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Old 07-05-2012, 09:07 PM   #1
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John Palmer best guide for a beginner or over rated ??

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:23 PM   #2
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I don't own the book, but based on the number of threads that get referenced over to his online version, I would say its a pretty solid choice.

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Old 07-05-2012, 09:25 PM   #3
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How long have you been brewing ?? And any pointers or tips ?

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Read the book, thats my tip....that way you have a core foundation of knowledge.

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Seriously, read him and Papazian. This will give you a good foundation and you will have good reference material for when you need to double check something. I break out my Palmer almost every time i brew.

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The book will answer questions you haven't thought of yet.

Edit: I don't quite get the "what's the BEST book?" approach, which is a question often asked. What's wrong with multiple information streams? I think I've read 5 or 6 brewing books, and I'd really hate to have to narrow it down to one. I learned something from each of them. I'm sure I'll be reading more too.

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How to Brew is the real deal. Joy of Homebrewing is "interesting".

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Seriously, read him and Papazian. This will give you a good foundation and you will have good reference material for when you need to double check something. I break out my Palmer almost every time i brew.
I've read and reread Palmer a dozen times. It's one of the best books out there, and successfully blends beginner instruction with advanced techniques, science, and the "why/how" of brewing, rather than just a recitation of steps.

I will say that, if you read Palmer a few times (do it... you will not absorb everything you need to on the first read), going to Papazian's book will seem like a step backward.
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How to brew is on my shelf and is easily the one I go back to repeatedly. I am also a big fan of "Yeast" by Jamil Z and Chris White. Since yeast is an incredibly huge component of making beer I find this book very worthwhile.

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John Palmer best guide for a beginner or over rated ??
His book has some good info, but he's not the final say in homebrewing.
He does have a cult following though, almost a true worshipping.
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