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Old 08-16-2008, 10:47 PM   #1
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As a VERY newbie to home brewing I was wondering if anyone can suggest literature that would be useful for a beginner. In fact, my only experience with beer up to this point is drinking it.

I have read that both the "Homebrewing for Dummies" and "How To Brew" are good books to start with, but was wondering if anyone is preferential to one over the other. I am looking for something that really lays out clearly all the steps of homebrewing.

Anyone have a particular book that really helped them when they started?


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Old 08-16-2008, 11:02 PM   #2
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i'd go with How To Brew. I read it after i had already started brewing and it was still very informative.

i find the dummies books to be more reference guides, not good as an introductional book.

EDIT: and if you like to read, Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher is a fantastic and informative book.
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Old 08-16-2008, 11:06 PM   #3
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I've got both. I like "How to Brew". easy to read, tons of info. a must have.

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Old 08-16-2008, 11:23 PM   #4
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+1 to How To Brew.


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Old 08-16-2008, 11:32 PM   #5
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I've never read "Homebrewing For Dummies" so I can't comment on it. If it's anything like the other "... For Dummies" series of books, it's probably a good read and adequate for beginners.

Having said that, I would highly recommend "How To Brew" by John Palmer regardless of your level of experience, or lack there of. If you're skeptical at all, check out John's free, online first edition of "How To Brew" before you buy his new edition. You won't be disappointed. Everything a newbie brewer could possibly need to know to get started is in there, and then some!

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Old 08-17-2008, 01:41 AM   #6
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The home brewing for dummies was a good book the guy at the lhbs recommended it to me. The local library had a copy so I was able to read it for free. I'd also check out brew ware from the library as well.

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Old 08-17-2008, 01:45 AM   #7
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As the others have said, "How To Brew" is about as close to a must-read book as you'll find in the realm of homebrewing. also check out the Brew Wiki, a link to which can be found at the top of this page.

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Old 08-17-2008, 03:21 AM   #8
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read how to brew online. it has all the info you need.

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Old 08-17-2008, 03:32 AM   #9
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I have the "Homebrewing for Dummies" book. It led me through my first extract/grain batches and even my first partial mash. It is a solid book. But, "How to Brew" covers this plus some. I would go with How to Brew.

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Old 08-17-2008, 12:17 PM   #10
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As a newbie, either book will do you good. How to Brew is a *really* in-depth book. Probably more than you need as a newbie. At the same time, it is one of those books you'll read and re-read and read again as you learn and grow.

If you're looking to buy just one book - How to Brew is it.
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