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Recommended Reading

Started by Beerdoh, March 13, 2013, 04:04:26 PM

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Beerdoh

I'd like to expand my library a bit. Any recommendations on a must-have read?
Charlie Papazian, Michael Jackson and Randy Mosher all come to mind - would I be right?
I suppose i'd like something that gives a good description of each of the BJCP styles and the best methods for attaining these at home. :)

Thanks!
To brew: Bohemian Lager, Munich Dunkel, Oatmeal / Milk Stout, Hefeweizen
Fermenting: Imperial IPA
Conditioning:
Serving:Munich Helles (Helles Bells), Oatmeal Stout

Jacob


Will_D

"Cowan and Steel's Manual for the Identification of Medical Bacteria" - Ok Just Joking! but it's on my shelf!

But for Yeast: "Yeast by Chris White and Jamil Zainasheff" Its the 'dogs' ref. on yeast!
Remember: The Nationals are just round the corner - time to get brewing

Padraic

If you want bjcp styles, brewing classic styles is the only book you'll ever need! If you like to listen to podcasts then there are some good style ones on the brewing network! These generally go through a recipe as well, like a fleshed out version of the brewing classic styles book!

But that said I'd recommend radical brewing as my favourite book! But there are a few good ones out there!

Beerdoh

Thanks very much for all the recommendations.
I have How to Brew and Brewing Classic Styles - but I suppose i'm looking for a more in depth discussion of styles on their own - say an entire book about IPA or Wheat beers, for instance.

Also about ingredients - so say a book on Malt and the flavours different malt imparts; same for hops too.

Essentially an equivalent to the yeast book already recommended! :)

Any ideas on these types of books?

Thanks a lot! There's only so much googling and amazoning (yea, that's a word) that I can do! :P
To brew: Bohemian Lager, Munich Dunkel, Oatmeal / Milk Stout, Hefeweizen
Fermenting: Imperial IPA
Conditioning:
Serving:Munich Helles (Helles Bells), Oatmeal Stout

marceldesailly

the new Mitch Steele "IPA" book is v good. the Stan hero hops book I found a bit disappointing. really not impressed by it.
most of the american brewers association series of books are good. such as brew like a monk, brewing with wheat or the farm house ales book.

personally I think the ray Daniels book is absolutely useless.
who wants to brew to style anyway?

Weiss



Not a brewing book, but interesting enough read, if a little dated.
"The world is my lobster"-Keith O'Neill.

Tom

Iorwerth Griffiths, he can't be Irish!

JimmyM

Either is your man that drives the number 7 bus - it still goes to dun laoighre though :P
Formerly JamesM.

Stitch

Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels is very good also.

Beerdoh

Brilliant, thanks guys, these are all great suggestions. :)
To brew: Bohemian Lager, Munich Dunkel, Oatmeal / Milk Stout, Hefeweizen
Fermenting: Imperial IPA
Conditioning:
Serving:Munich Helles (Helles Bells), Oatmeal Stout

johnrm

Is there any merit of building a club library?
While some books are worthy references, many are read-once, dump.

Does anyone have any thoughts on how this would work?

Stitch

I think library could be a good idea and may work well on a club level

Greg2013

What about something for complete beginners aimed maybe towards kit and kilo rather than all grain ?
"Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet."  Gen. James 'Mad Dog' Mattis USMC(Ret.)

Kevco5

QuoteWhat about something for complete beginners aimed maybe towards kit and kilo rather than all grain ?

Palmer's "how to brew" covers quite a bit, first edition is free online
http://www.howtobrew.com/intro.html