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Old 02-05-2009, 04:50 PM   #1
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Default Books?? are they helpful, what do you recomend?

There are sooooo many books out there on Home brewing, some say they are the best sell, others come from the 1970's.
Obviously practices and trial and error (Experience) is some of the great teachers, but books and pictures can also teach us a lot.
So i ask of you guys, What book do you recomend i buy? if any?

If possible this book should be one of those every home brewer owns, or should own, and that has got them through some tough times.
Curious to hear what you all have to say.

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Old 02-05-2009, 04:51 PM   #2
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How to Brew - By John Palmer

John Palmer's book is free to read online for starters. The classic would
be "The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian. I have
both and they are very informative.


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Old 02-05-2009, 04:53 PM   #3
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Jamil's "Brewing Classic Styles" is a pretty entertaining. Its more of a cook book than a how to brew book though. And you can't go wrong with Charlie Papazian's "Complete Joy of Homebrewing", thats a very interesting read.
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If creating your own recipes is something to which you aspire, "Designing Great Beers" is indispensible. It's very detailed and technical at times, but you will understand the role that various malts play in historical styles. Too often some may think that the BJCP guidelines are unduly restrictive, but the guidelines are actually an attempt to give definition to the various styles around the globe.

Scanning the shelves in my office, I have and would recommend:

-How to Brew
-Brewing Classic Styles
-New Brewing Lager Beer
-Wild Brews
-Brew Like A Monk
-The Homebrewer's Garden
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If creating your own recipes is something to which you aspire, "Designing Great Beers" is indispensible. It's very detailed and technical at times, but you will understand the role that various malts play in historical styles. Too often some may think that the BJCP guidelines are unduly restrictive, but the guidelines are actually an attempt to give definition to the various styles around the globe.
Yeah. I need to pick this book up next.

"How to Brew" is a classic. I like the recipes in the Jamil book.
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I highly recommend "Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher. Great mix of beginner to expert subject matter, and I love that the presentation balances just enough of the science to explain what's going on, but without losing sight of the artistry, willingness to experiment, and sense of fun, that to me is what homebrewing is all about.
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I highly recommend "Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher. Great mix of beginner to expert subject matter, and I love that the presentation balances just enough of the science to explain what's going on, but without losing sight of the artistry, willingness to experiment, and sense of fun, that to me is what homebrewing is all about.
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That's the book that finally inspired me to stop buying LHBS kits and start building my own recipes.
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+1 Palmer "How To Brew"

+1 Papazian "Complete Joy of Homebrewing"

Palmer for the textbook like process information.
Papazian for the passion and interesting recipes.


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