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The Title Sums it Up,
This review is from: Brewing Better Beer: Master Lessons for Advanced Homebrewers (Paperback)
This book was on my must read list, and I have now finished it. The author states that it is not a book for beginners, it is aimed at advanced homebrewers. The author points out there are no extract recipes, as he does not brew that way. He leaves the basics to other books such as Palmer, Daniels and the Classic Styles series, which cover those well. If you are starting out in the hobby, there are other books to read first.
The book fills a gap in the homebrew literature, as there is not another book quite like it. It is not a recipe book, but it has recipes. It is not a how to make beer book, but it goes into some great detail on the brewing process. It is not a book on brewing theory, but much of the theory is covered.
So what is it? It is a book for the advanced brewer who is still striving to improve the entire process and learn more. Much is given to the Mastering of Techniques (procedures), Equipment, and Ingredients. Evaluation of your beer (critical tasting skills), and envisioning new beers are covered. Trouble shooting, finishing beer, and getting beer ready for competitions are covered. Insight to the BJCP styles is given. The way that competitions are run, and how judges actually judge beers are covered. Even tips on packaging and shipping beers to competitions are covered, which is the first time I have seen that in a homebrewing book.
It is really about the mindset of making better beer, and mastering the brewing process. I have often described brewing as a Zen experience, and so does the author. The book is very conversational in tone, to the point I can hear the author saying some of the passages. I have thoroughly enjoyed it, but some will not.