Formulas, ingredients, historical and modern-day brewing practices all these details and more are covered in Designing Great Beers. Drawing on information from old brewing records, books, contemporary beer analyses, and hundreds of award winning recipes, author Ray Daniels provides a wealth of data on the current and historical brewing techniques and ingredients for fourteen of the worlds most popular ale and lager styles. Ray also includes brewing calculations for planning and adjusting brews as well as a thorough examination of primary brewing ingredients. Intended for intermediate or advanced homebrewers as well as professional craft brewers, Designing Great Beers weaves contemporary and technical information with historical lore to create a well rounded guide to brewing the classics.
Designing Great Beers is essential reading for brewers who formulate their own recipes. Why? If you want to brew, say, an extra special bitter, you need to know what characterizes the style, and what ingredients and processes yield those characteristics. Until now, that has required either a lot of research or just plain guesswork. Serious brewers should clear a space on their bookshelves for Designing Great Beers. Greg Noonan, owner and brewmaster at the Vermont Pub and Brewery, founder of the Seven Barrel Brewery, and author of New Brewing Lager Beer, Scotch Ale, and the Seven Barrel Brewery Brewers Handbook.