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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #15 on: February 07, 2013, 07:14:32 AM »
BCS and Joy of Homebrewing will both give you dependable, straightforward recipes. Joy of Homebrewing recipes might be a little dated but they are decent starting points to begin developing your own recipe. Recipe books are always going to be somewhat ineffective because they become dated after a few years as new ingredients and techniques arise and people demand new/different flavors in beers.

I also agree with the sentiments above that the internet is a real hit or miss way to find recipes. There are a few blogs I trust to rely on to develop recipes and some recipes online are great but the vast majority of recipes are of questionable value, especially when they don't have good notes about how the recipes turned out or what the flavor profile is.

The NHC winning recipes and most of the other recipes published in Zymurgy tend to be good recipes to work off of as well.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #16 on: February 07, 2013, 08:03:27 AM »
I often use recipes out of BCS as a starting point.  DGB has a lot of great information, but is a bit dated. For belgians, sours or wheat beers I like the Farmhouse Ales, Brew Like a Monk, Wild Brews and Brewing ith Wheat.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #17 on: February 07, 2013, 08:29:32 AM »
+1 to BCS.  I love it as an accurate reference of recipes within a style, unlike other recipe books where style lines are blurry, at best. It's a very good starting point, although I must like dry hopping pale ales and IPA's a little more than he does.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #18 on: February 07, 2013, 08:38:43 AM »
CloneBrews: Homebrew Recipes for 150 Commercial Beers (Paperback)
Also their 2nd edition

The worst book I've ever purchased. Worthless. I know some of the recipes are not right and I've never heard of most of the beers. 
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #19 on: February 07, 2013, 09:07:04 AM »
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.

That's why I like BeerTools. You can sort by reviews, favorites, comments, etc.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #20 on: February 07, 2013, 09:47:52 AM »
Are you looking for a book on how to formulate recipes or a book of recipes?

I don’t normally follow recipes completely but a few of my last batches have been straight from Brewing Classic Styles and they were great.  From all the books that I have, BCS is probably the only one I would consider a recipe book and would probably be the only one I would ever buy.   The recipes are reliable which can’t be said about a lot of other sources. This isnt meant to be a sound like a jerk question but what did you not like about the book?   
I have not heard good things about CloneBrews, as others have posted.
“Brew your own” magazine can have some good recipes, but I don’t know anything about the book.  I do know some of the recipes in the magazine have errors in them.

For formulating recipes, the books I use most are Designing Great Beers, Brewing Classic Styles, and Radical Brewing.  If Daniels updates Designing Great Beers I would buy it instantly. Love that book.

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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #21 on: February 07, 2013, 10:03:50 AM »
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?

If you don't like Brewing Classic Styles, the AHA has back issues of Zymurgy that have the Gold Medal winning recipes from NHC every year. I think they're in the Sept/Oct issues?
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #22 on: February 07, 2013, 10:15:59 AM »
Gold Medal recipes are also on the AHA recipe wiki.
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Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #23 on: February 07, 2013, 10:23:44 AM »
WTF is a recipe?

Read my article in the May/June 2012 issue if Zymurgy and you'll know!  ;)
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« Reply #24 on: February 07, 2013, 10:23:59 AM »
Gold Medal recipes are also on the AHA recipe wiki.

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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #25 on: February 08, 2013, 06:44:46 AM »
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.

That's why I like BeerTools. You can sort by reviews, favorites, comments, etc.

+1 to BeerTools.  You can also go online and use their recipe generator which includes style guidelines.  And there are almost 12,000 recipes posted, some with reviews.
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #26 on: February 08, 2013, 08:06:46 AM »
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.

That's why I like BeerTools. You can sort by reviews, favorites, comments, etc.

+1 to BeerTools.  You can also go online and use their recipe generator which includes style guidelines.  And there are almost 12,000 recipes posted, some with reviews.

How do you sort by comment and reviews? 

I see a lot of "I haven't brewed this yet, but it is going to be good"  ::)

Having a lot of recipes to peruse is cool, but it seems like you have to know something about ingredient contribution and style to sift through all the garbage.

Maybe I am just lame at sorting.  School me. 
I would be more inclined to just search for all the a10t2 contributions... ;)


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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #27 on: February 08, 2013, 08:53:11 AM »
I see a lot of "I haven't brewed this yet, but it is going to be good"  ::)

Years ago that was my biggest frustration with the internet recipe sites like Gambrinus Mug http://brewery.org/gambmug and Cat's Meow http://brewery.org/brewery/cm3/CatsMeow3.html.  The other thing I would run into a lot was  "I'm going to brew this next and I'll report back how it came out" and there never was any follow-up.  Now that I"ve got a lot more brews under my belt since then I can better look at those kind of recipes and guess how they'd come out, but back then when I'm just looking for a decent recipe for a certain type of style, I couldn't afford to waste my time and money gambling on some random person's guess.  That is why I love BCS.  There are still styles I haven't made but want to, and I know I can get a good first beer by using one of those recipes.

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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #28 on: February 08, 2013, 09:04:53 AM »
I see a lot of "I haven't brewed this yet, but it is going to be good"

Yeah that is the internet for you.

Fred's site at least has beers that have won awards.
http://beerdujour.com/
 
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Re: Looking for a good AG recipe book
« Reply #29 on: February 08, 2013, 11:54:42 AM »
Ken Lenard has good recipes for straightforward beers that are the styles I brew most often.

Google Mayfair Court Brewing and it will come up.

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