Brewing Books and Brew Related Readings
by brettprevans on 03-29-2009 at 09:39 am

This article is the AHB repository for all books and written material related to brewing and beer.<br /><br />Whether you are a new or experienced brewer, at some stage you will probably wish to purchase a beer related book. You may even be gifted with one from another brewer, friend or family member.<br /><br />Feel free to add your feedback about a book, magazine or article.<br /><br /><u><font size="5"><b>Books</b></font></u><br /><br /><b><font size="3">Brewing Related</font></b><br /><br /><b>How to Brew, John Palmer (3rd Ed)</b><br />There's a reason why so many people say "Check 'How to Brew'" when someone asks a question here. It really does have some of the best information that a homebrewer from beginner to advanced could want and then some. Check it out online first (there's a digital version) but I really recommend you buy it as it is a really handy thing to have when you are prepping your next beer, or simply troubleshooting a problem. If I could only have one book on my shelf, it would be this.<br />(HoppingMad) 9/10

- If your starting out in brewing you really need to read as much as possible. Palmer breaks it all down in easy to read understand bits. some of the back section (like mash tun design etc) can be a bit daunting for new brewers but you dont really need to read/understand this stuff unless your buiklding an AG rig. Great book for referance and learning. its really a 'prescribed' text on brewing methodology (citymorgue2)

- This book is an invaluable reference for all new brewers and will continue to be useful as your brewing experience grows, highly recommended. (Wolfy)

<br /><br /><b>Radical Brewing - Recipes, tales & world-altering mediations in a glass, Randy Mosher</b><br />This one is a very interesting book for getting ideas about "strange" brews to make. Includes recipes for fruit beers and spiced beers, and some recipes to make historical beers like gruit (It also has recipes for some clasic styles like trippels, IPAs and wits). <br />Brilliant book

- IMO this is a must book for anyone wanting an interesting informative brewing book. its part coffee table beer book part recipe guide. Its inspiring and gets the creative juices flowing if you like to experiment or forumlate your own recipes. great old world and out there brewing techniques and ingrediants. Brilliant book. Seriously i probably re-read parts of this every few weeks. A must have and one if not my favourite brewing book. (citymorgue2)

- Another very valuable brewing reference book, well written, easy to read and informative. (Wolfy)

<br /><br /><b>Technology Brewing and Malting, Kunze</b><br /> - extremely detailed but more from a commercial brewing perspective - lots and lots of details on things like fermenter geometry, types of filters and kettles etc.<br /><br /><b>Designing Great Beers, Ray Daniels </b><br />
- I find this book has a considerable amount of information, but it is displayed in a very poor way. This book is definitely valuable for someone keen on designing recipes, but you just have to commit yourself to digging through a jumble of text, with poor headings and sub-headings. Part 2 (Common Styles) focuses on how to make common styles...this part frustrates me in-particular as it groups 'Bitters and Ales' together and speaks of APA's, ESB's and other styles in one section, even though the beers are very different. This has the potential to be an excellent book, but as it stands, while reading you feel lost in a jungle of text. (unknown)
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- This book is an interesting mix of great and useless information. The introduction to ingredients is useful and informative, as is some of the information presented for each of the beer styles. However, much of the beer-style information is detailed analysis of the beers that home brewers entered in the NHC (American National Home Brewing Championship) more than 10 years ago, making significant portions of the book are out-of-date and irrelevant. Despite the name and context of the book, it is not a reference and so would not recommend it. (Wolfy)
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<b>Brew like a Monk - Stan Hieronymus, 2005</b><br /> - if you want to brew belgians then this is your book!. - (unknown)<br />A great overview on brewing Trappist, Abbey and Strong Belgian style Ales. Runs through some of the history of such styles, current production breweries in Belgium and other countries. Rest of the book is dedicated to breaking down the beers from a brewing perspective. Provides a great overview of the ingredients and techniques used in such styles. - (kook)<br />Some might find this book disappointing in that it doesn't list recipes. What it does do is give you everything you need to go out and make your own which is even better. An inspiring book for me - best read with a Belgian Beer from each brewery they discuss in hand! - (HoppingMad) 8/10

- no its not a recipe book as such, but does gives recipe outlines that any half reasonable AG brewer can understand. It also gives info on the breweries and history of belgian and monastary brewing. If you like belgian beers and want to brew them, then you kind of need to understand a lo of the nuiances that make them such an interesting beer and this book provides that. it also provides a lot of info on differant types of belgian beers not just golden strong ales which a lot of people think is about the extent of belgian beers. good book but dont buy it thinking its a recipe book (Citymorgue2)<br /><br />

