeast or extract brewing. Simply stating that extract "doesn't taste as good" (to paraphrase) wastes an incredible opportunity to teach. I came across as dogma to me and that won't improve my brewing. I missed out on the "why" part.
The trickiest part of all this is I'm not a huge fan of the Stone IPA, but am a huge fan of Stone Ruination. Because of this, the book's claims of using extremely small amounts of specialty grains to keep from masking the flavor of the hops may or may not be for me. The author sure seems to be a fan of following the rules for any given style of beer, and I generally abhor such talk. I'll just have to do my own experimentation and find out. You could argue that's a strength of the book, but I'm not so sure. I bought the book to rule out a bunch of low-hanging-fruit-issues so that I could move to more pressing experiments. Oh well.
Overall, it's not a bad read. The extremely detailed history lesson of IPA is going to be for a TINY segment of the population. The recipes are....well....recipes. The information ain't bad, but I don't recall any Eureka moments. If you've got The Complete Joy Of Brewing and John Palmer's How To Brew, this book really doesn't add much.
If you want the real story of IPAs and want some killer recipes to go with it, get this book right away. The author is one of the definitive sources on this style for the modern age.
A great read.