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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition

Charlie Papazian, master brewer and founder and president of the American Homebrewer’s Association and Association of Brewers, presents a fully revised edition of his essential guide to homebrewing. This third edition of the best-selling and most trusted homebrewing guide includes a complete update of all instructions, recipes, charts, and guidelines. Everything you need to get started is here, including classic and new recipes for brewing stouts, ales, lagers, pilseners, porters, specialty beer

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  1. theoriginalsubguy
    121 of 125 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Excellent guide when first starting this hobby, February 3, 2005
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    theoriginalsubguy (Washington State) –

    This review is from: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition (Paperback)

    This truly is an excellent guide for starting the hobby. It certainly was my first brew book. Although my first homebrew store gave me simpler instructions with my first purchase, this book gave me the understanding of what those instructions meant.

    The author is very laid back and is a knowledgeable guy that does not want you to quit the hobby because of petty details. Good brewing comes with time. After 11 years of brewing, I realize that this is a hobby, not a job. This is why the author repeats the phrase “Relax, don’t worry, have a homebrew.”

    Being pretty savvy with both biology and chemistry, I was the typical case of a worry wort (no pun intended to all grain guys).

    My first two brews, when I was too clueless to know what to worry about, came out better than the next 5!

    Take this from a decent brewer: You will always want this book in your home. Although I normally use a bit more advanced guides (Designing Great Beers, and New Brewing Lager Beer), there is still some good stuff in this book. I would hardly call it only for beginners. I would say since almost every home brewer bought this book first, it is perceived to be a beginner’s book. He has excellent all grain and whole hop data. He has excellent dilution data in case your wort is too concentrated. He hits on some topics that even the more advanced books don’t.

    This book is for beginning and experienced brewers. After all, after brewing for 11 years I picked up the third edition and found some new stuff I never saw before (hop growing and such)

    You will like this book. Trust me, and relax don’t worry…….

    Hint: If you don’t understand the terminology of your new hobby at first, use the glossary in the back of the book or an online site such as www,beertown,org or www,howtobrew,com

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  2. 31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A Very Well Done Update of a Classic, November 3, 2003
    By A Customer
    This review is from: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition (Paperback)

    ~As a typical homebrewer I enjoy reading as many books about the art as I can find. I was a big fan of the 2nd E of this book. That book got me started. Unfortunately it did go out of date… I am now happy to report that C.P. has done a great job updating his book. It has new information on extracts, hops, yeast, the works. Yet, the basic brewing technique is relatively unchanged. Papazian’s writing is easy to read and I enjoy the laid-back style. The tables make more sense now (some~~ minor changes) and the recipes are also nicely revamped. I recommend this book to anyone interested in getting started with homebrewing.~

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  3. 55 of 66 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    A valuable reference, but not a great improvement over 2nd Ed., December 3, 2005
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    S. Kranz (Tax Hell – Maryland – USA) –
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    This review is from: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition (Paperback)

    There is a wealth of information in this book…as there was in the 2nd Edition. Some of the recipes, ingredients and beer style information are updated. But I just cannot get past a feeling that Charlie isn’t *really* up on the homebrewing gear that’s out there and in common use.

    One prime example: the standard immersion wort chiller. The book’s discussion on wort chillers is amazingly devoid of this particular device that probably 75% of homebrewers either use now or have used in the past. He uses a copper coil chiller to run the *wort* through (surrounded by an ice bath), rather than running cold water through the chiller that is immersed in wort. Sure, people can use them that way, and doing so is no doubt effedtive. But it is a distinctly uncommon use, and extremely odd that there isn’t any mention of how most people use them.

    And wort-handling. All commonly-accepted information suggests that aerating hot wort is the prime cause of oxidation and off-flavors. Yet, Charlie has novice brewers dumping their hot wort through a strainer and into a fermenting bucket, with no discussion of chilling the wort first. This is in the introductory “newbie” section of the book.

    The new charts, and information on cleaners and sanitizers is good and was long overdue. But for a 3rd Edition, there isn’t much here that experienced brewers won’t already get out of the 2nd Ed. As for novice brewers, go ahead and buy it realizing that this isn’t the “bible” that sooo many people used to say about the 2nd Edition.

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