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Old 08-28-2009, 02:53 AM   #1
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Default Brewing Classic Styles or Designing Great Beers?

If you could only afford one or the other next month and you had just embarked on your all grain career and want to learn as much as possible and yet not be overwhelmed, which would you buy?
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:01 AM   #2
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Both are great books, but it depends on what you want to get out of them. If you want tried and true recipes that will get you off on the right foot, brewing classic styles is perfect. But if you really want to learn how good beer is made and all the details behind it, then designing great beers is the right choice (although it can be a bit intense at times).
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:01 AM   #3
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I bought Brewing Classic Styles first. It's been very helpful for me to brew some great tried-and-true recipes first, and get my processes down before I start creating my own recipes. That way, if something isn't right, I pretty much know it's a brewing process problem that needs to be fixed, not a recipe.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:09 AM   #4
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For me, it's Designing Great Beers, no question. If I really need a reference for a recipe, there's plenty here, and other places on the web. The information in Designing Great Beers transcends recipes.
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:10 AM   #5
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Personally, brewing classic recipes is the better way to learn. The recipe maker (usually) knows what to expect and will relay that. You as a beer appreciator usually know more or less what to expect from certain classic styles. It will help you learn which aspects of beer-making contribute which qualities.

After you have some of those under your belt, designing great beers really will give you a lot more tools and understanding. It'll take you to the next level.

Just my 2 cents.
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I plan on purchasing both
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Old 08-28-2009, 03:31 AM   #7
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For me, it's Designing Great Beers, no question. If I really need a reference for a recipe, there's plenty here, and other places on the web. The information in Designing Great Beers transcends recipes.
i agree with this, I love this book. use it near daily.
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Brewing Classic Styles - you will buy both sooner or later (and then like 10 more) but Brewing Classic Styles is wonderful.
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Old 08-28-2009, 05:56 PM   #9
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How about the obligatory "It depends".

What's your expectation? There aren't any recipes in Designing Great Beers, just tons of info to help you understand how to create great recipes to style. I don't consider that a drawback, but someone else might.
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Old 08-28-2009, 06:15 PM   #10
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Give the library a try, they might have em both! Then you can decide what you need for reference.
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