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Old 26-05-2017, 09:41 PM   #11
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I use the diy dog as my go to for most of my brews. I've got Gregg Hughes book but haven't brewed anything from it yet.
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Old 26-05-2017, 10:53 PM   #12
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I've got the Greg Hughes and Graham Wheeler books but I've only done two recipes out of the Graham Wheeler book since I've returned to brewing. I find they complement each other.
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Old 27-05-2017, 08:02 AM   #13
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There's much exaggeration about chemistry and science in How to Brew, it's almost entirely down-to-earth brewing in a bucket style stuff with a few really detailed expos and some appendices with science in them. Haven't seen Greg Hughes' book.
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Old 27-05-2017, 08:04 AM   #14
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How to brew is simple. Home brew beer is really simple. But also very, very effective.
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Old 27-05-2017, 08:12 AM   #15
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Yep, I'm probably the only Jesus loving home brewer
Remember what Friar Tuck says in Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves;

"This is grain, which any fool can eat, but for which the Lord intended a more divine means of consumption. Let us give praise to our maker and glory to his bounty by learning about… beer!"

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Old 27-05-2017, 08:15 AM   #16
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Never heard of the geezer but I bet it's safe to assume the reader needs degrees in in chemistry and maths and applied physics and refracted chromatology and.... Christ we make ale not some super-coolant for errant nuclear reactors.
But surely you agree that it's better to know why to do something rather than simply how?
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Old 27-05-2017, 08:32 AM   #17
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Yep, I'm probably the only Jesus loving home brewer 👍
No, in fact I think it is in Proverbs there is a line: "Give beer to the infirm and wine to the old men." I think I qualify on both counts - isn't God great?
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Old 27-05-2017, 11:35 AM   #18
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But surely you agree that it's better to know why to do something rather than simply how?
For sure..... up to a point. And if these tomes are so simple and to-the-point they must be full of recipes? It doesn't take half a rain forest's worth of paper to explain brewing techniques and whys and wherefores. It's like a car owner reading the Haynes manual from cover to cover. I bet ours is not the only drum in the land which is full of cookery/recipe books from which about 2 have actually been attempted! I blame the missus for that but they do come in handy as door-stoppers or something to stand on to reach a high shelf now and again.
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For sure..... up to a point. And if these tomes are so simple and to-the-point they must be full of recipes? It doesn't take half a rain forest's worth of paper to explain brewing techniques and whys and wherefores. It's like a car owner reading the Haynes manual from cover to cover. I bet ours is not the only drum in the land which is full of cookery/recipe books from which about 2 have actually been attempted! I blame the missus for that but they do come in handy as door-stoppers or something to stand on to reach a high shelf now and again.
Which tomes are you talking about?
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The problem I have with Palmer's, like most American brewing books, is they have their own interpretation of British beers that bear little resemblance to the beers we drink here. Over the years I have read a lot on water chemistry but find Palmers incomprehensible.
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