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I did search for "book" related entries didn't find anything.

What is the best read for a newbie brewer, I'd like to understand more than just following directions, the how's and the whys. Who knows, it may spark some brewing creativity in me. I would also like to apologize if this has been covered. My wifi is limited (I'm a truck driver).

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The "old timers" have recommended this book - http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html  I have it open in another tab and refer to it quite a bit after I read through the first section, especially the sections on yeast and hops.  Section 4 has some good info on problems that may arise.  Very informative from a "how beer works" perspective.

 

It is available in print as well if you want to buy it and be able to refer to it at anytime.

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My LHBS recommends "How to Brew" as well. Plan on picking up a copy s soon as possible myself.

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"How to brew beer" by John Palmer is a free download. You can copy, print and do as you wish with this transcript.

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http://howtobrew.com/ is ver.1  of his book and was extremely helpful to me. Also "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing" by Charlie Papazian is good, it has lots of good recipes

 

I got both of these (version 3 of How To Brew) for Christmas.  I started with Papazian's book and am about finished with the Intermediate Brewing section.  I considered myself a "knowledgeable" beginner before I started reading and now realize how little I actually knew.  I'd recommend it for anyone who's brewed a few basic recipes and is looking to expand out.  It inspired me to order several equipment additions and ingredients, scheduled to arrive on Tuesday, and am looking forward to applying what I've learned to some new batches.

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I got version 3 also only one available to e books(on my kindle) after 2 years of brewing I hope I'm knowledgeable. However, it seems the more I know the more I kneed to know

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My LHBS recommended "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing" by Charlie Papazian

I also refer to "How to brew beer" by John Palmer

 

Both are good reads full of useful information.

 

I will check out the howtobrew.com resource

Thanks

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RickBeer, on 05 Jan 2015 - 10:53 AM, said:

Your library many have these books.  Mine did.

I live in "Wide Spot in the Road GA" we're lucky our library has like "Our Friends and Neighbors"  you know the Dick and Jane books.

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Talking of Dick and Jane .... "Rick makes some Beer". Part 1

The weather is hot. Rick has been working hard in the garden.

Rick is thirsty. Rick needs a beer.

Rick looks for Dick and Jane. Surely Dick will have some beer. He does not see them anywhere.

Rick is sad. He goes back inside his house. He looks in his fridge. He does not see beer. "Bah!" he says. "Dick has finished all my beer."

"Oh No!" thinks Rick. "I will have to make more beer."

He sees a small book labeled Beer Making instructions.

Rick reads the book. All of it.

Rick sees the LBK on the shelf. The LBK is empty. That is no good.

"This is a pain" thinks Rick. "I hope I have enough stuff."

There are more things on the shelf. Rick sees two cans of Malt on the shelf.

One can says HME on it. The other can says LME on it.

Rick looks in his refrigerator again. Rick sees yeast in his refrigerator.

He decides to make some beer. Until his beer is ready he will have to drink something else. Poor Rick.

He puts a big pot in the sink and fills it with hot water. He puts the cans in the big pot.

Rick wonders if the LBK is clean. He sees a white packet on the shelf too.

Inside the packet is a white powder. Rick does not taste the powder, that would make him sick.

He puts half the powder in the LBK. He puts some hot water in the LBK too, up to the 4 mark.

Rock puts the lid on and shakes the LBK so all the inside is wet.

Rick knows he needs more tools to make beer. He takes a spoon and a cup and a can opener and scissors from the closet.

He puts them in the LBK too. He takes a plate from the closet. He holds the plate under the spigot. He opens and shuts the LBK spigot 5 times.

Rick looks at the plate. The plate has liquid on it. "Aha!" Rick thinks, "this will make my plate clean."

Rick looks at his watch. It is 11:30.

He waits until 11:40 then he takes his tools from the LBK and puts them on his plate.

Rick looks in the closet again - he sees a smaller pot. He takes the smaller pot and puts it on the stove.

He takes the cup and fills it with water. He empties the cup into the smaller pot. He does this four times.

Rick starts the heat on the stove to boil the water.

Rick looks at his watch again. It is 11:50. "Hmm", thinks Rick, "almost time for lunch".

Rick sees steam rising from the pot. He looks in the smaller pot. The water is boiling.

He turns off the heat and moves the smaller pot to a working area. The pot will not hurt Rick's work area. The pot is not hot enough.

Rick takes the LME and HME cans out of the big pot. Rick is happy the water is not hot now. He does not want to burn his fingers.

He takes the can opener off the plate and opens the cans. He pours the malt into the smaller pot.

The malt is sticky. He scrapes it all into the smaller pot. Rick has to be careful to mix it well with the water. He mixes it with the spoon.

Rick looks at the LBK. Uh oh - it still has liquid in it. Rick empties the liquid into the sink. He fills the LBK with fresh cold water to the 4 mark.

"What do I do next?" thinks Rick, "that is not the color of beer.". He looks at his instructions.

Rick follows the instructions. He empties the brown liquid from the smaller pot into the LBK and stirs it well.

"Ah" he says to himself. "That is a better color for beer. I have made a good brown wort.".

He looks at the instruction again. He sees he needs yeast. He cuts the yeast packet with his clean scissors. He empties the packet onto the brown liquid in the LBK.

The powder spreads on the top of the liquid, but it does not do anything. Rick looks at the powder. It still does not do anything.

Rick sighs. "This is taking longer than I thought" he thinks.

He looks at his watch again. It is 12:05. "Surely it MUST be time for lunch", he thinks.

He puts the LBK lid on.

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"Rick makes some Beer". Part 2

Rick looks at his instructions. He reads that he has to put the LBK in a good spot for 3 weeks.

Not too hot, Not too cold, but just right. He puts it in his basement. His basement is at 68 degrees.

Rick looks at his watch AGAIN. It is 12:15. Rick looks in the fridge and sees pizza and a a milk carton. Rick takes them out of the fridge.

Rick sees something was hiding behind the milk carton. It is bottle of Brown Ale. He takes the Brown Ale and puts the milk back in the fridge.

He has pizza and beer for lunch.

Rick is satisfied with his day. Dick had not drunk up all his beer.

Rick will be able to drink his own beer soon.

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Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher is another great book to look into once you have a few batches under your belt. The Palmer and Papazion books are both great for the new and not so new brewer.

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I downloaded the Palmer book to disc and printed it.  Read the first three chapters and it appears to be an excellent guide/reference for rooks like myself. :)

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A little late to the party but I want to add another vote for Charlie Papazian's "The Complete Joy of Home Brewing."  Entertaining, informative, and inspirational.  Tons of recipes for those looking to brew up some 5 gallon batches.

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