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Title: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: ritko1 on January 22, 2013, 11:00:15 PM
I was wondering if there was a cookbook with a collection of homebrew recipes? An on line search is not getting me what I'm looking for precisely. All I'm finding are mostly reference books. I have john Palmers " How to Brew" as well as the Zymurgy magazines. They are both excellent with some great recipes,  however it would be nice if I wanted to make a dark stout or an IPA not to have to search through 10 different books for a recipe.  I'm still very new at brewing and nowhere near ready to craft my own recipes. Still I thought it might be cheaper to buy the ingredients separately rather then in a kit.

Thanks,
Ritko1
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: Titanium Brewing on January 22, 2013, 11:16:22 PM
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: erockrph on January 23, 2013, 01:47:38 AM
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew

+1

It's great that it is designed so both extract and all-grain brewers can use all the recipes. I still turn to BCS when I want to brew a new style that I'm not too familiar with. It's an excellent resource regardless of your level of brewing.
Title: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: mpietropaoli on January 23, 2013, 02:31:21 AM
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
buy it, brew them, love them. 
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: brew1314rw on January 23, 2013, 02:51:31 AM
I agree with Brewing Classic Styles.  I would also mention Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher.  It has a lot of good recipes and descriptions/notes on different ingredients for branching out as you go.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: garc_mall on January 23, 2013, 05:01:20 PM
+1 to Radical Brewing and BCS

Also, the two books by the szamatulskis (I probably butchered their name) Beer Captured and Clone Brews. That has a lot of good recipes which are clones of well known craft beers.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: denny on January 23, 2013, 05:04:27 PM
Take a look at the AHA recipe database, too...

http://wiki.homebrewersassociation.org/BeerRecipes

Mark, I gotta disagree on those books.  I do, however, find them great for starting fires in the woodstove.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: garc_mall on January 23, 2013, 05:09:51 PM
Denny,

I never used the books, I have used 1 recipe in my entire brewing career. However, I have flipped through the books and used some of their ideas to put together recipes of my own. I cannot comment on the quality of the recipes inside any of the books.  :-X

Oh, and you spelled my name wrong 8)

But I agree with Denny's recommendation of the AHA recipe database, and most homebrew shops have their own recipe books, which can be decent as well (More of a mixed bag though)
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: denny on January 23, 2013, 05:11:23 PM
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: tschmidlin on January 23, 2013, 06:10:21 PM
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!
Are you talking about all of those books garc mentioned, or just the last two?  I really like the few beers I've brewed from BCS, and Radical Brewing is probably my favorite brewing book and I think it is hands down the best resource for odd ingredients.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: erockrph on January 23, 2013, 07:08:33 PM
I've only ever flipped through Clone Brews, but I remember saying "this doesn't seem right" to a few of the recipes for beers I'm familiar with. I know there's more than one way to skin a cat, but when a brewery lists their ingredients on their website and a clone recipe is way off in the specialty malts, then I don't have high hopes for that recipe.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: AmandaK on January 23, 2013, 07:37:28 PM
I've only ever flipped through Clone Brews, but I remember saying "this doesn't seem right" to a few of the recipes for beers I'm familiar with. I know there's more than one way to skin a cat, but when a brewery lists their ingredients on their website and a clone recipe is way off in the specialty malts, then I don't have high hopes for that recipe.

That's exactly how I felt about Clone Brews. I got it for Christmas a couple years ago, read it, became skeptical for the same reasons and returned it. Got Brew Like a Monk.  ;D
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: denny on January 23, 2013, 07:50:13 PM
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!
Are you talking about all of those books garc mentioned, or just the last two?  I really like the few beers I've brewed from BCS, and Radical Brewing is probably my favorite brewing book and I think it is hands down the best resource for odd ingredients.

Damn, I AM asleep!  I meant only the last 2.  BCS and Radical Brewing are great books.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: ritko1 on January 24, 2013, 01:35:17 AM
Thanks for all the replies. Brewing Classic Styles and Radical Brewing sounds worth checking out.

 
Quote from: garc_mall link=topic=14510.msg184446#msg184446
But I agree with Denny's recommendation of the AHA recipe database, and most homebrew shops have their own recipe books, which can be decent as well (More of a mixed bag though)

I went to Kuhnhenn Brewery last weekend and was really impressed with their beers. Now I'm wishing I'd gone into their shop to see if they  sell any of their recipes.  I did get a tour of their factory tho and had a really great time. Great owners and employees too. Half of them where walking around with a brew in their hands. What a job eh?
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: corkybstewart on January 24, 2013, 03:05:08 AM
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: garc_mall on January 24, 2013, 03:53:48 AM
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.

Designing Great Beers is probably my favorite brewing book ever. It is the one book I am sure to consult whenever I consider brewing to style.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: tschmidlin on January 24, 2013, 05:18:49 AM
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!
Are you talking about all of those books garc mentioned, or just the last two?  I really like the few beers I've brewed from BCS, and Radical Brewing is probably my favorite brewing book and I think it is hands down the best resource for odd ingredients.

Damn, I AM asleep!  I meant only the last 2.  BCS and Radical Brewing are great books.
Looks like I was asleep too - I quoted the wrong post! :)
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: jeffy on January 24, 2013, 12:54:59 PM
Oops!  I know better. I'll blame it on only one cup of coffee so far!
Are you talking about all of those books garc mentioned, or just the last two?  I really like the few beers I've brewed from BCS, and Radical Brewing is probably my favorite brewing book and I think it is hands down the best resource for odd ingredients.

