Part 1 of Designing Great Beers is a complete book in itself, focused solely on home-brewing ingredients and techniques (including three superb chapters on hops alone).
Ray Daniels proves himself the "techie" type, infusing his introductory chapters with as much brewing math as brewing lore.
Yet, Daniels never hops off the deep end of beer geekdom.
Instead, he complements this emphasis on data with the creative use of graphics; where one could get bogged down in the stats, there is usually a clear visual depiction to instantly summarize their meaning.
This focus on facts continues into part 2 of Daniels's guide, where it backs an admirably pragmatic take on beer styles and their importance in home-brewing.
Daniels devotes a chapter to each of 14 major style categories, detailing historical origins and modern brewing techniques.
He lays a contemporary groundwork by compiling and analyzing the recipes of the National Homebrew Competition's most successful beers.
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