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The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition Paperback – September 23, 2003
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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
However, the Kindle edition is a very sloppy conversion from the original. Just look at the title, for example, "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition (null)". That's right, the word "null" in parentheses is part of the title of the ebook.
So, you'll be reading along and come to something like "see the chart on page 22." Well of course in an ebook there are no page numbers and the reference is not linked either. When you eventually find the chart in question, which in the print edition is a nicely formatted table, you will find just text. That is, each row of the table is a paragraph of text. It is really difficult to grasp the intent of the table without the proper formatting.
I didn't understand the source of my frustration until I saw a copy of the paperback edition. If I had realized it sooner I would have returned the kindle book. However Amazon will only allow returns of kindle books within seven days.
I have browsed sample chapters from other eBook sellers and found the same sloppy formatting. So
I'm sure the fault is with the publisher, William Morrow, and not with Amazon.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I would recommend getting several brewing books, but you really only need this one.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
THE classic guide. Buy this book first if you are thinking about homebrewing and find out first hand why Charlie Papazian is a cuddly grandpa figure to millions of homebrewers.Published 5 months ago by Glen G. Walker
This book provides a great overview for a beginning brewer/drinker (me).Published 6 months ago by Matthew
One of the must have books for brewers from the authority himself.Published 6 months ago by Stophilo
Fun and informative book, perfect for the beginner! Read it, then pass it on to a brewing pal!
Not too technical or "stuck up" like alot of the material out there. Read more