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Old 03-23-2006, 03:09 PM   #1
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In want of something to read on a trip I grabbed Ray Daniel's "Designing Great Beers" off my book shelf. On the flight I opened it up and rediscovered what in my opinion is the best brewers resource out there. If you have not bought a copy, do so today. It is absolutely fantastic, especially if you wish to design your own brew with confidence.

Ray discusses the fundamentals of brewing, provides indepth details on its primary elements, and then applies that information to all the major beer styles. I am once again simply amazed at the effort that went into this resource and am glad it is in my bookcase.

The book gives you all the background, science and recommendations you could want and it gives them in a way that is easy to read and understand. Again, my recommendation is to buy this book and give your brewing a shot in the arm. It is generally about $24 but I have seen it for around $16 on the net.
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Old 03-23-2006, 03:20 PM   #2
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I second this. Designing Great Beers is one of only two brewing books that I own (papazian is the other), and it is DEFINATELY the one I have my nose in the most. I love the history Ray provides for each style and the way he presents commonality of various ingredients in award winning (or top placing) beers from major constests of that style.

It's a great way to form a base recipe for something and then start tweaking from there.

Fantastic resource.

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Old 03-23-2006, 04:17 PM   #3
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Just like Walker, I only own this and the Complete Joy. Designing Great Beers is simply the best resource anyone can purchase to help them understand just exactly what each of the ingredients and how you use them affects the beer.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:22 PM   #4
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I don't have it, but sounds like I am going to have it soon! thx for the notice on this.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:24 PM   #5
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Based on these great recommendations I just ordered it .... Also ordered the Papazian book which I have been wanting for a while. I already have How to Brew by Palmer which I have found very useful in starting out. Best of all I got both of them delivered from A for $25.
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:27 PM   #6
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Great endorsement!
I've been looking for the right books to begin my brewing library.

Maybe one of the mods should move this one to the newly formed "Product Reviews" forum??

 
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:39 PM   #7
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This book occupies a permanent position on my bedstand (though I occasionally find it in the head or garage). It's interesting to read even if you don't have any specific recipe formulation in mind.

 
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Old 03-23-2006, 04:44 PM   #8
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ditto everything above. i really like the in depth histories he provides for each beer style, then the breakdown of award winning homebrews per style.
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Old 03-23-2006, 05:08 PM   #9

Yeah, I purchased this and Noonan's New Lager Brewing book off recommendations on another thread I saw here recently. It's funny this should come up today. I've had it about three weeks and I've read various parts during brew sessions and really enjoyed it. But today, I actually brought it with me to work and plan to read it cover-to-cover during my lunch hours and in the evenings!

 
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Old 03-23-2006, 05:46 PM   #10
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I own 5 or 6 brewing books and read most of Papazian. Papazian didn't really help me that much because I read it after I had already been brewing for awhile and understood most of what he said. I think Papazian is more of a beginner's book and once you understand the general fundamentals it doesn't really help you that much anymore. Oh, and I learned my fundamentals from the Brewmaster's Bible (it was on sale at Hastings for like $2).

Back to the topic, I got Designing Great Beers about a year or two ago when I decided to give Stone's 04.04.04 a whirl and needed to be able to create a recipe from the information given. The book is friggin great. It took my brewing and understanding of brewing to the next level. I love it and use it in some form or another every time I brew. Its a must have.

 
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