Originally Posted by Kmart0104
I've started reading Designing great beers. I was looking for a book that would help me to understand the different grains and how to make a beer. But so far i'm a few chapters in and it's not really explaining things well.
I understand what the difference between brownie and cookies and what the reasoning is. I'm just trying to understand that between beer.
What makes a beer a certain way and why different grain bills work together.
IS this the book i should be reading or is there a better option i should look into?
It doesn't exactly hand you all the answers but gives you a basis to go by for different styles.
If you look at each style it has a graph of grains and the frequency of use in that style or in other words out of 100 recipes (example number only) looked at how often does grain x appear in it. Then it gies further and looks at the same recipes and graphs out what percentage of each grain makes up the total grain bill on average. This will give you a common useage guide to go by but it isn't the bible either.
There is also a breakdown of what each grain adds to a beer in regards to flavor and body as well as notes regarding average max percentage of grain bill reccomended for that grain in some cases due to various reasons.
I have read through the book twice now and randomly go back to various chapters for research while building new recipes and I always pick up something I either missed or didn't understand the last time I read it. So the more you brew, build recipes and discuss things with other brewers the more the book opens up.
You bought an excellent book that will stay relevant to you for a long time and will probably end up as one of the most read books in your brewing library.