Suggested readings - Home Brew Forums

Register Now!
Home Brew Forums > Home Brewing Beer > Brew Science > Suggested readings

Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 10-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #1
carsonwarstler
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Posts: 120
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts



I'm looking for some good reads to increase my knowledge on the various sciences involved with brewing. Can anyone recommend a good, relevant book on yeast, also one that talks about the science during the mash, and another that maybe talks about recipe building and how each ingredient is best used? Any info is appreciated, thanks.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 01:08 PM   #2
duboman
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Glenview, IL
Posts: 6,368
Liked 508 Times on 470 Posts


"How to Brew" by Palmer
"Yeast" by Jamil Zanisheif and Chris White
"Radical Brewing" by Randy Mosher
"Designing Great Beers" by Ray Daniels
"Brewing Classic Styles" by Jamil
__________________
Nothing Left to do but smile and drink beer.....

The Commune Brewing Company-Perfecting the "art" of beer since 2010

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 07:18 PM   #3
carsonwarstler
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Posts: 120
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Definitely read John Palmer. I keep that close by but I was hoping to dig even deeper into the science that he talks about in his book. Thanks for the other suggestions.

Are those others pretty scientific? As in... Do they explain why or how, thru science, a particular part of brewing became the common practice?

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 09:19 PM   #4
duboman
Recipes 
 
Jul 2011
Glenview, IL
Posts: 6,368
Liked 508 Times on 470 Posts


Quote:
Originally Posted by carsonwarstler View Post
Definitely read John Palmer. I keep that close by but I was hoping to dig even deeper into the science that he talks about in his book. Thanks for the other suggestions.

Are those others pretty scientific? As in... Do they explain why or how, thru science, a particular part of brewing became the common practice?
"Yeast" is very scientific but in a simple way to help a brewer understand why and how yeast works and the best practices to achieve the best results in fermentation

"Designing Great Beers" goes into detailed analysis of ingredients used in particular styles and generally in what percentages they should be used. The book is slightly dated as styles have changed a bit but if you are looking at getting into designing your own brews it is a must reference IMO

"Radical Brewing" is not the most scientific, more of an interesting read but it does go into the history of brewing and the use of many different kinds of ingredients and adjuncts and ways to think about beer outside of the norm.

"Brewing Classic Styles" is not really scientific but contains a lot of recipes and again will provide you a good baseline for the creation of your own recipes

You can visit the Brewers Publications: http://www.homebrewersassociation.or...mended-reading
__________________
Nothing Left to do but smile and drink beer.....

The Commune Brewing Company-Perfecting the "art" of beer since 2010

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-12-2012, 10:16 PM   #5
ajdelange
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
Recipes 
 
Aug 2010
McLean/Ogden, Virginia/Quebec
Posts: 9,041
Liked 1403 Times on 1070 Posts


If you really want the science you will have to go to Hough, Briggs, Stevens and Young and/or DeClerck and/or Handbook of Brewing. Then there are more detailed brewing related books on yeast (there are, of course, many other books on yeast as well as they are used in other industries, cause diseases....), hops, malt and malting etc.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #6
ArcLight
Recipes 
 
May 2011
Millburn, NJ
Posts: 1,379
Liked 126 Times on 96 Posts


BrewChem 101 is a good introductory book. At least I found it interesting, maybe because I dont have a chemistry background.

I think the Yeast book wins by default. There isn't really any competition, but I don't think its all that good a book. Not bad, just not all taht good.

I really liked Designing Great Beers and How to Brew (when I started).

Some interesting stuff at this website: http://braukaiser.com/wiki/index.php?title=Main_Page

In a year there will be a book on Brewing Water by John Palmer.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 07:51 PM   #7
carsonwarstler
Recipes 
 
Sep 2012
Posts: 120
Liked 3 Times on 3 Posts


Thanks to everyone for the info, can't wait to dig into them. Much appreciated, happy brewing.

 
Reply With Quote
Old 10-13-2012, 08:18 PM   #8
DrunkenWeasel
Cold Beer and a Hot Wife
HBT_LIFETIMESUPPORTER.png
 
DrunkenWeasel's Avatar
Recipes 
 
May 2007
Falcon, CO
Posts: 54
Liked 2 Times on 2 Posts


After you've done several batches and read a couple of the basic "how to" books, I highly recommend "Beer--Tap Into the Art and Science of Brewing by Charles Bamforth to increase your depth of knowledge of the scientific principles. I recently completed the second edition, got a lot out of it, and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its focus is the industrial production, but with a little experience you can easily apply the lessons to your--assumed--favorite hobby. I've just started Briggs "Brewing, Science and Practice," which is essentially a textbook. Upon completion, I'll let you know what I think.

 
Reply With Quote
Reply
Thread Tools


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Suggested Burners twilbrew247 Equipment/Sanitation 7 07-24-2012 02:49 AM
Suggested Reading ThomasO Recipes/Ingredients 3 06-19-2012 05:51 PM
brew day gravity readings and next day readings rustynails223 General Beer Discussion 3 03-05-2012 04:14 PM
How much Melanoidin suggested? Twofox Recipes/Ingredients 7 03-25-2010 02:18 AM
Suggested readings for AG? Schnitzengiggle All Grain & Partial Mash Brewing 5 08-27-2009 04:14 PM


Forum Jump