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Old 11-25-2008, 05:54 PM   #1
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Default Homebrew Book Suggestions

Its the holiday time and its in my best interest to give my parents specific details about holiday presents. Otherwise I'll end up with another terrible manhood removing apartment-warming present....

I'd like a few homebrewing books for which to build my knowledge and also stimulate my interest in homebrewing. I'm a beginner and just did my 1st all grain batch last weekend.

What 3 or 4 books would you suggest I ask for? What books do you still reference even years after first recieving them and which books do you go to for inspiration in recipes and equipment?


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Old 11-25-2008, 05:56 PM   #2
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How to Brew by Palmer (also available free online, but best beginners book out there)
Complete Joy of Homebrewing (own it, has everything)
Designing Great Beers (on my list)
Brew like a Monk (Belgian style book)


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Old 11-25-2008, 05:56 PM   #3
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I would recommend Ray Daniels' Designing Great Beers if you are at all interested in creating your own recipes. It covers everything about how to develop a grain bill, how to adjust water, and then goes in depth on some of the more traditional beer styles. I never make a recipe without consulting it.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:57 PM   #4
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John Palmer's - How To Brew. The first edition is posted online for free, but if you buy the new edition it has been updated. Also if your'e looking for info, check out some of the homebrew podcasts.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:59 PM   #5
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Stephan Snyder's The Brewmaster's Bible is a good one. Gives an explaination of numerous aspects of brewing and provides lots of different receipes
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:13 PM   #6
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Jamil and Palmer's Brewing Classic Styles gets my vote. It's got an award winning recipe for each beer style.

Greate recipes and great starting points for designing your own.
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:16 PM   #7
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With Brewing Classic Styles you can brew an award winning recipe everytime
With Designing Great Beers you will be able to make your own recipe on any style and actually know why you are choosing the ingredients you are choosing.
And The Complete Joy of Homebewing has it all
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inspiration --> Radical Brewing by Mosher
recipe formulation --> Designing Great Beers by Daniels
reference, equipment --> How to Brew by Palmer, New Brewing Lager Beer by Noonan, Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide
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"How to Brew" by Palmer
"Complete Joy of Homebrewing" Third Edition by Charlie Papazian
"Brewing Classic Styles" by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer
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I would also add Dave Miller's Complete Hombrew Guide

If you check out Amazon, they have a great deal on Complete Joy of Homebrewing, How to Brew, and Complete for Homebrew Guide for about 35$

Amazon.com: Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great-Tasting Beer: David G. Miller: Books


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