What is the best book for beginning home brewers?
** Please post 1 book per post, then the resulting votes will show what most people consider to be the best book.
I found How to Brew to be a very helpful book along with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. I feel like it complimented Papazian's book well, and in some cases was a bit easier to read, or filled in any lingering questions I had. In the end everyone seems to go with Papazian's, but I think How to Brew was an easier read.
The Complete Joy of Home Brewing by Charlie Papazian
Without doubt, How To Brew, by John Palmer has been the biggest help to me in starting brewing. It is easy to start off with and then intriduces more complexity. A book I constantly go back to.
The Brewmasters Bible. I bought this book when I started out about 5 years ago. It was easy to follow then, having never brewed before, and I feel there is still a lot I can learn from the book now.
I don't have any other books to compare this too, but it served as an excellent starting point for me and I still find it to be a good reference.
I am a big fan of Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide. Had it since my first batch and still refer to it frequently.
Designing Great Beers- Ray Daniels
EDIT: This really isn't a great beginner book. But it IS the book to get after you read The Complete Joy and How to Brew.
Well, most of the ones I would suggest are already here (and I did upvote them) - so I'll throw out one that hasn't been mentioned yet:
Extreme Brewing: An Enthusiast's Guide to Brewing Craft Beer at Home by Sam Calagione (of Dogfish Head, but I didn't need to tell ya that, right? lol)
Some may say this isn't a book for beginners, but I would disagree. It provides all of the basic info on process and equipment, and all of the recipes are extract with specialty grain. I bought it thinking it would be a compliment to Radical Brewing, and was actually a bit disappointed that it seemed more geared towards beginners.
While I wouldn't recommend it for someone making their very first batch, I think you could easily step into this book very early in your brewing journey and make some very cool brews.
Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher
Brewing Classic Styles- Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer.
This book has a forward by John Palmer with a little discussion about techniques and ingredients. The book is an extract recipe book and the authors focused on how to make great beer with extract.
They wrote it with beginners in mind.
They also took all the recipe styles and broke them down into beginner, intermediate and advanced catagories; which helps you gauge potential success against personal skill level.
Once you understand the basic process of brewing, this is probably a great book for a beginner.
The Homebrewers Recipe Guide- Patrick Higgins, Maura Kate Kilgore and Paul Hertlein.
This book has a forward by Charlie Papazian. Published by Simon and Shuster in 1992, it comprises mostly recipes but there are several great break out pages regarding Brewing Tips like converting extract to grain, starters, aeration, smoking and toasting malt, plus many more.
I have brewed several of the recipes and actually learned a lot about ingredients with this books.
I don't know if its still available, but I wanted to put it here, because I recommend it and loan it to a lot of people when they are just starting out.
The Home Brewer's Answer Book by Ashton Lewis.
I picked this up from the library. I think we should get as many of the questions onto this site for reference as we can.
I found How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time to be a great book when I started homebrewing. Palmer did a great job describing everything I needed to know about this hobby in a very easy to understand format. I still continue to refer to this book everytime I brew a new batch. Cheers!