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Old 12-08-2006, 02:37 PM   #1
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If you could own, or recommend only ONE homebrewing book, what would it be?
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:45 PM   #2
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For a beginner, probably Papa Charlie's Complete Joy. Some of the info is a little dated, but it's the spirit of the thing, the whole "relax, don't worry!" attitude.
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Old 12-08-2006, 02:46 PM   #3
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My new brewing bible. Not much of a homebrewer's book, but basic theory of brewing at it's finest.

http://www.northernbrewer.com/pics/f...ookBrewing.jpg

But for homebrewing Ive read Miller's, Palmer's, & Papazian's books and they are all good to have in yolur library. I would never limit myself to one book on the subject
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:24 PM   #4
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Why would I own only one?

The tandem of CJOH and Designing Great Beers is perfect, IMHO.
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:28 PM   #5
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I would go with Palmer's How to Brew. The level of detail is just enough to not overwhelm the beginning brewer but to also be useful to the advanced brewer. Even Papazian recommends it over his own book

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Old 12-08-2006, 03:32 PM   #6
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Palmer, hands down. He's an engineer & strips the mystery out, but keeps the fun in.
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Old 12-08-2006, 03:37 PM   #7
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Palmer, hands down. He's an engineer & strips the mystery out, but keeps the fun in.
Yep - you can be ready to brew within 20 minutes by reading the 1st chapter or you can get very detailed. Very well designed book that I go back to often.
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Old 12-08-2006, 04:52 PM   #8
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Yep - you can be ready to brew within 20 minutes by reading the 1st chapter or you can get very detailed. Very well designed book that I go back to often.
I'll echo this as well.

 
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I've only read Palmer's book online, but I know it's extremely well-regarded. Still, I had to make this decision when I bought my brother-in-law a kit for Christmas, and went with Papazian just because it is so accessible. For purely informational purposes, I would concur with the pro-Palmer sentiment.
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Old 12-08-2006, 05:05 PM   #10
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Palmer all the way, with Designing Great Beers next.
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