favorite brewing books?

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    For Christmas my old dad kindly got me my first brewing book, river cottage handbook no.12-Booze and i love it. has lots of great recipes in it and i'm looking forward to trying them all out throughout the year.

    what are your favorite books??

    also not sure where to add this so just thought id throw it in here, has anyone tried infusing??
     
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    I'm gradually building a library :-)

    My books are nearly all beer related. A lot on here (including me) will give the Greg Hughes book a big thumbs up. I tend to like the technical books mainly.
     
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    Radical Brewing and Designing Great Beers, first one for a huge range of beer recipes, second for building your own
     
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    I just bought myself radical brewing and its a great read as well as a brilliant recipe resource, lots of historical and unusual recipes covered as well as more standard styles. :thumb:
     
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    Got this last Christmas good book with a decent variety of recipes. Also👍 for the Home brewing book by Greg Hughes, and if you do a bit of research you can pick it up well below the normal price.
     
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    I have The River cottage "Booze" book, not tried any of the beer recipes as yet but I have got a Blackberry whisky, Damson Vodka and Sloe gin in process all infusion recipes from this book. The Blackberry whisky and Damson Vodlka take a while, it advises about a year maturing, if I remember rightly. But I did sample the Sloe gin after 3 months on the fruit, bottled and tasted. Wonderful beverage! One I'll be repeating every year. I managed to make 1.5 litres in 3x500ml bottles, drank one, drinking another and trying to save the other to mature a year to see if there's any difference / improvement (if that's possible).

    The trick is knowing where the fruit grow! Took me a while to spot some but found plenty in the end.

    other books, I'd have thought John Palmers - How to Brew is a must read, bit more technical than being full of recipes
     
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    yes sloe gin is one i will be trying as soon as they are back in fruit again so will have to wait a while. i have a raspberry white rum and a gooseberry rum infusing the now, should be interesting.

    i will have to try brewing beer, never done it before and feel a bit apprehensive as it looks confusing. any suggestions on what kit or anything i should start with?
     
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    Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales and World-Altering Meditations in a Glass17 Dec 2013
    by Randy Mosher and Michael Jackson

    this is amazons title for this book, didn't realise Micheal Jackson was into the homebrew scene...?
     
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    Yeah. as a younger man he favoured dark beers, but went paler later in life
     
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    Let me know how the two rum infusions turn out

    Woodefords wherry kit seems to be a popular favourite and turns out nice, if a little low on alcohol content... £20 from wilko!
     
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    I've downloaded a load of brewing and beer e-books from 'hookie sources', but it's just to find out which ones I want to buy. The library has very little and my local Waterstones had even less, so I've no other way to look through any.
     
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    Of course it is. Just like my extensive music and film library:whistle:
     
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    Bought it :)
     
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    The book I bought and found to be straight forward without confusing you with gobbledegook was called Home Brew by Doug Rouxel and Sara Paston-Williams (first published by Pavilion Books in 2010). I saw it recommended in a newspaper article and bought it for £20 via my local bookshop. Recipes for beer, wines, spirits, ciders & cordials are within this book. Although I'm brewing very little these days I'm hanging on to it because it makes brewing so simple. :thumb:
     
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    Haha, I actually AM going to be buying some of them. There's a lot of stuff repeated in several books, so I'll just get the ones I like best. I do like physical copies of stuff.
     
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    i will indeed, will put it up in a few months.

    will also give that kit a look into, could be the start of something wonderful!
     
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    Radical Brewing that is.

    Really good book. Makes you think about the whole subject of brewing and being experimental.

    I like the suggestion that yeast led to civilisation, can't argue with that :-)
     
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    Ordered the Greg Hughes yesterday, seeing as everyone says its so good.

    I've had this one for a while and was the first one I read on brewing. Anyone else read it, whats your thoughts.

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Homebrew-Handbook-Dave-Law/dp/1908170247

    Anyone recommend a book that covers using fruit to create beers like kreik, framboise (sp) or that Fruli strawberry beer?
     
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    A bit like Notlaw I have also downloaded one or two just to peruse for a while, perchance to buy.
    Radical brewing is good, "Extreme brewing- Brewing Craft beer at home" by Sam Calagione is sort of a US Gregg Hughes type book.

    "Yeast and fermentation" by Boulton & Quain but only if you like wallowing through a whole book explaining the scientific basis of fermentation, not for the fainthearted, I have managed about 30 pages, good but heavy stuff.
    I haven't looked at the last page yet but I think the Yeast did it!
     
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    "Designing great beers" by Ray Daniels is a great book which explains all of the ingredients and goes through typical recipe ingredients for lots of beer styles, more of a reference book than a good read from cover to cover.
    Great for introduction to recipe formulation.
     
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