Originally Posted by shertz
On a related note, can anyone recommend a book geared more to the science of brewing. I saw some text books on Amazon, but don't want to spend $200. Anyone read Brewing by Michael Lewis? It seems pretty technical and much cheaper at $47.
That's sort of what I'm looking for. From reviews I've read (haven't gotten any of the books yet), Brew Chem 101
is good if you don't have a strong chemistry background.
If you have the chem background or don't mind doing the extra research, George Fix's Principles of Brewing Science
seems to be recommended and is only $20.
The classic in-depth text seems to be De Clerck's A Textbook of Brewing
(in two volumes). It was first published in English in '57, but seems to still be well regarded for the basics of brewing science. If you go for this one, get it directly from The Siebel Institute of Technology (the publisher) as most places sell the two volumes for $75 each ($150 total) while the institute sells both for $95 total (or so it seems).
As I mentioned, I've been looking for a nerdy beer book (McGee's On Food and Cooking
is one of my favorite food books), but haven't read any of these yet, only reviews. I could be completely wrong.