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BeerSmith:
Book Review: The Brewmasters Bible by Stephen Snyder

I picked this book up on a whim one day at the local bookstore and to my surprise it turned out to be a pretty decent all in one reference.

While not really a "beginner how to brew" book, this volume does cover a broad series of brewing topics in some detail to include mashing, ingredients and detailed descriptions of many beer styles.

What attracted me to the book was the many ingredient tables, style tables and detailed descriptions as I'm always looking for more hard data on current ingredients.  However as I sat down to read it I also found quite a few good tips on a variety of subjects including kegging, mashing, decoction and styles.

The latter half of the book also includes many dozens of recipes organized by style.  While I have not personally brewed many of them, they appear to be well formed and organized.

Overall I would give this book an 8.5 out of 10 if you are looking for a good all in one volume intermediate brewing reference.  I really enjoyed it!

Cheers!
Brad

cmbrougham:
Is this book geared towards homebrewers, or more toward microbreweries/commercial breweries?

BeerSmith:
In my opinion this book is really geared towards the intermediate home brewer.  It contains a lot of general information that is useful to the homebrewer.

Cheers!
Brad

Guy_Fawkes:
You are right about this book I bought it after brewing for about one year, read it from front to back and find I am using it for referance all the time. I really haven't brewed any of the recipes, but use them for guidance when trying to create a specific beer.

Another good book is the Seven Barrel Brewery
Brewer's Handbook by Greg Noonan who is the owner of two Brewpubs making some fantastic beers.

Kevin

jwhite751:
I have this book and recommend it to anyone. I have read it front to back and have gotten alot of good ideas from the recipes. I still pick it up and re-read parts of it before most brew sessions and it is invaluable when formulating recipes.

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