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I love this book, even if it wasn't what I expected,
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This review is from: Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles (Paperback)
This book is wonderful, firstly it deals with successfully making beer such as the principals behind water chemistry and all of that which is useful but nothing new, the second section however is the truly wonderful bit. It spends a chapter on each variety of beer, detailing the history of its production, its changes over time and then gives a statistical analysis of the ingredients that go into it. This it turns out is quite powerful, it lets you know the upper limits of the style for certain malts and adjuncts so you can push boundaries while keeping the style true.
To be honest this book is worth it just for background on each style, an invaluable addition to the homebrewers shelf!