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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (September 23, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060584734
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060584733
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #120,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Charlie Papazian is the founder of the American Homebrewers Association (AHA) and the Association of Brewers and the current president of the Brewers Association. The creator of the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, he is the founding publisher of the magazines Zymurgy (for homebrewers) and The New Brewer (for professional craftbrewers). He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Carla, where he still avidly homebrews lagers, ales, and honey meads.


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Charlie Papazian is one of the most prominent and recognized names in the world of beer and brewing. His published commentaries provide insights into the industry, advice to homebrewers, and beer perspectives for beer drinkers. Since founding the American Homebrewers Association and Association of Brewers in 1978, he has helped guide the development of the association. He is currently the President of the Brewers Association, whose activities include:

The American Homebrewers Association
World Beer Cup
The Great American Beer Festival
Brewers Publications (books)
www.brewersassociation.org, www.homebrewersassociation.org, www.craftbeer.com.
Founding publisher and regular contributor of Zymurgy (the magazine for homebrewers) and The New Brewer (the magazine for small, independent craft brewers).

In his worldwide travels, he has been both lecturer and presenter at such prestigious events as: The World Beer and Beverage Forum in Munich, National Press Club, Master Brewers Association of the Americas, American Society of Brewing Chemists, Institute of Brewing Asia-Pacific, BrewTec Tokyo, International Craft Beer Conference Japan, AHA National Conference, National Craft Brewers Conference, Chef des Chef International Trade Show, National Restaurant Association, Pizza Today Exposition, Great American Beer Festival, Nightclub and Bar Expo, Canadean's International Beer Seminars, Amsterdam, Slow Food's Salone del Gusto in Italy, BRAU Beviale Germany, Mondial de la Bière in Montreal, Rüdiger Ruoss' Sommertage Workshops in Berlin, U.S. Senator Max Baucus 2013 Montana Economic Forum and many other professional and hobbyist events.

He is author of five best-selling books (1,300,000+ copies) published by HarperCollins Books: Microbrewed Adventures (2005), The Complete Joy of Home Brewing, 4th Edition (2014), The Home Brewer's Companion, 2nd Edition (2014), Home Brewer's Gold (1997), The Best of Zymurgy (1998), and The Interactive New Complete Joy of Home Brewing CD-ROM. He is the National Beer Examiner for www.Examiner.com

He is founder of National Pie Day.

Member: Master Brewer Association of the Americas, American Society of Brewing Chemists, Institute of Brewing & Distilling, Member Advisory Board German Society of Hop Research, Slow Food International, Juror Slow Food Award, Slow USA, Bier Convent International, Honorary Member Asociación de Cerveceros Artesanales de la República Argentina and Honorary Member Asociación de Cervecerias Artesanales de Chile, New Member of the Class of 2011 Army War College & participant in 2011 U.S. National Security Seminars.

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering, 1972 University of Virginia.

He lives in the Boulder, Colorado area with his wife Sandra and daughter Carla, where he avidly brews lagers, ales, and honey meads. For more information about the Brewers Association activities see www.brewersassociation.org, www.homebrewersassociation.org, www.craftbeer.com.

Customer Reviews

Lots of information.
hootenanny
It's actually a great reference guide, and gives some really advice and procedures for the brewing process.
Ian
If you brew this book is a great adition to The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.....Relax, have a homebrew !!
Mike Ryan

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Brew on January 8, 2009
Format: Paperback
Complete Joy of Homebrewing is awesome, and that book has been updated with the times. This companion book - while containing lots of useful information - suffers from dated information (check out the "list of homebrewer yeasts" which is under 2 dozen... a number not accurate for over a decade).

Much of the book is designed on the premise of expanding to intermediate and advanced brewing, with great DIY instructions for building mash tuns, etc. However when you get to the recipes, they do not fit the book's scope because many require malt extracts. (I'm not suggesting that extract indicates beginner, but rather that by calling for 'branded' extracts... cans of Coopers, etc. the recipes lose a lot of their value. It would have been far better to list pure all grain recipes, then provide supplementary tips for converting those recipes to generic extract + steeping grains).

Worth having, but a better "companion" is "Learn To Brew" by John Palmer, and the best-written recipes can be found in "Brewing Classic Styles"by by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Eryn Cook on April 2, 2007
Format: Paperback
I bought this along with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, also by Papazian. I think both books are a must-have for any homebrewer. _Companion_ is more of a reference text, while _Joy_ is more introductory. Both books have indispensable information about the basic ingredients and processes of brewing.

When formulating a recipe, I refer back and forth to both books. Each has a variety of recipes in myriad styles that provide a good jumping-off point. For customizing the recipes, I refer to the table in _Companion_ that summarizes the various malts and their contribution to specific gravity, then I go to the table in _Joy_ that catalogs the different varieties of hops and their contribution to bitterness and flavor.
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49 of 63 people found the following review helpful By shimkusd@advisory.com on December 29, 1997
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After publishing the best introduction to home brewing Papazian released this unenlightening tome. His snappy style, so essential in his first book, sounds dull and contrived. One third of the book is complete filler as he lists 60 pages of various beer styles along with their specific gravities, etc. This information could have been presented in a two page spread. Additionally, he offers little in the way of advanced brewing technique. The one saving grace of this book is the recipe section, with interesting ideas like a lambic barley wine and a raspberry imperial stout. If you are looking for a book that offers a firm overview of all-grain brewing then I can recommend 'Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide' or Noonan's 'Brewing Lager Beer.' Papazian's book will most likely be a complete disappointment.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Philip E. Sharp on March 8, 2007
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As a new brewer, this book has more advanced information in it than I need at the moment. It will be a good reference as I progress through brewing and gain more experience. If you only have one book on brewing to purchase, get Charles Papazian's first book on home brewing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tinfoot TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 1, 2012
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The information might be top notch but the physical book is toliet paper with reciept quality ink. Who can read this small font, lightly smudged ink on recycled paper bags? If one drop of liquid gets on this book, it will disintergrate. I am afraid to touch the book because it loos like BPA ink. Shame on the publishers for denegrating such an important work.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on September 15, 1997
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This is Charlie Papazian's second book on the subject of homebrewing, following the in the footsteps of Papazian's immensely popular and useful debut, The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing. This book offers a lengthy guide to homemade beer, complete with reference material about the different styles of beer; how they are made, how strong they typically are, and other basics.

Part of the reason Papazian's first book was so much fun was due to its writing style and humor. This, the follow- up, is more technical in nature and not quite as entertaining to read. It sticks mostly to the facts and leaves out much of the fun, making it a little more likely to induce sleep than inspiration. Nevertheless, this book is still useful as a reference tool and it does have some good beer recipes. Cheers!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K. Pomeroy on October 24, 2008
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I have read "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" and was extremely impressed with it and was equally impressed with this book. It is more in depth and detailed than the previous and covers more issues. Highly recommend it.
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By R. Anding on September 28, 2009
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When I started homebrewing I purchased the New Complete Joy of HomeBrewing (2nd. Edition).

This book was my second book by Charle Papazian. It added more detail and ofter several hints about homebrewing techniques.

With so many recipes on the WEB the recipe section is a little dated.

All and all I have enjoyed Papazian's "The Homebrewer's Companion" and found his hints helpful.
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