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“The Essential Guide...”

From building a home brewery to fancy brewing methods, this essential guide by president of the American Homebrewer’s Association pairs nicely with a crisp ale.
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Charlie Papazian, master brewer and founder and president of the American Homebrewer's Association and Association of Brewers, presents a fully revised edition of his essential guide to homebrewing. This third edition of the best-selling and most trusted homebrewing guide includes a complete update of all instructions, recipes, charts, and guidelines. Everything you need to get started is here, including classic and new recipes for brewing stouts, ales, lagers, pilseners, porters, specialty beers, and honey meads.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, third edition, includes:

Getting your home brewery together: the basics -- malt, hops, yeast, and water Ten easy lessons for making your first batch of beer Creating world-class styles of beer (IPA, Belgian wheat, German Kölsch and Bock, barley wine, American lagers, to name a few) Using fruit, honey, and herbs for a spicier, more festive brew Brewing with malt extracts for an unlimited range of strengths and flavors Advanced brewing techniques using specialty hops or the all-grain method or mash extracts A complete homebrewer's glossary, troubleshooting tips, and an up-to-date resource section And much, much more

Be sure to check out Charlie's The Homebrewer's Companion for over 60 additional recipes and more detailed charts and tables, techniques, and equipment information for the advanced brewer.

Topics: Beer, Beverages, Gastronomy, Artisans, Prescriptive, How-To Guides, Cookbooks, Guides, and Informative

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ISBN: 9780062018403
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I know some home brewers wrinkle their nose at Papazian, but there are some good recipes in here. I especially like the Toad Spit Stout (no, it is not made with any toads or spit) which is a lot like Guinness. We've had mixed success with the fruit based recipes (raspberry stout never came out well, but apricot ale was great).more
A great book to consult if you're a beginning homebrewer. Papazian takes care to present the process as fun and approachable. The book is well-organized, allowing beginners to get the information they need up-front, then go back for more details later as they become more advanced.more
I'm cheating here, I'm only logging this book once but we have two copies since Scott likes it so much as a brewing reference. As he says, need to have two copies in case one gets lost or damaged. If a man needs two copies of a book, that should say all you need to know about how good it is.more
Great Starter book for home brewing. I have made a few recipes from this book and have been pleased with the clarity. I like how it is broken into beginner, intermediate and advanced - although I have not made it past intermediate yet!!more
I got this book on recommendation from my friend Aaron when we were brewing at his house this weekend. We brewed a variation of the "Goat Scrotum Porter" on page 200.The book is however much more than a recipe book for beer. It is divided into three major sections:Pgs 1-39 give a basic outline of brewing history and the knowledge you need to brew a beer from a basic kit.Pgs 40-240 are the meat of the book. This intermediate brewing section goes over every aspect of brewing from yeasts to sanitizing your equipment. It also includes many recipes for ales and lagers as well as ideas on how you might adapt any recipe for your own tastes.Pgs 241-388 really get into the science and math behind brewing. I have only skimmed this section, but it seems to be a fantastic reference guide for the advanced brewer.What sets this book apart is the well written and funny style that Papazian brings to everything from water mineral content to the human migrations that transport Viennese lagers to Mexico. Most appreciated is his constant reminder that if you are feeling stressed about the minutia of brewing "Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew." This seems to be both his philosophy and the first step of all of his recipes.more
Where it all started. Some might quibble with Papazian here and there, but if you want to know how something works when making your beer, this is the place to look. In addition to explaining all the ins and outs of extract brewing and introducing all grain, Papazian's section on styles is an invaluable resource for starting your own recipe development.more
I am a complete idiot at making or understanding beer. That said, this book was fantastic at getting me thru the process. The ale was drinkable. I am satisfied.more
Papazian's book is a terrific introductory book on homebrewing. I particularly like how it breaks the process into basic (which is very, very basic), intermediate, and advanced levels. However, he oversimplifies a fair number of issues, and his tone can get a little cloying.If you're looking for a book that says, yes, you really can make your own beer at home, this is the one! If you've made more than two or three batches and want to learn more, you're ready for a more complete text.more
Quite possibly the best "how-to" of brewing books.more
A great guide to the wonderful world of homebrewing. I wouldn't think of making a batch without Papazian's handy guidebook (and a glass of the last brew) nearby.more
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I know some home brewers wrinkle their nose at Papazian, but there are some good recipes in here. I especially like the Toad Spit Stout (no, it is not made with any toads or spit) which is a lot like Guinness. We've had mixed success with the fruit based recipes (raspberry stout never came out well, but apricot ale was great).more
A great book to consult if you're a beginning homebrewer. Papazian takes care to present the process as fun and approachable. The book is well-organized, allowing beginners to get the information they need up-front, then go back for more details later as they become more advanced.more
I'm cheating here, I'm only logging this book once but we have two copies since Scott likes it so much as a brewing reference. As he says, need to have two copies in case one gets lost or damaged. If a man needs two copies of a book, that should say all you need to know about how good it is.more
Great Starter book for home brewing. I have made a few recipes from this book and have been pleased with the clarity. I like how it is broken into beginner, intermediate and advanced - although I have not made it past intermediate yet!!more
I got this book on recommendation from my friend Aaron when we were brewing at his house this weekend. We brewed a variation of the "Goat Scrotum Porter" on page 200.The book is however much more than a recipe book for beer. It is divided into three major sections:Pgs 1-39 give a basic outline of brewing history and the knowledge you need to brew a beer from a basic kit.Pgs 40-240 are the meat of the book. This intermediate brewing section goes over every aspect of brewing from yeasts to sanitizing your equipment. It also includes many recipes for ales and lagers as well as ideas on how you might adapt any recipe for your own tastes.Pgs 241-388 really get into the science and math behind brewing. I have only skimmed this section, but it seems to be a fantastic reference guide for the advanced brewer.What sets this book apart is the well written and funny style that Papazian brings to everything from water mineral content to the human migrations that transport Viennese lagers to Mexico. Most appreciated is his constant reminder that if you are feeling stressed about the minutia of brewing "Relax, Don't Worry, Have a Homebrew." This seems to be both his philosophy and the first step of all of his recipes.more
Where it all started. Some might quibble with Papazian here and there, but if you want to know how something works when making your beer, this is the place to look. In addition to explaining all the ins and outs of extract brewing and introducing all grain, Papazian's section on styles is an invaluable resource for starting your own recipe development.more
I am a complete idiot at making or understanding beer. That said, this book was fantastic at getting me thru the process. The ale was drinkable. I am satisfied.more
Papazian's book is a terrific introductory book on homebrewing. I particularly like how it breaks the process into basic (which is very, very basic), intermediate, and advanced levels. However, he oversimplifies a fair number of issues, and his tone can get a little cloying.If you're looking for a book that says, yes, you really can make your own beer at home, this is the one! If you've made more than two or three batches and want to learn more, you're ready for a more complete text.more
Quite possibly the best "how-to" of brewing books.more
A great guide to the wonderful world of homebrewing. I wouldn't think of making a batch without Papazian's handy guidebook (and a glass of the last brew) nearby.more
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