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BPotts
09/18/07 05:14 PM  
Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
Just picked up a copy of this book a couple of days ago. I've been excited to read it, and after a little more than 50 pages in I'm learning lots of great info on the subject. But, to my dismay, the writing has little to be desired for. Besides the numerous grammatical errors and lack of editing, this is one of the most repititave books I have ever read. It just keeps reitterating (i think that's how you spell it) everything over and over... it's so annoying it's almost becoming a difficult read. The guy I talked with at the homebrew store before I bought it said that this was one of the better books in the series, in terms of its writing. If that's the case, I certainly will stay away from those other books, they must be awful.

Has anybody else read this and noticed the same thing? I'm just curious because I was very eager to read this, and, while very informative, I'm a little dissapointed.

Cisco
09/18/07 06:17 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
Out of the three, Wild Brews was more rough than the other books. The others are definitely well worth acquiring. But I agree that Wild Brews was the least likable of the series.
ryan
09/18/07 06:33 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
When it gets tiresome (which it does), skip ahead to the last three chapters. The most informative and newer stuff.

Ryan

BPotts
09/18/07 07:04 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
Better? Hmmm, maybe Lew at the homebrew store just has very bad taste in writing/authors...

thanks for the tips ( and reassurance of my thoughts)

Ross Lunato
09/18/07 08:49 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
I found the book to be a bit frustrating to read also. But, I think the recipes are probably the most solid out of all the series, overall.
Mike Mraz
09/19/07 02:38 AM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
I will say there is a lot of good info in that book, Yes it is a bit frustrating to read but still worth the read.

Also if you dont have Brew like a Monk you need to get it..

BPotts
09/19/07 09:45 AM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
Yes the fact that there is so much of the history and what not in this book keeps me going, there is lots of really great info...Brew Like a Monk is my next purchase when I finish this one....
WitSok
09/19/07 10:38 AM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
I have all three books and I enjoy Farmhouse Ales and BLAM better than Wild Brews. Since I usually brew only one wild beer a year, I don't reference Sparrow's book as frequently.

In my opinion Farmhouse and BLAM are a huge upgrades over the old Classic Beer Series Belgian Ale book.

To each there own! Cheers, dan

WitSok
09/19/07 10:49 AM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
I forgot to add that the Classic Beer Series Lambic is a very good book. I didn't find Wild Brews to be as significant of an upgrade. Both good.
mallace
09/19/07 02:54 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
I really like the recipe section of Wild Brews--especially the options given for each recipe, which I think hint at the creativity and "Hey, why not?" spirit inherent in sour beers. But read Sparrow's prose almost drove me to drink, and not because he made everything sound tasty.

Farmhouse Ales also, I think, suffers from a dearth of information (the de Baets essay is nice, and I found the discussions of yeasts enlightening...it could have used a few more sample recipes for the sake of discussion), but it is of a more appropriate length.

Brew Like a Monk is by far, I think, the best book of the series. Messrs. Sparrow and Markowski know their stuff, but Heironymous is just plain a good writer. He sells me on his material far better, and the analysis of commercial beers and sample recipes is far above and beyond what the other two books do.

Aaron
09/21/07 05:57 PM  
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Aaron
09/21/07 06:02 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
Whoops!

<<Brew Like a Monk is by far, I think, the best book of the series. Messrs. Sparrow and Markowski know their stuff, but Heironymous is just plain a good writer.>>

It's definitely the best read, but I get frustrated by his recipe section - while the "Belgians by noted brewers" is interesting, Some of the recipes are less useful than the aggregated statistics!

BPotts
09/21/07 06:56 PM  
Re: Opinions on Wild Brews by Jeff Sparrow...
Ordered Brew Like a Monk yesterday from amazon....
 
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