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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: 9.2 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #186,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Founding president of the American Homebrewers Association and organizer for the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, Charlie PaPazian avidly brews lagers, ales and honey meads. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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Founding president of the American Homebrewers Association and organizer for the Great American Beer Festival and the World Beer Cup, Charlie PaPazian avidly brews lagers, ales and honey meads. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Customer Reviews

I might even try out one of his recipes just to see how well it comes out!
John Price
If you brew this book is a great adition to The Complete Joy of Home Brewing.....Relax, have a homebrew !!
Mike Ryan
There are also quite a few great new recipes with twists that I can't wait to give a try in it!
Steve Mertz

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13 of 13 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
Format: Paperback
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
Format: Paperback
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tinfoot TOP 500 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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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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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Carey VINE VOICE on September 15, 1997
Format: Paperback
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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By Matthew Birky on May 12, 2014
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I have just started home brewing and was given one of Papazian's books to get to know the process better and quickly bought this one to have even more information!
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