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Old 01-09-2009, 01:46 PM   #1
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Default Good Beginner HB Book Suggestions?

I am getting ready to put my 4th batch on this weekend. I have learned a "TON" simply from this site and talking with a good friend that brews as well. I have realized here lately that there is still so much I still don't know.

As of right now (and for a little while longer) I plan on doing simple extract brews from MoreBeer.com to learn what a basic/simple recipe will taste like and the processes of creating them (I do in fact plan on going to Partial Mash soon). My way of thinking is learn from the ground up. I am in fact very new to homebrew as well as trying different beers. I am/was one of those Coors Light, Miller Light, and occasional Shiner Bock drinkers not to long ago. My wife thinks I'm nuts because I am bringing something new home all the time to "Just Try" here lately....(She just don't get it...lol)

Well, I am looking for a good book that will explain to me what exactly everything is when it comes to beer. I get lost when folks talk about a lot of ingredients used in making a brew, different styles of beers, what exactly this or that should taste like, etc..... I do know how to do it, but not sure what everything else is. I think it is chocked up mostly to very little personal references, and lack of knowledge (or something like that...lol) I just need a good book (or books) to help get me on track.

Thanks for any input......

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Old 01-09-2009, 01:50 PM   #2
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There are several good books that would be helpful for you. I always recommend "How to Brew" by John Palmer. I got that book as a new extract brewer, and I've "grown" into the parts that I didn't understand back then. Another good one is "Brewing Classic Styles" by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer. I just got it for Christmas, and I like it. It's mostly extract brewing (with some conversion for AG) and explains the style type, which each ingredient brings to that and gives the recipe for a good example of that style.

For sheer enjoyment, there is always "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian. He's the Father of Homebrewing, so it's a good read. It might not be as useful for practicality and understanding, but it's almost a prerequisite for brewing.

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Old 01-09-2009, 01:51 PM   #3
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You can't go wrong with "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian. Some of the information is a bit dated, but there is a wealth of information in this book. I've read it cover to cover several times.

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Old 01-09-2009, 01:51 PM   #4
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Ditto to Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing... required reading

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I have both of the above mentioned books and as a complete noob, I'd rate it...

How to Brew
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing

Both good, but How to Brew IMHO is several notches above the other.

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All of the previously mentioned books are great. Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels is another great one. It's a little more on the technical side and geared more towards all-grain brewing but a very good resource. Check your local library for homebrewing books. I found about 15 titles at mine.

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Very Cool! Thanks for the suggestions yall. I plan on swinging by BAM here in a bit.....

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It depends what you're looking for. If you want a technical manual, pick up "How To Brew", if you want some lighter reading that's still full of good information, pick up something from Charlie Papazian.

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I got both How to Brew and The Joy of Home Brewing #3 for Christmas and while both good I found that How to Brew was much easier to follow. IMO its laid out much better. I would just pick up both used or new. You can get both on Amazon for under $25 total, cant beat that!

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Old 01-09-2009, 04:54 PM   #10
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Ahh Cool! I'll see if I can find "How To Brew" here local first. Bad enough I got to wait on the beer..... Kills me to think about waiting a beer book too...lol... I will check Amazon if no luck.

As far as what I am looking for is something to explain stuff like "What chocolate malt is" "What makes a beer a chocolate" "What a bitter beer is" etc....(thinking about ordering a bitter next just to see what the hell it is...lol)

I am a professional mechanic by trade. I fix things every day... I always say "You can't fix it right unless you know how it works".... Well, I can't help but want to go with that philosophy with my home brew. If I want to have a certain type of flavor, I need to know what the flavors/ingredients do and what they are. I am thinking once I get a better grasp on that I can make more educated attempts on my own personal brews. (I sure hope this paragraph makes sense...lol)

Thanks again for all the input yall!

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