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Old 09-30-2012, 02:09 AM   #1
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Default Recommend a book for me

I have Papazian's Joy of Homebrewing
I am looking for another source of information and recipes. I'm basically grounded in extract recipes because I've got young children. I could get more Papazian books. I am wondering if it is worth buying Palmer's Book. I am also wondering about books that have recipes. I am considering Clone Brews or Brewing Classic Styles by Zainasheff. Any thoughts?

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:23 AM   #2
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The first addition of palmers book if free online, some changes have been made in his revised editions but the basics are the same.
I have been reading "the everything homebrewing book" by Drew Beechum and have found it very informative. (this book includes 100 recipes)

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Old 09-30-2012, 02:24 AM   #3
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From what I have been told, John Palmers 'How to Brew' is a must have for any home brewer.

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How to Brew is an excellent book. If you are just looking for recipes, Brewing Classic Styles is a good reference, although I personally don't put a lot of stock in recipe books in general...I tend more towards the "theory" books and make my own recipes most of the time. Also, if you really want the nuts & bolts of the recipes in Brewing Classic Styles, you ought to listen to the old episodes of the Jamil Show on Brewing Network, where he basically goes over all of the classic style recipes and discusses them in greater detail than you really get in the book.


I wasn't aware Drew had a book out, too.


It is weird with both John Palmer and Drew Beechum being locals here, I run into them all the time at various beer-related events. John was judging sours with me at a competition last weekend, and I'm supposed to be pouring sodas with Drew at a beer fest tomorrow. Still have never met Charlie Papazian in person, though. I randomly run into Drew very regularly even though he lives way up in the Maltose Falcons' neck of the woods. I swear it's like he's stalking me sometimes.

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I highly recommend "Yeast" by Jamil Zainasheff and Chris White. I also enjoyed the recently released "IPA" by Mitch Steele. If you are interested in recipe creation "Designing Great Beers" By Ray Daniels is a good book with lots of info. If you are interested in a fun, informative and creative book then "Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher is great also!

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I am considering Clone Brews or Brewing Classic Styles by Zainasheff. Any thoughts?
I think both of those are great choices if you are looking for more extract recipes. I'd lean towards Brewing Classic Styles, since I'm more interesting in brewing something to my taste, with my equipment, rather than trying to duplicate a commercial beer. So Zainasheff's book is a little meatier in my opinion to get you thinking about the recipes, unlike Clone Brews which is kinda just a cookbook.

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Ive made many good beers from The Complete Hombrew Beer book(Recipe book). Although its extract mainly,I was doing all grain but just converted the extract to an all grain recipe. In fact I sent a beer into a competition with one of those recipes.
Also The Hombrewers Recipe Guide book,is pretty good.its got a good variety.It even has beer-food recipes.
Also the recipe forum here on HBT,has many extract recipes. Converting all grain recipes is almost as simple as multiplying the # of grain by .8125 for LME per pound or by .6875 for DME per pound. So dont be intimdated by a good allgrain recipe.
I have Palmers and Papazians books, they are both great resources.

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Get classic styles they are great base recipes

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Another vote for Brewing Classic Styles. It has ~80 extract recipes, one for every style of beer.

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I bought a copy of Brewing Classic Styles and I like what I see.
I have a question for anyone who has the book. When a hop addition is listed as 0 minutes, is that for dry hopping? I know how to dry hop but I've never seen hop additions listed as 0 mins before.
Another thing I wonder about is the boil size. They often list 7 gallons. Is this due to expectations that after loss with evaporations and the yeast cake, you'll end up with 5 gallons? They explained it at the start of the book but I wasn't clear afterwards.
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