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It may be somewhere else on here, but I can't find it. What are the must read books out there for the home brewers. I have the Idiots Guide, which I highly recommend for the newbies, very easy to read and understand, and has all the hops and yeasts described, as well as a bunch of recipes for all the beer classes. Also subscribe to BYO, and am going to be getting Zymurgy. What do you guys have on your bookshelves that you can't live without?
 

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In my order of importance

Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels
Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus
Radical Brewing by Randy Moser
How To Brew by John Palmer
The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Third Edition by Papa Charlie
The Complete Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

and not necessarily a brewing book, but a great resource

Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium
 

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In my order of importance

Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels
Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus
Radical Brewing by Randy Moser
How To Brew by John Palmer
The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Third Edition by Papa Charlie
The Complete Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

and not necessarily a brewing book, but a great resource

Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium
I fully support this list.

And I'll add:

Principles of Brewing Science, George Fix.
New Lagering Beer, Greg Noonan.

There's a multitude of books out there, ranging from the general how-to on to more advanced topics.
 

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In my order of importance

Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels
Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus
Radical Brewing by Randy Moser
How To Brew by John Palmer
The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, Third Edition by Papa Charlie
The Complete Meadmaker by Ken Schramm

and not necessarily a brewing book, but a great resource

Michael Jackson's Great Beers of Belgium
Agreed except for the order, and I'm not sure you need Papazian's book if you've got Palmer's (though it's nice for historical reasons). Until you know how to brew, designing great beers may be out of your reach. I'd go:

1. How To Brew by John Palmer
2. Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels
3. Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus
4. Radical Brewing by Randy Moser

and flip-flop 2/3 if you're mainly interested in brewing Belgain styles.
 
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