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Old 01-05-2013, 12:23 PM   #1
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I just picked up this book the other day. Definitely worth it, I highly recommend it to anyone of any level.

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Old 01-06-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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I picked it up last week from the library. Found it lacking any really useful information that couldn't be found here on the forums and didn't like that everything was extract based. A lot of these books are the same, a bunch of recipes, a few pages on the history of beer, and a few minor notes on process and technique. Nothing new or unique. A good library read, but wouldn't need this on the bookshelf for future reference.

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Its a recipe book. And the book gives you the all grain version of all the recipes.

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Old 01-06-2013, 07:11 PM   #4
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I don't believe the intent of this book was to teach one to brew, but to serve as a guide for recipes that define particular styles, once one has acquired enough knowledge to brew.

Maybe my version was different, but each recipe included both extract and all-grain versions for each recipe listed.

I bought the Kindle version, so it is only taking up a few megabytes of space!

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Old 01-06-2013, 11:38 PM   #5
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I received it for Christmas and found it to be quite informative. Mine is copyrighted in 2007 and has all grain options for each recipe. There is a lot of information pertaining to what is expected with each style and how to achieve that. The recipes are great starting points as well; you can adjust to really make them your own.

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The best, best book for new and experienced brewers in my opinion. I have won many ribbons brewing recipes straight out of this book and they have all been popular with my friends and family. If you're curious about a style and want to try it, it's a great starting point. I am a big fan of the Vienna Lager and Kolsch recipes in this book and brew them often. As with any recipe though, if you don't practice temperature control or pitch healthy yeast in sufficient quantities, your final product is going to be lacking.

Once you get a handle on this then the next step is to pick up a copy of "Designing Great Beers".

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Great book and my 'go to' when I'm making a recipe. Great place to start everytime.

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Old 01-07-2013, 12:16 AM   #8
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its good, but the Palmer book is definitely more useful to me. I checked out the Brewing Classic Styles book, photocopied the recipes I needed, then returned it to the library. The Palmer book is with me every brew day, and one I refer to often....quintessential!

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Finally got a copy if this book and I love it. Understanding the differences between styles then seeing tried and true recipes for those styles has really helped me learn the effects of ingredients in the finished product. I know the trend for many new homebrewers is to launch right into creating crazy new recipes but I don't think you can really get a beer where it should be without understanding what goes into classic styles.

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My LHBS owner recommends this book for anyone looking to step away from relying on kits. It's a great way to get a foundation on the different basic beer types and to understand the different malts before you start getting more adventurous.

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