I'm going to begin studying for the BJCP exam. I was looking into some study materials, and could use some direction.

I was thinking of Purchasing Michael Jacksons Beer Companion, the first edition is 80$ cheaper and I was wondering if it was essential I buy the 2nd revised edition.

More importantly, what references would you recommend and why?

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    Commented Dec 31, 2011 at 20:36

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I seriously doubt that the differences between revisions of Jackson's book would be worth worrying about (four years difference). Don't forget about half.com, you can save a lot of money on books. I'm seeing $0.75 + shipping on the 1993 book.

Half of the exam material highlights the technical aspects of brewing, troubleshooting, and preventing process problems. The other half focuses on style guidelines and tasting/judging beer. The technical, trouble-shooting, and process questions are more easy to prepare for; every possible question is given in advance in the study guide, so the exam is about as "open book" as a "closed book" exam can be.

The Exam Study Guide documents are available here. These study guide docs are packed with useful information for brewers of all levels, so even if you're not studying for the BJCP, it's worth a look.

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    I picked up my copy from a garage sale, paid a quarter.
    – gnome
    Commented Jan 1, 2012 at 15:42

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