Been looking for a good homebrew book, but there are so many out there. Just wanted to see what you would recommend. I was looking for something that would give me tips, terms, and how to AG. I have made a few beers, just want to learn all I can.
I agree. I definitely have a problem. All I do is read books and this forum. I have the droid app that I check every half hour lol. I just ordered 15 back issues of BYO mag because the topics seemed interesting. I have probably 5 or 6 books now but still want more. The more you read, the more you understand and are able to get better....along with actually brewing.Dtroy17 said:Thanks for the info, I just cant seem to get enough info on homebrew. I guess this is my form of crack. I would say I have a problem but It so damn fun and I love beer
I'm with you on that. When I can't brew, the next best thing to me is hearing from and learning from brewers. Have you delved into any of the fine audio / video podcasts out there? I get my "fix" daily.Thanks for the info, I just cant seem to get enough info on homebrew. I guess this is my form of crack. I would say I have a problem but It so damn fun and I love beer
I know that Gordon Strong mentioned a while back he was doing a grain related book, but I believe that was specifially about all-grain brewing, could be he was referring to the grain book in this series.Soon to be followed by Water ( John Palmer and Colin Kaminski ), grain, and hops ( don't know who's writing the last 2 ).
How to Brew is my go to book.
This is a good point! The mead example is an interesting one. I think Schramm's book, The Compleat Meadmaker, is the go to volume, but it has no information about staggered nutrient additions which are becoming more common with meadmakers.Any book you get, that's more than ~5 years old, I'd check the info against current methods posted here (for brewing)... Also look at the Got Mead web site for info on (obviously) making mead. Look in the discussion area for more up to date methods there too. A good amount of the time, methods published 8-10+ years ago are no longer followed due to advances made since then. Things such as better ingredients, including yeast, have made some of the published techniques unnecessary (such as racking to a bright tank/secondary)...
I found Radical Brewing at a used book store about a month ago and picked it up. Pretty interesting read. Assumes at least some experience with brewing. The author does a pretty good job at de-mystifying some of the different styles of beer out there. It really focuses on some unusual aspects of beermaking, such as sugars, grain adjuncts, and spices to add to your brew. Not really a recipe book, although there are some recipes in it. No matter how you brew, you can find something in the book to help improve your beers.have a copy of this being delivered tomorrow. looking forward to some good reading this weekend
I agree that Brewing for Dummies is quite good for getting started and a good bit more.How to brew
Complete Joy of Homebrewing
Homebrewing for Dummies (Yes, it's actually a very good book!)