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Old 11-25-2012, 11:31 PM   #11
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i've got the palmers one, it's pretty good. a little advanced for a noob. it's easy to kind of glaze over and not read it because of all the math / chemistry kinda stuff.

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Old 11-30-2012, 12:24 AM   #12
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i've got the palmers one, it's pretty good. a little advanced for a noob. it's easy to kind of glaze over and not read it because of all the math / chemistry kinda stuff.
Not to worry, nowadays there are plenty of online calculators to do all of the heavy thinking for you
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I started with Extreme Brewing by the dogfish fellow, and man, I wouldn't change a thing. I also have How To Brew by John, while that is still a great book, if I was starting fresh from start, like I was, I wouldn't trade Extreme Brewing for anything. Just so simple and easy to read. Then advance to John Palmer's.... Just my two pesos....

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The first 2 books every brewer should buy

  • How to Brew - Palmer
  • Brewing Classic Styles - Jamil Z.
The first one will teach you the process, the second one is front-to-back winner recipes, with great qualitative discussion of beer styles.

I've got a whole library of this stuff. BTW, while Extreme Brewing is nice to look at, with some interesting extract recipes, it's not a good "learn to brew" book. I consider it more of a coffee table book.
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The first 2 books every brewer should buy
  • How to Brew - Palmer
  • Brewing Classic Styles - Jamil Z.
The first one will teach you the process, the second one is front-to-back winner recipes, with great qualitative discussion of beer styles.

I've got a whole library of this stuff. BTW, while Extreme Brewing is nice to look at, with some interesting extract recipes, it's not a good "learn to brew" book. I consider it more of a coffee table book.
I would consider it completely useless if it wasn't the first book I read. But the book covers the basics, very simply, totally a great place to start. Why the hell would I have that on my coffee table, to stare at pictures? Sorry man, we are here to brew, not look at pictures in our pretty book, it does hold super easy, imperative info....
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Why the hell would I have that on my coffee table, to stare at pictures?
Yes.
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Though they aren't really good for learning to brew, I really like reading the Classic Beer Style Series. They have individual volumes for different styles.

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Old 12-04-2012, 09:48 PM   #18
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How to Brew is a great read, and is a book that you can reference as you develop as a brewer. The Joy... is great, but a bit dated. Brewing Classic Styles is great for reference about what a style should be like. I also like Radical Brewing as well. Extreme brewing is neat, but all extract recipes.

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:40 PM   #19
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I started out with Brewing Lager by John Alexander and it has stayed with me when all other books have failed to provide me with useful information.
It is an easy read with good explanations and a few recepies.

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