Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Homebrew Books

The internet and forums are an excellent resource, but I ride a commuter train to work everyday for close to an hour and a half, and I need some non-digital reading material.  I have acquired and read a lot of great homebrewing books over the past year and hope to share them more in depth in the future, but for now, here is my list of recommended reading

  • How to Brew by John Palmer:  This a great book for a beginning brewer.  Loads of helpful information, pictures, charts and recipes.  If it wasn't for this book, I might not have had the confidence to start brewing.  Make sure to get the updated 3rd edition so you don't get the outdated info that is on the free web version
  • Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer:  Once you learned How to Brew you can now get a head start by using some proven recipes.  Using the advice from this book as helped brew and Award winning beer myself!
  • Desiging Great Beers by Ray Daniels:  I am actually in the process of reading this, but know it is going to be an essantial tool in my efforts to craft my own recipes.
  • Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher:  I just finished reading this book, it is wonderful.  Randy provides more than enough brewing history and information to get your creative juices flowing.  If you can think of a beer recipe that he hasn't alluded to in this book, let me know!
  • Yeast by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff:  This Book is for the brewer looking to really understanding the workhorse of fermentation.  The info can be like a chemistry class at times, but it is thorougly explained so you can understand.
  • The Brewmaster's Table by G. Oliver: The Brewmaster's table provides a great style-by-style explanation of beer and what foods it will pair well with.  This book made me hungry every time I opened it!


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