How to Brew – Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Title: How to Brew – Fourth Edition

Author: John J. Palmer

582 pages

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My rating: 5 out of 5









About the author

John Palmer was born in Michigan, graduated with a degree in metallurgical engineering in 1987 from Michigan Tech. He also worked at a lab involved in aerospace R&D. John Palmer is currently one of the most recognized authority in home brewing. Co-author of two other essential books on beer making: “Brewing classic styles” – with Jamil Zainasheff and “Water: a Comprehensive Guide for Brewers”. John Palmer founded in 2011 Palmer Brewing Solutions, Inc., a consulting company specialized in product development for the beer industry, and is today the director of publications for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas.

How to Brew – Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Scientific, yet clear and simple; comprehensive and providing an enormous amount of information, yet remarkably organized and practical. Many Brew Masters at famous breweries call this book the reference in the art of beer making. Countless beginners have used it to take their first steps as home brewers too.

What I like about this book

  • Absolutely EVERYTHING you need to know to learn how to brew is presented here
  • The style is concise and precise
  • The science behind the art or the mystery is explained with facts
  • There are many formulas, numbers and charts – all relevant
  • It guides you through the whole learning process, step by step
  • It reminds you of the foundational priorities – Sanitation, control of temperature and fermentation management
  • Several methods are discussed for each stage of the brewing process, making you understand the chemistry and giving you choices as you become more advanced
  • John Palmer likes to review the different pieces of equipment available
  • The water adjustment question is thoroughly explained, in plain English, despite the reference to all the chemical terms
  • You will find the recipes for all the great classic beer styles (except New England IPA …, too new)
  • Many pictures throughout this book make for a user-friendly reading
  • Gives you a complete list of troubleshooting


Why you should buy this book

  • It is the most comprehensive book on brewing
  • This book truly provides you with ALL the information you need to know to brew great beer every time! This is no overused marketing line.
  • You need both the technical aspect WITHOUT losing sight of the notion of balance and taste.
  • This book is way worth the investment if you are serious about learning how to brew
  • A book you can read as you need.
  • John Palmer makes you feel like trying more technical methods while giving you the reassurance of knowing that you understand what you are doing.

Please leave your comments below if you have read this book or have any questions,

Cheers and to our health,


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