I'm looking for well known and well respected authors. Something that has an A-Z format, if you will, and history of home brewing or something of the like.

Thank you in advance!

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    Brewing Classic Styles is a recommended Recipe Book. Buy this book when you have read the recommended materials below. Jun 19, 2015 at 11:58
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    Podcasts are also a great source of information. Basic Brewing Radio and The Jamil Show should be listened to from the first episode. :) Jun 19, 2015 at 11:59

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Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian. This is the only intro you'll need to successfully inoculate yourself into the beer making culture. Relax, don't worry, and have a homebrew!

  • This helped me a lot when i started, I highly recommend reading it. it gives the basics, from starting with extract, to beginning with all grain setup.
    – jsolarski
    Jun 19, 2015 at 3:18

How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time by John J. Palmer.

  • How to brew covers the very basics to quite advanced topics (which you can skip on the first read). Highly recommended. Jun 19, 2015 at 11:57

If you don't want to buy a physical book, John Palmer has a website which is full of info, including step-by-step guides for different brewing techniques, as well as a lot of technical detail:


Personally I have read, and re-read, "Brew Your Own British Real Ale" by Graham Wheeler. Whilst it has a focus on British styles, including recipe of many well- known ales, the guides are very useful for brewing ale in general. The writing is thorough, but concise, with a no-nonsense approach, which I personally appreciate. It allowed me to take the plunge from extract based ales to all grain.

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    I'd recommend you buy the book. The website is the first edition. The 3rd is now in print and John is working on the 4th. There's been a lot of corrections and new info since the online version.
    – Denny Conn
    Jun 19, 2015 at 15:22

I still really like Home Brew Beer by Greg Hughes. There is a recipe for nearly every style in there as well.

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