Appendix F

Recommended Reading

Appendix F - Recommended Reading

The following citations are recommended to provide you with more information than my book covered. Some periodicals and websites are recommended to provide more background, other references can provide more detail on particular subjects than I felt I could include. My intent was to provide a solid foundation from which to explore the world of brewing. Have at it!


Brew Your Own - A good magazine for the beginning homebrewer. Readily available at newsstands.

Brewing Techniques Archives - This magazine was the premier home and craft brewing periodical, covering beer styles, techniques, and brewing science with a clear prose that made the information accessible to everyone. Select articles are available online at

Zymurgy - The magazine of the American Homebrewers Association. - It covers brewing technology as it relates to homebrewing, as well as the doings of the AHA. They also publish Special Issues that provide in-depth information on various subjects, including Hops, Malts, Styles, Equipment, etc.


Dave Miller's Homebrewing Guide - by Dave Miller
Storey Publishing
A great book for all the basics, highly recommended for beginning and intermediate brewers.

Brewing the Worlds Great Beers - Dave Miller
Storey Publishing, 1992.
Another good book which explores the basics of beer making in a simpler approach than his Guide, from a recipe orientation. An excellent first or second brewing book.

Brewing - Michael J. Lewis, and Tom W. Young
Aspen Publishers, 1995
This is the best book I have read for detailing all the mechanics and biochemistry of brewing. Other books may present a particular topic better, but this book is comprehensive. If you are really interested in the science of brewing or interested in brewing professionally, then this book is the place to start.

Brew Ware - Carl Lutzen, and Mark Stevens
Storey Publishing
Mark and Carl interviewed a lot of gadgetheads to collect the material for this book. There are a lot of labor saving devices that homebrewers have figured out how to make for themselves, and this book shows you how to make them. A useful book for those interested in building their own equipment and home breweries.

Homebrew Favorites - Carl Lutzen, and Mark Stevens
Storey Publishing
You want recipes?! They have recipes! The favorite recipes collected from scores of the best homebrewers in the world. The best way to determine your own recipe for a style is to compare lots of similar recipes, and this book is the perfect source.

Designing Great Beers - Ray Daniels
Brewers Publications, 1997
This guy thinks like I do - he looks at variables in brewing and how to best control them to produce the different beer styles. This is a very useful book for getting into the nuts and bolts of brewing, and learning how to tinker with them to really fine tune your brewing.

New Brewing Lager Beer - Greg Noonan
Brewers Publications, 1986, 1996
For anyone interested in dedicated lager brewing and decoction mashing, this is the book. I referred to it several times in writing my own. Noonan is a professional brewer and a lot of the material is written the interests of professional brewers in mind.

Principles of Brewing Science 2nd Ed. - George Fix
Brewers Publications, 1989, 1998
Explains the fundamentals of biochemistry involved in malting, mashing and fermentation. A great book to really understand the whole brewing process.

An Analysis of Brewing Techniques - George and Laurie Fix
Brewers Publications, 1997.
This book complements Principles by looking at how the processes of brewing influence the ingredients and vice versa. Reading both books provides a unique stepping stone to understanding the textbooks of brewing, such as Malting and Brewing Science.

Using Hops - by Mark Garetz
HopTech, 1994
A good reference book for the different Hop varieties and their usages. Provides a more complete discussion of Hop Utilization and Bittering than can be found in other current publications

Homebrewing- Volume One - by Al Korzonas
(Self-Published), 1998.
A very comprehensive book covering all aspects of brewing with malt extract, including a lot of recipes. This book has more discussion of beer styles and troubleshooting than mine.

The Pocket Guide to Beer - by Michael Jackson
Simon and Schuster, 1994
The most complete book of all the worlds beers and styles. The beers of each country/brewery are rated to a 4 star system. His flavor descriptions and recommendations are very useful for recipe formulation.

Essentials of Beer Style - by Fred Eckhardt
Fred Eckhardt Communications, 1989.
A good book for targeting beer styles, provides information that can be used for formulating your own recipes for commercial beers.

Classic Beer Styles Series
Brewers Publications
These books are great references for each of the most popular beer styles, written by homebrewers who love that style. History of the style, current variations, techniques, and recipes for brewing them - you can't go wrong with these books.

Altbier - Horst Dornbusch
Brewers Publications, 1998.Belgian Ale - Pierre Rajotte
Brewers Publications, 1992.
Barley Wine - Fal Allen and Dick Cantwell
Brewers Publications, 1998.
Brown Ale - Ray Daniels and Jim Parker
Brewers Publications, 1999.
Bock - Darryl Richman
Brewers Publications, 1994.
Continental Pilsener - Dave Miller
Brewers Publications, 1990.
German Wheat Beer - Eric Warner
Brewers Publications, 1992.
Kolsch - Eric Warner
Brewers Publications, 1999.
Lambic - Jean-Xavier Guinard
Brewers Publications, 1990.
Stout - Michael Lewis
Brewers Publications, 1995.
Porter - Terry Foster
Brewers Publications, 1992.
Scotch Ale - Greg Noonan
Brewers Publications, 1993.
Vienna, Marzen, Oktoberfest - George and Laurie Fix
Brewers Publications, 1992.
Pale Ale - Terry Foster
Brewers Publications, 1990.

Internet Resources

The Homebrew Digest - this listserver digest available online by sending the word SUBSCRIBE to It is easily the best source of homebrewing information in the world, and worth its weight in platinum. (Read it daily and learn from other's experience. Ask good questions, and you will get good answers.) A lot of the regulars have been there for 10 years or better and the discussions may seem really esoteric and technical at times, but everyone is there because they love to discuss brewing. Don't be shy.

The Homebrew Digest Archives -
At the Homebrew Digest site, you can query the digest archives on any brewing topic and receive a compilation of posts discussing it. Interested in yeast aeration? Lagering? Kegging? Water Treatment? Yeast types? Malt Types? It is all there.

BreWorld -
The home of Europe's largest brewing site, containing links to major breweries, the UK homebrewing page, European beer events, ingredients and publications.

The Brewery -
The Brewery is the repository for all the extracted wisdom of the brewers of the Home Brew Digest, the quintessential recipe codex The Cat's Meow, and the keeper of the legacy of the Stanford brewing ftp site. A lot of well organized information is available here.

The Real Beer Page -
The Real Beer Page has become the largest source of craft and home brewing information on the internet. The Library section of their site is the most useful to homebrewers, but the other links and sites are very useful too.

The Biohazard Lambic Brewers Page -
Jim Liddil loves Belgium's Lambic beer style and has devoted his site to teaching you how to make it as best you can without actually being in the Lambic Valley.