Yeast, The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation, Chris White, Jamil Zainasheff<br />
- A detailed and informative book concentrating on yeast and it's relation to home brewing. Likely to be considered by many an 'advanced topic' the book has a great deal of information which should help most all brewers improve their yeast handling techniques and hence improve the quality of beer they produce. Also has information about propagating, saving and culturing yeast at home. (Wolfy)
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Brewing with wheat, Stan Hieronymus
- must admit im a little disappointed. Whilst it is a similar style to Brew Like a Monk, I just dont find it as useful or interesting. Ill re-read a second time and see what I think. Hopefully I missed a few things that will help me with my wheats. - citymorgue2

- This book is an interesting read, but I'm glad I borrowed it from the Melbourne Brewers library and pay for it. There is some useful information and some of the stories are interesting, however I did not like the author's writing style, the information presented was inadequate and some of the (vague) recipe details wrong (or at least conflict with what the brewers provide on their website). (Wolfy)

<br /><br /><b>Farmhouse Ales - Phil Markowski, 2004</b><br /> - if you want to make Saisons and Biere de Gardes - (unknown)<br />Another in the Belgian series from Brewers Publications, this time focused on Saison and Biere De Garde. Once again, runs through some of the history of such styles, current production breweries in Belgium, France and other countries. Rest of the book is dedicated to breaking down the beers from a brewing perspective. Provides a sound overview of the ingredients and techniques, though lacks the detail of Brew Like a Monk. - (kook)

-Gives a great insight into the origins and methods of these intriguing beers, provides a good base of knowledge for those wanting to delve into the depths of Farmhouse brewing - (hyjak71)

<br /><br /><b>Wild Brews - Jeff Sparrow, 2005</b><br />Another from Brewers Publications, this time focused on Wild beers such as Lambic, Flanders Red Ale and other beers with "bugs and critters". Provides a good overview of many of the beers available from the well known wild brewers in Belgium and the US. Rest of the book is dedicated to breaking down the beers from a brewing perspective, providing information on the common microorganisms used in beer souring, and recipes for those wishing to emulate some of the styles at home. - (kook)
Good source of detailed information covering the brew methods, equipment and ingredients used in the creation of these diverse and sometimes confusing beers. Highly reccomended to those interested in the beers originating in the Belgian region and surrounds. - (hyjak71)

<br /><br /><b>The Complete Guide to Home Brewing in Australia - LAURIE STRACHAN </b><br /> - similar in style to Palmer's. good but some complex stuff in there more aimed at intermediate brewers. focuses a lot on classic styles.<br /><br /><b>New Brewing Lager Beer - Greg Noonan, 1986, 1996</b><br />A very comprehensive look at brewing Lager style beers at home. Great overview of the brewing process too, with a little more detail in some areas than other similar books such as How To Brew. Not really recommended for the introductory brewer though, as this is focused on more advanced details like step and decoction mashing, yeast propagation etc. Very informative read. - (kook) <br /><br /><b>Brewing Classic Styles, Palmer and Zainasheff, </b><br /> - handy as it includes lots of recipes, plus brief style notes, technical tips and other handy information.<br />Having just started All-graining have found this book invaluable. But even if you're on extract you'll still benefit as recipes are geared to both. Has all the styles mapped out according to American Homebrewing Association Guidelines, so you know if you're making something for your own drinking or for a comp you're going to get something bang on style by using this as a foundation. Really recommend this book if you want to know what ingredients go into your favourite beer style. Can't recommend this one enough. (HoppingMad) 8/10

- BCS is a great stock referance book. It gives basic or 'classic' recipe descriptions and info on classic styles. If you want to brew in comps this is a good starting point (as well as the bjcp guidelines). If you want to try a new style of beer then you just look this up and can either use it verbatum or use it as a starting point to tweak recipes
- has recipes in both metric and imperial (citymorgue2)

- Another invaluable reference book, this one is essentially a collection of recipes for most every (BJCP) beer style and is a good basis when formulating recipes (so is listening to the related pod-cast on TBN). (Wolfy)

<br /><br /><b>Extreme Brewing, </b><br /> - has a unique emphasis on hybrid styles that use fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices to create unique flavor combinations
- Sam Calagione takes you on a trip through the extremes of brewing and gives you insight into best practices when using fruit, spice, herbs and vegetables by talking to some of the most extreme brewers in the USA about how they create their extreme brews. (hyjak71)

