Stephen Snyder The Brewmaster's Bible: The Gold Standard for Home Brewers
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February 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM
Pros: Good descriptions of the basics of brewing. Good explanations of procedures. Good reference tables. Tons of recipes!
Cons: Have to read it, info isn't automatically downloaded to my brain a la The Matrix.
Recommended? YesThe book starts out basic and gets more detailed. I like that a total noob can pick it up, start reading, and get excited to start brewing. The back has tons of recipes that i can't wait to try.
Pros: Great info on the origin of styles, brew tips, and lots of formulas
Cons: Most of the recipes are extract and some of the all grain recipes are are on the bland side of the style. Not enough character.
Recommended? YesI got this book because i thought it would be higher level recipe formulation and complex all grain techniques. There were some very helpful tips about how to get carmel flavor without adding possible astringency, it had a decent explination of lager brewing, and there were some great basic and more advanced tips. This book however had a much larger section devoted to extract brewing than i thought necesary. Where there will be 5 or 6 extract recipes there is only one or maybe two all grain. Also some of the styles seemed really bland and ordinary. They had a barleywine with all pale and a pound of crystal 60. Nothing else to really make it different. They had an IPA with 2 oz of bittering hops (chiook) and then a 1 oz dry hop. I'm fairly certain that in any IPA flavor hops are in order. I knew i shouldn't have looked at the recipes because i knew what i'd get. But i did and i'm dissapointed. Overall this was probably the best book i have. I guess at this point i am looking for a text book for all grain brewing and not a basic book. A lot of the info can be found in other books. However if i had to suggest just one book purely for beer brewing and recipe formulation this would be the one.