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Old 05-09-2009, 09:06 AM   #1
Oct 2008
Aurora, CO
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I consider myself a newb still but I really am starting to get passionate about beer making. I want to do some reading etc.

I have brewed probably 5 batches and have done extensive tasting of all types of beer

I am looking for books from the total noob beginner to something very advanced. so post up your favorites.

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Old 05-09-2009, 09:18 AM   #2
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john palmer's how to brew is a standard, and has been my bible in the past few weeks. the man knows what he's talking about and portrays it in an easy-to-read manner.

also if you want to get a little more advanced, get Designing Great Beers. i'm about to dive into that one, it's jampacked with information.

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Old 05-09-2009, 09:24 AM   #3
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I started with Papazian's "The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing" I got off Amazon used for a buck, but it was from a printing in the early 80s and a lot has changed since then. He has several newer versions, on of which I looked at at the library and it was really nice.
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Old 05-09-2009, 09:44 AM   #4
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A friend of mine who was my mentor in homebrewing recommended Palmer's "How to Brew" to me. It's available on the Web for free:

How to Brew - By John Palmer - Introduction

You should probably buy a printed copy just to have it on your brewing table as a reference. I've read it through three times already, and have 9 batches under my belt.

Also, "Designing Great Beers", recommended above, gets high marks.
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Old 05-09-2009, 10:07 AM   #5
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sounds good I will check out both those....

keep em coming if others have suggestions.

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Old 05-09-2009, 01:28 PM   #6
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Ray Daniels - Designing Great Beers; Is about the basics of recipe balance.
Randy Mosher - Radical Brewing; Is about historical and odd recipe design.

The Belgian Ale books are informative, if you are into that sort.
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Old 05-09-2009, 01:31 PM   #7
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Start with John Palmer. Once you understand everything in that book start reading everything else you can get your hands on.

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Old 05-09-2009, 01:36 PM   #8
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I also like Papazian's "Homebrewer's Companion" This is more of a supplement to "The complete joy of homebrewing" but it still has some good info and a lot of great recipes. Also, if you are into gardening, "The Homebrewer's Garden" is a really great book.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:30 PM   #9
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+1 on Designing Great Beers. If you ever want to develop your own recipes (or just add a slight twist to someone else's) this is a must.
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Old 05-09-2009, 02:33 PM   #10
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Originally Posted by jescholler View Post
+1 on Designing Great Beers. If you ever want to develop your own recipes (or just add a slight twist to someone else's) this is a must.
Read this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

This will get you to start to understand why you put this ingredient in and not the other.
Follow it up with Radical Brewing by Mosher and you've got a winner.
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