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Modern Homebrew Recipes: Exploring Styles and Contemporary Techniques Paperback – June 15, 2015
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Gordon Strong is the only three-time winner of the coveted National Homebrew Competition Ninkasi Award. He is president and the highest ranking judge in the Beer Judge Certification Program (BJCP), and principal author of the BJCP Style Guidelines. Strong is a technical editor and commercial calibration panelist for Zymurgy magazine and is a frequent contributor to other brewing and beer publications. Strong is also author of Brewing Better Beer: Master Lessons for Advanced Homebrewers and resides in Beavercreek, Ohio.
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I knew the week I kegged it there was something different about that beer, and I was right - the Kolsch took BOS at a local comp! I’ve been very pleased with my subsequent batches. In fact I feel that I am now consistently brewing my best beer, and I am brewing confidently.
Modern Homebrew Recipes is an extremely helpful brewing tool. Gordon has included his own sensory and formulation notes for each style, and that is what really sets this book apart – an invaluable resource, really. I've brewed some of the recipes in MHR, and they are wonderful. My own recipes are now always cross-referenced with those in the book for confirmation. I've had this book for four months now and it continues to get the most use of any in my library. Highly recommended.
I think he particularly does a great job of:
1) explaining a few somewhat non-traditional techniques that he likes to use. He mashes his darker grains only at vorlauf, and discusses hop additions at different times of the cycle including first wort hopping and some additions during a post-boil hop stand. You might already do some of this, or already heard of these approaches, but he explains these techniques well.
2) going through different approaches to the same style. He has several styles that he attacks from different recipe angles and describes why he did it and what the outcome should be. I really appreciate that about this book - which makes it a great read as you think about your own recipe formulation.
My biggest pet peave is that he leaves out some basic information on his ingredients that I appreciate in recipe:. Lovibond of grains, % fermentables, and IBU contributions from his hop additions to name the biggest omissions. I know I can Google this or calculate it with my software (and estimate in my head and get really close) but as I jump from recipe-to-recipe within a style I'd like that information provided.
It's nitpicking, but that's the only reason I didn't give it 5-stars. Don't let this minor detail keep you from buying the book, it's great and well worth the time and money. Highly recommended.