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Old 04-02-2011, 12:50 PM   #1
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Does anyone know of any really good basic books for beginners?

I bought 'Designing Great Beers' this week online based on all the good reviews, but, definitely not for beginners, very technical. Just looking for something small, simple, describes processes and terms etc.



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Old 04-02-2011, 12:52 PM   #2
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"How To Brew" by John Palmer. Good for both beginners and more advanced brewers. I read it when I was first starting up and have referred to it many times since. Great book!



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Old 04-02-2011, 01:08 PM   #3
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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian is another one that I got a lot of good info out of.

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"How To Brew" by John Palmer. Good for both beginners and more advanced brewers. I read it when I was first starting up and have referred to it many times since. Great book!
Damn... I was going to buy that one, almost had to flip a coin between the two. Ended up with the one I have because although "How to Brew" was a better seller, amazon.ca had only 2 reviews, vs the 19 the other had.
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Damn... I was going to buy that one, almost had to flip a coin between the two. Ended up with the one I have because although "How to Brew" was a better seller, amazon.ca had only 2 reviews, vs the 19 the other had.
I would trust the reviewers on this board before those on Amazon
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Old 04-02-2011, 04:03 PM   #6
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John Palmer book - "How To Brew"(Free to read online)

http://www.howtobrew.com/sitemap.html

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I will point out that the version up on the website is much, much older than the current edition, which has several updates worth heeding.

But for beginning stuff it's probably fine.

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Old 04-02-2011, 04:16 PM   #8
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I got Palmer's book a few months ago and it really is a great book. DGB is more advanced, but you may find it interesting to use either Palmer or Papazian as your main guide then DGB once the brew is in the primary just to learn a bit more about what you're making. In time, as you re-read it, you'll likely have some a-ha moments as things come together nicely.

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I really liked reading Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher when i first got into the hobby

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If you read Palmer's book you won't get much out of Joy of Homebrewing, technically but I'd still read both as it's a classic and a fun read.



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