The Complete Joy of Homebrewing (Fourth Edition)
The book that started thousands of us in the hobby has been updated for the new millennium. Beer critic Michael Jackson calls it a "lifestyle manual, a philosophical tract, and a work of subversive literature." The fourth edition still features Charlie Papazian's easygoing, conversational writing style, taking readers from first extract batch through all-grain brewing. All of Charlie's well-known recipes (Toad Spit Stout, Goat Scrotum Ale, etc.) are back, with several new ones to boot. Best of all, much of the dated info from the 1978 second edition has been revised to reflect the greater quality and variety of ingredients and equipment now available to homebrewers.
The paper and print quality are so bad it is barely readable
I keep coming back to this book after 3 years of home brewing. It has everything in there that I could possibly need to know and is written in language that is easy to comprehend. I have been taking very good care of it and reference it a lot. Plus its a joy to read as Charlie has done a great job of adding his human character into the text. And don't forget "Relax, don't worry, have a home brew"
An earlier edition inspired me to make many batches of homebrew. It's fun and entertaining to read, while teaching important information.Thought it was time to retire the old one so I got this (third) edition for the updated information. Have read all of Charlie's books and wish there were more.If you only buy one homebrewing book it should be this one. Would give it 10 stars if I could.