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Less enamoured than others
on September 3, 2010
I know I'm in the minority, but I don't love this book.
To start with, it's out of date. For instance, Papazian recommends boiling the beer mixture before starting the fermentation. No concentrate manufacturer I have found recommends this. Several recommend *against* it, saying that it will boil off the good flavours.
Beginners will find little of value here. Making beer is very simple, but Papazian makes it seem very hard (while using a breezy style, as if he is clarifying great mysteries). You really can explain how to make beer on the back of a can.
Intermediate and advanced brewers might like it more. I am not one, so I can't really say. But, as a beginner, I approached my first beer with trepidation having read "The Joy of Home Brewing". When I started my second batch, I threw it away and followed the instructions on the can. They were easy.