By Chris Lindsey
How to Brew by Jon Palmer:
The modern textbook on brewing, written both as a guide for beginners and a reference for experts. Palmer is an engineer so he doesn’t scrimp on the details, which is good for some but may be overwhelming for others. If you think you’re in the latter group, start with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. The book is structured to walk you through all the major topics of homebrewing from basic to advanced, and includes numerous appendices covering recipes, beer styles, troubleshooting, and more. I reference this book at least once every time I brew.
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian:
The original textbook written by the godfather of modern homebrewing. The prose is more approachable than How to Brew but softer on the details. The book is an ambling blend of instruction, warm encouragement, drawings, recipes, and step-by-step pictures – all featuring a spirited couple with frothy steins in hand.
The magazine of the American Homebrewers Association, named for the science of brewing and fermentation. The articles focus mostly on beer, brewing techniques, brewing culture, and happenings within the AHA. Delivers 6 times a year.
Brew Your Own:
An independent magazine about brewing. The content is similar to Zymurgy except there’s more focus on brewing techniques, experimentation, and DIY projects related to brewing. Delivers 8 times a year.
Part 1: Why I Brew Beer
Part 2: 4 Common Questions
Part 3: Step-by-Step Guide To Getting Started
Part 4: Extract or All-Grain
Part 5: Five Keys to Consistency
Part 6: Bottling or Kegging
Part 7: You are here. Awesome!
Part 8: Beer Alternatives
Legal Stuff: Of course, we should remind everyone that our blog entries are for your information only and are not intended as medical advice. If you’re going to drink, do it legally and responsibly; don’t be stupid =).