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Old 11-25-2012, 08:12 PM   #1
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I am looking to buy a setup to brew, (I have my first beer fermenting in a Mr Beer kit) I have found some great info and advise in this forum but before I buy I will probably get a book as a guide. Any suggestions as to the best book for a beginner such as myself?
I started reloading ammo many years ago and I find it to be very similar to home brew in that you can go into it as deep or simply as you like. With my reloading I started just making ammo then ended up with some very custom loads. I have no doubt that my brewing will end up the same way.
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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The "de facto" book people recommend is "How to Brew" by John Palmer. You can read an older version of the book online at howtobrew.com and there is a new updated hard copy version available for purchase.

I'm currently reading "Extreme Brewing" and "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" as well.



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The "de facto" book people recommend is "How to Brew" by John Palmer. You can read an older version of the book online at howtobrew.com and there is a new updated hard copy version available for purchase.

I'm currently reading "Extreme Brewing" and "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" as well.
thanks I will look for it!
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Old 11-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #4
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I "grew up" on New Complete Joy of Home Brewing. but How to Brew is great. I recommend getting both. Extreme Brewing is a great start for those of us who like to push the envelope. don't limit yourself to one book as your "brewing bible". they all have some great info.

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The New Complete Joy of Brewing is a tad out of date, but there are some valuable tables and information in it. Plus it helps reinforce relax and don't worry.

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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and the Homebrewer's Companion are good and will serve for years.

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1. Palmer's book, How to Brew
2. The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Papazian.

I recently bought both, and i've only been doing this three months.

Palmer's a touch better, but the Papazian book is sort of a "requirement"
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The series of books might get a bad rap, but Homebrewing For Dummies is excellent.

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if you are interested in small batch, all grain, brewing there is one called.

"Beer Craft, Six Packs From Scratch", by William Bostick.

it was actually my first book, and i made my first four batches from it. it's no bad. very informative and it's put together to be easy to use while you are actually doing your brewing

i would still recommend the palmer book, though, because it starts with extract brewing, and doesn't just jump into the deep end of the pool.

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Thanks everyone
for the great response, I know that eventually I will probably have every book I can find but now I know where to start.



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