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Old 01-22-2013, 10:17 PM   #1
Sep 2012
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This is a pretty general question, because I don't have a really specific need in mind, but I wanted input on what homebrewing book I should read next. I don't have a specific topic in mind that I want to read up on; I'm still learning a lot and getting my feet wet (especially after several boilovers). I'll list at the outset what I have read:

(1) Palmer, How to Brew
(2) Papazian, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing
(3) Mosher, Radical Brewing
(4) Daniels, Designing Great Beers

I think I'd enjoy almost anything, as long as it's good. Of the books I've read, Palmer's was extremely informative obviously and great to have on hand; Radical Brewing was probably my favorite, though I also liked the Complete Joy of Homebrewing a lot; and I found Daniels a little dry (and maybe a little outdated, since his data is largely from the early 90s).


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Old 01-22-2013, 10:25 PM   #2
Oct 2012
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Not sure what the best ones are, but I have these:

Yeast - White/Zainasheff
For the Love of Hops - Hieronymus
Brewing Classic Styles - Palmer/Zainasheff
How to Brew - Palmer


Primary - Big Pale Citra Ale (AG)(1.063)
Secondary - Bitter (AG)
Bottled - Best Bitter, Bitter, SNPA clone
On deck - Tank #7 clone.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:30 PM   #3
Apr 2010
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There are really too many to name.

The classic beer style books are great - if you're interested in brewing a particular beer style.

Brewing with Wheat was one of my favorites.

Mitch Steele just came out with a FANTASTIC IPA book. Lots of commercial recipes in there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:33 PM   #4
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New Lager Brewing - Greg Noonan

Even if you never plan to brew lagers.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:33 PM   #5
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After How to Brew, Yeast and For the Love of Hops would be my next picks.

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Old 01-22-2013, 10:41 PM   #6
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I find myself going back to Daniel's book more than any other. That's the way to go if you're ready to jump into recipe design. But, if you still need to fine tune your process I'd focus on that. Yeast is good to skim through also.
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:47 PM   #7
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Originally Posted by arturo7 View Post
New Lager Brewing - Greg Noonan

Even if you never plan to brew lagers.
I want this book but in ebook format. More and more I am moving away from paperback.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:01 PM   #8
Dec 2012
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I think How to Brew is the best book for the beginning brewer. But so far I've read that and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing for just homebrewing and that's it. I've read Brew Like a Monk which is kinda a homebrew/how awesome Trappist beer is book, and I'm in the middle of Designing great beers. I also want to read radical brewing, though I'm scared that it will be in a similar style to Caglione's auto biography which I couldn't read.

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Old 01-22-2013, 11:12 PM   #9
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An Analysis of Brewing Techniques, by George Fix
Ex fermentum, scientia.

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Old 01-23-2013, 03:56 AM   #10
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Has anyone read
Brewchem 101
Extreme Brewing-Sam Calagione

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