Brewing Classic Styles
In the history of the AHA Natinal Homebrew Competition, few brewers have succeeded like Jamil Zainasheff. From his first gold medal in 2002 through his second Ninkasi award in 2007, he has accumulated a trophy case full of medals--all with the recipes contained in this book.
In Brewing Classic Styles, Zainasheff shares his award-winning extract-based recipes to help other brewers enjoy the top-quality beers that the homebrewing hobby offers today. The 27 chapters cover the standard homebrew competition categories published by the Beer Judge Certification Program, giving once recipe for each of more than 80 different style subcategories.
To kick the book off, homebrewing expert John J. Palmer gives insight into beer ingredients and their selection along with tips on brewing and recipe adjustments. The combined expertise from these legendary homebrewers delivers a proven collection of recipes suitable for all who make beer at home.
This book is a terrific resource on brew day. I always review the notes for each style as I prepare a new recipe. The recipes in the book also serve as a good guide for building something new. I also found the introduction chapters to be very helpful. This shouldn't be the first homebrewing book you buy (I'd suggest Palmer's How to Brew), but it should be in your top 5.
This book has some great recipes for every style, but I found that reading the excerpts about each style even if I am using a different recipe to be helpful. The combination of recipes and brewing tips make this a must read.
After one has brewed from a few kits they start to look around for good recipes, but how does one know which are good recipes? There are plenty of collections of recipes to be found, but many times there is no feedback provided or any indication as to how the recipe turned out. The primary purpose of this book is to provide award-winning recipes for every BJCP beer style for the extract brewer, though the instructions are provided to brew them all-grain. According to the introduction, John Palmer wanted to write a book on making great extract-based beers. He mentioned this to Jamil Zainasheff, and Zainasheff pointed out that he had recipes for all the beer styles, all of which have one at least one medal.Just the recipes would have been well worth the price, but the recipes are bookended by excellent sections from John Palmer on brewing instruction and ingredient selection. The recipes are even broken out in a table as to their general level of difficulty (beginner, intermediate, and advanced). It is sort of a "best of" pulled from his "How To Brew" book. I recommend this book to every beginning brewer because it has instruction to brew great beer as well as providing recipes to brew. I recommend this to any brewer who wants to brew to style and needs a starting point for creating their own recipes.