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#1 Adamt

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:46 AM

This is the discussion topic for article: Brewing Books and Brew Related Readings

CM2: Here you go... right up the top of the article there is "No discussion topic for this yet, create one?" I clicked on it :)

Edited by Adamt, 30 March 2009 - 09:47 AM.


#2 citymorgue2

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:54 AM

yeah fail on my behalf.

ok AHB members. you've read the books (or used them as beer coasters), so now rate them.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 10:29 AM

removing podcast section because it has its own article

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:21 PM

Hey,

My two cents worth from the books on my shelf:

How to brew :- Excellent beginning to intermediate text. Unless you are an advanced brewer this is 'the one book' you should have on the bookshelves. Rating 9/10

Designing great beers :- Lots of details on some beer styles. Interesting information on brewing basics. A lot of detail is provided on brewing ingredients and techniques that won competitions. However the competition information is out of date and cannot provide guidance for a whole range of 'newer' ingredients (e.g. hop varieties). Rate 6/10

Brewing styles :- This is a great way to get a start on a brewing style that I have no brewing experience with (or tasting even). Plus very basic brewing info. Rate 7/10

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:24 PM

I have added "Brew Your Own British Real Ale". The recipes are a bit so - so but the first part of the book is a fine intro to AG brewing, goes deeply into yeasts, hops etc. This one book has actually changed my whole schedule, i.e. I now do a minimum 90 min mash and 90 min boil with 90 min hops as well. A must do read for UK ale brewers.

Lots of charming little pom-isms as well ... "place in a warm area at 18 degrees". Warm? if only :lol: :lol:

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:58 PM

Just added three reviews on books. If I've done it wrong or it needs to be formatted different feel free to tweak.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 12:58 PM

Reformatted to read more like an Article than a forum post.

Also removed the weblinks section, we have a forum area dedicated to this (Links, next to search) which includes a ratings system, descriptions, comments etc.

Added a few reviews too.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:04 PM

Reformatted to read more like an Article than a forum post.

Also removed the weblinks section, we have a forum area dedicated to this (Links, next to search) which includes a ratings system, descriptions, comments etc.

Added a few reviews too.


My reviews are gone. Get that you're deleting ratings but you deleted all my reviews!
Don't hit edit while you're drinking homebrew! :chug:

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:23 PM

My reviews are gone. Get that you're deleting ratings but you deleted all my reviews!
Don't hit edit while you're drinking homebrew! :chug:

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It's because we edited the article at the same time (look at the post times).

Give me 5 mins and I'll fix it.

edit - Done - copied/pasted your reviews from the previous revision.

#10 HoppingMad

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:45 PM

It's because we edited the article at the same time (look at the post times).

Give me 5 mins and I'll fix it.

edit - Done - copied/pasted your reviews from the previous revision.


Sweet Kook. Thanks. Will remove ratings as you suggest and format mine so it's like yours.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 03:47 PM

Sweet Kook. Thanks. Will remove ratings as you suggest and format mine so it's like yours.

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No need to remove the book ratings, I think that is a good idea.

It was the websites that I removed, as we already have a websites link section which includes ratings.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 04:13 PM

I can lend anyone who wants it a book called 'Homebrewing for Dummies'.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 05:07 PM

I can lend anyone who wants it a book called 'Homebrewing for Dummies'.


Boy did you get the right book for yourself there InCider... :lol: :lol: :lol:

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 07:23 PM

cheers kook you saved me some work. i'll post some reviews soon.

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Posted 30 March 2009 - 09:03 PM

No need to remove the book ratings, I think that is a good idea.

It was the websites that I removed, as we already have a websites link section which includes ratings.


No problemo Kook. Will stick 'em back in!

And I happen to have that Dummies book too lads! Go figure! Might have to have a refresh read and put down a review! :D

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Posted 23 April 2009 - 03:07 PM

well I finished reading Ken Shramms - Compleat Guide to Meadmaking. Ive edit article to reflect my thoughts.
- This is a good begginers guide to mead making. It offers some recipes and methodology and some science behind making mead.
- It could have had more info on yeasts for making mead and gone a little deaper into ingredients and their effects on mead, but still worth buying.
- It fell short of being like Moshers Radical Brewing from the point of view of being a fun read and realy highlighting each section with relevant recipes that gave you an idea about how to craft your own for that style. But on the same level it was more of a fanciful journy than most books (ie not just technical).

so I guess the short story is that it is a good mead making book, but if you were serious about making harcore meads you'd want another reference book also.

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Posted 08 June 2009 - 11:21 AM

Top article guys. Had a read of the reviews and went a little nuts on boomerangbooks website
Last night I put an order in for:
How to brew
Brew like a monk
Designing great beers
Radical brewing
Brewing classic styles

All up for around $160 delivered which considering the 2 texts I bought this year for uni cost $170 and $140 is a bargain :)
Can't wait to put down the text books and read through a few of these.
First up is going to be Brew like a monk after reading the thread on that book alone.

The learning curve from reading posts and odd articles etc can sometimes be in leaps and bounds and I get the feeling a lot of the basic core information needed is slipping by while I look at other stuff.
I am hoping these books will improve the shaky foundations of what I know about brewing and beer in general.

Will do some reviews to add (if wanted) when I have read each book.

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 04:26 PM

I have bought some home brew books and just wanted to know if there were any other books I should grab?

So far I have:
Radical Brewing
Brew like a monk
Farmhouse ales
Designing great beers

I was thinking of getting wild beers as well, but don't really know yet as I haven't tried any wild beers yet...

Any other books that I should get for my book shelf?

(ps - I don't want how to brew - as I have already read the online version)

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Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:40 PM

Brewing: Science and Practice, by Briggs, Boulton, Brookes and Stevens. Makes JP look like my downs syndrome cousin. :ph34r:

The ultimate (imo) brewing guide and reference....and it didn't even rate a mention.....


edit; although they don't know much about brewing....their credentials are rather suss... :rolleyes:

Edited by buttersd70, 20 August 2009 - 07:41 PM.


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Posted 20 August 2009 - 07:55 PM

I have bought some home brew books and just wanted to know if there were any other books I should grab?

So far I have:
Radical Brewing
Brew like a monk
Farmhouse ales
Designing great beers

I was thinking of getting wild beers as well, but don't really know yet as I haven't tried any wild beers yet...

Any other books that I should get for my book shelf?

(ps - I don't want how to brew - as I have already read the online version)


Not sure if it was mentioned above, Beer and Brewing Laurie Strachan is a great reference guide BJCP ;) :lol: @ Butters.
Great concise and "on the fence".
I have all the other ones mentioned above and I think they are too knowitall for mine in particular Designing Great Beers, FFS, its all about 2nd place Yankee home brews in the late 80`s early 90`s.
I would swap mine tomorrow for a stubbie of Carlsberg Elephant......... that wasnt sun kissed of course.


oops> just read the OP, its a frigging review thread, bugger that. Mods. delete as appropriate

Edited by haysie, 20 August 2009 - 08:14 PM.