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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource for intermediate brewer
This book is a fantastic help for a homebrewer who wants to create his own recipes. It isn't going to tell you how to clone Newcastle or Sam Adams, but it helps you create your own unique recipe within the framework of a classic beer style, whether a Northern English Brown Ale, an Oktoberfestbier or Sweet Stout. The detail is astounding, ranging from historical...
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2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
I was disappointed with this book. The "statistics" on second round NHC recipes - which take up much of this book - are of dubious relevance. Knowing that 51% of recipes used Hallertau hops, 40% used Saaz 5% used some Cascade, and 10% used a bit of Munich Malt and the odd one used some wheat, or 30% used Bohemian lager yeast but one used some obscure lager...
Published on Feb. 25 2003


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Jan. 26 2000
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This review is from: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles (Paperback)
Ray Daniels not only knows a great deal about beer, he knows how to write, organize and design a great book. The first book anyone interested in taking the step from beer drinker to brewer should buy. A nice gift for your "beer expert" buddy who needs to back up his statements with fact. Cheers
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any homebrewer, July 6 1999
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If you're the type of homebrewer who likes to create his/her own recipes from scratch, stop making beer until you get this book. Since I read it over a year ago, all my own recipes have come out great. A true bible. Hey Ray, where's volume 2!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A must have..., Oct. 17 1998
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If you are serious about your brewing, and want to create your own brew rather than copy someone else, this book is for you. The book takes away the mystery of recipe formulation, and guides you on your way to great beer.
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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
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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
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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
This review is from: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles (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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