The Complete Joy of Home Brewing

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Charlie Papazian, master brewer and founder and president of the American Homebrewer's Association and Association of Brewers, presents a fully revised edition of his essential guide to homebrewing. This third edition of the best-selling and most trusted homebrewing guide includes a complete update of all instructions, recipes, charts, and guidelines. Everything you need to get started is here, including classic and new recipes for brewing stouts, ales, lagers, pilseners, ...

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Overview

Charlie Papazian, master brewer and founder and president of the American Homebrewer's Association and Association of Brewers, presents a fully revised edition of his essential guide to homebrewing. This third edition of the best-selling and most trusted homebrewing guide includes a complete update of all instructions, recipes, charts, and guidelines. Everything you need to get started is here, including classic and new recipes for brewing stouts, ales, lagers, pilseners, porters, specialty beers, and honey meads.

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, third edition, includes:

  • Getting your home brewery together: the basics -- malt, hops, yeast, and water
  • Ten easy lessons for making your first batch of beer
  • Creating world-class styles of beer (IPA, Belgian wheat, German Kölsch and Bock, barley wine, American lagers, to name a few)
  • Using fruit, honey, and herbs for a spicier, more festive brew
  • Brewing with malt extracts for an unlimited range of strengths and flavors
  • Advanced brewing techniques using specialty hops or the all-grain method or mash extracts
  • A complete homebrewer's glossary, troubleshooting tips, and an up-to-date resource section
  • And much, much more

Be sure to check out Charlie's The Homebrewer's Companion for over 60 additional recipes and more detailed charts and tables, techniques, and equipment information for the advanced brewer.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060531058
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/4/2003
  • Series: Harperresource Book Series
  • Edition description: Revised & Updated
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 82,670
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet 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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First Chapter

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition

Beer, History, America and Homebrew

America's beer roots lead back to the brewing traditions of the "European Old World." Although most of the beer Americans drink is a quality-brewed product, the variety and style have evolved and been dramatically altered. Nevertheless, the factors that have influenced the taste of American beer and that of beer throughout the world haven't changed for over 4,500 years!

In the beginning of beer history, the household was the primary source of beer, followed by the small-town brewery. Eventually today's large breweries evolved. Much has been gained, though much has been lost.

There is a groundswell of interest in America, beginning with a surge in homebrewing, in rediscovering, perhaps, the lost truths about beer.

Let's take a closer look at some of the things that have been lost and why most beer tastes the way it does.

A Long, Long Time Ago

It all began at home.

Historians have surmised that long, long ago, in the early days of the Mesopotamian and Egyptian cultures, the first beer was brewed. It was homebrew!

Barley was one of the staple grains of the various Mediterranean cultures. It grew well in that climate and was used as the main ingredient in various breads and cakes. People soon discovered that if barley were wetted, allowed to germinate and subsequently dried, the resulting grain would taste sweeter, and be more nutritional and less perishable. This was probably discovered quite by accident when some inattentive member of a household left a basket of grain out in the rain and then tried to salvage the mess by drying it. Inadvertently, what was made was malted barley. It wasn't such a mistake after all. As a matter of fact, it made for more pleasant breads and porridges.

It was inevitable that someone would leave their porridge, malted barley flour or bread in the rain. The dissolved sugars and starches were fair game for yeasts in the air. Soon, the yeasts began to ferment the "malt soup." When the mysteriously bubbly concoction was consumed, it was with pleasant surprise that the household felt a mysterious inner peace with their surroundings. Furthermore, the fermentation process added nutritional benefits to the diet. However crude the process may have been, the first "beer" had been brewed.

This mildly alcoholic beverage soon became a significant part of the culture of the Egyptians and Mesopotamians, while other native societies simultaneously discovered the joy of naturally fermented drink. Alcohol was not understood. Neither was yeast. But magically these beverages bubbled and made people feel, perhaps, godlike. It is not surprising, then, that religious significance became attached to these gifts of visions. One can easily imagine the ceremonial significance that fermented beverages played in such cultures as the Egyptian, Aztecan and Incan. Rice beers, millet beers, barley beers, honey beers, corn beers ... even the Eskimos had a mildly alcoholic fermented reindeer's milk.

It all began at home, and throughout the world households brewed their own for thousands of years. But as towns and cities developed, homebrewing activity began to diminish, especially in Western cultures.

As towns developed, good drinking water became scarcer. Beer, with its mild alcoholic content, was one of the few liquids safe to drink and thus in great demand. At the same time small-town brewers began to relieve the household of the essential task of making beer.

"Variety and Style"

Because of the development of the small-town brewery, distinctive beers became indigenous to a region, rather than to every household. Slowly, the variability of climate, agriculture and human activity began to express itself more profoundly. During this transition from household to small brewery, modern-day beer came into historic perspective. The centralization of brewing served to consolidate regional trends.

