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Old 06-01-2010, 09:58 PM   #31
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Papazian if you want to get confidently up and running with a laid-back approach to the hobby. Palmer if you want to take the hobby deeper. For me, that means Palmer.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:06 PM   #32
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Does Papazian have an updated version. I have an older one and too many aspects just don't hold true anymore.

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Old 09-24-2010, 11:20 PM   #33
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Does Papazian have an updated version. I have an older one and too many aspects just don't hold true anymore.
I think it's at the third revision now...although, like others have said, a lot of the content is still outdated, and the recipe chapters definitely need some modernization. That said, I still vote Papazian because he's a damn good brewer, and he has one bitchin' beard.
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I like Papazian, and have a couple of his books (Joy of Home Brewing and The Home Brewer's Companion), I would suggest New Brewing Lager Beer by Gregory J. Noonan as well. He was a pioneer in brewing in our state and began Vermont Pub and Brewery back in 1988. I am a Noonanite. With all that said, to each his own.

I have four taps in a pub here at home. Last week I did a Porter, a Stout, and a Mead. This weekend I did three Lagers, as my cellar is now down to 45 degrees F. I have averaged five gallons a week for the last five months. We do love our beer.

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Old 01-17-2011, 06:35 PM   #35
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I like Papazian, and have a couple of his books (Joy of Home Brewing and The Home Brewer's Companion), I would suggest New Brewing Lager Beer by Gregory J. Noonan as well. He was a pioneer in brewing in our state and began Vermont Pub and Brewery back in 1988. I am a Noonanite. With all that said, to each his own.

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I feel the same way except I lke "How to Brew" by John Palmer. I think it's the easiest most straightforward book. I re-read it before each brew session
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Old 01-18-2011, 10:46 AM   #36
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The Library is your friend.

Homebrewing for Dummies
How to Brew
The Everything homebrewing
Joy of Homebrewing


I've borrowed them all and am in the process of putting together about 40pages of notes on the laptop for myself and my buddy. It's hard to say which is the best, they all have tons of info. Palmer goes into deep science and it entices me to know everything about something, so I do love it. The Homebrewing for dummies and Everything Homebrewing books are very good, albeit less detailed and more concise.

I'll probably print them out and keep a binder handy.

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Old 01-18-2011, 10:46 PM   #37
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Noonan. "New Brewing Lager Beers". It's not just for lagers.

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Old 05-05-2011, 04:51 PM   #38
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Someone know one book who talk about the biochemestry ?
I have already the book for beginner : How to brew and homebrewing for dummies.
and some scientific book:
Brewery,
Technology Brewing and Malting,
Handbook of Brewing Second Edition,
Brewing Science and Practice,
Brewing Yeast and Fermentation,
Brewing Yeast Fermentation Performance.

One guy had spoken about a book... He named : "the derk" or "The kerk"... I don't remember... Someone know?

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I'm not sure how much biochemistry you're looking for, but if your looking at yeast biochemistry, the book "Yeast" seems like a great book so far (I think its by Chris White and Jamil). But if you want something more in-depth than that book (keep in mind that this book has a chapter about setting up your own yeast laboratory), you might have to look in a biochemistry textbook and read what you can find. There will be a lot of information that is probably not so pertinent to brewing, and most you will need to figure out for yourself how it applies to brewing.

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I'm not sure how much biochemistry you're looking for, but if your looking at yeast biochemistry, the book "Yeast" seems like a great book so far (I think its by Chris White and Jamil). But if you want something more in-depth than that book (keep in mind that this book has a chapter about setting up your own yeast laboratory), you might have to look in a biochemistry textbook and read what you can find. There will be a lot of information that is probably not so pertinent to brewing, and most you will need to figure out for yourself how it applies to brewing.
Also, the Noonan books like New Brewing Lager Beer can be extremely detailed with many even more detailed citations. Or you could dig into the old German brew books...
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