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Diego Sanchez Jul 7, 2009 11:15 AM

I may be starting to home brew soon and I was wondering if anybody had any suggestions for some great home brewing books that they've read and are worth buying. Thanks.

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    homebrewster Jul 24, 2009 09:40 AM

    "Brewing Classic Styles" is another good one. It has at least one award-winning recipe for every style of beer classified by the American Homebrewing Association, from Bud clones to Flanders Sour Ales to Imperial Stouts.

    After you get into brewing a little bit, check out "Brew Like A Monk" for a popular and informative look into Belgian-style beers. If you ever want an in-depth look at the nitty-gritty details of making beer, check out "Principles of Brewing Science" by George Fix.

    1. The Professor Jul 9, 2009 06:53 AM

      These books are good, but if you have never brewed before..... "The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing" by Charlie Papazian is by far the most accessible and well though out book for new homebrewers. It has been revised a few times over the years and is still in print and readily available.
      Even though I have been homebrewing for going on 38 years, I _still_ refer to this one every now and again for information. Papazian keeps things simple, yet gets technical when necessary, and explains how to make many different types of beer without getting too bogged down by the current and ever increasing dogma regarding "beer styles". (there are only really a few basic "styles"...followed by dozens of different variations on the theme).
      Definitely a book worth looking into.

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        Diego Sanchez Jul 9, 2009 09:00 AM

        Thanks. I saw two versions though. "The Complete Joy of homebrewing 3rd edition" and "The new complete Joy of homebrewing" which one should I get?
        I may also pick up Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher

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          Diego Sanchez Jul 9, 2009 10:52 AM

          Nevermind. I see that edition 3 is the latest and greatest. Thanks.

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        LStaff Jul 8, 2009 06:19 AM

        For the basics on how to brew - How to Brew by John Palmer - also available for free in an online format http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html

        For insight on recipe formulation of classic beer styles (although a little dated now) - Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels

        For inspiration and formulation of non-classic styles using "non-traditional" ingredients- Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher

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          Diego Sanchez Jul 8, 2009 08:21 AM

          Great thanks! I'll look into these!

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