Damn, I AM asleep!  I meant only the last 2.  BCS and Radical Brewing are great books.
Looks like I was asleep too - I quoted the wrong post! :)

And here I thought I was sleeping because I had to reread all the posts to figure out what you guys are talking about.
I like to consult Brewing Classic Styles when designing a recipe.  Radical Brewing is a great book, but I never actually considered it a recipe book, more a resource.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: denny on January 24, 2013, 04:08:08 PM
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.

I completely agree with your comment about recipes.  At one NHC, I tried 10-12 different versions of my Rye IPA recipe.  All were good and not one of them tased like mine!

DGB is a great book, but it's getting dated.  When you look at the award winning recipes, there are a lot of them that wouldn't be formulated that way using ingredients we have available today.  As long as you recognize that and can compensate, there's a lot of great stuff there.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: corkybstewart on January 24, 2013, 05:50:20 PM
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.



DGB is a great book, but it's getting dated.  When you look at the award winning recipes, there are a lot of them that wouldn't be formulated that way using ingredients we have available today.  As long as you recognize that and can compensate, there's a lot of great stuff there.
I'd love to see an update, especially if he were to include some basic Belgian styles like wit and strong dark ales.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: dbeechum on January 25, 2013, 01:23:17 AM
I'd love to see an update, especially if he were to include some basic Belgian styles like wit and strong dark ales.

Last I knew, Ray's at work on Designing Great Belgian Beers.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 25, 2013, 03:12:49 AM
Look into Brewing Better Beer by Gordon Strong. Not a beer recipe book, but how to approach brewing so that your finished beer is what you set out to make. Much like a a cooking instruction book with some recipes.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: garc_mall on January 25, 2013, 05:41:21 AM
Keep in mind that the recipe is probably the least important aspect of brewing.  10 people brewing the exact same recipe will come up with 10 different beers.
I like Designing Great Beers over any of the previously mentioned books(I have all of them).  It gives you insight on creating your own recipes that fit your system and brewing style.



DGB is a great book, but it's getting dated.  When you look at the award winning recipes, there are a lot of them that wouldn't be formulated that way using ingredients we have available today.  As long as you recognize that and can compensate, there's a lot of great stuff there.
I'd love to see an update, especially if he were to include some basic Belgian styles like wit and strong dark ales.

Rumor at NHC was that he was working on an update. I haven't heard anything official.

I do think that Ray's talk at NHC this year (Drink what you think?) was like a mini DGB.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: ritko1 on January 25, 2013, 07:00:48 AM
I did see Designing Great Beers while doing a recipe search and thought it would make a great future purchase.  I don't think I ready for designing just yet tho as i'm still a new brewer.  I really just want to brew different types (of other people's beers,  lol) so I can get a feel of what the different ingredients will do for me. Definitely on my future purchase list.

Appreciate all the great input,
Ritko1
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: Jimmy K on January 25, 2013, 03:13:33 PM
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
+1  The great thing is these recipes have all won gold at the National Homebrew Competition.  There are also pointers on key thing needed to get the style right. And it includes extract recipes with all-grain conversions.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 25, 2013, 03:17:52 PM
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
+1  The great thing is these recipes have all won gold at the National Homebrew Competition.  There are also pointers on key thing needed to get the style right. And it includes extract recipes with all-grain conversions.
All? Those were all award winners, but 80 golds in the NHC???
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: Jimmy K on January 25, 2013, 04:28:58 PM
Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew
+1  The great thing is these recipes have all won gold at the National Homebrew Competition.  There are also pointers on key thing needed to get the style right. And it includes extract recipes with all-grain conversions.
All? Those were all award winners, but 80 golds in the NHC???
Well I thought they were. Maybe I'm remembering wrong. They are not all Jamil's recipes and we're talking categories not BOS. Maybe they just medaled, but silver is not winning. It's first loser :)
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: mmitchem on January 25, 2013, 04:41:22 PM
I find the Classic Beer Styles Series awesome for getting a feel for the way beer was brewed for a particular style. Lots of insight into the history and all aspects of the classic brewing ingredients. Plus you only have to buy what styles are relavent to what you like brewing.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: denny on January 25, 2013, 04:59:31 PM
I find the Classic Beer Styles Series awesome for getting a feel for the way beer was brewed for a particular style. Lots of insight into the history and all aspects of the classic brewing ingredients. Plus you only have to buy what styles are relavent to what you like brewing.

Again, though, you have to be careful about getting current info.  For example, Fix's VMO book is so outdated in terms of recipes and ingredients That I don't think it's worth having.
Title: Re: Beer Brewing Cookbook
Post by: hopfenundmalz on January 26, 2013, 01:57:10 AM
I find the Classic Beer Styles Series awesome for getting a feel for the way beer was brewed for a particular style. Lots of insight into the history and all aspects of the classic brewing ingredients. Plus you only have to buy what styles are relavent to what you like brewing.

Again, though, you have to be careful about getting current info.  For example, Fix's VMO book is so outdated in terms of recipes and ingredients That I don't think it's worth having.
I will agree, and also say the Pils we book by Miller is outdated.