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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition (Harperresource Book) Paperback – 1 Oct 2003

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  • Paperback: 399 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow & Company; 3 Sub edition (Oct. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060531053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060531058
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 2.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 413,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charlie Papazian is president of the Association of Brewers, an organization which he founded. He is the author of The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing and The Home Brewer's Companion. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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Look no further if you are shopping for your first handbook on home brewing. In fact, if you are even considering giving brewing your own beer or mead a try, this is THE book for you. Charlie Papazian will take you through the fundamentals of homebrewing in a humourous and easy to read manner.
The book starts with the basic techniques needed to brew a great tasting beer from a kit; then progresses through more advanced extract and adjunct brewing to All-Grain brewing, while keeping things as simple and straight forward as possible. The book also covers the equipment that you need to start homebrewing and gives an introduction to different beer styles and how you can reproduce them in your kitchen.
The book is a super introdction to handbrewing and a good reference book for the intermediate homebrewer, while the advanced homebrewer is probably better off going for Papazian's Homebrewers Companion or maybe a book on brewing science from one of the academic publishers.
All in all a joy to read for everyone even remotely interested in homebrewing and definately must-have in any homebrewing library.
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This book is a complete guide, everything you need to get your first brew fermenting, bottled and ready for drinking using readily available equipment. It's a practical make-it-work style book that leaves the theory for later, but when you're ready for it the theory is there.
After your first brew, which will be successful if the instructions are carefully followed, the book guides you into more involved techniques that allow greater creativity and flexibility to brew the beer you want to drink. This book encourages you to experiment, to mix and match ingredients, and learn by doing. It clearly demonstrates the author's great enthusiasm for homebrewing and successfully passes this to the reader.
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I found Joy of Home Brewing somewhat disappointing, despite its being widely praised. While the book does contain a great deal of useful information, it's poorly organised, often unclear, and occasionally simply wrong - for instance, despite Papaziani's assertion to the contrary, the fact that liquids decrease in density with temperature is unrelated to the decrease in viscosity that occurs when viscous liquids are warmed. Moreover, the author often fails to make clear distinctions between various devices or process under discussion, forcing the reader to re-read a passage several times to make sense of what it is being said. Finally, Papaziani's attempts at being light-hearted or clever generally fall quite flat, contributing nothing to either the readability or the entertainment value of his book. Indeed, there were times when I felt that if I read his inane catchphrase "relax, have a home brew!" one more time, I'd surely scream and toss the volume into the nearest waste bin. All this having been said, the book is not a bad place to begin with a home-brewing hobby, and does contain sufficient information that it's worth having around, simply as a reference, even for the seasoned brewer.

An Addendum....
I've now had Papazian's book for about two years, and I have to confess that my regard for it and its author has grown considerably during that period of time. JHB has now become the reference I'm most likely to turn to first if a brewing question arises, and the one I'm most likely to recommend to friends considering taking up the hobby. Overall, I've found the facts, tables, and figures to be impeccably correct, and points mentioned above where I assert otherwise can probably be attributed to matters of interpretation arising from Papazian's indefatigably casual style.
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Starting out in the world of homebrew I jumped straight to Charlie's tome. He is after all a bit of a legend in the world of craft brewing. I agree that the style is great for beginners, treating technical subjects with the ease of a master.

What really frustrated me was the constant endless refrain that I might somehow be anxious about brewing beer and that I should "Relax and have a homebrew" usually accompanied by several exclamation marks like a 14 year old's instant message conversation. The fourth time I came across that in the opening part I wanted to throw the dratted tome across the room.
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I bought this book for my husband who has been brewing in our kitchen for 30 years.

There is a lot of useful information in this book and it is great for bedtime reading because you can pick it up and browse through a few pages.

I marked it down by a star because some of the ingredients are either impossible or difficult to get hold of here in the UK.
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Having just bought my first brewing kit this is the perfect partner it describes the brewing sequence and gives some excellent tips as well as re-assurance for first timers (like myself). It covers a vast range of possible beers.
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Whether you just started enjoying the homebrewing art or you are a seasoned expert, this book puts a lot of live ferments in your mind on how to approach the Art. And, remember, relax and have a homebrewing session :)

PS: the Michael Jackson who wrote the foreword is not the world famous singer and dancer :P
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