The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition par Charlie Papazian

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third…


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A definitive handbook for a brewer of any level. Covers a wide breadth of styles and recipes, as well as brewing set ups.

A reference book ever brewer should have on their shelf beside the sanitizer and steins. ( )

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A definitive handbook for a brewer of any level. Covers a wide breadth of styles and recipes, as well as brewing set ups.

A reference book ever brewer should have on their shelf beside the sanitizer and steins. ( )

No discussion of homebrewing books would be complete without the homebrewer’s bible. When homebrewing was once again legalized in 1979, Papazian lead the way in revitalizing homebrewing and teaching new homebrewers the art of brewing. His writing is a once informative, enthusiastic, and friendly. Papazian explains homebrewing that is as simple as boiling water up to advanced homebrewing techniques in a style that makes you feel he is in the same room and encouraging your exploration. Both tables and text compare various of ingredients and style. Although some basic recipes are included, much of the text is devoted to teaching technique and methodology. Bottling, kegging, and evaluating your creations are all covered. He covers both the art of brewing and the science of brewing with equal passion. The brewing of lambics, meads, and barley wine are also addressed. So, just “Relax. Don’t worry. ( )
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. ( )
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. ( )

(Alistair) “Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew.”

When we started making beer, Amy handed me this to read – while I have had some experience of the wonders of fermentation, in the past I’d always concentrated on wine rather than beer.

And Papazian’s is a very good book. His laid-back style offers pleasant, easy reading, but the meat of the book offers all the solid information you need to get started homebrewing (along with the background on such things as the actual chemistry of brewing), and to go quite a ways before you need another reference. In addition to the information on the basics and technique in general, it also offers a good few recipes – enough to keep the beginning homebrewer going for quite some time even if their tastes in beer styles are limited – and plenty of useful information to modify them or design your own from scratch.

Interesting to read; completely informative – I think even for people starting from nothing -; and useful for a reference even once you’re done. Very much recommend for anyone considering getting into homebrewing.
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In the great list of cliches, the phrase “the only book on X” that you’ll ever need must surely be numbered. It is seldom warranted; I can think of only two books which qualify to serve as the sole reference in their subject. On the subject of bicycle wheels, there is a book by Jobst Brandt, and on the subject of beer, there is Charlie. Hey, Steve, I might say, how much spray malt do I need for bottle conditioning? And Steve will say, go ask Charlie, meaning look in the section on bottling in the Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Hey, Dan, I might say, what’s kraeusening mean again? And Dan will turn to a battered copy of the Complete Joy of Home Brewing and give me a rundown on the process of priming beer with a measured amount of gyle. If you were to start brewing tomorrow by buying and reading this book, and you never bought or borrowed another book on the subject, you would make a lot of fine beer. Starting from the simplest way to make beer in your kitchen – open a can from a kit, boil the contents, let sit – and proceeding to full-grain open-air boilups and kegging your beer, this book is as complete a reference as I can imagine for the home brewer. If you decide to open a commercial operation, you’ll probably want a second book. Until then, go ask Charlie. ( )
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!! ( )
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. ( )

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. ( )
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. ( )
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. ( )

Quite possibly the best “how-to” of brewing books. ( )
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. ( )
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