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  1. May 23, 2018 #1

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    A 3rd of the way through this.
    Great read for those just starting to expand their brew knowledge.



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    I think it's a terrible book. For me it was more like a spreadsheet. I haven't found a book yet that breaks down a recipe and tells you what each component brings to that particular beer. Unless you're already familiar with the ingredients then recipes are just words. Imagine reading a food recipe with ingredients you've never heard of - it's just a list of words. Almost all books tell you how, but not why.
     
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    Depends what you want fro the book I guess.
    Have you tried James Morton’s book Brew ?
    I’m pretty much working my way through all the good recommends -
    I’m sure the experts on this forum will have one that suits [emoji106]


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    But then it's still subjective and based on experience. ...I think it's a great idea to put at least 2 scotch bonnet chillies in a curry...most people (and my bottom )...disagree!
    I think the beer journey is something you can't learn quickly. Consistency is key I think.
     
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    You've given away enough information with that - Without knowing what chillies are you could guess they mess about with your bot bot! So I don't cook with laxatives much but I know super spicy things make me spew lava out of my Dartford, I'm guessing they're hot.

    Here's my recipe design for griggle

    Classic Griggle:
    Chleggum leaves
    Griggle ossovium
    Pantoo Ogatu
    Salt.

    Bet you can all taste that lovely grigglyness in your mind.

    A design book shouldn't have to totally patronise but should describe the final result and what makes that happen. Some might say a book isn't for beginners, but the more experienced but that still means it needs more than a list of ingredients. In Designing Great Beers it does a breakdown of malts earlier in the book but that really doesn't mean much.

    No - will have a look for it. Thanks.

    Oh balls - I've burnt my griggle!
     
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    I find Mastering Homebrew by Randy Mosher does a good job of describing what different ingredients bring to the party. The problem is there are too many recipes, ingredients and ways to achieve things, for one book to do what you want. The beauty of Ray Daniels Designing Great Beers is that pulls together a lot of recipes to create a loose set of guidelines for different styles. When getting into creating recipes I found this a good resource to check recipes against, safeguarding against mistakes whilst encouraging creativity and making a recipe unique. Far better than recipe books, which I find hold little relevance unless you've tasted the corresponding beer. Unfortunately there are no quick fixes, no substitute for experience or trial and error. Best way to learn to brew your own recipes IMHO is to start with a SMaSH recipe then make one or two identifiable changes. And don't expect to make a perfect beer every time.



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    Partly true....some chillies have no heat...some of the same vary...I've even seen contestants on master chef adding half a bottle of tabasco to a dish and getting that bald bloke and his mate in a fix as the user had never used it before and didn't care to try it...
    My curry tonight has 3 jalapeños I will be OK with that!
     
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    Rah! Just got that but not too far in yet because of doing things like building tree-houses that will get bored of in 8 minutes. No, not for me to play in, sadly.
    Aye, but at least give some per book.

    I think it's because of the way I've responded to the good teachers I've had that don't just give you lists. Sometimes the best time to teach stuff is just after you've learnt it and all the nuances aren't just taken for granted. As long as you've properly understood it and don't become the flagship for the saying: there's nothing more destructive than an enthusiastic idiot.
     
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    My summary....read it all,listen to everything, question everything. ...pick the best bits and what suits you!
    Brew beer...drink beer!
     
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    Did you read any good books about building tree houses ? [emoji3]


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    Yes. I've got 'Dens for Dummies', 'Planks for Planks', 'Hammers for Spanners' and 'Branches for Bellends'.

    And somebody seems like they read very precisely "How to point things out done wrong by people after they've done it and not suggest it before hand because well it seemed obvious".
     
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    Fine job - all the right books for you then !


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