Homebrew & Beer Resources

Here are some great resources for learning more about basic and advanced homebrewing techniques and also great vendors from which to purchase equipment and ingredients:

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How to Brew (by John Palmer) – In my opinion, this is the single most important and useful book on homebrewing beer. It covers every topic that a beginning or potential brewer would want to read about, and it serves as a fantastic reference book for advanced brewers. I use it almost every single time I brew. If you can only afford one book on brewing, buy this one.

Radical Brewing (by Randy Mosher) – Once you understand all the rules for brewing, read this book and learn how to break them! Mosher goes through many styles of beers and then explains how to get radical with formulating an exciting recipe that diverts from normal style guidelines. This book is a fantastic read and highly recommended.

Brew Like a Monk (by Stan Hieronymus) – If Belgian beers are your passion, this is a must-read book. It's a great way to learn the various brewing styles of Belgium, and it offers recipe guidelines for crafting your own Belgian-style ales. The book also has a comprehensive history of beer in Belgium, and profiles of American breweries and beers inspired by that history.

Farmhouse Ales (by Phil Markowski) – A sort of companion book to "Brew Like a Monk" (above), this one delves into the farmhouse style of Belgian ales.

The Homebrewer's Answer Book (by Ashton Lewis) – This one was written by pro brewer Ashton Lewis. I've worked with Ashton while writing articles for Brew Your Own magazine, and I can assure you that this guy knows his stuff when it come to making beer. If you've got a question, he's got an answer.

Brew Ware: How to Find, Adapt & Build Homebrewing Equipment – I think the title pretty much says it all on this one. There are many useful projects in this book for building your own brewing equipment, ranging from mash tuns to wort chillers. Instead of photos, it has very nicely done drawings of all projects.

Brew Chem 101: The Basics of Homebrewing Chemistry – For those of you that want to know what's going on under the hood while your beer is brewing, this is the book for you. Some of it went over my head, but I found most of the book to be digestible to the non-Chemistry major.


Northern Brewer Homebrew Forum. Probably the most friendly homebrewing forum there is. If you're a beginner or are thinking about getting into brewing, this should be your first stop, because all questions are welcome. Advanced brewers also should stop by. (and they have a kick-ass online store as well)

Midwest Homebrew Supplies. A great vendor for many products and ingredients. And they have very inexpensive kegging gear. The also have a nice forum.