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The Home Brewer's Recipe Database Paperback – 4 Jan 2004

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  • Paperback: 668 pages
  • Publisher: iUniverse; 1st Revised edition (4 Jan. 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 059529720X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0595297207
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,640,006 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Les Howarth (1959-) was born in Liverpool, England. Trained as a chemist, he obtained a Ph.D. from Bristol University in 1986 and has worked as a research and development chemist on colloids, dental cements, aluminium production and processing, ink-jet printing, fabric coatings, patent analysis, soda-lime production, statistical analysis and fuel additives. In his spare time he brews beer and is a life member of the Campaign for Real Ale, honorary life member of Scottish Craft Brewers and a member of the Craft Brewing Association, Cambridge Craft Brewers and the Oxford Brewers Group. He also enjoys cookery, photography and writing.

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About the Author

Les Howarth has been a full mash home brewer since 1979. He is a life member of the Campaign for Real Ale, a member of the Craft Brewing Association, Scottish Craft Brewers and the American Homebrewers Association. This is his first book on home brewing.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Nicholas Mayes on 8 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
As the author states in his introduction, the recipes are primarily intended for Full Mash brewers but many could be adapted for partial mashing or extract brewing. The book assumes the reader is already versed in the basic techniques of brewing, this is not a "how to brew" manual. That said, you don't need to have years of experience - pick a recipe and just give it a go.
Les Howarth has assembled beer recipes from almost 350 breweries, some of them long gone but many brewing today. He has collated the data from numerous sources, and it is a wonder that existing brewers divulge this information. The recipes do vary in detail: some specify the percentages of each type of malt that make up the grist, some even specify the ratio of hops to use. Others only list the malt and hop ingredients with no guidance to ratios. The book provides the original gravity figure and the bitterness in IBUs, and the home brewer must call upon his/her knowledge of brewing theory to calculate a suitable amount of malt and hops to achieve the desired result; there are some examples in the book to help. If you know the desired colour of the beer this can guide you in malt selection. Hop ratios can be chosen based upon the brewer's experience of their flavour characteristics. Specific yeast strains are not specified since these are unlikely to be available to a home brewer; use your judgement to choose a suitable yeast strain from those readily available, e.g. a fruity ester yeast for an Old ale, a neutral one for a golden ale. Given the vast amount of variable factors involved in creating a beer, one should expect to repeat a recipe more than once with minor tweaking before getting it just how you like it.
For me the major appeal of this book is trying to recreate beers I know and like.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Huge database of European commercial brews 8 Mar. 2007
By Benjy Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a vast collection of recipes for European beers, mostly from the UK and Belgium. The depth of each recipes varies, but usually includes the type of malts and hops and the general specs, like gravity and bittering units. To clone a beer you will have to do some calculations to figure out how much malt and hops to use for your particular system and volume. There isn't any information on yeast or water treatment, though. Overall, a good resource for trying to clone English and Belgian ales.
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