Looking for a good brew book
Have heard alot of good things about john palmers "how to brew". just looking for a good book that covered brewing from top to bottom, also charts and recipes are good too. So what have you guys read??
How to Brew by Palmer
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Pappizan
Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zani*howdoyouspellhisname*Chef
But mostly How to Brew and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing will get you going in the right direction.
The Brew-Masters Bible by Stephen Snyder
Brewmasters' Bible has 8 very good pages (pg 98-107) which are the charts for formulating recipes. The ingredients have changed somewhat over the years and they are based on poor efficiency, but the guidlines are sound. He doesn't give recipes on those pages he gives guidelines, a starting point if you will, such as
9-12 lbs 2Row Pale
.50-1lb 20-40L Crystal
.50-1lb Dextrine Malt
Low temp hardness
Single Infusion @ 150-154 for 60-90 minutes
7-10 days 50-60f with Dry hops
If you follow the advice on that recipe you can make a good beer that is your own not someone elses. I find it very helpful when in the design stage of a recipe
Here's an older thread with all the info you need on books. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=9046
I really like Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher
You probably have all the technical manuals and recipe books - this is a . . . hybrid and very readable.
Once you start buying books you won't stop.
Lile poker - there is no ONE perfect book.
I REALLY learned more from Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels than any other book. If you're wanting to learn how to make your OWN recipes and not kits this is the book. If you're looking for techniques, it's not the lit for you. :mug:
Radical Brewing is an awesome book in general, tons of history, great and rare recipes, equipment, art. it's truly a beautiful book.
i'm currently about half-way through Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels. although it's not really the most fun to read this cover to cover, it has wonderful information, charts for hops and malts per style based on competitions, and a wealth of information.
it's really a book you can pick up and just read one chapter any time. fantastic stuff.
+1 on Radical Brewing. Very easy read with lots of info and recipes. I flew through it. Designing Great Beers by Daniels took me a lot longer to get through, but it has all the nuts and bolts for the major beer styles...
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