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u/JakeRidesAgain · 42 pointsr/DIY

Okay, I'm gonna give you the "you don't need lessons to home brew" lesson.

First, it's easy. It's easy as hell. All you're doing is boiling sugar, hops, and water, cooling it down, and adding yeast. You can buy the sugar (known as malt extract) in cans, so you don't even have to mess with grains. Later, you can get into creating your own extract (and recipes) with grains and a mashtun, but malt extract is step one.

Second, go buy "How To Brew" by John Palmer. It's the bible of home brewing books. You might see others, like "The Joy of Home Brewing" by Charlie Papazian, but start with Palmer's book. It's more recent, and I feel like it's written to grow with you. Once you get past the extract batch and go to steeping with grains, he's got a chapter on that. Once you go from steeping with grains to "mini-mash" (where you make half a batch of extract and make up the rest with malt extract) he's got a chapter for that. When you've been brewing for 5 years and you go "man, I want to figure out what's up with my water and how I can make it better," he's got a chapter on that.

Third, listen to brewing podcasts. I would highly recommend the Brewing Network. John Palmer (the guy I just talked about) and Jamil Zainasheff (he wrote another prominent brewing guide called Brewing Classic Styles) both appear on there, and in fact have a show together called "Brew Strong." The early episodes of the Session are also great, they've gotten away from home brew in later years, but are making a return to it currently. Doctor Homebrew is great when you're ready to start competing, and Lunch Meet is fun as hell and has nothing to do with beer. Seriously, I've learned more from the BN than I have from reading How To Brew cover to cover. They've got a way of talking about things that makes it fairly easy to understand.

Fourth, some equipment advice. When you buy a kettle, you'll be tempted to save a few bucks and buy a 5 gallon kettle. Spend the extra 20-30 bucks and buy a 7 to 10 gallon aluminum kettle. The biggest problem you're going to have in the beginning is sanitation. If you're boiling your beer in a concentrated boil, where you boil 3 gallons and add 2 once the boil is over, you're gonna have a bad time. Just do a "full wort" boil, where you boil everything, transfer it to your fermenter, and add your yeast. There are so many things that can go wrong in fermentation, and they're all caused by bacteria and wild yeast. Boiling the whole shebang at once decreases those chances greatly.

I would recommend finding someone who might be into brewing beer, selling them real hard on it, and at least having a buddy on brew day, if not someone you share equipment and costs with. Cleanup is easily the biggest killer for most people in the hobby, and having two people to mop, sanitize bottles, and scrub the kettle when it's all said and done can really make the difference.

Also, the homebrewing subreddit here is fantastically helpful. I'd start with /r/homebrewing and Palmer's book, and work your way up.

u/[deleted] · 19 pointsr/Homebrewing

I'm assuming you are talking about these kits.

Mr. Beer seems to have a love/hate relationship in the homebrew community. I would bet that company has gotten more people into homebrew than any other factor.

Probably the best way to do this is Pro/Con


Nearly Fool Proof

Easy, which is very nice for a first batch

Good beer

Everything comes with it


If you stay with the hobby, you'll likely only use the equipment once or twice.

Not very cheap, considering you'll only use it once or twice

You only learn the bare minimum of the process

While good, it's not great beer by homebrew standards

You don't learn squat about beer recipes

Most homebrew recipes are based around the 5-5.5 gallon standard making the fermenters nearly useless in the future

Really only useful for Mr. Beer recipe kits

Using a "real" kit like I linked to gets you nearly everything you need to fully pursue a homebrew hobby. It allows you to experiment with the complete process - creating recipes, working through the whole brew/fermentation process, racking to secondary, bottling in real glass bottles.

I would definitely recommend going with a 5 gallon equipment kit.

If you didn't notice, the kit I linked to doesn't come with the ingredients, unlike Mr. Beer. Those are bought separately. I believe Mr. Beer recipe kits only come with Prehopped Malt Extract and yeast, which means everything is boiled together and put in a can. When you buy a recipe from a store you will use some Malt Extract, but you also add your own specialty grains and your own hops. This gets you more intense flavor - and again, many more opportunities to learn and experiment. If you have a Local Homebrew Shop (from here on out referred to as your LHBS) that is the best place to buy ingredients as they are somewhat more likely to be fresh. I still order from Midwest Homebrew Supply. I happened to live about 100 feet from them a couple years ago and they take very good care of me -both then and now. Northern Brewer seems to have the strongest following though.

Some tips for when you get into it:

[John Palmer's
How to Brew*](
Read it once. Twice. Five times. I still read it front to back every few months. Basically, this is the Brewer's Bible. The most complete reference I've ever seen. Other books are more specialized but this is everything you'll need to know for a long time.

Alton Brown's "Amber Waves" from his show "Good Eats"

Part 1 -

Part 2 -

Some very good information and you wouldn't believe how much it helps to watch the process instead of just reading about it. Some of his methodology isn't perfect (using ice to cool is questionable, jamming a lid into the bucket can be damaging, can't remember if he racks to secondary or not).

Homebrew Talk - forums dedicated to homebrew. If you need quick answers or advice they are more than happy to help beginners. They can also point you to a reputable LHBS
in your area.

Sanitize Sanitize SANITIZE. If you have any doubts about how clean you got something, do everything again. Bacteria will kill beer.

The biggest thing to remember: have fun and don't worry when things go wrong, because they will. I still make mistakes during the process - both new ones and mistakes I've done many times in the past. I haven't killed a batch yet though. Beer is pretty resilient.

u/TeeArrWilliams · 10 pointsr/Homebrewing

The oft-recommended suggestion is John Palmer's How to Brew

The first edition is available for free on his website, and subsequent revisions are, of course, available on Amazon:

u/ercousin · 10 pointsr/toronto


There are few things as satisfying as making your own beer from scratch. It's easier than you think and it will teach you more than you ever thought you could know about craft beer.

Check out for free or buy the latest edition:

This book will teach you everything you need to know to progress from extract brewing (like making cake from a box) to brewing all grain beer (from scratch).

Check out the local community to ask your questions:

And the local shops for supplies:

Feel free to ask me any questions you have!

u/Projectile_Setback · 10 pointsr/guns

You should dump it and get a VP9 because that's what I use, and being an insecure, narcissistic piece of shit I want everyone else to validate my decision by using what I use.

There was also a neat little book out there about yeast Biochemical, Molecular, and Genetic stuff... HAve to remember the name.

u/kds1398 · 9 pointsr/Homebrewing

BUY THE UPDATED VERSION for <$11 w/ free prime shipping.

u/machinehead933 · 8 pointsr/Homebrewing

The How To Brew website is a great place to start, however, the online version is the 1st edition of the book and has some slightly outdated info. All in all, still a great resource.

However! You can pick up the current edition of How To Brew on Amazon.

The other "bible" for brewing is The Complete Joy of Homebrewing.

Either book will likely be an invaluable resource, and both authors are highly respected in the homebrewing community

u/Mazku · 8 pointsr/Homebrewing

John Palmer's How to Brew is a classic. It was very eye opening for me (also with engineering background) and gave a very wide knowledge about every part of the process. Now I know whats really happening and how different factors affect. Some simple recipes also, but nothing eye opening there.

