Pale Ale, Revised:
History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes
(Classic Beer Style Series, 1)
London born Terry Foster has lived in Conneticut since 1979, has a Ph.D, in organic chemistry from London Univeristy and has worked in the chemical industry. He has home brewed since the 1970s and has written extensively on beer and brewing. In Pale Ale, Revised: History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes (Classic Beer Style Series, 1) Foster tackles bitters, pale ales, and India Pale Ale. He covers the evolution of the style, defines the styles and profiles each substyle. He then explains brewing pale ales, packaging and dispensing methods, and provides a set of pale ale recipes - 5 gallon batches for the home brewer and 1 barrel recipes for the craft brewer. For the 5 gallon batches he provides both extract and all grain versions. Foster is especially good in discussihng the history of pale ale and showing how technology, social changes, legal changes and taxes all shaped the evolution of Pale Ale. His discussion on ingredients, their selection and handling is also very good. This book shows the homebrewer how to make quality pale ale and takes the brewer through each step. I highly recommend it.