Books & Magazines

Books on my shelf

Designing Great Beers – Ray Daniels

Designing Great Beers Homebrew Book

Formulas, ingredients, historical and modern day brewing practices are all covered in this book. Drawing on information from old brewing records, books, contemporary beer analysis, and hundreds of recipes, the author provides a wealth of data on the current and historical brewing techniques and ingredients for 14 popular ale and lager styles. It also includes brewing calculations for planning and adjusting brews as well as a thorough examination of primary brewing ingredients.

Brewing Better Beer – Gordon Strong

Brewing Better Beer is a comprehensive look at technical, practical and creative homebrewing advice from Gordon Strong, three-time winner of the coveted National Homebrew Competition Ninkasi Award. Discover techniques, philosophy, beer recipes and tips that will help you take your homebrew to the next level.

Extreme Brewing – Sam Calagione

Extreme Brewing Homebrew Book

Extreme Brewing is a recipe-driven resource for aspiring home brewers who are interested in recreating these specialty beers at home, but don’t have the time to learn the in-depth science and lore behind home-brewing. As such, all recipes are malt-syrup based (the simplest brewing method) with variations for partial-grain brewing. While recipes are included for classic beer styles — ales and lagers — Extreme Brewing has a unique emphasis on hybrid styles that use fruit, vegetables, herbs and spices to create unique flavor combinations. Once their brew is complete, readers can turn to section three, The Rewards of Your Labor, to receive guidance on presentation, including corking, bottle selection and labeling as well as detailed information on food pairings, including recipes for beer infused dishes and fun ideas for themed dinners that tallow the reader to share their creations with family and friends.

Brewing Classic Styles – Jamil Zainasheff & John Palmer

Award-winning brewer Jamil Zainasheff teams up with homebrewing expert John J. Palmer to share award-winning recipes for each of the 80-plus competition styles. Using extract-based recipes for most categories, the duo gives sure-footed guidance to brewers interested in reproducing classic beer styles for their own enjoyment or to enter into competitions.

How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time – John Palmer

 Fully revised and updated, How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home. Whether you want simple, sure-fire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you. John Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities—accurately, clearly and simply. From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment for brewing beer at home, How to Brew is loaded with valuable information on brewing techniques and recipe formulation. A perennial best seller since the release of the 3rd edition in 2006, How to Brew is a must-have for every new and seasoned brewer’s library.

Grandes bières de Belgique (Great Beers of Belgium) – Michael Jackson

 Great Beers of Belgium is a richly detailed examination of Belgian beer and brewing. Michael Jackson’s extraordinary passion for Belgian beer shines through in every aspect of this engaging work from the personal stories of the people behind the beers to the careful descriptions of their flavors. Revised and updated shortly before his death, this work represents the pinnacle of Jackson’s meticulous research and masterful writing, presented in a beautifully illustrated visual

Mashmaker: A Citizen-brewer’s Guide to Making Great Beer at Home – Michael Dawson

In this first-ever book from longtime homebrewer Michael Dawson, readers get the chance to brew through 64 of his favorite all-grain homebrew recipes. With a mixture of humor and expertise, Dawson, a 20-year beer industry veteran, takes a deep dive into grain selection, hopping techniques, and yeast handling, all to give readers critical insight into the steps that make up a successful beer. The book is slightly more advanced than Homebrewing 101—it’s for homebrewers that know the basics of the craft, and want to take their recipe development and brewing practices to the next level.

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