The next homebrewing book I'm going to get is Mitch Steele's (brewmaster for Stone Brewing Co.) book on IPA's. Watched couple BeerSmith's podcasts with him on and seems to know a lot and liked the way he talks about the issues.

u/_zsh · 8 pointsr/Homebrewing

Buy this book. It will be the best $10 you'll spend.

u/ems88 · 7 pointsr/cocktails

Okay, you've caught me; there's beer and wine books, too. Here's what you're looking at:

I run a cocktail bar, and I've been meaning to share my library for some time, but I have a knack for lending my books out to friends and colleagues so I keep waiting for it to be complete. Then I realized my collection keeps growing and will never be complete, so I may as well just share a snapshot of it.

Top row:

Sippin' Safari: In Search of the Great "Lost" Tropical Drink Recipes... and the People Behind Them by Jeff "Beachbum" Berry

Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails: From the Alamagoozlum to the Zombie 100 Rediscovered Recipes and the Stories Behind Them by Ted "Dr. Cocktail" Haigh

The Joy of Mixology: The Consummate Guide to the Bartender's Craft by Gary "Gaz" Regan

The Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity, Based on the Wisdom of America's Most Imaginative Chefs by Karen Page and Andrew Dornenburg

The World Encyclopedia of Beer by Brian Glover

How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time by John J. Palmer

Jigger, Beaker and Glass: Drinking Around the World by Charles H. Baker, Jr. (aka The Gentleman's Companion Volume II)

Tasting Beer: An Insider's Guide to the World's Greatest Drink by Randy Mosher

Michael Jackson's Complete Guide to Single Malt Scotch by Michael Jackson

The Ultimate Guide to Spirits & Cocktails by Andre Domine

New Classic Cocktails by Mardee Haidin Regan and Gary "Gaz" Regan

The Book of Garnishes by June Budgen

World's Best Cocktails: 500 Signature Drinks from the World's Best Bars and Bartenders by Tom Sandham

The Complete Book of Spirits: A Guide to Their History, Production, and Enjoyment by Anthony Dias Blue

Cocktails & Amuse-Bouches for Her & For Him by Daniel Boulud and Xavier Herit

Imbibe!: From Absinthe Cocktail to Whiskey Smash, a Salute in Stories and Drinks to "Professor" Jerry Thomas, Pioneer of the American Bar by David Wondrich

Middle Row:

Hemingway & Bailey's Bartending Guide to Great American Writers

The New and Improved Illustrated Bartenders' Manual; or: How to Mix Drinks of the Present Style by Harry Johnson (Espresso Book Machine Reprint)

Michael Jackson's Bar & Cocktail Companion: The Connoisseur's Handbook by Michael Jackson

The Craft of Stone Brewing Co.: Liquid Lore, Epic Recipes, and Unabashed Arrogance by Greg Koch, Steve Wagner & Randy Clemens

The PDT Cocktail Book: The Complete Bartender's Guide from the Celebrated Speakeasy by Jim Meehan

Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas by Brad Thomas Parsons

A Taste for Absinthe: 65 Recipes for Classic and Contemporary Cocktails by R. Winston Guthrie & James F. Thompson

The Bartender's Guide to IBA Official Cocktails by Jenny Reese (Espresso Book Machine Printing)

Punch: The Delights (and Dangers) of the Flowing Bowl by David Wondrich

The Home Distiller's Handbook: Make Your Own Whiskey & Bourbon Blends, Infused Spirits and Cordials by Matt Teacher

A History of the World in 6 Glasses by Tom Standage

The Decorative Art of Japanese Food Carving: Elegant Garnishes for All Occasions by Hiroshi Nagashima

What to Drink with What You Eat: The Difinitive Guide to Pairing Food with Wine, Beer, Spirits, Coffee, Tea - Even Water - Based on Expert Advice from America's Best Sommeliers by Andrew Dornenburg & Karen Page

The American Cocktail: 50 Recipes that Celebrate the Craft of Mixing Drinks from Coast to Coast by The Editors of Imbibe Magazine

The ABC of Cocktails by Peter Pauper Press

How to Make Your Own Drinks: Create Your Own Alcoholic and Non-Alcoholic Drinks from Fruit Cordials to After-Dinner Liqueurs by Susy Atkins

How to Make a World of Liqueurs by Heather Kibbey & Cheryl Long

u/Rikkochet · 7 pointsr/Homebrewing

Cool gift idea!

I'd say, first and foremost, that you aren't going to be able to kit out your boyfriend for homebrewing. There are too many styles for different types of equipment, and it gets very expensive... But a basic kit is good enough to brew just about anything, and it gives him the option to buy new items piece-by-piece as he outgrows the starter ones.

If you want to give him a good start in the hobby, get him 3 things:

  1. A brewing starter kit
  2. A good brewing book
  3. A good beer kit

    For a starter kit, it looks something like one of these:

    You get a plastic bucket to ferment the beer, cleaning chemicals, hydrometer, bottles, bottle capper, siphon, etc. This should be perfectly adequate for him to brew beer dozens of times before he might want to start tweaking his equipment. The best part is you can replace individual parts of the kit any time you want - it makes it a very flexible upgrade path.

    For a starter book, it's How to Brew all the way. I'm pretty sure everyone in here owns a copy.

    For a starter kit, you can pick kits off Amazon. You should know there's 3 major types of beer recipe:

  4. Pre-hopped extract kits. These are the beer kits you can buy in every grocery store. They're "fine", but my biggest complaint is that 90% of the work is already done for you, so brew day is almost boring.

  5. Extract kits. (Get one of these). They include barley extract (usually in jars of thick syrup, but sometimes in dry powder form), hops to boil, and sometimes some extra things like specialty grains, spices, etc. Here's an example:

  6. All grain recipes. All grain brewing is the most hands-on you can get homebrewing, but it also requires some extra brewing equipment. The How to Brew book goes over it in great detail, and your boyfriend can decide if all grain brewing interests him.

    So, for all of these things, I gave Amazon links, but you don't have to buy them online at all. I'd strongly recommend looking up local homebrewing stores and just walking in. Most of my local shops are cheaper than shopping online, the staff are fun to talk to (because they really care about brewing), and it's nice to be able to examine some of the things before you buy them.

    Whether you shop locally of online, everything I listed above should come in at less than $150.
u/clerveu · 7 pointsr/Homebrewing

I would, but someone already beat me to writing the best beginning homebrewing guide ever.

u/FearAndLoathingInUSA · 7 pointsr/goodyearwelt

I just got in a home brewing kit for me and my gf to play with. We both are crazy about craft beer and we've been wanting to do it forever. Spent a good amount on the best one I could find, as well as some add-ons and kits. I took live five hours last night reading an awesome [book] ( on home brewing. I'm loving the chemistry and the mixture of precision and creativity. I think we are going to really fall in love with it. It was an anniversary gift, one year coming up in a couple weeks. So weird.

u/dlyford · 7 pointsr/Homebrewing

Since he has never brewed before I would recommend a basic kit. I'm not saying that you have to get this from NB, but this is an example what comes in a starter kit. I strongly recommend purchasing, How to Brew by John Palmer. This book will clear up a lot of brewing mysteries.

I'd also recommend going to your local homebrew store (LHBS) and ask them for help. If you have one close by, and they are any good, they can be an invaluable source of knowledge for a new brewer. Good luck, this can become a life long hobby if he chooses to pursue it.

As your husband grows into the hobby he will

u/reverendnathan · 6 pointsr/beer

I wouldn't start with a site, but rather a book, How to Brew by John Palmer. Go ahead and spend the 10 bucks on it right now, this isn't an option. You can't just skate by without this book and annoy everyone on /r/homebrewing, homebrewtalk, or IRC channels with questions answered beautifully and organically in this book.