Let's take a look at some of the factors that influence the taste of beer. To a great extent, indigenous ingredients and climate give beers throughout the world much of their distinctive regional character. Different strains of barley and the availability of other grains influence the character of each region's beer. Yeast strains indigenous to an area greatly affect the product brewed. The availability of herbs or hops also characterizes regional beers. For example, beers brewed in those areas with an abundance of hops have a more pronounced hop character. The delicate style of the original Pilsener Urquell from the Czech Republic may be attributed to the character of the water as well as to the native ingredients. There are literally hundreds of styles of Belgian beer, and for many "it's not the water" but a variety of yeasts that are allowed to naturally introduce fermentation to each brewery's beer. The result? Distinctive flavors that are difficult to reproduce elsewhere in the world. Agricultural and climatic conditions surely must have influenced a style of beer called wheat beer, brewed in Germany and now (thanks to homebrewers) in the United States.

Human activity has a significant influence on beer styles. For example, bock beer is a strong beer that originated in the German town of Einbeck. It was a beer that gained favor with royalty and was transported great distances for their pleasure. Its high alcohol content prevented the beer from spoiling. It was very different from the low-alcohol beverages often brewed for local consumption. Likewise, India Pale Ale was a style of strong ale brewed in Great Britain for the purpose of providing the British troops with good ale while they occupied India. It was and still is a beer that is high in alcohol and hop content, both contributing preservative qualities to beer. Consequently, human activity warranted the brewing of stronger beers, in order to help preserve it during long transports.

Throughout history, other human factors, such as economics and shortages of ingredients, have influenced styles of beer. When wartime priorities were given to feeding troops, a shortage of grain resulted in a shortage of beer and/or a more diluted product ...

The Complete Joy of Homebrewing Third Edition. Copyright © by Charles Papazian. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted October 9, 2011

    A Standard For Homebrewers!

    This is at least the third copy of this book I have purchased, each time after a haitus in my homebrewing and an update to the book. If you only have one book on homebrewing this is the one to have - it is the best overall resource on techniques, process, and equipment, and it contains a lot of great recipes and tips, illustrated with great photographs. The most important message for homebrewers is repeated like a mantra throughout this book - "Relax, don't worry, have a homebrew." This is the single most important lesson for a beginning or experienced homebrewer.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Great for the first time brewer.

    This book breaks down your first few batches of beer into easy to follow steps and gives you the confidence to take your beer to the next level. Charlie Papazian writes in an easy to understand style that is entertaining even when he gets into the technical aspects of homebrewing. This should be the first book you buy but will not last all the way through grain brewing. While it does introduce grain brewing, I do not feel that it can be your only resource on the matter. However, if you are committed to extract/kit/minimash brewing, this book will offer great recipes and ideas. RDWHAHB.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    Not sure what the 1st reviewer was talking about, this is the homebrewers bible...

    Great book for anyone interested in getting started in homebrewing. The first review is totally off... With just this book, you can start brewing within hours of picking it up. Its not the be all end all as far as recipes go, but its the perfect book for entry level brewers.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 22, 2013

    Very Well Written

    Charlie is a great writer making his points clear, and giving his hard earned knowledge to us novices. I also enjoy the way he interjects some good humor into the book as well, and by the way, Don't worry. Have a homebrew.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 5, 2012

    The bible of homebrewing.

    The must have book for any homebrewer!

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  • Posted February 20, 2011

    Great Book...except

    A great book for the new homebrewer to understand what is happening in the beer making process. However, this book really lacks the actual mechanics of homebrewing that I wanted to know when starting out. I would've preferred an in-depth discussion of techniques of homebrewing. For example, the section describing the actual steps for intermediate homebrewing is 8 pages long. The section describing adjuncts alone is 23 pages long. Does the new homebrewer really need a whole page describing which fruits can be added? Additionally, the book's layout is poor. It seems to be arranged by level of skill (beginner, intermediate, then advanced) with a discussion of barley, water, hops and yeast in each section. I would've preferred a book that gave all the techniques for brewing upfront (beginner, intermediate and advanced), then recipes, then the chemistry of beer making. Please don't make me look in 3 different places to find info about yeast.

    Overall, I definitely would buy this book again, but would only use it as a tool to better understand brewing (not as a tool to use to actually brew beer).

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2009

    Relax and have a homebrew

    Lots, I mean lots of information. A must have for any homebrewer. The last reviewer should relax and have a home brew.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2008

    Not a very good book

    I wouldn't waste your money on this book!

    1 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2013

    Must have

    Really helps in explaining the actual processes taking place when you brew. Also had many wonderful tips, and recipes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 16, 2012

    Good

    I like this book

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  • Posted July 27, 2011

    dont brew alone

    for some reason my last rating reduced itsself by 3 stars....

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