Best Audience: Brewers who want to dig into the history and technicalities of brewing good Porter
Porter (Classic Beer Style Series) by Terry Foster is one of my favorite titles in the Classic Beer Styles Series. Most of the titles in this series seem to have been written for microbrewers and pros. This one most certainly fits that profile. As a homebrewer, I do not fit that audience. Still, I admit I loved this one.
Terry covers the history and fine points of porter well. The chapters on Porter Brewing-Raw Materials and Equipment and Porter Brewing Procedures were interesting, though at times less helpful than I might have liked. My favorite part by far was the history and flavor profiles. It was one of the most robust treatments of those areas I’ve seen within this series. I also apprecaited the recipes, which included that which is needed for brewing both all-grain and extract 5-gallon batches. I referred back to them often as I worked on brewing.
If you’re looking to get to know Porters and their humble beginnings better, Porter (Classic Beer Style Series) would be a good place to start. It gets technical and somewhat dry in spots, but for me it was well worth the read.
The Bottom Line: Porter (Classic Beer Style Series) has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf.
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