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Books for noobs
« on: March 16, 2015, 09:51:46 PM »
What are the best books for noob Brewers? I'm looking for something that breaks down in more detail the reasons for each step/method and how each ingredient works towards building a beer as well as how to develop your own recipes. Any suggestions?


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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #1 on: March 16, 2015, 10:13:47 PM »
My personal fav is "Designing Great Beers"
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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #2 on: March 16, 2015, 10:14:45 PM »
My personal fav is "Designing Great Beers"
This plus How To Brew for the basics.

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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #3 on: March 16, 2015, 10:34:09 PM »
I'd recommend the the brewer's series as well as what's already been mentioned: "Yeast" Hops" " Water" and "Malt". Each book breaks down the principal ingredients of beer in detail and will help you understand each element
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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #4 on: March 16, 2015, 11:39:20 PM »
My personal fav is "Designing Great Beers"
This plus How To Brew for the basics.

+2.  Love Charlie P for the RDWHAHB vibe, too.
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« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2015, 12:07:31 AM »

My personal fav is "Designing Great Beers"
This plus How To Brew for the basics.

+2.  Love Charlie P for the RDWHAHB vibe, too.
I just noticed that he released a new revision sometime last year. Same old early 90's photos from what I saw on Amazon.

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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2015, 12:14:37 AM »

My personal fav is "Designing Great Beers"
This plus How To Brew for the basics.

+2.  Love Charlie P for the RDWHAHB vibe, too.
I just noticed that he released a new revision sometime last year. Same old early 90's photos from what I saw on Amazon.

Yeah, saw it in a bookstore.  Looked pretty similar to the 2nd revision.
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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2015, 03:18:49 AM »
What is RDWHAHB?


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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #8 on: March 17, 2015, 03:31:48 AM »
Relax, don't worry, have a home brew. Charlie papazian catch phrase. It's pretty much true.

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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #9 on: March 17, 2015, 03:48:15 AM »
Along with the others already mentioned, I think Randy Mosher's new Mastering Homebrew is worth a look.  It has the basic process description for the new brewer as well some nice discussion of recipe formulation, with some nicely designed charts and graphs.

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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #10 on: March 17, 2015, 05:08:04 AM »
Sounds good. Do any of these also go into why specific ingredients work best for certain styles?


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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #11 on: March 17, 2015, 10:14:01 AM »
Sounds good. Do any of these also go into why specific ingredients work best for certain styles?

Yes, that's exactly what Designing Great Beers does.
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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #12 on: March 17, 2015, 11:44:12 AM »
Brewing Classic Styles works well as a guide to each of the 2008 BJCP styles.  There are specific recipes for each style.  Try them with good water and you should be in good shape.
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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #13 on: March 17, 2015, 12:04:52 PM »
I'd recommend the the brewer's series as well as what's already been mentioned: "Yeast" Hops" " Water" and "Malt". Each book breaks down the principal ingredients of beer in detail and will help you understand each element

Brewing Association Publications needs to make this a box set and just call it "Beer".

I would definitely read through some of the others mentioned before hitting these.  They can get technical very fast.
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Re: Books for noobs
« Reply #14 on: March 17, 2015, 12:25:48 PM »
I have always thought "How to Brew" was a great intro book.  I just got Mosher's new book (Mastering Homebrew) in the mail a couple days ago.  I have only had a chance to flip through it, but it looks like it is going to be an excellent book.