Pretty Good For Recipe Ideas,
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This review is from: Brew Your Own British Real Ale (Camra) (Paperback)
A good basic book with not too much science to baffle newcomers. I like the idea that there are recipes to get close to brands we all know but I would use them as a guide only. There is no way I'm using sugar in my all grain brews.
Whilst there is not too much science pushed in the book, the section about the ph of the mash was actually wrong I think. The target ph was quoted as being at ph 5.3 but that is the target ph at mash temperature. The book says to take a sample of fluid, let it cool and then use test papers. At room temperature the mash ph would read closer to ph 5.6
ph increases as temperature drops so the ph measured directly in the mash tun may be 5.3 but at room temp it would be about 5.6-5.7
If you followed the instructions you could end up adding gypsum when it's not needed.
That said, a useful book for a beginner. I would then recommend How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right for the First Time