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Altbier: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes [Paperback]

Horst D. Dornbusch
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April 1 1998 Classic Beer Style (Book 12)
This book explains how Altbier was brewed in Dusseldorf centuries ago by brewmonks and brewnuns, and how to brew one today.

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"Who says there's no such thing as a German ale? Eat your lederhosen! If you think the German beer land is just a lager land, think again, jawohl!"--from the preface

Brewed centuries ago by monks and nuns, this copper-colored, full-bodied ale has a proud and unbroken brewing tradition dating back to the beginning of civilization. Horst Dornbusch sheds light on the practices of commercial altbier makers, how the equipment and ingredients used affect its flavor, and how this full-bodied brew became one of Germany's most beloved beer styles. Recipes are included!

Brewers Publications Classic Beer Style Series is devoted to offering in-depth information on world-class beer styles by exploring their history, flavor profiles, brewing methods, recipes, and ingredients.

About the Author

Horst Dornbusch was born and raised in Dusseldorf, home of Germany's altbier. Following a twenty-year career in broadcasting and publishing in the United States and Canada, he decided to pursue his lifetime passion, beer. After apprenticing at a U.S. brewing company to learn how to make beer on a commercial scale, he started his own contract brewing company specializing in German-style beers. His company's flagship beer is--what else?--Dornbusch Alt, an authentic Dusseldorf-style brew.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Makes a mighty fine brew. June 13 2000
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read, not too lengthy July 25 2014
By Fish Tech - Published on Amazon.com
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I have had this book for a while and just got around to reading it last weekend. I enjoyed the read. The author is obviously a subject matter expert. While I'm fairly technical regarding many things, this book was not written in such a manner that it was difficult to understand.

I am an experienced homebrewer who has been doing all-grain mashes for a few years. Other than the info about Altbier specifically, much of this information was not new to me. However, hearing the same info from different sources, in a slightly different way works for me. It serves to reinforce what I already know. The appendices in the back provide good reference material. I would buy this book again.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
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