This book answers the basics, from what beer is, what is fermenting, to the process, to the advanced, including building advanced all-grain setups. This will answer nearly all the questions you have, from now to three years of experience on down the road, and it's here in one handy book you can doodle and highlight all over. This is your first investment. Equipment is not your first investment. A gallon of cider and a pack of baker's yeast is not your first investment. A craigslist posting of someone giving away their old equipment is not your first investment. Paying the money right now for this book is your first investment.

While the book is in the mail, you can start reading the first edition online, which gives you an opportunity to reread it all over again in print when your copy arrives. Write stuff down. Highlight stuff. Go to google and bing something if you aren't fully clear. No questions yet, understand what the whole process is, and be committed to a few very important core rules: cleaning is the most important, timeliest part of brew day. Quality goes into the work you do, quality comes out as the finish product. And finally, it's necessary to have a beer while you make beer -- respect the craft you've taken up as a hobby by respecting those who have done so before you.

Finally you can begin to ask the question you are asking now. Where do I go before I brew? First, Midwest Supplies has a coupon about thrice a year that is a big savings and comes with mostly everything -- if you want to wait around for that, in the between time is a good time to invest in the other things, like a large pot, star-san, empty bottles, and so on. If not, do research and don't go buying the cheapest kit -- buy the kit that comes with everything that you want; don't feel short-handed or inundated with extras.

Lastly, that book is your new bible. It has all the answers. Now the bible is a historical recording, and new evidence disproves things in the bible. Some things you'll learn like quick tips and such you'll find just browsing the web, but what's in the bible makes for a correct and complete brewday. But the bibles of the world would be great if it came with the empirical evidence of video recordings. This episode of brewingTV is pretty good at showing what your first brewday should look like. But again, this religion will be lost on you if you don't buy and read the bible first.

And remember, "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew".

u/brock_gonad · 6 pointsr/Homebrewing

Depends on what kind of learner you are. I prefer book learning over watching videos, and the clear favourite for learning the basics is How to Brew by John Palmer.

This book is an indispensable resource for noobs. John's such a cool dude that he literally posted the full text of the book on his website for free. However, the book is still worth the money for the pictures, charts, and updates since the free version.

Aside from books - shadowing a brewer is pretty key. Find your local homebrew club, and ask to shadow a brewer. I just mentored an allgrain batch with a noob from my local homebrew club.

u/ab_bound · 6 pointsr/Homebrewing

Well, you found a great spot here already! Also Brulosophy, John Palmer, American Homebrewers Association, Homebrew Talk Forums are all good starting points for websites.

For books, definitely How to Brew is recommended (there may be a newer edition out if I recall), followed by Brewing Classic Styles, Water, Yeast, and, of course, American Sour Beers written by a user on this form by the name of u/oldsock who also has a great site.

For now, work on the process of making beer. Take a look a little later on into something called Beer Smith as it will really help you with dialing recipes in.

u/testingapril · 6 pointsr/Homebrewing

How to Brew - John Palmer

Designing Great Beers - Ray Daniels

Brewing Classic Styles - Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer

Brew Like a Monk - Stan Hieronymus

Clone Brews - Tess and Mark Szamatulski

Yeast - Jamil Zainasheff and Chris White

Beer Captured - Tess and Mark Szamatulski

Radical Brewing - Randy Mosher

Brewer's Association Guide to Starting Your Own Brewery - Randy Mosher

u/wartornhero · 6 pointsr/Homebrewing

How to Brew by John Palmer IMO is the best beginner book out there. He even has the first edition of his book available on his website for free.

Not only does it give you all the information and knowledge you need in the beginning bit he also has trouble shooting tips and a more advanced section for intermediate brewers.

u/caphector · 5 pointsr/Homebrewing

Since I see this topic is posted twice, I'm posting my thoughts here as well:

You're missing How to Brew, and Extreme Brewing (while it has a few decent recipes and has lovely photos) isn't that great a book IMO. Designing Great Beers is good, but a bit outdated and IMO is a lot better after you've gotten a few batches done. Haven't read Jamil's yeast book, so I can't comment on it. Brew Like a Monk is a great volume, but doesn't have the general information you want when you're starting out.

I recommend:

How to Brew - The best single reference on brewing I've seen

Radical Brewing - Great for creative recipes and information on different ingredients

Also, just go and brew something. I brewed my first batch without reading any books and it turned out fine. Brewing will help make the texts make more sense, and the texts will then make the brewing make more sense.

u/bullcityhomebrew · 5 pointsr/Homebrewing

The best way to start, if you have an equipment kit, is to buy a recipe kit. You can find them at Midwestern Supplies or Austin Homebrew. The ingredient kits have all the ingredients, in the right amounts, that you need to make one 5 gallon batch. They also contain instructions. Once you get the hang of it with a kit or two, try tweaking those recipes a bit and go from there. Of course, reading on the subject while your beer ferments wouldn't hurt either. Good luck!

u/greasedonkey · 5 pointsr/CanadaPublicServants

Come over at /r/homebrewing there's a lot of friendly folk over there.

I would recommend you the How to brew book from John J. Palmer.

It start simple and then go more in depth later on, it's really well made.
There is a beginner recipe in the begining of the book that is fairly easy to do, but very tasty.

Good luck.

u/calligraphy_dick · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

If there are red flags I'm doing in these pictures, please let me know.


1st batch: Craft-A-Brew APA Kit

2nd batch: Northern Brewer's 1 Gallon Bavarian Hefe Kit

3rd batch: DrinkinSurfer's Milk Oatmeal Stout Recipe @HBT

If I could start over I would go straight to the 3-gallon batches. I hovered around them but I think it's the perfect batch size for beginners -- 1) Most people have a stockpot lying around the kitchen big enough to hold three gallons, 2) The batches are small enough so you don't have to drink two cases of bad brew, but big enough so if you enjoy it [which I'm thoroughly enjoying my first APA], you'll have plenty to taste and rate the evolution of the flavors over various weeks of priming and give out to family friends who are interested to try out what you made, 3) I ordered 3 Gallon Better Bottles for several reasons including worrying about shattering a glass carboy as a newbie. They also qualify for free shipping on MoreBeer's website with purchases above a certain price. 4) Even though I brewed a 5 gallon batch, and since I'm brewing solo, I'm already not looking forward to bottling the whole batch at once so I plan on breaking up bottling between two days.

For resources, I lurk this sub like a crazy stalker. The Daily Q&A is full of information both crucial and minute. I listen to James Spencer's Basic Brewing Radio podcast and practically substituted it for all music recently. It's family friendly and entertaining [I heard the other podcasts aren't so much]. I read Charles Papazian's Complete Joy of Homebrewing, 2nd ed. and For the Love of Hops by Stan Hieronymus to get a better understanding of the hops varieties and characteristics. I plan on reading John Palmer's How to Brew and Ray Daniels Designing Great Beers in the future, as well as Brew Like a Monk. Also, the HomeBrewTalk stickies in the forums provide good picture tutorials for several different styles of brewing.

I got into homebrewing so I can brew the, then, only beer style I liked: Imperial Stouts. But as I learned more about the balance and flavors of beer I surprised myself by branching out to enjoying other beers [even the odd IPA every so often]. My narrow scope of beer has broadened more vast that I ever would've imagined it. My brother got me this beer tasting tool kit used for blind taste tests so I try to keep good records and actively taste and appreciate craft beers. I even keep a couple in my wallet for tasting beers on draft.

