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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition 36 60.00%
How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time (BOOK FORM) 7 11.67%
How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time (INTERNET VERSION) 6 10.00%
Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide : Everything You Need to Know to Make Great-Tasting Beer 2 3.33%
Homebrewing for Dummies 4 6.67%
Basic Homebrewing: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started 0 0%
Designing Great Beers : The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles 1 1.67%
Nothing is needed other then comming here at HOMEBREWTALK.COM and asking questions 1 1.67%
Nothing on this poll 3 5.00%
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Old 07-11-2006, 12:54 AM   #1
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Ok... so your friend wants to get into homebrewing, but doesn't have a clue. Not only that but you guess that your friend needs something pretty easy to understand. What is your suggestion for this friend to learn the most from?

I am assuming that comming here would be included Except for the poll of Homebrewtalk.com.

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Old 07-11-2006, 01:39 AM   #2
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I'm saying Homebrewing for Dummies, even though I don't like it, simply because it is organized in a very easy-to-follow manner. Lots of bullets, numbered instructions, etc. I would say to quickly follow that up with COmplete Joy of Homebrewing (as I did), but that may be a little overwhelming for someone to whom this is completely new.

Of course, if your friend is local probably the best is to have him (or her) come over and give you a hand on brewday.

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Old 07-11-2006, 01:45 AM   #3
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Of course, if your friend is local probably the best is to have him (or her) come over and give you a hand on brewday.
Damm... forgot about that one... thats a very good one though. Your right though, have to be local.
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Old 07-11-2006, 02:05 AM   #4
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I would recommend The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing because even though Charlie has a bit of out dated information in his book, he makes it easy for first time brewers to get started. He also makes it fun.
This was the book, second edition, that got me started. A friend at work lent me his copy and I read that thing in one evening. I didn't even know home brewing existed until that day. I brewed my first batch that week. Charlie hooked me and I'm still hooked over 10 years later.

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Incidentally, in the third edition of Complete Joy, the photograph on page 289 - can we all agree on what the subtext is there?

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Old 07-11-2006, 02:17 AM   #6
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Incidentally, in the third edition of Complete Joy, the photograph on page 289 - can we all agree on what the subtext is there?
Yeah but that guy is too much of a dork for that hottie to be doing that!

I wanted to vote for 'How to brew' and dave Miller's book, but there was only one choice.
i started with dave miller's and i still use it. But my new fav book is Palmers. it might be a tad technical for a newbie but not really.
i never got 'Joy" untill pretty recently, and its pretty good. I like his "microbrewed adventures', that has some really good recipes in it. Its not a good book for beginners of course, because it doesnt really go into the details, more anecdotal traveling, drinking, meeting crazy pro brewers stories.
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As I novice brewer, I would say The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, 3rd Edition. Yes, there is a lot of information that might overwhelm a beginner in that book. I would suggest stopping before the advanced section in that case to avoid unnecessary confusion.

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I started with the How to Brew website, and would probably recommend it as a starting point for a friend.

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Damm... forgot about that one... thats a very good one though. Your right though, have to be local.
Personal advice, the web address of this forum and the Complete Joy (it fostered a whole generation!) and tell them to buy and read everything they can get their hands on. If one is around, I'd tell them to hook up with a club too.
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Nothing beats the practical experience. I think the books help understand the process, and the mechanics, but actually participating in the process is the best guide.

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