<br /><br /><b>Home Brewing, Rodgers-Wilson,</b><br /> - aka brewcraft's book promoting brewcraft kits, beginner book. take the basic info with a grain of salt and then read better books. can wet the appetitie of potential brewers. all K&K and some extract.<br /><br /><b>Complete Handbook of Home Brew, Dave Miller</b>, <br /> - advanced brewing text, Easy to read, and contains a lot of technical information about what is actually happening in the mash tun, brew kettle etc.<br /><br /><b>The Compleat Meadmaker, Ken Schramm</b><br /> - great book for all things mead, braggot etc. if your going to brew these styles you need this book.
- This is a good begginers guide to mead making. It offers some recipes and methodology and some science behind making mead. It could have had more info on yeasts for making mead and gone a little deaper into ingredients and their effects on mead, but still worth buying. (Citymorgue2)<br /><br /><b>Complete Joy of Home Brewing, Charlie Papazian</b><br /> - For intermediate & advanced brewers - (also a good reference book for beginners - Petesbrew)
-If your only going to buy one book on brewing this would be my pick, a wealth of information at your fingertip from someone who is most respected in the world of brewing. - (hyjak71)
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<b>Home Brewers Companion, Papazian</b><br /> - Excellent text for advanced brewers<br /><br /><b>Brewing World's Great Beers, Miller</b><br /> - Great recipes for mash brewers <br /><br /><b>Brewing Quality Beers, Burch</b><br /> - beginners & intermediate brewers <br /><br /><b>Big Book of Brewing, Line, </b><br /> - horribly outdated. give it a wide berth<br /><br /><b>Brewing Beer Like You Buy, Line, </b><br /> - horribly outdated. give it a wide berth<br /><br /><b>Dictionary of Beer & Brewing, Forge</b><br /><br /><b>Homebrewing volume I by Al Korzonas: </b><br /> - Lots of recipes and a big section on trouble shooting.<br /><br /><b>Brew Ware - How to find build and adapt homebrewing equipment, Karl F. Lutzen & Mark Stevens</b><br /> - gives you ideas on usefull things you can build/buy to make brewing easier.<br />"If you are a brewing gear freak who loves engineering a device for the brewcave you'll love this one. I got it after having it recommended to me by Cam & Dave at Mountain Goat. It helped give me info on how to put my 3 tier setup together, but you can really go nuts with this one beyond just regular equipment - from building your own mill to creating devices to assist with yeast farming. The only downside to it is a lot of the places they suggest getting hardware and starting parts from are in the US and slightly dated."<br />(HoppingMad) 7/10<br /><br /><b>Homebrew Favourites and More Homebrew Favourites, Lutzen and Stevens.</b><br /> - 500 odd extract and AG recipes (Mainly AG and claiming to be BOS beers). Seemed very comprehensive.

- Have found 'Homebrew Favourites' book to be mainly extract based. Unlike other recipe books where there is a paragraph showing how to make each one an AG, this book has that lacking. A problem with the book is that all recipes are from different people around the US with no set format in terms of how they are laid out and occasionally there are omissions in the recipe that you have to guess. Another criticism I have (personal taste really), it that they are all very - well American. If you like looking at everything in Lovibond, using Tomahawk hops and using bucket loads of crystal malt then this has a lot of that. But there is some interesting recipes for the more adventurous brewers out there all the same (HoppingMad)

<br /><br /><b>Brewmaster's Bible, Stephen Snyder.</b><br /> - Bit of everything, with a good deal of attention to different grain and hop charcteristics and of course some recipes to various styles. <br /> - pretty basic and in USA units.<br /><br /><b>101 Ideas For Homebrewing, Ray Daniels</b><br /> - is OK, perhaps a bit like a watered down version of Radical Brewing,<br /><br /><b>The Classic Beers of Belgium, Professsor Guy Derdelinckx?</b><br /> - Plenty of tips on tasting, the flavours to expect from Belgian beers, many detailed reviews of many many Belgian beers, brewing history and a list of breweries. <br /><br /><b>Clone Brews" and "Beer Captured", Szamatulskis</b><br /> - have an American flavour and are ok investments if you want to start with well tested recipes.<br /><br /><b>Brewing Science and practice, Dennis E. Briggs, Chris A. Boulton, Peter A. Brookes and Roger Stevens</b><br />- technical and advanced brewing<br /><br />

<b>Brew Your Own British Real Ale 3rd Edition, Graham Wheeler, CAMRA publication 2009</b><br />- half the book is a brilliant primer on all grain brewing (and extract). The information, and recipes, are based largely on info from the breweries themselves but the recipe section needs to be supplemented by Australian brewers with a deeper familiarity with malts, brewing sugars and yeasts. Many of them are 'secret' and in the case of malts, blends at the breweries frequently change depending on current UK markets and seasons so it is difficult to obtain exact details for many of the well known brews. (unknown)

- The first section is an introduction to brewing (but not as detailed as "How to Brew"). There are virtually no pictures and while some things are covered in-depth, other topics may not be mentioned at all. Much of the content in the book assumes a certain amount of previous (and UK-centric) knowledge from the reader. For example, A 'cask' is often mentioned and even has it's own sub-section, however nowhere does it actually say what one is or what it looks like.