I really wish I had an immersion wort chiller, a bigger boil kettle, a mash tun, and a propane burner. Those few equipment pieces hinder me from exploring more advanced style of homebrew. I intend to upgrade to all-grain but making the switch is really expensive. I'm still in the look-to-see-what-I-have-lying-around-the-house phase equipment-wise.

Which leads me to: don't be scared to spend money while DIY-ing. Many of you have probably seen my (and many others', most likely) shitty stir plate. DIY should be a balance of doing things on the cheap, but still making it work and function well. There's no point in DIYing if you're not going to be happy with it and just end up buying the commercial equivalent anyway. That's where I am right now.. I'm currently trying to salvage a cooler [no-spigot] I found in my garage and turn it into a mash tun instead of just buying a new cooler with a plastic, removable spigot. I'm certain it would make DIY easier but slightly more expensive.

But the suckiest thing for me about homebrewing is that I don't have a car so getting local, fresh ingredients and supporting my LHBSs is a piece of PITA bread.

u/atheos · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

Buy this book and read. Read it a second time, and possibly a third time.

u/Sloloem · 4 pointsr/Homebrewing

The standard ones: The Brewmaster's Bible by Stephen Snyder

How to brew by John Palmer

Designing Great Beers by Ray Daniels

Brewing Classic Styles by Jamil Zainasheff & John Palmer

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian

Brew Like a Monk by Stan Hieronymus

Yeast by Jamil Zainasheff & Chris White

= I own this book)

u/EricCSU · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

"How To Brew" by John Palmer.

How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time

u/NeoMoose · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Does he have a good book on homebrewing? I loved How To Brew --

u/jelousy · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Hey, welcome to reddit, I haven't read the complete joy of home brewing yet but one book I do recommend as something every one should read is "How to Brew" by John Palmer.
He starts off with the absolute basics like sanitation then has a really well structured progression from extract brewing through nutrients, how all your temps and proteins work, water chemistry, all grain brewing even how to fabricate your own equipment! Definitely cant praise it enough, I know it certainly made me step my game up lol.

the first edition is free online
But I highly recommend getting the hard copy 3rd edition and for $5 secondhand you really cant say no lol

u/LordBeric · 3 pointsr/Frugal

This book has lots of useful information for beginners. Most home brewing kits include instructions as well though. I like to order from Northern brewer. Most places can help you figure out what equipment you need to get started (you can get everything you need for basic stuff around $100)

u/carltone553 · 3 pointsr/beer

Well before you begin, start saving your pry top brown beer bottles. You'll need them.

First, buy How to Brew and read Section I.

Next, buy one of these kits and a semi-easy recipe the Autumn Amber Ale.

Finally, have fun with it. Start small with the equipment, ingredients, and procedure until you get a feel for it. /r/Homebrewing is great resource and pretty friendly to beginners. It's a fun hobby and I always brew if I have a free weekend. Enjoy!

u/TheRealFender · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

>Steeping specialty grain is like making tea. The crushed grain is soaked in hot 150 - 170°F degree water for 30 minutes. Even though a color change will be noticeable early on, steep for the entire 30 minutes to get as much of the available sugar dissolved into the wort as possible. The grain is removed from the water and that water (now a wort) is then used to dissolve the extract for the boil.

Buy the book:

The online version is a bit old. The physical book has some changes and corrections.

u/Jwhartman · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

How to Brew is pretty widely excepted as the must have piece of reading material. There is an online version, but it is pretty outdated. Definitely spend a few bucks and buy the most recent edition. It is totally worth it. Other than that I think Brewing Classic Styles is great to have around as well regardless of skill level.

u/Karoth · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

If you haven't already, pick up How to Brew by John Palmer. Its probably the best collection of techniques, as well as tips and tricks in one single place.

Though it's not as practical, particularly if you one of the first of your friends to start the hobby; one of the most helpful things I did when I started brewing was to brew my first batch with an experienced friend. It helps smooth out a lot of kinks.

Heres a link to the book

u/LambTaco · 3 pointsr/beer

Liquor stores do sell gift cards but you also need to be of age to purchase those. How big of an enthusiast is he?

You could get him a subscription to Beer Advocate Magazine. If he is really into beer and thinking about homebrewing you can't go wrong with How To Brew by John Palmer. You could also look into getting him some appropriate glassware.

u/kendroid · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Pick up a copy of Palmer's How to Brew. You can read the first edition online at

Check out the beginner's forum at; it's a friendly, helpful community. /r/Homebrewing is as well.

For entry-level equipment, I'd recommend waiting for a Groupon to Midwest Supplies. They usually run them every month or two and you can get everything you need to brew (minus a 3+ gallon pot) for $64 plus shipping, including ingredients for your first batch and a GC good for a second batch. It's really a steal.

Dive right in, have fun, ask stupid questions, and above all RDWHAHB (relax, don't worry, have a homebrew)!

u/zVulture · 3 pointsr/TheBrewery

This is my full list of books from /r/homebrewing but it includes pro level books:

New Brewers:

u/Bocote · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

You can start with this book.

You don't have to read all of it, you can skim it. It'll give you a very comprehensive view of the beer-making at home. You'll revisit the book often later too.

On top of that, visit some homebrew supply websites and look through the equipments they sell. This will give you an idea as to what tools/equipments are out there. This helps with getting the idea of the process and how the hobby looks like and cost.

u/RickyP · 3 pointsr/beer

If it's a book you're looking for I strongly recommend Palmer's How to Brew, as available on amazon.

One thing that I did forget is that sanitation is probably the most important part. Be paranoid and go overboard (not too far overboard, I mean you don't need an autoclave and a hood and all that), it won't hurt. I use StarSan, but everyone has their own approach to it.

At any rate, happy brewing!

u/Ehloanna · 3 pointsr/beer

How to Brew is what I learned a lot from. Pretty cheap but teaches you a lot about how to actually brew beer.

I read A LOT of the style guidelines on BeerAdvocate to understand glassware and styles, also terminology.

I also got lucky and had an amazing beer monger at my local wine/cheese/beer shop. He taught me a ton, as did the guy I was dating. I'd try literally every beer I could get my hands on and would go from there.

Now I know exactly what styles I like, how to pick beers I'm likely to like, what glassware it should generally go in, etc.

I have also helped homebrew multiple times. It gives you a good understanding of the whole beer making process.

u/essie · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Sounds good!

In terms of learning more about beer styles, I'd recommend buying and tasting a bunch of different beers - when you find something you like, make a note of it and do some searching to get a general sense of why it tastes the way it does (usually you'll want to look into the basic types of malts, yeast, and hops used, along with any other ingredients that may be of interest). Sites like Beer Advocate are great resources for learning about new styles and figuring out what you might want to try next, and there are tons of local microbreweries with employees/brewers that are happy to talk with you about what goes into making their beers.

Once you actually take the leap into homebrewing, I'd recommend going to a local homebrew store (like Stomp Them Grapes), chatting with the employees, and picking up equipment and ingredients to do a basic extract-based recipe with steeped grains. My personal preference at that point would just be to jump right in - it's not really that difficult, and you'll learn a lot as you progress. From there, you might check into some local homebrew clubs, get some books like The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, How to Brew, or Designing Great Beers, and start creating your own recipes by tweaking existing ones.

