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Old 09-21-2012, 04:49 AM   #1
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I've been trying to decide which brewing books to buy. I would like to find out the good and the bad about what you think are the best and worst book about home brewing books out there today. Instead of just leaving a book name, please include why you think a book is the best or the worst.

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:53 AM   #2
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John Palmer: how to brew. It's the only book I've read. Idk how much it costs to purchase but the first edition is free and it's online http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

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Old 09-21-2012, 04:55 AM   #3
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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Papazian - The classic, to me its a little outdated, some things he emphasizes don't seem quite as important, and sometimes his recipe techniques are a little old school, but I bet most people on this site own a copy or have read it, not to mention RDWHAHB

Designing Great Beers by Daniels - A really good book if you are looking to brew a specific recipe, it includes common ingredients, techniques, etc. from past entries in homebrew competitions. This book is great if you are formulating recipes, not good if you are looking for a general guide to homebrewing.

Radical Brewing by Mosher - One of my favorites. Kind of a little of everything. History of styles, ingredients, techniques, random facts. When you finish the book you will be a more creative brewer (also has some really great interesting recipe suggestions) and a more informed beer drinker overall. Highly recommended.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:00 AM   #4
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the 2 i have are "how to brew" and "the new complete joy of homebrewing". i learned a LOT from them over the years. i also have "brew like a monk"....

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:18 AM   #5
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I'm fairly new to brewing about 20 brews under my belt in 3 years (had a kid and another kid) but I've read a ton.

How to Brew by John Palmer which was great and broke the brewing process down and helped me eventually move to all grain.

Radical Brewing by Mosher, it's a great read and had so many cool ideas for beers. This book inspired me to create my first recipe which turned out great. This is the book that I go back to most just to read for ideas.

Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff. This one gives you a great recipe for every style of beer (BJCP style) and really helped me see what the differences in each are. For some reason this book is addicting even though it is mostly a collection of recipes.

Brewing Better Beer by Gordon Strong - A lot of people didn't like this book but for me it was perfect. I think it's actually great for someone who is new to all-grain rather than someone that is experienced. It helped me understand my process better and made me look at what I'm doing in a different way. I brewed 2 of his recipes and they turned out great as well.

I have some other books but these have been the most helpful to me in brewing.

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How to Brew is the bible of homebrewers; beyond that, the books the guys above me have mentioned will do you very well - more knowledge is always a good thing

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I have at least a dozen books. My top 3 favorites in order would be:
1. How to Brew
2. Brewing Classic Styles
3. Designing Great Beers (I've heard there may be an update on the way)

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"New Brewing Lager Beer" by Greg Noonan. A good read and great technical info if you're into making lagers

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For beginner, the two I'd recommend at The Complete Joy... and How to Brew (buy the third ed., the online version is the first ed. and it's a tad dated). The former is quite dated, but still a must read, IMO. The third ed. of How to Brew is also a must if you ask me, both books will leave you with a decent grasp of homebrewing and ready to get at it successfully.
For an intermediate brewer, I'd recommend reading about the things you find most interesting or appealing. If you like creating your own recipes, Brewing Classic Styles and Designing Great Beers are both great books. Beer Captured is another that comes to mind, it's more of a recipe book, with basic recipes, but it's a great resource for seeing what goes into some of the most popular and award winning beers from around the world. If you're more into the science of brewing, Yeast.... by Jamil Z. and Chris White is the first book I'd recommend.
Really, there's a ton of books out there, if you're a reader you could occupy yourself for quite awhile with all the books that appeal to you. Also, don't overlook the magazines like BYO and Zymurgy. Both are really good magazines for brewers and will keep you well informed of the current goings on in home brewing.

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Brewing Better Beer by Gordon Strong - A lot of people didn't like this book but for me it was perfect. I think it's actually great for someone who is new to all-grain rather than someone that is experienced. It helped me understand my process better and made me look at what I'm doing in a different way. I brewed 2 of his recipes and they turned out great as well.
I agree. The book is excellent information for somebody new or relatively new to AG brewing. I think the issue is that the book is billed as though it's going to take experienced AG brewers to the ninkasi. It isn't. He set improper expectations with that book and that's a lot of why people hate on it. Oh, and his overall douchey attitude and lackluster writing style doesn't help.
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