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Brewing Classic Styles

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Award-winning brewer Jamil Zainasheff teams up with homebrewing expert John J. Palmer to share award-winning recipes for each of the 80-plus competition styles. Using extract-based recipes for most categories, the duo gives sure-footed guidance to brewers interested in reproducing classic beer styles for their own enjoyment or to enter into competitions.
Paperback, 317 pages
Published January 1st 2007 by Brewers Publications (US)
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Jason Wardell
Cheating a little for my year-end book count. I have read this at least twice over the past year, though not necessarily in order. Good recipes and the introductory chapter's wheel on hop varieties is a thing I reference more than most other things while developing recipes. Leans a bit too heavily on certain kinds of hops for my tastes, but it would have taken me ages to figure out the subtleties of ESBs on my own. Great for effing around with recipe development.
This is an excellent resource for the beginning extract brewer. It assisted me with my understanding of the process of making beer, and is a great resource on understanding recipes and the similarities and differences between styles.

It is also handy for all-grain brewers, as he does a conversion for each recipe.
Dirk Howard

This is more than just a recipe book. This is the BJCP style guide in recipe form. If you want to become a better home brewer, use these recipes as your starting point. If your brewing process is solid (sanitation and fermentation), then you should be able to brew these style examples with great success.
Parfaitement dosé. Un rapide tour de techniques de brassage de base, servant de rappel pour ceux qui ont préalablement lu l'excellent How to Brew de John J. Palmer, co-auteur de ce livre. Sont ensuite touchés quelques nouveaux points, principalement au niveau de la subsitution des ingrédients.

La deuxième section présente les recettes en elles-mêmes, mais offre beaucoup plus. Chaque style du BJCP est décrit et dissequé. On y indique les points cruciaux, les pièges possibles, les variantes connues...more
Very useful as a standalone source for beer recipes in every BJCP style for beginning to advanced brewers. Recipes emphasize extract brewing, but each contains the information required to convert to all-grain. For advanced brewers, once you've learned all you can from Ray Daniels "Designing Great Beers," this is an excellent resources for creating recipes for styles that Daniels doesn't directly address.
Shari Sullivan
Great resource for understanding basic brewing chemistry, recipe formulations and substitutions. I think I'll be referring back to this one many, many times. Also really helpful for understanding style distinctions, how to keep within styles if you choose to and when breaking those limitations can work.
This is a great book for extract or all-grain brewers.

The book is organised according to the BJCP guidelines and a recipe (sometimes more) is given for each style.

Of the recipes that I have made, all have been great beers.

Highly recommended.
Jeremy Kozdon
This book is a must have for any brewer who is interested in really crafting recipes. Gives a good base for all BJCP styles, though I tend to deviate (due to available ingredients and methods), I heartily recommend it.
A useful resource in terms of style guidelines but primarily aimed at the extract brewer. Slightly out of date already but still worth adding to your home brew reading list.
Sep 14, 2012 Bill added it
Useful advice and lots of interesting recipes. I'll be trying the first one next weekend.
Joshua Chambers
Consistently great recipes. Although you can eventually identify Mr. Zainasheff's particular style.
Already brewed one of the recipes from this book. Can't wait to try more!
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Jan Halvor
My go-to recipe book.
I've made a few beers from this book and they've turned out great. Recipes from and awarding winning homebrewer... what more could you want?
Good overall recipe book with decent descriptions of each style.
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