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The Secrets of Master Brewers

Techniques, Traditions, and Homebrew Recipes for 26 of the World's Classic Beer Styles, from Czech Pilsner to English Old Ale
Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
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Best-selling author Jeff Alworth takes serious beer aficionados on a behind-the-scenes tour of 26 major European and North American breweries that create some of the world's most classic beers. Learn how the Irish make stout, the secrets of traditional Czech pilsner, and what makes English cask ale unique by delving deep into the specific techniques, equipment, and geographical factors that shape these distinctive styles. Contemporary brewers carrying on their traditions share insider knowledge and 26 original recipes to guide experienced homebrewers in developing your own special versions of each style.

©2017 Jeff Alworth (P)2017 Tantor

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Excellent deep dive into beer styles

This is an excellent book for those wanting to take a deep dive into various beer styles from around the world. The book is packed with information, from the history of each style, to current trends, with tips and tricks from brew masters renowned for each particular style.

The only disappointment, with 26 recipes to try, is that there is no accompanying PDF. You will need to write down each recipe, along with the tips and tricks, as you listen. Very tedious.

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excellent coverage of the origin of beer styles

great listen, could not put it down , enthusiastic narration, many ideas to brew some great beer

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  • Vivien L. Steele
  • 20-08-2018

Great for Novice to Advanced Brewers

This book does not contain recipes on how to clone 26 popular beers. Rather, it illustrates the history, culture, and other regional factors that led to the development of specific styles.
Part anthropology, part chemistry, part history, and part microbiology, each chapter walks the reader through the characteristics of a style of beer and the range of variety within it.
There are recipes at the end of each chapter with explanations on how to adjust ingredients and process to brew to your preferences while staying within that style.
I finished the book wanting to travel to each place mentioned, try the genuine article, and come home to make some of my own.

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  • Josh
  • 29-12-2017

Must read book for beer drinkers and beer brewers

This book is so important to read if you enjoy drinking beer. It is also a great reference of you ever plan to brew. excellently narrated also. I kept thinking the narrator had all the experience of the author. Booking ticket to Belgium now!

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  • Deni
  • 20-05-2018

great book inspiration from history

historical and modern techniques that help you brew an original beer. great reader and pace

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  • Darb
  • 08-02-2018

Worth listening to at least 30 to 40 times.

A romanticized tale of the brewing arts. Love this. An in depth look at at how styles are executed.

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  • Mike von
  • 30-05-2020

Detailed read

Great book for the intermediate to advanced brewer. Goes into great detail which I loved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2020

Interesting format

Great book with a very interesting format for presenting the beer cultures of the world, but I can’t keep a straight face when the narrator puts on accents when reading quotes from foreign sources.

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  • Phoenix
  • 28-11-2019

Narrator butchers pronunciation & accents

Interesting stories, and an awesome opportunity to learn more about the culture behind some iconic styles. Unfortunately though, the narrator butchers the pronunciation of technical terms and his attempt at accents is cringe-worthy. Good book nonetheless.

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  • David S.
  • 24-01-2019

Great book

This is a great book. I will buy a hard copy of the book just so I can review and have the recipes. I wish they gave you a pdf of things like recipes with audiobooks. Maybe I could play the audiobook to my computer at night and have the whole book in a word doc in the morning??

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  • Michael
  • 04-10-2018

Wonderfully insightful!

I recommend this book to all brewers. This book will add to ones perspective and creativity!

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  • Michael T.
  • 20-09-2018

An incredible book......BUT......

A fantastic insight into the world of beer and brewing, a must for those that brew and those that appreciate beer.......now the bad part......WHO had the moronic idea for the narrator to speak quotes and anecdotes in the accent of the originator? It was a really bad call as the flow of excellent information is peppered with Dick Van Dyke, Pepe Le Pew, an obvious American attempt at Irish, an obvious American attempt at Scottish, and so on.......it is embarrassingly grinding to say the least and spoils what is an excellent and informative resource to those interested in the world of beer. Maybe it won't bother you, but it drove me insane.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-05-2019

interesting narration.

really enjoyed the narration, right up to the point the narrator started doing his exceptionally bad British accent. it's a book about brewing beer. literally no one in Britain, England in particular, talks like Dick Van Dyke in Mary Popins.

The facts and content is very good and I have learnt, in between laughing at the accent.

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  • Frazer
  • 26-04-2020

It was always going to be touch and go

There is a load of good stuff in this book and I would have never got round to it if it was not on audible.
The issue is this is at its heart a reference book and I think it would be best consumed physically where I could flick through and read the section I was interested in at the time.
The narration is fine. I think other people have mentioned it but the accents are pure comedy.

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