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Old 10-10-2008, 04:21 PM   #1
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My local home brewing store and has a pretty decent selection of titles:

1st Steps in Yeast Culturing
Brew Chem 101
Brewer's Companion
Brewing Lager Beers
The Complete Joy of Home Brewing
Designing Great Beers
Dictionary of Brewing
Essentials of Beer Styles
Extreme Brewing
Homebrewer's Companion
Homebrewer's Guide
Homebrewer's Garden
Homegrown Hops
How to Brew
Pocket Guide to Beer
Principles of Brewing Science
True Brew Handbook

Is there a book considered to be "the bible" of brewing?

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Old 10-10-2008, 04:26 PM   #2
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My local home brewing store and has a pretty decent selection of titles:

1st Steps in Yeast Culturing
Brew Chem 101
Brewer's Companion
Brewing Lager Beers
The Complete Joy of Home Brewing
Designing Great Beers
Dictionary of Brewing
Essentials of Beer Styles
Extreme Brewing
Homebrewer's Companion
Homebrewer's Guide
Homebrewer's Garden
Homegrown Hops
How to Brew
Pocket Guide to Beer
Principles of Brewing Science
True Brew Handbook

Is there a book considered to be "the bible" of brewing?

Thanks - BH
Yes: The Complete Joy of Home Brewing (RDWHAHB)
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Old 10-10-2008, 04:28 PM   #3
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Actually, skip The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. It's outdated at this point. The bible is John Palmer's "How to Brew."

You can read the first edition online How to Brew, but get the third print edition. It walks you through every step of brewing and gives you the rationale and science behind everything (if you want it). There is no better one-stop brewing reference.

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Actually, skip The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. It's outdated at this point. The bible is John Palmer's "How to Brew."
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Actually, skip The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. It's outdated at this point. The bible is John Palmer's "How to Brew."
I learned how to bre using Palmer's book, but the Complete Joy is good also. Nobody is saying you need to stop at one book. The more you read, the more you know and knowing is half the battle.

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'The Bible' would be 'The Hombrewer's Bible' which I don't have but hear a lot of people reference it. I wouldn't say 'The Complete Joy' is out of date at all but I think the best book to get is John Palmer's. For lagers you can't beat (New) Brewing Lager Beer by Noonan. I think it's good to get a lot of books, they all have something to learn from. My first book was Dave Miller's Homebrewing guide which many would say is out of date but I love that book and has some great info.

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I found John Palmer's "How to Brew." to be the best so far. But trust me - once you buy one it's a slippery slope and you will have most of those at some point!! LOL

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I recently went through this. I read 5 books before brewing my first batch.

Palmer's book is the best, hands down, but it's too much info for your first batch. I would recommend either Radical Brewing or Brewing for Dummies first. Once you've got your first batch done, read Palmer. It will make A LOT more sense and you will get more out of it that way.

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I found John Palmer's "How to Brew." to be the best so far. But trust me - once you buy one it's a slippery slope and you will have most of those at some point!! LOL
I agree.

As soon as I finished The Complete Joy of Home Brewing I went and got another book. Now I'm reading one about Mead and have 5 beer books in the waiting list for their turn to be read.

That reminds me, any good books about Soda making?
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+1 for "How to Brew" (3rd Ed.)

I read Complete Joy of Homebrewing cover to cover first, but as others have mentioned, there is some out of date info in there. It is an excellent book, but it is also a bit like reading a textbook. I would get both if you can, but start with Palmer's book.

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