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More than just a recipe book or merely another how-to manual, Designing Great Beers is an indispensable guide intended for brewers interested in formulating their own beers based on classic styles, modern techniques, and their own vision of the perfect beer. With more than 200 tables, Designing Great Beers offers brewers knowledge on the essence of various styles, giving them the needed insight to create their own beers including Six Steps to Successful Beer, Hitting Target Gravity, Pilsner and Other Pale Lagers, Yellow-Red Proportions of Beers, Malts and Caramels, and Common Hop Varieties and Their Typical Alpha Acid Levels. Designing Great Beers is must reading for every home brewer, microbrewer, and armchair brewer contemplating the perfect beer. 404 pages.
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Author Ray Daniels

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Great book for the technical enthusiast, historian, or average brewer
Interesting read. Certainly a lot of information. As a new brewer, I am certainly enjoying the plethora of information, and the history involved, with some of the styles in the 2nd section.
February 26, 2018
1 year ago
How to select your ingredients
It's all about what makes the flavors of each of the elements in your beer (barley, hops, yeast). After you read Palmers "How to Brew" this is the next one to read, but only after you have brewed for a year and gained knowledge about the ingredients. Probably the single best book on home brewing overall.
March 31, 2014
A lot of good info
Bought this book when I first got into all grain. Read it and thought I knew quite a bit. Referenced it recently for a beer I was designing and ended up reading the whole book again. A ton of great information, too much to absorb in a few sittings
February 25, 2014
How to really brew and understand teh ingredients you are using
This is an advanced book that every intermediate brewer should read. Then read a again a year later. Not only do you learn about ingredients, you learn about styles.
February 11, 2014
Lots of valuable information
This book has more information that any other brewing book I've read. The part of the contents of the award winning beers is the best part, since it gives me an idea of what ingredients to consider for a style.
December 6, 2013
good book for all grain brewers who want to learn more
Everything you know is covered, but in much greater depth than you could imagine. Read it twice to get the most out of it.
September 28, 2013
A must for any advanced brewer
Great reference book for people looking to move beyond the basics.
September 7, 2013
This is what will take you to the advanced level
There is so much in this book that it will take a few readings over the course of many brew sessions to pick it all up. There are so many things to realize that may have a little effect here and there on your beer. If you want to make your own recipes there is a lot of information in the later part of the book on what grains to use for each style.
August 23, 2013
A great brewing book
I refer to this book now and then to pick up new ideas. I need a couple of years of all grain brewing experience before I was able to appreciate the information provided. This should be one of the books all home brewers have in their library, along with Palmers How to Brew.
July 13, 2013
Probably the single best book on home brewing
Once you move up to all grain, this book will teach you a ton. There are so many nuances, it will take years to get all this stuff down. The book covers everything in depth.
May 15, 2013
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