Product: The Complete Joy of Home Brewing
Where to Buy: Amazon.com
My Rating: 10/10
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing comes in 2 forms: paperback, and digital. So, depending on how you’d like to purchase the book you can either download it to a device instantly, or get the physical book mailed to you.
Charlie Papazian is back this year with the fourth installment of his home brewing guide “The Complete Joy of Home Brewing”. With almost 460 pages of information on home brewing, catering to everyone from beginners to the most advanced brewers, this book is a fantastic resource for any home brewer.
The book is broken down into a few different sections. At the very beginning of the book, you’ll find some general information about home brewing, and why you should brew your own beer at home. Also, in this section, you’ll find a little bit of information about the history of beer, information on different types of beer, and some more cool information you may not have known about beer.
The next section is made for people who are beginners in home brewing. In this section, there’s information about what equipment you’ll need, the basic ingredients that you should use for your first batches of beer, and the steps you’ll take to get brewing. In addition to that information, Papazian also gives some clarification about different brewing processes.
After the section for beginners, he goes into some brewing practices for intermediates. Throughout this portion of the book he goes into detail about some additional equipment you might want, and some additional ingredients/additives that you might want to use to make a better tasting beer.
Also, in the intermediate section, there’s information about what yeast is and how it behaves, cleaning and sanitizing your equipment, and different beers from around the world. In addition to this information, there is also a basic guideline for brewing with intermediate recipes.
The last section, before the appendices, is intended for advanced brewers (which, if you’re reading this book, you’re well on your way to becoming). This section covers special equipment you may need, the different types of the ingredients that you’re using, and advanced temperature and time management techniques.
Papazian also talks about how different kinds of water can affect your brew, he gives some more information about yeast, and he gives some additional advanced brewing techniques. At the end of the advanced section, he gives some recipes for the advanced brewer, including recipes for homemade mead.
Last, but not least, at the end of the book is the appendices. Even in this section, there is a wealth of information. There’s information about kegging your beer, growing your own hops, judging beer, formulating your own recipes, and more!
Charlie Papazian is a very experienced brewer, and this is a great read for anybody who is interested in brewing their own beer at home. No matter what level of brewer you are, this book will have some valuable information for you. I listed a lot of the information that’s in the book here in this post, but there is a lot in the book that I didn’t mention as well.
In addition to the information given, he also provides charts and pictures so that no matter what, you can be confident that you’re on the right path; and if, for any reason, you feel like you’ve gotten off-track, he provides numerous resources that you can access to get more information that you may need.
I truly believe that no matter what, you will become a better brewer after reading this book.
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I wish you all the best of luck in all of your brewing endeavors!