Originally Posted by kinison_fan
I still recommend "Complete Joy of Homebrewing" to my friends interested in getting started in homebrewing...
This is what I started on, and it did get me VERY EXCITED about homebrewing, but it also steered me into brewing some pretty terrible beer. (Pitched the yeast at 75-80? RDWHAHB!! Didn't make a starter? RDWHAHB!!) Once I started reading books like How to Brew, Designing Great Beers, Yeast, Brew Like a Monk, Wild Brews and many other technical books, my brewing improved vastly.
I'm not trying to knock on Charlie P., I just think that the RDWHAHB mantra in that book goes a touch