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Old 11-07-2009, 03:13 AM   #1
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Default Anyone recommend "Homebrewing for Dummies?"

My local library has it, thinking about checking it out. Seems to be well written and I liked the format a lot. Input?


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Old 11-07-2009, 03:14 AM   #2
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Combine that with How To Brew found at http://www.howtobrew.com/ and you'll have a good resource.


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Old 11-07-2009, 03:22 AM   #3
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Homebrewing for Dummies is the book I started with. Received it as a gift about a year ago. I still do reference it. Good information from beginner to more than intermediate. I would recommend it.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:30 AM   #4
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I personally think Palmer's How to Brew is, in the end, a more complete book. That being said, I would probably recommend Homebrewing for Dummies as a first brewing book to most people instead. Really straight forward, all the basics you need to get going. It has small sections on mead, cider and kegging. Very well done IMO.

I do tend to ignore the author's insistence that beers go into secondary.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:32 AM   #5
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+1 was good book... dont stop there, read all you can get ur hands on
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:03 AM   #6
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My local library has it, thinking about checking it out. Seems to be well written and I liked the format a lot. Input?
I have a copy of it, its got a good collection of info regarding grain. It also has special section for hops and yeast. Its got good info. Having more than once source is always good. It has plenty of recipes too.
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:56 AM   #7
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It is a decent book, Palmer's book is awesome and so is Greg Noonan's book New Brewing Lager Beer. Its not just for lagers.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:02 AM   #8
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It is a decent book, Palmer's book is awesome and so is Greg Noonan's book New Brewing Lager Beer. Its not just for lagers.
I have the New Brewing Lager Beer. I would say that's a bit advanced over "Homebrewing for Dummies" and even Palmer's "How to Brew". If I were going to build a library, which I have, it would be: "How to Brew" after a few brews "Designing Great Beers", then "Brewing Classic Styles", then if I was inclined to brew in season or wanted more recipes "A Year of Beer", then I would go with New Brewing Lager Beer. I have all of them plus some wine books and what I feel is the outdated "Complete Joys of Homebrewing" (I may have an old edition; I am not sure) I felt that to be a bit of a wast but I only gave a dollar for it. Then of course if you get into cloning books there are several more, but that's six months worth of work right there if you brew along at a break neck pace.
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Old 11-07-2009, 11:34 AM   #9
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I just started reading palmers how to brew book and so far its a easy read and so far its nicely put together...
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Old 11-07-2009, 12:02 PM   #10
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I have it, it's a good book in my opinion. One thing to be aware of is that there are quite a few recipies so the book isn't really as long of a read as it appears.

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