« Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers (Brewing Elements) Keurig K350 2.0 Brewing System » 3 thoughts on “Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles” 152 of 155 people found the following review helpful The best recipe formulation book I have seen, June 26, 2002 By Robert M. Halperin “BobH” (Broomfield, CO USA) – Verified Purchase(What’s this?) This review is from: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles (Paperback) First, let me say what this book is not. It is not a recipe book, or a book which describes the techniques for brewing beer. In other words, it is not for beginners. After following recipes for a number of batches of beer, it was time to learn how to create my own recipes. The purpose of this book is to do just that; come up with your own recipes. The first part of the book tells the reader how to compute the grain bill, the hop bill and how to hit original gravity. It also contains information on beer color, yeast and water. I used this section to make the computations for my first original recipe. This, in turn, gave me the incentive to buy a brewing software package which I now use in conjunction with the second part of the book. The second part describes beer styles and what ingredients go into each style described. There is a chart for each style which gives information on ingredients used in beers which made it to the second round of the NHC. I found some of the charts in this part somewhat confusing and there are a few references in the text to wrong charts. However, as a result of this book, I have started to formulate my own recipes with a lot of success. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment (1) Reply 83 of 87 people found the following review helpful I consult this book before every batch, August 12, 1999 By A Customer This review is from: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles (Paperback) The first section of Ray’s book covers the fundamentals of all grain brewing. I seldom refer to it.However, the second section not only profiles many of the classic beer styles, it analyzes the recipes and techniques used in producing competition winning entries for the styles. While one can argue that strict style guidelines and competitions based on style guidelines are counterproductive in the craft beer industry, it is very interesting to see how accomplished brewers are formulating their recipes. Many of the formulation compilations are surprising. If anything, they show that you CAN deviate from strict recipe guidelines and produce a quality beer.I have two shelves full of brewing books. This is the one I would hang onto if I was allowed only one brewing reference. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply 65 of 70 people found the following review helpful An essential resource, September 25, 2000 By Robert F. Mortan (McKinney, TX USA) – This review is from: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles (Paperback) For anyone who has brewed at least one batch, this is a must-have book. You will learn more from reading this book, than from brewing a hundred more batches. Read Papazin, then graduate to this. You will learn to hit target gravities, target IBU’s, and how to balance them against each other. Styles are broken down into easily (for the most part) reproducible processes and techniques, allowing you to formulate your own recipe within the style, not copy someone else’s. I never brew a batch without reading up on the particular style in this book first. Best book out there on beer. Bar none. 0 Help other customers find the most helpful reviews Was this review helpful to you? | Comment Reply Leave a comment Cancel replyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.