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5.0 out of 5 stars A well thought out book, 7 April 2014
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This review is from: The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965 (Spiral-bound)
I bought this book with a view to making authentic 19C porters and stouts from original recipes. Having read and reread the book over a few days I realised that the recipes were only part of the purpose of the book.Although not covered in any great depth, the brewing history of each type of beer shows how recipes were altered more for tax and ingredient availability issues than anything else. The page on making various grades of invert sugar was helpful as they are used in a lot of the recipes. As a homebrewer this book will help me brew better beers, and I will understand why they are better. Just a note on the recipes: As the book is published in America, weights and measures are US gallons and lbs/oz (also kilo's). Also the final wort volume for boiling seems to vary (you have to add up the sparge amounts for each recipe) so do not expect an lmperial 5gall brew from these recipes (or if you do sparge to give a final 5UK galls then the SG is going to be different).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gone, but not forgotten classic beers, 19 May 2014
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This review is from: The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965 (Spiral-bound)
(Well, maybe not tasted all of them because of their vintage, but their reputations linger on. . . )
Any work that Ron Pattinson is always researched into the ground and this is no exception. A wire bound text within a delightful hard backed cover, designed to stay open at the page being worked on.
Well illustrated with vintage and contemporary photographs complemented by etchings and reproduced beer labels of the time.
A concise history if the industry during the nineeenth century within its 160 pages, with recipes culled from many original sources, representing hours of work and labour.
The resulting work then presents some hundred or so formulations in a standard format for ease of comparison.
It's predominantly about long-gone British ales, with a final chapter on some renowned European beer types.
So quoted volumetric gallons are UK! (I suppose the Liters could therefore have been Litres, but then I am known to be pedantic . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fullers XXK, 12 April 2014
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This review is from: The Home Brewer's Guide to Vintage Beer: Rediscovered Recipes for Classic Brews Dating from 1800 to 1965 (Spiral-bound)
Wonderful selection of historic recipes to try at home. Easy to interpret too. Provides guidance (or in some cases highlights a lack thereof eg. crystal malt choice – brewery records don't state type or colour) on ingredients and direction to make invert sugars.

I'm particularly pleased to see the recipe for one of Fullers recently re-brewed Past Masters series, XX (XXK in book). I purchase it from Sainsbury's; shame 7.9% strong ales like this are difficult to find. Check out Ron's blog for more recipes: Shut up about Barclay Perkins.

Interestingly, none of these recipes state hop additions post 30 min! Excluding dry hopping of course. Need to keep my facts right for Ron ;D
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4.0 out of 5 stars A perfect gift, 16 Mar 2014
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Bought as a present - seems to be a very suitable gilt for a beer enthusiast, although not given it yet.
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5.0 out of 5 stars for my son, 8 Mar 2014
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my son brews his own beer this book looks good and has that something different from conventional brewing books one to try
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4.0 out of 5 stars interesting and more, 7 July 2014
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