Really, the biggest thing is just to have fun. Beer is surprisingly hard to screw up as long as you follow the basic steps and sanitize everything well enough.

If you have any other questions, or want to chat at some point, feel free to send me a PM. I'm in Boulder, but would be happy to help out if possible!

u/GetsEclectic · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Have them start growing you a new liver asap.

Here's tons of good info about getting the most out of your Mr. Beer on homebrewtalk.

Also, How to Brew is probably the best intro to brewing online. The web site is a free version of the book.

u/HankSinatra · 3 pointsr/IAmA

The book How to Brew it's a great place to start doing some research. It's like the home brewer's Bible. There are also a lot of free resources online like discussion boards and how-to guides.

When you're ready to purchase a kit, [Northern Brewer] ( and Midwest Supplies are both great retailers. I would recommend signing up for their mailing lists as they will often have starter kits on sale.

I would recommend staying away from the cheaper Mr. Beer kits. It can be a cheaper, easier option but it's like the easy-bake oven version of homebrewing. You'll make beer, sure, but you won't learn as much using these kits and there's little room for customization/upgrading if you decide to get more into it.

On Black Friday, both retailers that I mentioned always have starter kits on sale. I've gotten brewing equipment and 2 recipe kits for less than $100. That's enough to make roughly 100 bottles of beer for less than $1/bottle. You don't have to buy bottles, just save used ones, (no screw-offs) rinse them out, and you'll be able to fill and re-cap them.

Finally, when brewing, sanitize everything. The quickest way to ruin a batch of beer is improper sanitation.


u/pvanmetre · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Sounds inane, but is utterly crucial for success.

-Check out the Side Bar -->

-Purchase this book and read it.

u/dirtyoldduck · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

Read How to Brew by Palmer or The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Papazian. Palmer is a bit more technical, but either will give you a basic understanding of homebrewing, including the equipment needed.

Probably the best single piece of advice I can give, however, is to not blindly believe everything you believe on the internet from homebrewers. For some reason, homebrewing has a lot of hot button issues (glass versus Better Bottle versus plastic bucket, primary versus secondary, stainless steel versus aluminum) and a lot of people who tend to believe the only right way to do something is the way they do it. The problem is, they only do it that way because that is the way they were taught and a lot of homebrewing myths are perpetuated this way. Read, study, decide for yourself what makes sense and find out what works for you. There are lots of ways to make good beer and for a lot of issues there really is no right or wrong way to do something. Except fermentation temperatures. Listen to the people who tell you to control your fermentation temperatures. They are correct.

Take Charlie Papazian's advice to "Relax. Don't worry. Have a homebrew" (RDWHAHB) to heart. It is harder to screw up beer than you think and even when you do screw up you usually end up with beer. Brewing when you are relaxed is much more enjoyable than when you are stressing about every little thing. You are not going to taste the difference if your hop addition is at 19 minutes instead of twenty.

u/xboarder · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

My first bit of advice would be to check out the side bar to the right for an extensive collection of links with excellent advice.

If you're interested in extract brewing then I'd recommend you start with these bare minimum items:

u/andersonmatt1125 · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

From How To Brew

I highly highly recommend that everyone who brews to pick up a book (the print version of How To Brew is much more in depth and up to date). No matter how much you think you know, a book will tell you more. And whenever you have a question, you just need to skip to the proper chapter. No need to scroll through dozens of forum posts and listening to people fighting or misquoting sources.

u/mccrackinfool · 2 pointsr/baltimore

I'm selling all my home brew equipment and books asking 300, its an all or nothing deal sorry. I will provide pictures for any one interested.

1-glass carboy and hauler

1-bottling bucket with spout

1-fermenting bucket with lid

1-1 gallon glass carboy

1-2 gallon bucket


3-Air locks


1-wood stirring paddle

1-40 quart stock pot

1-turkey fryer with the timer removed

1-20lb empty propane tank

1-capper and about 50 -60 beer bottle caps

1-corker for wine bottles and some corks

Auto siphon, tubing, racking cane,some PBW cleaner and Star Sanitizer left over, I have I think 12 empty wine bottles and probably have about an empty case worth of beer bottles.....I mean pretty much everything you need to brew or make wine.

Books are listed below and are in great shape.

How to Brew Beer

Designing Great Beer

For The Love of Hops

Yeast: The Practical Guide to Beer Fermentation

Hop Variety hand book

The Homebrewer's Garden

u/dwo0 · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

In this post, I'm going to link to examples. They are examples: I'm not necessarily recommending that specific item. (I'm pretty much doing a search on Amazon and linking to the first thing in the search results that is actually what you need.) It's just an example to let you know what you're looking for.

Yes, you will need a metal stockpot. Five gallons should be sufficient.

You will need some type of stirring apparatus. Some would recommend a large metal spoon, but I recommend using a plastic mash paddle.

I would recommend getting some type of thermometer to put on your stock pot. A candy thermometer is where I'd start, but, if this is a hobby that you'll stick with, it's probably worth investing in something better.

Also, I see that they put a hydrometer in your kit. If you want to take measurements with the hydrometer, you'll need either a turkey baster or a wine thief. I'd start with the baster.

If you need a book on homebrewing, Palmer's How to Brew is pretty much the standard, but Papazian's The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is well regarded. Palmer's book is in its third edition, but you can get the first edition of the book online for free.

Depending on the ingredients that you use, you may need common kitchen items like scissors or can openers.

You'll also need bottles. If you brew a five gallon batch (which is pretty typical… at least in the United States), you'll need about fifty-four twelve-ounce bottles. However, you can't use twist-off bottles; they're no good.

Lastly, you'll need ingredients. Different recipes call for different ingredients. My advice is to buy a kit from a local homebrew store (LHBS) or one online. Some kits make you buy the yeast separately. If so, make sure that you purchase the right strain of yeast.

u/BLOPES · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I personally started by reading John Palmer's How To Brew but what really engrossed and elevated my interest in all things brewing-related was James Spencer's Basic Brewing Radio

Edit: fixed Basic Brewing iTunes link

u/Damnyoureyes · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

All that info is actually from the book "How to Brew" by John Palmer. I highly recommend that to ANYONE who's just starting.

u/the_mad_scientist · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

How to Brew

Read it online, but you'll want a copy.

Buy it at Amazon

u/wisenuts · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

First thing I did was read - that's an older version but still good info. you can also get an updated version on amazon (

u/giritrobbins · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

There are two pretty much bibles of home brewing: The Joy of Home brewing is the first, I have never read it but I hear good things. The author is pretty famous in home brewing circles and this book is credited with jump starting home brewing.

The second (and the one I own because of the vast amounts of knowledge) is How to Brew. It has information on the ingredients, basic process for beginners and advanced techniques.

u/familynight · 2 pointsr/beer

I recommend Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher for learning about beer appreciation and such. You can also look over /r/beer's guide.

