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Offline mburke36

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New Here!
« on: March 23, 2017, 06:53:29 PM »
Hi All! My name is Mike and I live in Philadelphia. I've been a big craft beer drinker for a while (Untappd fanatic - @mjb96) and I'm looking to start getting into home brewing very soon. I signed up to be a member of AHA in the beginning of the year and love it. However, I wanted to see what other resources everyone recommends (websites, books, etc.) for me to accelerate my learning.

I'm definitely interested in diving much deeper into the process, ingredients, and getting started with some of my own experiments. I'm also very interested in trying to learn how to taste (signed up for a local class in a few weeks).

Any recommendations are welcome! Looking forward to interacting with everyone!


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Re: New Here!
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2017, 08:14:53 AM »
Hi Mike!  Welcome!  For a beginning brewer, I can't think of a better book than John Palmer's "How to Brew".  You might also enjoy my book " Homebrew All Stars"
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Re: New Here!
« Reply #2 on: March 24, 2017, 08:17:13 AM »
Thanks for the recommendations, Denny. Been listening to your podcast for a few months. Good stuff!


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Re: New Here!
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2017, 08:35:04 AM »
I like Brewing Classic Styles, explains the different beers and has recipes to try.
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Re: New Here!
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2017, 08:41:11 AM »
I like Brewing Classic Styles, explains the different beers and has recipes to try.

Agree on all the suggestions above.  I've won medals with some of the recipes from Brewing Classic Styles. 
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Re: New Here!
« Reply #5 on: March 25, 2017, 08:07:07 PM »
Hey Mike, I'm in Cincinnati, OH.   Pick up a copy of "how to brew" but dont go too far into it... yet.  All the reading in the world won't help if you aren't brewing - practical application matters just as much as research.  There is a balance.  Visit a local homebrew shop.  Pick up a kit.  Give it a go.  My $0.02. 

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Re: New Here!
« Reply #6 on: March 26, 2017, 04:11:45 AM »
There is a balance.  Visit a local homebrew shop.  Pick up a kit.  Give it a go.  My $0.02. 
Agreed! 

I'm also very interested in trying to learn how to taste (signed up for a local class in a few weeks).
Tasting Beer (Mosher) and Complete Beer Course (Bernstein) are two often recommended books.

Any recommendations are welcome!
For your 1st couple of batches, brew with another person. This way, at the end of every brewing session, you can relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew. 



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Re: New Here!
« Reply #7 on: March 26, 2017, 05:21:09 AM »
Welcome aboard. One of my favorite places to eat and drink in Philly is Dock Street. Go have a beer pulled from the beer engine and strike up a conversation. You'd be surprised at what you'll learn. Brewers want to help Brewers. It's a pretty cool thing. Cheers!


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