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Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles [Paperback]

Ray Daniels
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Jan. 26 1998
Author Ray Daniels provides the brewing formulas, tables, and information to take your brewing to the next level in this detailed technical manual.

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Part 1 of Designing Great Beers is a complete book in itself, focused solely on home-brewing ingredients and techniques (including three superb chapters on hops alone). Ray Daniels proves himself the "techie" type, infusing his introductory chapters with as much brewing math as brewing lore. Yet, Daniels never hops off the deep end of beer geekdom. Instead, he complements this emphasis on data with the creative use of graphics; where one could get bogged down in the stats, there is usually a clear visual depiction to instantly summarize their meaning.

This focus on facts continues into part 2 of Daniels's guide, where it backs an admirably pragmatic take on beer styles and their importance in home-brewing. Daniels devotes a chapter to each of 14 major style categories, detailing historical origins and modern brewing techniques. He lays a contemporary groundwork by compiling and analyzing the recipes of the National Homebrew Competition's most successful beers. The assumption is that beers deemed representative of particular beer styles in modern competitions serve as ideal models for recipe creation. Among the information provided for each style is a chart showing the percentage of brewers using each type of grain and in what proportions the grains were added. Similar data are supplied for hop varieties, yeast strains, and water treatment. This reverse engineering of award-winning beers naturally benefits experienced brewers seeking to wow judges at the next competition. Yet, even brewers taking their first shy steps into creating their own recipes have much to gain from this kind of practical analysis. Daniels provides the basic tools a brewer of any level can use to formulate recipes with confidence and creativity. --Todd Gehman


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5.0 out of 5 stars 2nd best brew book ever! Feb. 7 2004
Format:Paperback
After NEW BREWING LAGER BEER, this has been the most helpful book to get my beer styles just right. It contains hordes of information usually available only in professional works, and doesn't over complicate it. I love this book and always refer to it before I start a new brew. It is the only accurate book that discusses the amount of water retained in your grain, and allows you to calculate the pre brew water quantity more accurately. A must for you home brew library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good book Oct. 25 2013
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Great information to take your brewing to a higher level. Good information on styles and ingredients. Good history on styles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really good book May 14 2013
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Really well built book. Chapters are presented in a manner the theory becomes really clear.
A bible for every homebrewer! Really usefull to brew a beer respecting its particular style.
There are also some really interesting facts.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very informative May 11 2013
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Easy to follow step by step guide that covers all aspects of designing a beer. Clear easy to follow mathematical examples enhances the learning process. Great, clear details are given on why different styles are brewed in their own fashion. Local brewmasters also agree that it is a good starting book to understand if you considering entering the field of brewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Reference for the Home Brewer Oct. 17 2012
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"Designing Great Beers" is an excellent reference for any home brewer looking to create their own recipes. Combined with "How to Brew" and "Brewing Classic Styles", "Designing Great Beers" is a great addition to any home brewer's library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazing book Oct. 16 2011
Format:Paperback
Great description for all style of beer , very helpful to understand how beer style are designed, this book have a lots of pages and is cheap! I reccomand it all the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource March 1 2011
Format:Paperback
As someone relatively new to homebrewing and looking into moving from extract to all grain brewing, this book is excellent.
It really breaks down how to formulate recipes based on your target style, percentages of appropriate malts and adjuncts, yeasts, etc.
This book opened my eyes to hitting target gravity, bitterness ratios and a host of other things. Well worth it!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, good coverage of essentials April 8 2010
Format:Paperback
This is a good book for those interested in the history of beers, or those with some basic brewing knowledge who want to learn more.

The book is not a recipe book, if that's what you're looking for, but does go into detail about style guides and each styles history. It also covers ingredient trends in the NHC (National Homebrew Competition) in the US, although from a few years back. It would be nice to see a new addition to update that info.

All in all I'm glad I've got this book - and I would definitely recommend it for those brewers who plan to put their beer into competition, or for those who just love a little history and want to know more about the hobby!
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