+612 9045 4394
How To Brew : Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time - John J Palmer

How To Brew

Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time

Paperback Published: 1st June 2017
ISBN: 9781938469350
Number Of Pages: 582

Other Formats

Share This Book:


RRP $39.99
In Stock
Enter an Australian post code for delivery estimate

Earn 72 Qantas Points
on this Book

How to Brew is the definitive guide to making quality beers at home. Whether you want simple, sure-fire instructions for making your first beer, or you’re a seasoned homebrewer working with all-grain batches, this book has something for you.

John Palmer adeptly covers the full range of brewing possibilities accurately, clearly and simply. From ingredients and methods to recipes and equipment for brewing beer at home, How to Brew is loaded with valuable information on brewing techniques and recipe formulation.

A perennial best seller since the release of the third edition in 2006, How to Brew, is a must-have to update every new and seasoned brewer’s library.

About the Author

John Palmer is one of the most recognized names in homebrewing today. The author of three books and countless articles, he enjoys applying practical engineering know-how to the art and science of brewing beer. Through his bestselling Brewers Publications title, How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time, John has helped hundreds of thousands of readers learn to successfully brew their own beer at home.

Palmer co-authored two other books on brewing: Brewing Classic Styles: 80 Winning Recipes Anyone Can Brew with homebrewing legend and Heretic Brewing Company founder Jamil Zainasheff and Water: A Comprehensive Guide for Brewers, the definitive guide to water chemistry for brewing with Colin Kaminski, former brewmaster at Napa's Downtown Joe's Brewery and Restaurant. Palmer is involved in many scientific and professional brewing associations. He left a career in aerospace research and development, and metallurgy in 2011 to found Palmer Brewing Solutions, Inc.

He now focuses on brewery consulting and product development with key brewing industry manufacturers and serves as publications director for the Master Brewers Association of the Americas. When he's not brewing beer, writing about beer, or developing brewing equipment, John enjoys woodturning, blacksmithing, and reading sci-fi/fantasy. He lives in California with his wife, three children, and his cat, Shadow.

Industry Reviews

If a homebrewer were to have only one brewing book, it would have to be How to Brew by John Palmer. How to Brew covers it allfrom beginner to advanced brewing and everything in between. For the beginner, the first chapter has you covered with all you need to know to start brewing. From there, you can read on to gain further knowledge at whatever pace you choose. For more experienced brewers, How to Brew is a reference book for just about everything you want to know about brewing beer at home, covering ingredients, equipment and brewing techniques. No homebrewer should be without this book. -- Gary Glass, Director, American Homebrewers Association How deep do you want to go?Congratulations, with How to Brew you hold in your hands a unique body of brewing knowledge. Some books are like a puddle, perfect for splashing through in your intellectual rain boots; others are like a well, deep, but hard to get in and out of. This book is more like a veritable lake. If you want to dip your toe in, you can comfortably do that. If you are interested in swimming for the deep water, that is here too. John Palmer's clear and approachable style when writing on the theory and technique of brewing is as simple or complex as you desire. It will give you the confidence to quickly fire off your first batch, and provide comprehensive insights for when you are well into your brewing journey. This is a great resource. Come on in, the water is fine! -- John Mallett, Director of Operations, Bell's Brewery, Inc. and author of Malt: A Practical Guide from Field to Brewhouse I have always considered How to Brew the best complete resource for both new and experienced brewers. In this new edition, John has made a great resource even better and up to date with the latest information and techniques. How to Brew has all you need to go from complete novice to expert brewer. If you brew, you should own this book. -- Jamil Zainasheff, Author of Brewing Classic Styles and Chief Heretic of Heretic Brewing Company Not only is How to Brew one of the most critical and comprehensive DIY homebrewing books available today, I have even seen it on the bookshelves at many great craft breweries. -- Sam Calagione, CEO and Founder, Dogfish Head Craft Brewery Owning How to Brew is like having a brewmaster as your best friend. In the 30-plus years since the American craft beer revolution got its start, countless brewing books have appeared. None, however, has achieved the status of How to Brew, which is thorough, comprehensive, and beautifully organized. And now, this new expanded and enhanced edition improves on the original. It's a considerable feat to create a book that is invaluable both to first-time brewers and professional brewmasters, but John has done it with a book that is essential for everyone who is serious about brewing. -- Jim Koch, Founder & Brewer of Samuel Adams Whenever I'm asked about what books I'd recommend to a brewer, I always recommend John Palmer's How to Brew. It is jam-packed with information that will help beginning brewers get started, and the more advanced technical brewing chemistry and science details that experienced brewers need to become great brewers. It works at all levels. -- Mitch Steele, COO and Brewmaster, New Realm Brewing Company John Palmer's How to Brew has been a great resource for homebrewers ever since he self-published the first edition in 2000. As the former owner of a homebrew supply store myself, I appreciate John's focus on how to avoid some common pitfalls that many aspiring brewers stumble over with his wise emphasis on the top five priorities." From the basics (equipment and raw materials), to the critical (cleanliness), to the fun part (making your own beer recipes), this book covers the brewing process from start to finish. This new edition offers more information with an updated layout and expanded table of contents, which make it even easier to use. Anyone contemplating homebrewing, or looking to step up their homebrewing game, should start here. -- Ken Grossman, Founder and Brewmaster, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. John Palmer has established himself not only as an authoritative homebrewing author and teacher, but also as a valued contributor and instructor in the professional brewing world. In this updated edition of How to Brew, John presents the most important brewing rules, along with the proven science that professional brewers and homebrewers alike must know to make great beer. The result is a book that is incredibly approachable while being steeped in brewing wisdom. -- Matt Brynildson, Brewmaster, Firestone Walker Brewing Company I'm in awe of John Palmer's book, How to Brew, and I'm jealous that I didn't have it when I first started brewing. For nearly 20 years now, Palmer has continued to revise and expand this text, improving it for the beginner and extending it so that, once you start, you don't have to leave to look for another resource to carry you past the basics. It now stands as an authoritative source of brewing knowledge that every brewer should read. Bravo, sir. Bravo! -- Ray Daniels, Founder and Director, Cicerone(R) Certification Program and author of Designing Great Beers: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Classic Beer Styles

