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Zymurgy for the Homebrewer and Beer Lover: The Best Articles and Advice from America's #1 Home Brewing Magazine Paperback – May 1998

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 441 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Canada / Non-Fiction (May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380793997
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380793990
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 13.3 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 318 g
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa698c084) out of 5 stars Zymurgy: Best Articles and advice... Dec 8 1999
By Donna Maurer - Published on
Format: Paperback
In Australia we have not been fortunate enough to receive a regular supply of the famous "Zymurgy" magizine. The few magazines I have received have been worthwhile, sparking my interest, but I have not seen the value in actually subscribing. This leads to curcumstances where it is worthwhile obtaining a compilation of the better articles, often spoken about in various litrature in the Brewing scene.
Zymurgy: The Best Articles and Advice, is just that, a compilation of various articles from the magazine. It is a bit of a misnomer that Papazian has his name plastered all over the front because he is the compiler/editor (with the assistance of others) of this collection. He has not written much of the content at all, and only contributed 2 articles, and an introduction.
Like him or loathe him, Papazian has compiled a wide range of very good information, faithfully reprinted from various editions of Zymurgy. Each article acknowleges the author, along with the original date of publication.
If you already subcribe to Zymurgy magazine, or have been collecting the magazine for a number of years, dont bother buying this book unless you want a one stop reference to what you already have. To those outside the USA, who may not have had the opportunity of regularly receiving Zymurgy - this is a very good cross section of articles and contains a wide range of information for the home brewer.
I recommend this book as a general source of Home Brewing information.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa698c48c) out of 5 stars A compilation of articles from Zymurgy, 'greatest hits' July 30 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A decent book of a varying topic field. Some articles go into a topic deeply, others just go skin deep. After reading it, I wished more topics had been covered in more depth. However, it would have made a bigger book. Enjoyable and recommanded to the avid homebrewer.
HASH(0xa698c2b8) out of 5 stars Good article selection, but dated Aug. 20 2008
By New England Yankee - Published on
Format: Paperback
I re-read this book recently and re-discovered why I've been keeping it all these years. In short, the article selection (from Zymurgy magazine, hence the title) is excellent. As your interests change over the years, re-reading articles - or perhaps reading articles you may have skipped the first time around - solidifies and deepens your understanding. So it was for me on at least two topics: hot side aeration (HSA) and yeast propagation. This book, for example, contains information on a simple chemical test for oxidation due to HSA that I don't have anywhere else. The yeast propagation article I have in mind is simple, but is strikingly clear and illustrated by a few helpful pictures.

There are scores of articles in the book. Since it's topical, you can pick it up and read through it randomly. Individual articles are short and stand on their own.

The book could benefit from being brought up-to-date. Also, like every book with Papazian's name on the cover, the quality of the book itself (paper, etc.) is really crummy - think cheap paperback romance quality. I've never understood this. Papazian is arguably the biggest name in homebrewing. You would think that alone, never mind the sales figures, would merit something better. My copy is completely yellowed and brittle.
HASH(0xa698c894) out of 5 stars "wert" the money Feb. 17 2014
By kuya - Published on
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Mr. Papazian is the editor of this book, (copyright 1998), which is a compilation of previously published articles from Zymurgy magazine. At least a couple dozen other individual authors of various Zymurgy magazine articles are the actual authors, along with Michael Jackson and Charlie Papazian. This is an old book, and I remembered many of the articles reproduced here from their original print days in Zymurgy. If you can't find something interesting in here, or better said, ten or fifteen interesting articles in this book, then you're not a home brewer. The articles are short, a few pages each usually, some longer, so you can pick this up and read them one at a time, as time permits. I learned so much from Zymurgy many years ago. This book holds up well.
HASH(0xa698c6f0) out of 5 stars GREAT but Overdue for a new edition... Aug. 7 2010
By J. Lee - Published on
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This is one of the best "nugget" books for homebrewing that is out there. Great to read cover to cover, or for select little sections of interest, this book goes with me everywhere, despite having read it over and over.

I have a request to the publisher and to Charlie: PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE expand this with a new edition to include all the more recent Zymurgy articles that have come out and are worthy since this book was released. NO Vol. needs to remain a "one volume Bible" no matter what. A GREAT tool and reference. How to mixed with history and information that I, even as a seasoned homebrewer, wasn't aware of makes this book pure gold!