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Old 12-02-2009, 12:14 AM   #1
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So basically everybody universally says that John Palmers book "How to Brew" is really tremendous. I was ready to invest in a copy when I noticed that he gives away Edition 1 for free on his site, while Edition 3 is $13 at Amazon. After just spending so much on this kit I was hoping to pare back costs a bit.

Does anyone have any feedback on how much better Edition 3 is? I am doing this beer as my first brew at home and want to know if the free instructions online are good enough.


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Old 12-02-2009, 12:21 AM   #2
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oh yea the free instructions are just fine. but really $13 bucks. its not that much and you could get a copy of Brewing Classic Styles for another $20 and probably get free shipping. you also have to think about the money your going to save on making your own beer as apposed to buying it for over a $1 a bottle at the store.

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Old 12-02-2009, 12:22 AM   #3
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I have the book, and I still refer to the online book when I'm on the computer. There aren't many changes, but I like the appendices and nomographs and glossaries in the book. I think the online book is adequate for day to day use, but I'm glad I have the updated book as well.
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Old 12-02-2009, 12:29 AM   #4
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I bought the paper and ink because I prefer that over online anything. If I had to do it over again or could find a better use of 13 bucks, I'd probably not get the book. But if you find what you see in the online version useful, and could see having a copy to read while away from the computer it isn't that bad.

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Old 12-02-2009, 12:59 AM   #5
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I learned from the free edition. Use it and then buy the 3rd edition later if you want it as a reference.
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Old 12-02-2009, 01:32 AM   #6
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nothing beats having a dogeared copy at your fingertips...and the wort stains will begin to tell a story
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