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Offline imperialstout

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Looking for a good AG recipe book
« on: February 06, 2013, 05:52:05 PM »
Looking for a good AG recipe book. Have "How To Brew" and "Designing Great Beers", consider them "Go To" books to learn about brewing beers. Read "Joy Of Brewing" and "Brewing Classic Styles" and was not impressed. Now looking for a good book on AG brewing recipes. Considering "Best Of Brew Your Own 250 Classic Clone Recipes" and "Clone Beers". There is another series of "Classic Brews", each volume dedicated to one style. Any thoughts?

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« Reply #1 on: February 06, 2013, 05:58:46 PM »
CloneBrews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers (Paperback)
Also their 2nd edition

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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #2 on: February 06, 2013, 06:23:22 PM »
Brewing Classic Styles is the only "recipe" book I have, and is likely the only one I'll ever need. I refer to it every time I'm brewing a style that I am not very familiar with.

I don't own "Clone Brews", but I have flipped through it. Some of the recipes in there for beers I'm pretty familiar with just don't look right to me. YMMV, but I think BCS is a lot more useful.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2013, 06:31:07 PM »
Brewing Classic Styles is the only "recipe" book I have, and is likely the only one I'll ever need. I refer to it every time I'm brewing a style that I am not very familiar with.

I use this book also.  It has a lot of good, personal tips for each style.
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Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #5 on: February 06, 2013, 07:07:23 PM »
CloneBrews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers (Paperback)
Also their 2nd edition

IMO, this is one of the worst recipe books I've seen.  Others may disagree.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #6 on: February 06, 2013, 07:17:02 PM »
CloneBrews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers (Paperback)
Also their 2nd edition

IMO, this is one of the worst recipe books I've seen.  Others may disagree.
When you look at that in detail, I must agree. The yeast selections are all wrong.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2013, 07:22:06 PM »
Not a book, but Beersmith has a bunch of recipes. 
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2013, 08:40:00 PM »
I think BCS is a great starting point, and I like Radical Brewing for weird ingredients too.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2013, 09:03:10 PM »
BCS is THE recipe book.  I know Jamil gets a lot of head-inflating props, but every one of his recipes has won comps.  He is the type of brewer that will brew the same style 10+ times until he gets it right.  Every style I have made out of BCS has turned out great. 


I've also heard "Clone Brews" is terrible.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #10 on: February 06, 2013, 09:33:57 PM »
Also, Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels is another excellent resource.

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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #11 on: February 06, 2013, 10:26:02 PM »
I don't own a recipe-only book, but designing great Beers, Radical Brewing, and listening to the Brewing Network have really given me the basics behind recipe formulation... But if you need more, look at the archived Zymurgy issues on this site... more than enough recipes there.  Drew Beachum's articles are some of my favorites for recipes.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #12 on: February 07, 2013, 12:07:14 AM »
WTF is a recipe?
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #13 on: February 07, 2013, 06:48:42 AM »
http://www.beertools.com/library/search.php?style=none&category=All+Grain

What's a book? ;)
Man, I gave up beertools recipe's a long time ago. I felt like you could look up a style and get just about anything. Just because somebody called their 50 srm, CTZ hopped beer a kolsh doesn't make it so.  :o
 
OK, I'm being a little rediculous there. But if I have no clue how to get started with a style, I want something that's been reviewed a little.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #14 on: February 07, 2013, 07:01:20 AM »
i agree - Brewing Classic Styles is the only recipe book I own.  I've made a few recipes from it, but mainly I use it as a reference.  Every other recipe book I've seen is suspect, in my opinion.
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