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Homebrewer's Companion Paperback – Aug 1 1994

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (Aug. 1 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380772876
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380772872
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 13.3 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 363 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #979,365 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Charlie Papazian is president of the Association of Brewers, an organization which he founded. He is the author of The New Complete Joy of Home Brewing and The Home Brewer's Companion. He lives in Boulder, Colorado.


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After publishing the best introduction to home brewing Papazian released this unenlightening tome. His snappy style, so essential in his first book, sounds dull and contrived. One third of the book is complete filler as he lists 60 pages of various beer styles along with their specific gravities, etc. This information could have been presented in a two page spread. Additionally, he offers little in the way of advanced brewing technique. The one saving grace of this book is the recipe section, with interesting ideas like a lambic barley wine and a raspberry imperial stout. If you are looking for a book that offers a firm overview of all-grain brewing then I can recommend 'Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide' or Noonan's 'Brewing Lager Beer.' Papazian's book will most likely be a complete disappointment.
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This is Charlie Papazian's second book on the subject of homebrewing. I found this book to be more technical in nature than Papazian's first book, "The new Complete Joy of Homebrewing", and not quite as entertaining to read. Nevertheless, this book is still useful as a reference tool and it does have some good recipes. Cheers!
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This book is informative, and an easy read. This is an addition to the first book by Charles Papazian, and has some more advance tips and also quite a few additional recipes.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f97245c) out of 5 stars 55 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f99a5e8) out of 5 stars Needs an update badly Jan. 8 2009
By A. Newman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Complete Joy of Homebrewing is awesome, and that book has been updated with the times. This companion book - while containing lots of useful information - suffers from dated information (check out the "list of homebrewer yeasts" which is under 2 dozen... a number not accurate for over a decade).

Much of the book is designed on the premise of expanding to intermediate and advanced brewing, with great DIY instructions for building mash tuns, etc. However when you get to the recipes, they do not fit the book's scope because many require malt extracts. (I'm not suggesting that extract indicates beginner, but rather that by calling for 'branded' extracts... cans of Coopers, etc. the recipes lose a lot of their value. It would have been far better to list pure all grain recipes, then provide supplementary tips for converting those recipes to generic extract + steeping grains).

Worth having, but a better "companion" is "Learn To Brew" by John Palmer, and the best-written recipes can be found in "Brewing Classic Styles"by by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f99a9f0) out of 5 stars Excellent Reference April 2 2007
By Joshua Eryn Cook - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I bought this along with The Complete Joy of Homebrewing, also by Papazian. I think both books are a must-have for any homebrewer. _Companion_ is more of a reference text, while _Joy_ is more introductory. Both books have indispensable information about the basic ingredients and processes of brewing.

When formulating a recipe, I refer back and forth to both books. Each has a variety of recipes in myriad styles that provide a good jumping-off point. For customizing the recipes, I refer to the table in _Companion_ that summarizes the various malts and their contribution to specific gravity, then I go to the table in _Joy_ that catalogs the different varieties of hops and their contribution to bitterness and flavor.
49 of 63 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f99aa68) out of 5 stars Regurgitation of old material Dec 29 1997
By shimkusd@advisory.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
After publishing the best introduction to home brewing Papazian released this unenlightening tome. His snappy style, so essential in his first book, sounds dull and contrived. One third of the book is complete filler as he lists 60 pages of various beer styles along with their specific gravities, etc. This information could have been presented in a two page spread. Additionally, he offers little in the way of advanced brewing technique. The one saving grace of this book is the recipe section, with interesting ideas like a lambic barley wine and a raspberry imperial stout. If you are looking for a book that offers a firm overview of all-grain brewing then I can recommend 'Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide' or Noonan's 'Brewing Lager Beer.' Papazian's book will most likely be a complete disappointment.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f99adf8) out of 5 stars Great for beginners March 8 2007
By Philip E. Sharp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a new brewer, this book has more advanced information in it than I need at the moment. It will be a good reference as I progress through brewing and gain more experience. If you only have one book on brewing to purchase, get Charles Papazian's first book on home brewing.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f99af30) out of 5 stars More info on brewing beer Sept. 15 1997
By Bryan Carey - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is Charlie Papazian's second book on the subject of homebrewing, following the in the footsteps of Papazian's immensely popular and useful debut, The New Complete Joy of Homebrewing. This book offers a lengthy guide to homemade beer, complete with reference material about the different styles of beer; how they are made, how strong they typically are, and other basics.

Part of the reason Papazian's first book was so much fun was due to its writing style and humor. This, the follow- up, is more technical in nature and not quite as entertaining to read. It sticks mostly to the facts and leaves out much of the fun, making it a little more likely to induce sleep than inspiration. Nevertheless, this book is still useful as a reference tool and it does have some good beer recipes. Cheers!


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