From the HBD Archive
From: (Kent Forschmiedt)
Subject: Re: Book recommendation wanted
Date: 1989-08-29 21:30:31 GMT

My favorite two books are William Mares' "Making Beer" (I think that's the
whole title) and the well known "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing," by
Charlie Papazian.

"Making Beer" is organized as a chronicle of Mares' experience in brewing.
It details his experiences, beginning with several false starts which were
heavily influenced by some not-so-good books on brewing, through his
eventual success with extracts, more false starts with all grain, success
again, and finally, NOT starting his on microbrewery. It is anecdotal from
beginning to end, has lots of good info about practical equipment and
techniques, includes some recipes, and has a decent index.

Papazian's book is closer to a textbook; the anecdotes are short and it
isn't a chronicle. It has lots of recipes, including some unusual beers
and mead. The technical information is broader and more complete, but it
still isn't a reference manual. The book's worst feature is its lack of
an index.

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