I think I am going to have to start this with: I have a problem.
I have just got back froa really quite fun trp about the wonderful lands of Germany – breweries galore, (More of that at a later date) and yet I found time to read the one of my “birthday present to me” things: Brewing Better Beer, by Gordon Strong. yes, this is an issue. Away in germany, for my birthday with my lovely girlfriend, some how I read a 300 page book?!
Who’s Gordon Strong you ask, well, knowing this guy is well regarded by friends of mine is a good start, then he’s also won the prestigious Ninkasi award, and again and again – it’s a sure fire thing that what ever he puts on paper regards beer and brewing is going to be worth a read. I then discover he’s the guy that they go to do the BJCP judge stuff. Heavy weight dude, me thinks.
The intro is a masterpeice by Mustafa, the script throughout is good for me as one of those “visual/Practical” types. Really it’s a comprehensive look at technical, practical and creative homebrewing (and most definitely applicable at a small brewery/craft level) advice.
If you dare call your self a brewer, be that on a 20 litre or 800+ litre system, you’ll discover techniques, philosophy, recipes and tips that will help you take your brew to the next level. I think for an “advanced” full mash brewer, this is a MUST have on your shelves.
“Like a great beer it’s extremely well-balanced—a mix of technical, practical and creative advice, that if taken to heart, will make your beer a whole lot better.” –Randy Mosher, Author of Radical Brewing and Tasting Beer.
Get this now, from your local book store preferably. Or book it in at your local library.