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MatthewBrewer 04-20-2010 12:49 AM

Looking to begin brewing.
 
I have always loved to sample mocrobrews when I travel, and now I think I want to try and brew my own. I was hopping you nice people could suggest some helpful books to read up on and maybe a starter brew kit. All info is appreciated.

tjhack 04-20-2010 01:03 AM

"joy of homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian is a good book. Cheesy pics / looks like early 80s LOL but very informative! Also, check around your area locally for clubs / local supply stores.. the wealth of first hand / verbal information is invaluable. We just started and have only kegged two batches with wonderful and very gratifying results.. aka great beer! (although stumbles here and there and initial costs)

boog321 04-20-2010 01:04 AM

I'm not really sure about books, I have gotten most of my reading online.

As for kits, I started with a Mr. Beer, but it is small. But then I found one of the plastic 5 gal water bottles, cleaned it up, and cut batches down for 4 gallons instead of 5.

You can modify the recipes you find online to fit what you want/need for the size batch you will make.

No need to spend a fortune for testing a hobby out.

Then once your addicted, you can spend all of your money on brewing supplies! :mug:

phishfood 04-20-2010 01:04 AM

Here is a link to an online, totally free, book that has been of great help to me in understanding the brewing process.
http://www.howtobrew.com/

A thread with a list of online brew shops can be found here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/homebrew-supply-websites-701/

Beerbuck 04-20-2010 01:06 AM

I started 1 month ago brewing Festabrew kit, Read alot and alot all over the forum and got all the information to brew all grain now. Was my second time today, first one was saturday, and everything went well. Be sure to get good stuff, easier when youre equipped with it

blkandrust 04-20-2010 01:06 AM

Homebrewing for dummies,really got me heading in the right direction..

Superkabuto 04-20-2010 01:10 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phishfood (Post 2014657)
Here is a link to an online, totally free, book that has been of great help to me in understanding the brewing process.
http://www.howtobrew.com/

A thread with a list of online brew shops can be found here: http://www.homebrewtalk.com/f14/homebrew-supply-websites-701/

+ 1 on Palmer's online book. It's great and it's free.

Sean 04-20-2010 01:12 AM

Just do it dude, it is soooo easy. Sugar + Yeast = Alcohol + Carbondioxide.

JNye 04-20-2010 01:35 AM

buy Palmer's book. it has alot of info I refer back to plus the one online isn't the latest edition. When you are there getting ready to brew its nice to have that book right there. Once you read it and get a feel for the process you can read here and make sense of what people are talking about and formulate your own process. That will lead you to the right eqt and recipes for you. I would also recommend brewing software when the time comes to start brewing, especially all grain.

celticcolorado 04-20-2010 01:46 AM

I am fairly new to brewing as well (6-months). What helped me get started was to read as much as I could find. Palmers book was a huge help, as was Papazian's. Also, if there are no clubs in your area, check out some instructional videos on YouTube. It helped me a lot to be able to see the whole process take place.

Be warned...this is really addicting!


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