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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Brewers Publications (April 1 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0937381624
  • ISBN-13: 978-0937381625
  • Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 14.5 x 1.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,432 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Being a homebrewer for 4 years, I have found that Brewers Publications' Classic Beer Styles Series is an excellent resource for discovering and making numerous quality brews. In Altbier, Horst Dornbusch tackles a style that few people may have ever had. His approach is practical and to the point. The history section is thorough without being long-winded, as is sometimes the case with other books in the series. Mr. Dornbusch has done an excellent job applying his own brewing knowledge in explaining the ins and outs of altbier brewing. I have followed some of the recipes in the book, and I am extremely pleased with the results so far. The only downside to this book is that the section on style profile could have been more thorough and descriptive. However, this book is well worth the investment.
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Makes a mighty fine brew. June 13 2000
By G. Langowski - Published on Amazon.com
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Being a homebrewer for 4 years, I have found that Brewers Publications' Classic Beer Styles Series is an excellent resource for discovering and making numerous quality brews. In Altbier, Horst Dornbusch tackles a style that few people may have ever had. His approach is practical and to the point. The history section is thorough without being long-winded, as is sometimes the case with other books in the series. Mr. Dornbusch has done an excellent job applying his own brewing knowledge in explaining the ins and outs of altbier brewing. I have followed some of the recipes in the book, and I am extremely pleased with the results so far. The only downside to this book is that the section on style profile could have been more thorough and descriptive. However, this book is well worth the investment.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Knows his stuff May 17 2010
By Cate Swan - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm going to be brewing an alt and I got a recipe on line, and also have a couple of how-to-brew-beer books, BUT I had too many unanswered questions. This is relatively small, very concise, clearly written book on alts, by a man who hails from that part of Germany and learned how to brew them himself. Because it's a book specifically about altbier it covers territory that other brew books don't. An example: "If you prime your beer, avoid sugar, which can contribute a slightly sour aftertaste to the brew. Always use light dried malt extract (DME) istead." That statement, of course, refers to altbiers. He covers commercial, homebrew all-grain, and homebrew extract methods of brewing. This isn't a book for the first time brewer, however I've only got two batches under my belt and this book has clarified enough for me to proceed with confidence. Another bit of handy information included in the book: for those of us who have a regular old fridge, he points out that the temperature range of most of them falls between 40- 60 degrees fahrenheit. 60 degrees can be used for primary fermentation and 40 degrees is at the upper limit of the alt lagering temperature. Therefore, an unmodified refridgerator can be used for altbier making. Thanks Horst. Recipes in the back for one barrel, 5 gallons all-grain and 5 gallons extract.
Excellent Book on Altbier April 2 2014
By P. Mulloy - Published on Amazon.com
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Dusseldorf native, home brewer, beer consultant and beer writer Horst Dornbusch provides an excellent review of his hometown beer. He is detailed enough for the home brewer interested in producing this style and winning awards for her labors, yet engaging enough to interest the beer enthusiast wanting to know more about this beer, its history, how it is brewed and how it is supposed to taste. I highly recommend it.
Good book; Great beer April 1 2014
By Player - Published on Amazon.com
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Have made an Albier this winter and it is the best style beer I've ever tasted! If you ever get a chance to try one or brew one; do it!! The book is full of history and was very informative.
great introduction to an uncommon beer (in the US) Jan. 19 2014
By Moose - Published on Amazon.com
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Prior to getting this book, I had never even heard of the style. The book gives an excellent overview of the style's history (which goes into why it's so rare outside of a small region in Germany) and the methods used to create it's unique profile. While reading this, I have had the opportunity to try two Alts available in SoCal, including Alaskan Amber which is one of the American Alts mentioned in the book. I have also tried Hangar 24's Alt which is not listed in the book (I think the book predates its release).

Long story short, this book showed me a beer style that was new to me and one I now thoroughly enjoy. I cannot speak to the recipes as I don't have the ability to lager beers yet but based on the quality in the rest of the text, I would expect them to be pretty tasty. I hope to try my hand at making a few of them soon.

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