Originally Posted by BADS197
I have Palmers book and two others.. I think I'll take time to read them now that I'm unemployeed.
Hopefully, you'll still be able to brew!
I find that the books are great, and I still refer to them all the time. But, nothing helps as much as just brewing. I brewed alot before I felt confident enough to make my own recipes- and I liked brewing the ones I found here. I learned what certain hops taste like, what they do to a beer, and how I could improve the flavor by different/more/later hops. I never made a bad beer, either! (Well, one was bad, but that was a recipe that was way too sweet for me- I just didn't know enough about ingredients to know how sweet it would be. My best friend drank it all eventually).
So, if you like a certain commercial beer, you could post on here and read up on Beeradvocate and see why you like it, what similarities it has to other commercial beers and what style it is. That helps alot. I found that I liked american ambers with biscuit malt and neutral yeast, for example. I learned that I like American hops for pale ales so I make more APAs than English pale ales. Of course, it took alot of drinking but I claimed it was all research!