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Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide: Everything You Need to Know to Make Great-Tasting Beer Paperback – January 10, 1995
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Miller manages to improve upon his earlier book--itself one of the finest advanced brewing books available--by updating and better organizing the information. While the Homebrewing Guide does provide a cursory introduction to basic brewing techniques and a sampling of supplementary topics (kegging, filtration), its real value is in the thoroughness and clarity with which all-grain brewing is described. Grain mashing, for instance, is discussed in three different chapters: a summary of various mashing techniques, a description of the underlying biochemistry, and a step-by-step description of the mashing process. By compartmentalizing the information into short chapters and carefully organizing their sequence, Miller creates a guide that can be read straight through as an initiation to advanced brewing or easily referenced for specific information on brew day. --Todd Gehman
From Publishers Weekly
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Despite the comments of some other reviewers, one doesn't need to be an all-grain brewer to find this book useful. I'm creating my own recipes using extracts and specialty grains, and find this book to be very helpful.
However, Miller is pretty repetitive. It is only a slight exaggeration that there are 3 chapters on each topic: on each on theory, equipment and method. I find that there is a moderate degree of repetition of material across these chapters. A consolidation of each topic into 1 chapter could well result in a 1/3 reduction in pages for the book.
I'll echo another reviewer, who commented negatively on the recipes towards the back. They are really just lists of ingredients, without discussion on method (eg. mash temperatures) or variables.
Having made these mild complaints, I'll go on picking this book up every day or so as I think about what to do for my next brew.
There are many pages dedicated to the organic chemistry surrounding the brewing process. There are plenty of other pages that explain things a bit simpler.
Good book overall.
I tried to read this book from the prospective of a non-all grain brewer and felt that if I hadn't been familiar with the process already (through Papazian, local home brew club, personal experience, etc.), then I may not have been able to follow this book very well. There are very few pictures to reference and some very important areas are vague and could use more detail, such as yeast propagation and culturing.
I think Papazian, although sometimes recommending bad habits to beginners, does the best job of explaining the process of brewing to a beginning home brewer. Papazian will later correct some of the bad habits he suggested in earlier chapters in his book, but at least he'll get a beginner going. I also think Papazian is much more entertaining to read and also includes a lot more detail in various areas, along with pictures to help you understand what he's talking about a little more.
At any rate, I would recommend this book to anyone that's an intermediate to advanced brewer who is either looking into or already brewing all-grain beer. Dave is a pretty dry writer, but his views sometimes provide a different way of looking at the brewing process. I also like the fact that Dave preaches sanitation the way he does (although, again, not really going into much detail on the many types of sanitizers that can be used), as this is the most important aspect in brewing, in my opinion.
There is allot of great information in this book. This was one of my first books that I got whe I started homebrewing. If the information seems heavy. Have faith and go back to it periodically as you become more familiar with brewing it self. I still find myself reading sections over and finally "getting them" (especially the chemistry part).
But, the homebrewing practices are solid and many of the reference sheets I use all of the time. My only beef are the recipes in the back... They are accurate if you use the percentages/ratios of ingridients but, are not accurate if you use them for 5 or 10 gallon recipes.... Other than that no complaints.
Miller's explinations of the mashing process is one of the best I've seen, and even non-chemist readers will understand what's happening in the mash tun. He also clearly explains what happens during the fermentation process, as well as covering the types of yeasts and how they work. Most homebrewers don't need to understand brewing science to mix yeast with wort, but Miller makes it easy to understand the big picture, helping turn recipe mixers into homebrewers.
On that note, this book is NOT filled with hundreds of pages of monkey see monkey do recipes. Miller teaches readers how to brew, and then gives recipe guidelines for popular styles (giving parameters, but leaving the brewing up to the homebrewer).
I think this book is best read from beginning to end, but it's also an excellent reference with charts and tables.
Regarding brew books in general, all homebrewers should have one of Charlie Papazian's books, since he's the pioneer that started it all. However, I find Dave Miller's book the best up-to-date guide on homebrewing.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Really thorough book on learning home brewing. There's a lot of information in this. I'm not even sure I'll be able to remember it all.Published 26 days ago by Garrett Khang
Lots of great information for the homebrewer. Does have some references to other books he has written, but also to some other great books on the subject. Solid read and reference.Published 6 months ago by Dan Cook
Fairly technical, not so much for a rookie, get Papazian's book if just starting out.Published 7 months ago by steve brewer
I went into this read with high hopes...I had heard positive things about this book.
One of the things that bothered me is the discussion about sanitation yet he advises... Read more
Everything for the novice and advanced hombrewer includes great tips and techniques.
Covers all aspects of brewing from ingredients to recipe formulation.
The bible for home brewing. I'm not an expert but felt much more sure of myself after reading this. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by MartyMac8888
I just love this book, it is such an easy entertaining read. It is a complete brewing resource for any home brewer.Published on December 8, 2013 by jimstur
the book to get is how to brew by palmer. this book is not worth spending your money on. esp if you are a beginner.Published on May 31, 2013 by Gregory J. Horne
They say VERY GOOD, but that's not telling it like it is. Awesome deal for a PERFECT book. The cover is perfect and not a single mark on any page. Thanks!Published on May 31, 2013 by R. Rubin