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Old 08-13-2008, 06:10 PM   #1
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Default 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??

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Old 08-13-2008, 06:14 PM   #2
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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.

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Old 08-13-2008, 06:17 PM   #3
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The Brew-Masters Bible by Stephen Snyder

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Old 08-13-2008, 06:20 PM   #4
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The Brew-Masters Bible by Stephen Snyder

That's a decent book, but a little out of date
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

Bitter (ESB)
Primary Grist
9-12 lbs 2Row Pale

Specialty Malts
.50-1lb 20-40L Crystal
.50-1lb Dextrine Malt

Hops

30-55 IBU's
Fuggles
EKG
Northern Brewer
Challenger
Target

Adjuncts
Torrefied Wheat
Flaked Maize
Flaked Barley

Water
Hard
Sulfate 300ppm
Low temp hardness

Mash method
Single Infusion @ 150-154 for 60-90 minutes

Boil
60-90 min

Yeast
Wyeast 1098-1028-1968

OG/FG
1.042-1.060//1.010-1.016

Primary
5-7days 60-70f

Secondary
7-10 days 50-60f with Dry hops

Serving temps
50-55f

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
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Old 08-13-2008, 06:20 PM   #5
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Here's an older thread with all the info you need on books. http://www.homebrewtalk.com/showthread.php?t=9046

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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.

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That's a decent book, but a little out of date
Agreed but I read and got some useful info out of it after I read How to Brew.

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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.

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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.

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+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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