Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Any interest in reading reviews of books about fermentation?

Any interest in reading reviews of books about fermentation?

Yes 62 (95%)

No 3 (4%)

Well that is enough of a margin of victory for me to close this poll early (I already posted a review anyway).

In the comments MRB asked "What other books can we look forward to reading your opinions on?" So here is a list of books that will probably be reviewed over the next few months (in no particular order):

How to Brew
Radical Brewing
Designing Great Beers
Microbrewed Adventures
Sacred and Herbal Healing Beers
Brew Like a Monk
Wild Brews
Farmhouse Ales
Smoked Beers
Wheat Beers
Extreme Brewing
Brewing up a Business
Brewing Classic Styles
Homebrewer’s Garden
Brewmaster’s Table
New Brewing Lager Beers
Principles of Brewing Science

If anyone has suggestions for other brewing books worth reading, let me know.

How to Brew will be this week's review, but to determine the rest of the order just vote in the poll. Each week I'll write a review of the most popular remaining book.


Rob said...
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Rob said...

While I am sure you have probably read it, Michael Jackson's 'Great Beers of Belgium' is an amazingly educational and entertaining read.

Josh said...

You should read Designing Great Beers. I recently tried to read it cover-to-cover and I need someone else to share my pain.

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

Not a big fan of DGB? What is your main complaint? I think some of the ingredients are a bit out of date, but in terms of teaching you to design your own recipes I haven't found a better resource.

John said...

Hey Mike,

I am completely new to your site but I think I like it! I just read you post about Charlie Papazian's "Joy of Homebrewing" book and was wondering if you felt the same way about the "sidekick" book to that entitled "The Homebrewer's Companion"( My brew-buddy and I have found them both relatively helpful in covering the basics, we are new to brewing, but have found other resources to really help us understand in-depth concepts and methods. I just thought you could take a look and see if you think it is more of the same or something that is worthwhile to keep around on the bookshelf.

The Mad Fermentationist (Mike) said...

I read Homebrew Companion early in my brewing career. I remember it being pretty similar, but a bit more in depth. That said, I haven’t opened it in so long that I can't do a mini-review off the top of my head.

Josh said...


It's a reference book, not a read-it-through book. ;)

Although like any textbook, I find by reading it through and through, I know where to find information. However, it's not a How To Brew book, and not very fun to read.

Hunington said...

"The Homebrewers' Recipe Guide", by Patrick Higgins, Maura Kate Kilgore, and Paul Hertlein