For homebrewing, John Palmer's How To Brew is a fantastic place to start. The current edition can be purchased, but he gives away the first edition online. Also, check out /r/homebrewing for lots more advice.

u/Tarindel · 2 pointsr/beer

You can get it the latest edition from Amazon. If you're interested in become a homebrewer, it's definitely worth it.

u/pandaisconfused · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I would suggest you go read this book

I was using Mr. beer kits and wanted to dive into extract brewing using recipes. All my questions were answered by the first 125 pages. I would strongly recommend that book

u/MarsColonist · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

How to Brew by John Palmer.

u/Probabledrunkenness · 2 pointsr/Austin

I'm guessing you want some info on brewing not my quest for this redditor's kegs. There are some really good books to pick up that will help you out a ton, learn you some basics real quick and the science behind it. I picked up this one, which is also sort of the standard 101 book.
There is also the sub reddit where you can get some great tips, ideas, and also jelly of other peoples set ups.

Locally there is Austin Home Brew Supply up off metric and 183. Everyone there is pretty knowledgable and are really welcoming to newbies and vets alike so if you're starting off they can hook you up and get you on your way to a solid first brew.

As for tips, really it comes down to sanitation, that shit is no joke. Keep it clean, take your time, and always have a beer in hand while brewing. You'll need a shit ton of ice to cool down your brew because water here doesn't come cold out of the tap so to chill your wort, you'll probably need more than you expect. Be adventurous when your doing it, try dumb shit, keep a journal/log on how and what you do so you will be able to avoid or repeat things depending on what you want. In general its a great way to have quality brew, that you would pay 10$ a sixer for like 1$ and some change cost to you per beer. Oh, also don't buy bottles, just stock up on empties that are non-screw off tops. Hopefully that spurred your interest to brew battle it out with your friend and pick up a great hobby/drinking habit.

u/MrBirdBear · 2 pointsr/myfriendwantstoknow

Having his/her own hops is a great start, but their next step should be to learn a little about the fundamentals of the brewing process and fermentation science. For beginners just trying to make a brew, the very very basics will work fine. No need to get complicated just yet.

Have them check out Papazian's The Joy of Home Brewing or Palmer's How to Brew. Or if they want, Palmer has an online edition.

Next they'll need equipment and ingredients. Check out these vendors or search for a local brew shop:

Northern Brewer
Midwest Brewing
Austin Homebrew Supply
William's Brewing


u/RefBeaver · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Beer and science you say! I have a few recommendations for you then.
The essential book to beginning homebrewing is John Palmer's How to Brew. This dives right into the science and explains things clearly for a beginner.

And what is science without some equipment! For the scientist there is a nice refractometer that can be used to measure the gravity of your beer and use that to calculate the ABV%.
Also, ever beer scientist needs to keep track of what they are working on. How about picking up a brewer's journal.

Maybe you want a more DIY project to get into it. How about a home made mash paddle? They are easy to make and it's something that you two can design and make together.

Since he most likely doesn't have a kit, stop on over to Northern Brewer and check out some of the starter kits.

There are also options for wine, mead and cider so no matter what your taste you can get something that you two can enjoy together. I love brewing and my wife helps out. We get to spend time together and create tasty drinks.

These may not be the most original choices but the clues you've given us really lend to a hobby I'm very passionate about. Hope this helps and if either of you have any questions about gear or brewing etc... feel free to drop me a line.

u/Digitized_self · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

This? I sure will. I'm making a list of things I found out I need, such as, big ass brew pot, and lots of bottles. Thank you for your reply!

u/mredding · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

I recommend the book How to Brew. The first couple chapters explain in more detail you'd ever want to know why yeast, what it is, how it grows, what it eats, in what order it will eat those things, and how temperature effects it's metabolism and thus it's products. If you're interested in brewing beer, you can get away with knowing almost nothing. Boil malts, bring the temperature down, add yeast in a sterile container with an air lock, and you will make beer. But pretty soon you'll want to up your game. For $12, this is one of the few books that should be on every amateur homebrewer's shelf. Also check out r/homebrewing and exBEERiments.

u/fordarian · 2 pointsr/beer

Little bit of a different issue, but I would also suggest having a homebrew session with the staff before you open one day. Nothing will teach you about the process of making beer better than doing it yourself, and it really isn't hard. If you still want to accompany that lesson with literature, two great books on brewing are How to Brew by John Palmer (aka the home brewer's bible, full text is also available for free online) and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian

As far as general history and beer tasting knowledge, I'll back up those who have recommended Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher, and pretty much anything written by Michael Jackson. Many of Jackson's books are separated by regions, so it would be helpful to find which one applies to the area your pub/the beers your serve are from

u/Aquascaper_Mike · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

My top suggestion would be "How to brew" By John Palmer or "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" By Charlie Papazian and read before buying anything. You will get a strong understanding of the process and be able to make sure it's something you will want to do before dropping $100 dollars on getting started.

If you want to jump in with smaller batches (1 Gallons) I would suggest buying one of Brooklyn Brew Shops kits or another small batch kit. The process is pretty much the same just in smaller portions. If you decide from there you want to go bigger you always can and then you have a better grasp on the process and what will be needed to make better beer.

u/gerbilcannon · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Learn about brewing. Even if you can't pick up the hobby right now, nothing will help you to improve your understanding of beer more than learning how the product and the flavors you end up with are created. Even on a homebrewing scale, the science is the same, so as an introduction, "How to Brew" by John Palmer is a good star for this, and "New Brewing Lager Beer" by Gregory Noonan is an appropriate next step. This kind of background knowledge is a critical foundation to understanding what you are tasting.

It is important to try to cultivate your palate as well. "Evaluating Beer" by Brewers Publications is a great starting point for understanding the basic philosophy and techniques of judging. I'd also recommend looking at the BJCP website and going through their resources, particularly the study guide. And of course, taste lots of beer! A good way to work through this terrible burden is to look at the BJCP Style Guidelines and see what is listed as classic examples. Pick out the styles that you are not as familiar with and try to find some of them. Grab a few examples of one of your weak styles all at once and organize a flight, using a score sheet (warning: PDF) to organize your thoughts on each. If you can find other judges or people interested in judging to do this with you and discuss, even better.

u/DrBubbles · 2 pointsr/IWantToLearn

/u/eightwebs is in the ballpark, but dropped the ball on a couple things. Let's start from the top.

Brewing your own beer is an amazing, fun, rewarding hobby. I've been doing it for 4 years. To start out, you'll need to get a beginners kit (like this one) which will give you all the specialty equipment you need to make 5 gallons of beer (about 2 cases). You'll also need ingredients which can be found on the same website.

Your first batch will be simple. You will more than likely be brewing extract (which is similar to making a cake from a boxed cake mix -- the finer details are taken care of for you, you just have to follow some easy directions). It will take about 4-5 weeks to be ready. It needs to spend 1-2 weeks fermenting, and then 2 weeks in the bottle.

It probably won't be the best beer you've ever had, but it will have alcohol, it will be carbonated, and I guarantee it will be satisfying. Then you can work on getting better and better.

Brewing is one of those hobbies where book knowledge is good, but you won't actually get good at it unless you do it a lot. Here's where you start: buy this book and read the sections about getting started, fermentation, ingredients, and the extract batch walkthrough. Read them twice. Read the whole book if you feel so inclined. That book is considered by many to be the brewers bible. There are some other good books out there, but none as comprehensive as Palmer's. Then buy the kit I linked above (or a similar one), some ingredients, and get started.

Also, come check out /r/homebrewing. I very active, very helpful place for all your brewing questions.

Feel free to ask any more specific questions you have.

u/FraggelRock · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

I got started using this book Complete Joy Of Homebrewing I felt this book was super friendly as introductory material.