The second section, has "over 100 recipes to try". Of those 6 are 'Porter and Stout', 16 are 'Mild Ale' and the rest are in the 'Pale Ale and Bitter' category. One important thing to note, is that they only cover what CAMRA considers 'Real Ale' so there are a significant number of 'famous' British beers that do not get a mention. Each recipe has only the briefest of descriptions (sometimes only a few words, never more than 1 paragraph). The malt bill for the majority of the recipes is (perhaps as expected) monotonously similar, hop quantities and times are well explained. There is however, no information or indication as to what yeast(s) should be used for each recipe (The author has said (on the UK forums) that he does not trust the various lists of where (apparently) each commercially available yeast originated from and that he instead suggests that the home brewer use 1 or 2 house yeasts they are happy and comfortable with for every recipe in the book). (Wolfy)

<br /><br /><b>Vienna Marzen Oktoberfest, Classic Beer Style, George and Laurie Fix.</b><br /> I felt this book was a bit lightweight. A lot of good info on the history and development of the styles but not a lot of in-depth info on recipe formulation. From further reading it seems the recipe information is not particularly accurate either. Overall a bit of light reading, ok if you got it cheap at the Book Depository and a good starting point for further research.

<br /><br /><b>The Craft of STONE Brewing Co., Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance , Greg Koch and Steve Wagner with Randy Clemens.</b><br /> The first thing you'll notice that sets this book apart from the rest is that it comes as a hard cover. Inside is a high quality layout, pictures and text, making it visually appealing and easy to read. It is a 3 part book. Part 1 gives a very good explanation of the ingredients and processes of brewing, something which you could refer back to on a regular basis whether you are new to brewing or an experienced brewer. A short history of brewing followed by "A Story Called Stone" over ~40 pages. Well written and fun to read. Part 2 outlines the beers of Stone Brewing Co. included are availability, IBUs and abv with a description and accompanying story. Part 3 is the food and beer recipe section, which covers the serving, cellaring and food pairing of craft beer. It follows this with cooking with beer recipes and matching beer, ~20 in total. And importantly, for the homebrewer 22 'clone' recipes for us to try at home. Though unfortunately, NO Arrogant Bastard recipe.
So in a nutshell, if you liked 'Brewing Classic Styles', 'Brewing up a Business' (the dogfish head story) and Cooking with Beer (by Merc) you'll enjoy this book. A great addition to your homebrewing library! (kenlock)

<br /><br /><b><font size="3">Beer Related</font></b><br /><br /><b>Man Walks Into A Pub - Pete Brown, 2004</b><br />A very amusing book from the UK author Pete Brown. His take on the social aspects of beer throughout history. Highly recommended. - (kook)<br /><br />

<b>Prost! The Story of German Beer, Horst D. Dornbusch</b>
- Reminds me very much of an old (politically incorrect) high school text book, interesting to read but thin on content and fact. The content is presented in a very basic way (could be English translation issues) and contents very basic, the accuracy of some of the content is also open for debate. (Wolfy)

<u><font size="5"><b>Magazines</b></font></u><br /><br /><b>Brew Your Own</b><br />Brew Your Own (or BYO) is a US based magazine, with 8 releases each year. Covering a wide range of homebrewing topics, with articles from around the globe. - (kook)
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- An ok magazine. Less complex/in depth than Zymurgy, so its fairly easy reading. again lots of recipes and caters fior extract/AG brewing but not K&K. a subscription is included in my brew club membership, but if i had to pay for it out of my own pocket seperately I woudlnt get it. I think Zymergy is better (citymorgue2)

<br /><br /><b>Zymurgy</b><br />Zymurgy is the magazine of the American Homebrewers Association, with 6 releases each year. Covering a wide range of homebrewing topics, with articles from around the globe. It also features the BJCP competition schedule. - (kook)

- Zymurgy is a great overview magazine covering a lot of differant aspects of brewing. mainly focused at extract or AG brewing. obviously US focused but quite enjoyable articles on equipment, brewing methodologies, breweries/beer reviews, lots of recipes, water chemistry etc. I have a subscription and will be continuing it. better than BYO Mag in my opinion. (Citymorgue2)
<br /><br /><b>Beer and Brewer</b><br />A local Australian magazine released quarterly, covering a wide range of Australian beer and brewing related topics. - (kook)<br /><br /><u><font size="5"><b>Articles</b></font></u><br /><br /><br /><br />search terms covered: book, books, article, articles, beer books, beer book, palmers, palmer, how to brew, read, reading, starting out