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Let Me Tell You About Beer: A Beginner's Guide to All Things Brewed Hardcover – October 10, 2012
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"Fine reading." — Philadelphia Daily News
"Attractively laid out and neatly organized, Let Me Tell You About Beer would make an excellent companion on your next trip to the bar, beer store or brewery." — TAPS: The Beer Magazine
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Her discussion of the differences between lager and ale yeast is a little shaky, implying that lager yeasts ferment a much wider range of sugars than ale yeast. Lager yeast can metabolize raffinose and melibose (ale yeast cannot) but both sugars are present in very small quantities in wort. The differences in flavor between the two yeast involve fermentation temperatures. At higher fermentation temperatures, ale yeast produces more fruity esters while at lower temperatures, lager yeast should produce very few to none resulting in a cleaner beer. She suggests that light struck beer degrades hop oils to wet-newspaper smelling nasties – actually hop oils degrade into a compound very similar to the scent skunks use for self-protection. In another place, she defines zymurgy as the science of brewing beer – actually it is the study or practice of fermentation. Cole describes California Common Beer (Anchor Steam Beer) as a beer brewed with warm fermenting yeast at the bottom of its temperature range. Actually it is brewed with lager yeast (cold fermenting) at the upper reaches of its range. These are all things that someone with her beer pedigree should know. And she talks about “Surly Cynicale” – its Surly Cynic.
That said, she has a good palate and her beer descriptions are good.Read more ›
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I love how this book is written. Its really easy to understand and gives a really good perspective on all the elements regarding the making of beers.Published 17 months ago by simpsoc