There is also this book How To Brew I think most people will tell you John Palmer's book is better but honestly both will contain all the information you need to get started. I am sure someone more resourceful than me will be able to direct you to some great (and free) internet resources to take a look at as well.

Edit: A quick Google search yielded This Have fun and welcome!

u/ikidd · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Get "How to Brew" by John Palmer. It's cheap, and great to have handy. He also has a great website to reference.

u/HungryGhandi · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

John Palmer's How to brew is great and very technically oriented. The complete first edition of his book is available free online. For a few bucks you can pick up the most recent edition. As I understand it, in the newer version he elaborates on the Brew-in-a-Bag method and does change his stance on a few techniques like always using a secondary.

Admittedly, I just read the first edition, then supplemented my education with hearty doses of Brewing TV (especially the old stuff) and Brewing Network, especially Brew Strong, with John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff.

u/Heojaua · 2 pointsr/BiereQc

Je te conseil ste livre la : sinon, son site web gratuit : Je sais pas si il est a jour comparer au livre. Ya eu plusieurs découverte de brassage depuis quelques années. C'est un super de bon livre avec la grande majorité des choses que t'as besoin de savoir concernant le brassage de la bière et c'est super bien expliqué.

r/homebrewing peux t'aider aussi. Super belle communauté consacrer au brassage de biere et plein de gens qui veulent t'aider. Incluant John Palmer lui même (auteur de How to Brew).

Ya aussi ste gars la qui fais des cherches sur des bieres historique anglaise : Super de bon stock qui t'apprend les ancien type biere avant la révolution industriel et les guerres qui a eux qui a tout changer.

Je recommande aussi Super de bon blog qui teste des mythes de brassage de façon scientifique et les prouve correcte ou non.

Tout ca c'est le brassage de biere de type Anglais. Si tu veux du stuff de biere belge (ce qu'on a beaucoup au Quebec) je te recommande la serie - Brewing Farmhouse Ales, Brew like a Monk et Brewing with Wheat.,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

Si tu cherche du stuff des biere Allemande/Czech je te conseil ste livre la : Brewing Lager Beer :

ET Si tu cherche plus des recettes qui fonctionne que son selon les styles BJCP, je te conseil ste livre la :

Si tu cherche du stuff concernant les biere surrette (Lambic, Brett, Lacto etc) regarde ste livre la :

Je connais malheureusement pas de literature en francais.

Sur ce bonne chance et lache pas! C'est super interessant!

u/freeheelsfreeminds · 1 pointr/electronic_cigarette

This book:

Is an invaluable resource for beginners and experts alike. It's got all the basic stuff you need and a lot of advanced stuff you won't think you'll need, but will as you learn more.

u/oldsock · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Hard to go wrong with How to Brew. An old version is available online for free, but I'd suggest shelling out the $11 for the hard copy (although a new version is coming out soon). It has a nice mix of how to and science. Lots of options without being overwhelming.

u/ProfessorHeartcraft · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I would strongly caution against a 35 quart pot. The Bayou Classic 44 quart (11 gallon) pot is only a little more, and it's of dimensions more ameniable to brewing (tall, rather than squat). If you plan to migrate to BiaB, the version with the basket is quite useful; you'll be able to fire your heat source without worrying about scorching the bag.

For ingredients, I would recommend looking around for a LHBS (local homebrew shop). You'll likely not save much money ordering those online, due to their weight/cost ratio, and a LHBS is often the centre of your local community of homebrewers.

With regard to literature, my bible is John Palmer's How To Brew. You can also read the first edition online, but much has been learnt since that was published and the latest edition has current best practices.

That equipment kit is decent, but there are a lot of things in it you'll probably wish you hadn't bought.

You will want:

u/Kzang151 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

In addition to the kit I bought below, I also bought:

Super Efficient 3/8" x 25' Stainless Steel Wort Chiller

AND how to brew book

I bought the Gold Complete Beer Equipment Kit (K6) with 6 Gallon Glass Carboy

The Gold Homebrew Kit has all you need to get brewing and adds a glass carboy for secondary fermentation resulting in a cleaner finished brew. Each Equipment Kit Includes: True Brew Handbook & Kit Instructions, 7.8 Gallon Fermenting Bucket, 1 Lid Drilled & Grommet, True Brew Rack & Fill kit, 6 Gallon Glass Carboy, Fermometer Fermentation Thermometer, Small Buon Vino Drilled Stopper, Hydrometer, Bottling Spigot, Emily Double Lever Capper, 3 Piece Airlock, Bottle Brush, C-Brite Sanitizer 8-Pack.

(See post below? and this. I'm not sure the best way to respond to post. Super new to reddit! lol)

So a Fermtech plastic bottle filler, fermtech large (0.5-inch) auto siphon, and 7/16 vinyl tubing would set me up? (Minus the kettle pot?)

u/geeklimit · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Agreed. How To Brew, as mentioned above, and then when you've got all that down and have done a half-dozen batches or so, check out Brewing Better Beer.

u/allowishus2 · 1 pointr/exmormon

The first thing you should do is buy this book and read it. It will give you a good idea of what you are getting yourself into. Then when you are ready, it's an excellent resource for the basics of brewing and it's a lot easier than trying to track down good info online. It doesn't have everything though, that's where /r/homebrewing and come in. You can find an answer to almost any question by searching homebrewtalk.

u/jedi111 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

it has nothing to do with snobbary. you are on a homebrewing forum. i get that you have to start somewhere. but really. that's an absurd question. they come dried.

try doing ANY amount of research into the craft before you start asking people for answers to questions like that.

u/TinctureOfBadass · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

The first books I bought were Homebrewing for Dummies and The Complete Joy of Homebrewing. Both of those are a little older and a lot of people regard them as outdated, but they'll get you on the right track. For something more modern (and a lot more thorough and sciencey), go for How to Brew.

u/emvy · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Here's my advice to a beginner from a recent beginner.
A lot of people start with a small batch kit like Mr. Beer or Brooklyn Brew Shop that they got as a gift or bought on a whim. However, if I were going to recommend a 1-gal starter kit, I'd probably go with something like the one from Northern Brewer. Or you can get a 5-gal setup for just a little bit more and you get a lot more beer for you money, and it's really not that much more work. However, it was nice learning the process on a 1-gal batch, because it's a lot more manageable and you can easily do it on your stove with a pot you already have. Also, if you stick with it, and upgrade to bigger batches, you will still be able to find good uses for your old 1-gal equipment.

Whether you decide to test the waters with a small batch or jump right into a 5-gal batch, I would do an extract w/ specialty grain kit for your first brew. All grain is not that much harder, especially with small batches, but for your first few brews it's nice to just learn the process without having too many variables to worry about.

Also, buy a copy of The Complete Joy of Homebrewing or How to Brew or both and read the first chapter or so and you will have a good idea of what you're in for.

u/paulshoop · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Keep the 1 gallon kit and use it for exbeeriments...

Sell the gift card and buy something like this:

Buy this book:

Buy these cleaning supplies:

Then, when you are ready, you can add the below to do all-grain BIAB 5-gallon batches.

10-gal pot w/ lid - $60 (16-gal pot with steamer basket is better but is $110)

BIAB bag - $30

Immersion cooler - ~$50 (25ft)

20" wire whisk - $10

Racking Cane- ~$15 (get the 1/2inch size... not an auto siphon)

Hose for racking - ~$10

Annual membership to BrewersFriend website (it is awesome, trust me) - $10

Propane burner (Bayou Classic SP-10) - $50

Propane Tank - $30

u/_MedboX_ · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I started with the Williams kit and it's been great over the last year. It's for extract, but could be upgraded to all-grain pretty easily.

