Register Now!
The HomeBrew Forum > Beer Brewing Talk > Brewing Books & Publications > Has anyone read this expensive book?

Help Support The Homebrew Forum by donating using the link above or becoming a Supporting Member.
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 31-10-2017, 09:15 PM   #1
jceg316
Senior Member
 
jceg316's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 908
Liked 228 Times on 187 Posts
Likes Given: 220

Default Has anyone read this expensive book?

This came up on my recommendations on Amazon: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Principles-...JWZAA0Z3QB631Y it claims to go into the science of beer, which sounds really interesting and I would like to know more about the science behind brewing. However, I have bought some books before which don't go into any detail whatsoever and are disappointing.

Whilst most those bad books have been really cheap, I've not really wasted a great deal of money (a few quid here and there). But £23 is quite steep. I was wondering if anyone has read it and can recommend it and reckons it's value for money.

Thanks.
jceg316 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2017, 09:31 PM   #2
strange-steve
Quantum Brewer
 
strange-steve's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2014
Location: Galle Crater, Mars
Posts: 1,974
Liked 949 Times on 632 Posts
Likes Given: 299

Default

I haven't read it yet but it's definitely on my read list, I've heard it's great. Like you, the price has put me off thus far, but I'll treat myself someday.
__________________
"We're all puppets... I'm just a puppet who can see the strings."
strange-steve is online now  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2017, 09:31 PM   #3
MyQul
Chairman of the Bored
THBF_MODERATOR.png
 
MyQul's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Royal Hamlet of Peckham. London.
Posts: 12,714
Liked 4398 Times on 3331 Posts
Likes Given: 4623

Default

You can get a used copy for £12.65. When I used to buy books (in the days before I had a kindle) the used books I bought from amazon were almost as good as new, they just weren't brand spanking new so couldnt be sold as new
__________________

"For a quart of ale is a dish for a king" - William Shakespeare







MyQul is online now  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2017, 09:58 PM   #4
nigelnorris
Beavis at Bat
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Birmingham
Posts: 592
Liked 235 Times on 184 Posts
Likes Given: 52

Default

nigelnorris is offline  
dad_of_jon Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 31-10-2017, 10:43 PM   #5
Gerryjo
Senior Member
 
Gerryjo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Derry,Northern Ireland
Posts: 2,412
Liked 746 Times on 614 Posts
Likes Given: 315

Default

Check out this link.
https://www.abebooks.co.uk/servlet/B...%26sortby%3D17

Sent from my ALE-L21 using Tapatalk
Gerryjo is online now  
jceg316 Likes This 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 12:28 AM   #6
Sadfield
Senior Member
 
Sadfield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Macclesfield
Posts: 897
Liked 427 Times on 288 Posts
Likes Given: 90

Default

I have it. Shop around and buy it cheaper. If you are interested in brewing science I wouldn't want to dissuade anyone from buying it. However, I would class myself as reasonably educated with A-levels and a degree. Sadly my science A-level wasn't chemistry, and although I found this book informative I wouldn't say it made me a better brewer. In the same way that I doubt most good mechanics understand the finer details of thermodynamics. Based on my own inadequacies, I'd say it provides the theory behind stuff you probably instinctively know.

Sent from my E5823 using Tapatalk
__________________
http://www.macchomebrew.club
Sadfield is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 06:11 PM   #7
jceg316
Senior Member
 
jceg316's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 908
Liked 228 Times on 187 Posts
Likes Given: 220

Default

Thank you everyone for your replies, really useful.

@Sadfield it's interesting what you say. In my head I'm comparing this to the Yeast book by Chris White which goes into a lot of science, but at some point that science made me better at brewing.
jceg316 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 06:47 PM   #8
johnnyboy1965
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Solihull, West Mids
Posts: 2,051
Liked 425 Times on 290 Posts
Likes Given: 17

Default

Brewing science is a bit of a "niche". You`re either into it or not. It probably will make your brewing experience better.

Johnnyboys Top Tip....A ex-girlfriend of mine ( librarian/scholar/English/French Grad) once told me that if the author of a book feels the need to put his/her qualifications after his name, its not worth reading and you should do your own research...... just saying

Ive just checked this out and its true
johnnyboy1965 is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 07:01 PM   #9
nigelnorris
Beavis at Bat
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: South Birmingham
Posts: 592
Liked 235 Times on 184 Posts
Likes Given: 52

Default

I've just found an electronic copy of this, amongst a bunch of others that someone gave me.

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Oxford-Comp...companion+beer

Insanely detailed and I'll can't see myself ever bothering with it. I'll stick with How to Brew, and some people claim that is too technical.

Actually looking again mine's an updated 2012 version of it, presumably without some of the mistakes everyone seems to moan about in the reviews.
nigelnorris is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Old 01-11-2017, 07:53 PM   #10
Sadfield
Senior Member
 
Sadfield's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2016
Location: Macclesfield
Posts: 897
Liked 427 Times on 288 Posts
Likes Given: 90

Default

Quote:
Originally Posted by jceg316 View Post
Thank you everyone for your replies, really useful.

@Sadfield it's interesting what you say. In my head I'm comparing this to the Yeast book by Chris White which goes into a lot of science, but at some point that science made me better at brewing.
That may also be the case with this book, as your head could well be better suited than mine. I really should revisit it.
__________________
http://www.macchomebrew.club
Sadfield is offline  
 
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Favourite book you have read... Cononthebarber The Snug 43 29-06-2013 03:19 PM
Worst book you ever read (or tried to) oldbloke The Snug 60 26-06-2013 05:37 PM
considering making an expensive kit brews-brothers Wine & Cider Discussions 23 08-12-2011 04:51 PM
Cheap v expensive cask is best General Beer Brewing Discussion 9 11-09-2011 03:29 PM
Get a brewing book, read it, read it again and then read it. Ceejay General Beer Brewing Discussion 13 11-03-2011 11:26 AM

Newest Threads