Literature on the science and the lore of fermented beverages. Reading is good for you.
Reading about making beer and the brewing process is one of the best ways to learn new techniques and become a better brewer.
Here are a few different book topics that you should add to your brewer’s library:
Here’s a list to get started with:
This book will help guide you through the fun and often unpredictable journey of sour beer brewing with practical advice from some of the country’s best known sour beer producers. By Michael Tonsmeire.
The Basics of Homebrewing Chemistry. Features non-technical language and a highly readable style.
Culture and Craftsmanship in the Belgian Tradition. This book delves into monastic brewing, exploring this rich-flavored specialty of the beer world.
Brewing Better Beer is a comprehensive look at technical, practical and creative homebrewing advice from Gordon Strong, three-time winner of the coveted Ninkasi Award.
80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew. This book shares award winning recipes to help brewers enjoy the top-quality beers that the homebrewing hobby offers today.
Making, Using and Enjoying Sweet and Hard Cider. This handbook shows you how simple it is to turn fruit into nature’s most refreshing drink. By Annie Proulx and Lew Nichols.
Recipes for 200 Commercial Beers. Updated second edition.
The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles. This book provides a wealth of data on the current and historical brewing techniques and ingredients for fourteen of the world’s most popular ale and lager styles.
An in depth look at hops that covers not only their use in modern brewing, but their history as well. This book explains the basics of hop chemistry, the important role that farmers play and how best to choose a hop for any situation. Over 100 hop varieties are described in detail and hop quality and utilization are explored in detail. By Stan Hieronymous.
The Complete Guide to Growing Grapes and Making Your Own Wine. By Jeff Cox.
The Complete Beginner’s Guidebook. This revised third edition makes it easy to brew great beer at home.
A Guide to Fermenting Wine Grapes. Fourth Edition. By Jon Iverson.
Solutions to almost every problem a home brewer will face. This book presents all you need to make great beer in an easy to read, Q&A format. Covering topics from beginner to advanced, The Homebrewer’s Answer Book offers advice for making great beer and troubleshooting tips for when things don’t go according to plan.
Make Your Own Soft Drinks That Are Tastier, Healthier and Cheaper Than Anything You’ll Find in Stores.
Compiled by Hopunion LLC, this is a compendium of different hop varieties from all over the world. In addition to Alpha Acid ranges and flavor guidelines, this handbook lists the pedigree, general trade perceptions, substitutions and a lot of other statistics for over 100 types of hops.
Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time. Presented in a clear, no nonsense style, this authoritative text introduces brewing in an easy, step-by-step review.
Explore the evolution of one of craft beer’s most popular styles, India pale ale. Loaded with brewing tips from some of the country’s best brewers, IPA covers techniques from water treatment to hopping procedures.
From Story publishing’s Country Wisdom Bulletin series. By Annie Proulx.
125 Unusual Recipes Using Herbs, Fruits, Flowers and More. By Pattie Vargas and Rich Gulling.
The fourth book in the brewing elements series, Malt delves into the intricacies of one of the key ingredients used in the production of virtually all beers. This book provides a comprehensive overview of malt, its history, agricultural development and physiology. A walk through of enzymes and their role during malting is followed by discussions on the Maillard reaction, specialty malts, quality assessment and proper storage. This book is great for any brewer who wants to learn more about the role of malt as the backbone of beer. By John Mallett.