There are cheaper kits out there somewhere, but this was the only one I could find (at the time) that came with a pot (pre-drilled) and wort chiller.

For your first brew, I would advise to follow a kit, and then make the same kit again for your 2nd brew. It will familiarize yourself with the process, and back-to-back beers are a great way to see how process improvement affects the taste and quality of your beer. It might sound boring, but once you got the basics down, then you can really go buck wild with your own recipes. Makes for a lot less hard lessons.

Use the search bar first, but don't be afraid to post questions, this sub is pretty helpful to new guys.

Other helpful tidbits


Mad Fermentationist


The Bible

The other Bible

Edit: Many edits...

u/blistermania · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

It sounds like you're familiar with the process, so I would recommend learning more about the mechanics of brewing. John palmer's book (see below) is a great source of information in this regard. Also, there's a whole section dedicated to styles and recipes that you could experiment with.

My top three resources:

  • (I recommend the book, though)
  • BeerSmith podcasts - I learned quite a bit from just listening to experienced people talk about the craft. At first the jargon was overwhelming, but I just kept listening to several a week and suddenly everything started falling into place. I use the Pocket Casts app to listen in the car.
  • /r/Homebrewing :)
u/Altoid_Addict · 1 pointr/beer

I started out with Cooper's kits, and they worked well. They're Australian, but if they import to the US, they'll probably import to the UK.

Also, you need this book.

u/FetusFeast · 1 pointr/AskReddit

/r/homebrewing and a forum called homebrew talk are great places to start. The brewing community is incredibly nice and helpful.

After you do a batch of mead and see if you like it, try some beers. Extract brewing is also incredibly easy and can have very fine results. Recommend reading How to Brew for beer.

u/cosmic_cow_ck · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

> John Palmer

I'm guessing that this book is what you're referring to?

Thanks; that alone is helpful. As with any craft, there are plenty of useless books among the treasures.

u/DEEJANGO · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Sounds like a swell guy. Buying a book for him to do a bit of research is never a bad idea, plus he'll be able to figure out what scale he wants to start out on! I recommend John Palmer's How to Brew:

u/KnightFox · 1 pointr/brewing

Have you had problems with only 2-3 on the trub? I know John Palmer specifically talks about off flavor not being an issue for a primary less then a month long.

u/SgtMaj_Obvious · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

They don't get a lot of love around here (though they don't get much hate either I suppose, lol) but I started with a Mr. Beer from the hobby shop. I quickly out grew it, but it was ~$60 and came with two batches worth of extract and yeast and allowed me to figure out that despite the beer not being as great as I'd hoped, I enjoyed the process. So it was definitely worth the money and effort even though I don't use the Mr. Beer anymore.

As far as DIY equipment, most individual parts of the process are relatively inexpensive. You can save money by using Aluminum instead of stainless steel for boiling your wort (unfermented beer), and you can do without things like immersion chillers to cool your wort and use ice-baths instead. But the beautiful thing is you can upgrade different pieces of equipment as you see necessary. You can start out cheap but decide it's worth the $60 to get an immersion chiller. Or if you are handy with metal and such you can make your own! Again, a lot of answers can be gained from books (and here of course!). Like I said earlier, this book is great. I too was afraid of the cost of the hobby and worried I wouldn't like homebrewing and be out a bunch of money. Turns out I enjoy it enough to warrant the cost!

u/bad_keisatsu · 1 pointr/DIY

Thanks! Well, it would be easier to answer specific questions (and I am no means a master), but making beer is pretty easy and not terribly expensive (but more expensive than just buying beer, sadly). The most important thing to remember if you do decide to head down this path is to properly sanitize your equipment to prevent stray bacteria or yeast from ruining your brew.

This book is amazing but also goes into a lot of detail, so be prepared:

u/SomnambulicSojourner · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I'm going to disagree with you here. I started with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing and while it is a good book, I believe that John Palmer's How to Brew is a better introduction to brewing and infact gets quite advanced. You can even read the first edition free online.

u/beertastic · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

The Midwest groupon deal is probably the best way to get into the hobby at an affordable price. This is real homebrew equipment and not some big box cash in. She will want to build on this kit, not replace it.

If you want to add anything, I'd add this book (~$11 w/free shipping):

u/ryeinn · 1 pointr/homebrew

Good luck! Just a heads up, there is a more active community for beer and wine making over at /r/homebrewing, but n2deep gave a pretty perfect list of items. I started out with Charlie Papazian's book "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing," and I've heard people recommend John Palmer's "How to Brew." It made my life easier, but is by no means a requirement.

Have fun with it!

u/omarsdroog · 1 pointr/beer

I think you'd do better with Palmer's How to Brew. I'd also recommend listening to the podcasts on The Brewing Network, esp BrewStrong. Also, find and join a local homebrew club. There's a lot of info you can get by reading or advice from forums, but nothing compares to having other beer nerds tasting your brew and giving good feedback.

u/schoofer · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Any time is a good time, once you've got a basic understanding of different malts and hops and yeasts. Two books have helped me immensely, too: How to Brew by John Palmer and Tasting Beer by Randy Mosher

u/B2Dirty · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Check your local library for books, I know there are a few out there.

At my library I found these books 1 2 3

u/no_sissies_allowed · 1 pointr/DIY

Like I mentioned earlier, I haven't brewed with it yet, but it's everything you'll need. You might want to pick up How to Brew. It's the golden book when it comes to brewing. Teaches you the hows as well as the whys.

Oh, you will need bottles. Don't get the screw off caps, only pop off caps will work.

Edit: You'll also need a sizable brew pot. You'll want to get one min. 7 gallons to prevent boil overs, which are a bitch to mess with. Just join the sub and do some research and you'll figure it out. Brewing has been happening for thousands of years. No reason you can't figure it out!

u/mjdonnelly68 · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Anyone serious about brewing should buy the book:

It's updated with new information, it's the single best general brewing resource I know of and it's a nice way to thank John Palmer for his contributions to home brewing.

u/msjtx · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Get this book before you buy anything else and just familiarize yourself with the process.

After that, Northern Brewer has some really good starting options, this one is pretty awesome at $80 considering it comes with your first kit to make a 5 gallon batch (usually $30 alone):

The only thing you need to add is empty bottles and a kettle for brewing.

u/dryicebomb · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I recommend you pick up this book, it's quintessential for learning the ins and outs of brewing.

I'd also recommend doing a pre-made beer kit or two first to get the processes and ideas down before jumping into custom recipes.

u/thatsmoothfuck · 1 pointr/brewing

Dude. Step back, read this book and then start brewing. It's rough advice, but you will thank me later. How to Brew: Everything You Need To Know To Brew Beer Right The First Time

u/weeglos · -2 pointsr/Homebrewing
  1. tl/dr.
  2. has really nice kits.
  3. RTFM. Palmer: dead tree / electrons

    Read Palmer's first chapter (free online at that link), then come back with questions.

    Make sure you have a good craft brew on hand, because you won't have any homebrew yet. It's an integral part of the process - when you're stressing, just sit back, relax, have a homebrew. Repeat that mantra, and you'll be just fine.

    Good luck!