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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Revised edition (5 Feb 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060952164
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060952167
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2.5 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,207,404 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tired of the stale ale, bland beer, and lackadaisical lagers mass-produced by the commercial lavels, people are discovering the many advantages of brewing their own batch of that beloved beverage. This volume's features include: updated data on liquid yeasts, which have become a hot topic for brewers; 30 recipes in each of the classic beer styles of Germany, Belgium and Britain; and extensive profiles of grains, malts, adjuncts, additives and sanitizers; recipe formulation charts in easy-to-read spreadsheet format.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 April 1998
Format: Paperback
Although better texts exist, none contain the breadth of information that this one does. It has a complete section on different brewing methods, ingrediants and yeast. It also has a very comprehensive section on styles and recipes for each style. Snyder uses recipes from brewers, Al Korzonas for example, around the country to complete the recipe section of his book. Some of the recipes contain incomplete or simply bad advice and in my opinion should have been scrutinized more closely. However, despite these drawbacks, it is a nice reference and very easy to read. It is the book to buy for somebody who would like a lot of information without having to buy more books.
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By Soren on 20 Mar 2011
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This book is really, really bad - do not buy it! It gives you only a very brief overview on all-grain brewing techniques but fatally lacks the in-depth information that you will need do be able to conduct (and understand) the process in the best possible way. If you are looking for a basic book on homebrewing buy John Palmer's "How to brew" instead or use the free online version. That's by far the best introduction to beginners and advanced homebrewing.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Great Homebrew Reference 25 Aug 2005
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This book was exactly what I was looking for: a reference with a lot of recipes and descriptions of the different types of hops, malt, adjuncts, etc. Beer styles are presented in a table giving you an idea of what types of ingredients are used and options that are available. This is a handy quick reference if you want to "wing it" with a little bit of a safety net. Then, about half of the book is specific recipes of varying dificulty, also organized by style.

I gave this book four stars instead of 5 because on the back it says it's the only book you'll ever need. If you're just starting out, I disagree. There are a few chapter's on the basics, however, this book would have been a little confusing if I hadn't first read Papazian's Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The Complete Joy of Homebrewing will get you going. The Brewmaster's Bible will keep you going. If you're looking for a good reference, I highly recommend this book.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Great recipie reference 21 May 2006
By Keith F - Published on
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The book is somewhat misleading - if you're a beginner homebrewer, I don't necessarily suggest this book. I would suggest something more along the lines of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, as this book does not go into great detail of beginning steps.

However, it is an excellent reference for recipies. Not only does it have hundreds (I'm not sure how many) of actual recipies, it also has great description of each type of beer and approximate starting and ending specific gravities.

I am a beginner and use the recipies to decide what kind of beer to make next. So I do use this book before I go to the brewstore to pick up supplies everytime. All in all, it's a decent book.
23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
The one I always come back to.. 27 April 1999
By Jamey Anderson - Published on
Format: Paperback
I own many of the standard brewing books, TNCJOHB, etc, but this is the one I always pick up for the answers. Hop profiles, yeast profiles and extensive style guides, not to mention the vast amount of recipes. This is truely my bible!
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
Poorly named, to say the least. 11 Jan 2012
By xian - Published on
Format: Paperback
I'd give it a 3 if the name weren't so terribly misleading. Since it is, I feel the need to highlight how very much it is *not* what it purports to be. There's some good information in here, as well as some great information. But in no way, shape or form is it "the bible" of homebrewing. That distinction still goes to Papazian's (admittedly somewhat outdated) Complete Joy of Homebrewing.

That said, I have some specific issues with this text -- even after reading user reviews here prior to getting it, I was still disappointed.

1. There are a few glaring technical errors. One recipe states, "Let a wyeast packet sit after smacking for 1 day for every month after the manufacturing date." No. Seriously, 5 days is *way* too long, and smack-packs should be fine for 6 months from manufacture date easily. This is just one example of garbage info thrown into the book. New brewers beware -- follow this bible at your own risk!

2. The author is neurotically nitpicky. This book is the *opposite* of Papazian's "Relax, have a homebrew". For example, most recipe boils are listed at 90-120 minutes. For those of us who just want *beer*, this is a tremendous waste of time and propane. There are plenty of other examples where he indicates to worry about something that, in my experience, really doesn't warrant more than passing attention. Again, new brewers beware -- Papazian is right, relax and have fun and ignore most of the warnings herein.

3. Being a bible-cum-recipe-book, this book has almost no all-grain recipes. I was *very* disappointed to find zero, count them, 0! all-grain recipes for porters or stouts.

I got this book used and for cheap, and I'm still disappointed. I was looking forward to a nifty reference, and I find it to be neither. It's misleading to a new brewer, and disappointed to an experienced brewer.
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
Superb Reference! 30 Nov 2002
By James C. Healy - Published on
Format: Paperback
An excellent reference. I haven't worked up to all-grain yet, but the wealth of information on yeasts, hops, styles, adjuncts, you name it, is golden! The recipes are, in my opinion, nearly useless as they seem to be culled from can labels and extract kits, have bad advice (as someone has already noted) that directly contradict Snyder's instructions, and often have bizarre or proprietary items in the list of ingredients. Marty Nachel's Dummies recipies are much better. Actually, the two books complement each other nicely.
Best part of the book: the table of style components. Very handy for constructing a recipe; grain, extracts, water, yeast. Fabulous!
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