Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

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Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby Dennis King » Fri Apr 11, 2014 23:05

First impressions, hard back great but when you open it the spiral spine makes it look a bit cheap. But don't be put off because of that. The book it's self is a mix of a history of British beer styles with recipes for each section adapted from original brewing logs. Being a bit of a beer history geek I enjoyed reading the background bits although I've only skimmed through it. The recipes are reasonably laid out but just a few moans. I assume the are all for 23lts as he doesn't state the final volume. I think it's more aimed at the American market as some of the recipes have a mix of 2 row and 6 row barley, never seen 6 row for sale in the UK. Each recipe has a little background history with it as well as a yeast recommendation although looking at the gravity's a little advice on the amount of yeast may of helped. Not all high gravity brews. He includes courage light ale at 1032! Some of the recipes have multiple mash and sparge instructions. Overall a decent book, maybe a bit overpriced, but if you liked the Durden park book you will like this one.
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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby wmfd » Thu May 22, 2014 06:59

Hi Dennis,

What do you do with the US grains? I was planning on brewing a couple of recipes on Ron's site and was just going to replace weight for weight with pale malt.

Is that sensible or am I missing something fundamental?

Thanks,

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby TheMumbler » Tue Jun 03, 2014 19:25

I would just go with more pale. From what I have seen on the recipe listings on Ron's site Optic seems to be the recommended UK substitute if you can get it. I really don't know how much difference it would make though.

I also have the book and had mixed feelings about it. I don't regret buying it and would love to brew a recipe or two but there is some frustrating lack of detail in places.

There is an automatically maintained list of the "Let's Brew Listings" on Shut Up About Barclay Perkins on the site that gives you instructions on making Invert Sugar. I would link but I'm not allowed to as yet :D

Just google "making brewers invert" if you want to find the site I am on about
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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby wmfd » Wed Jun 04, 2014 20:14

Thanks Mumbler, that's what I did, just loaded up on the pale malt. Will see how it turns out.

Got it, I think the site you mean is this http://www.unholymess.com/blog/lets-brew

That's a good reference site, thanks.

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby TheMumbler » Wed Jun 04, 2014 23:04

Yes that is the one
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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby wmfd » Thu Jun 05, 2014 20:16

The invert info is interesting too - not sure when I will have the time, but something else to have a go at!

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby Good Ed » Thu Jun 05, 2014 21:26

wmfd wrote:The invert info is interesting too - not sure when I will have the time, but something else to have a go at!

David


No 1 is easy http://forum.craftbrewing.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=686 but No 3 is a bit more of a marathon

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby wmfd » Fri Jun 06, 2014 23:31

Good Ed wrote:
wmfd wrote:The invert info is interesting too - not sure when I will have the time, but something else to have a go at!

David


No 1 is easy http://forum.craftbrewing.org.uk/viewtopic.php?f=54&t=686 but No 3 is a bit more of a marathon


Thanks Ed, great to see it done, that's a long long time for no 3!

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby paulg » Wed Dec 17, 2014 19:23

wmfd
what did you brew how did it turn out
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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby Good Ed » Wed Dec 17, 2014 23:16

Not sure what wmfd did, but I did this turned out great, a nice roasty flavour from the No3 and good fruit from the hops. Tasted a Thornbridge Double Brown (recipe included in the book as Dennis's post) at the Birmingham Beer Bash this year and it was watery in comparison.

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby paulg » Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:16

I have this book and I am looking to brew something from it.
has anyone a recommendation on a recipe to brew other than good ed
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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby Good Ed » Sun Mar 29, 2015 11:28

Depends on what you like, I've also done the 1885 Younger XP and the 1909 Maclay PI 60/- both very nice

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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby paulg » Tue Mar 31, 2015 20:08

I tend to like dark beers milds and porters but have thought to brew an ipa .A proper old style english ipa, not a black,american fruity or any other sort
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Re: Home brewers guide to vintage beers by Ron Pattinson

Postby serum » Tue Apr 21, 2015 12:05

I really enjoyed reading this book, which is chock full of interesting historical info. What I got from this book is how much styles have changed and also how vague some of the definitions are. I found the IBUs of the recipes a bit surprising and also how strong a lot of the old beers were.

I don't make British ales much and I'm unlikely to use the recipes but it was still very enjoyable.

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