Great book


Great book!!



Best resource for home brewing


Great book! Excellent Resource!




5.0 2


Table of Contents


Table of Contents

List of Tips, Tables, & Significant Figures

Introduction Section IBrewing Beer Kits

Chapter 1 - A Crash Course in Brewing What Do I Do? Brew Day Equipment Needed Preparation Making Wort Fermentation Week(s) Bottling Day Serving Day But Wait! There's More!

Chapter Two - Sanitation The Road to Good Brewing Preparation Sanitation Cleaning Products Cleaning Your Equipment Sanitizing Products Heat Cleaning and Sanitizing Final Thoughts Record Keeping Example Recipe Form

Chapter 3 - A Short Discourse on Malting and Brewing A Brief Discussion of Barley and Malt The Production of Malt Extract Cooking the Wort Full Boil vs. Partial Boil Building a Beer

Chapter 4 - Malt Extract and Beer Kits Choosing a Good Kit Shopping for Extracts How Much Extract to Use Gravity vs. Fermentability Steeping Specialty Grains

Chapter 5- Hops What Are They? Why Are Hops Bitter? How Are They Used? First Wort Hopping Bittering Flavoring Finishing (Whirlpool Hops) Dry Hopping Hop Forms - Pellets, Plug and Whole Hop Variety Types Bittering Hop Varieties Dual Purpose Hop Varieties Aroma Hop Varieties How to Measure Hops Hop Bitterness (IBU) Calculations Gravity of the Boil Utilization Hop IBU Nomograph

Chapter 6 - Yeast and Fermentation How Yeast Work Defining Fermentation ...

99 Lagtime or Adaptation Phase ...

100 High growth or Attenuative Phase 101 Conditioning Phase...

102 Cold Conditioning / Lagering...

103 Building a Better Fermentation ...

104 Oxygen and Aeration ...

105 Nitrogen ...

106 Necessary Minerals...

107 Nutritional Supplements ...

108 Open vs. Closed Fermentation ...

109 Chapter 7 -Managing Your Yeast Yeast Types Yeast Forms Yeast Strains Dry Yeast Strains Liquid Yeast Strains Yeast Nutritional Needs Nutritional Supplements Oxygen Aeration is Good, Oxidation is Bad Preparing Yeast and Yeast Starters Preparing Dry Yeast Preparing Liquid Yeast When Is My Yeast Starter Ready to Pitch? Using Yeast From Commercial Beers Support Your Local Micro Simple Yeast Ranching

Chapter 8 - Water For Extract Brewing Two Things What is Good Brewing Water? How to Read a Water Quality Report Adding Brewing Salts

Chapter 9 - Brewing Your Second Batch First Recipe Beginning the Boil The Hot Break Hop Additions Kettle Fining Cooling the Wort Water Bath Ice Copper Wort Chillers Choosing Your Fermentor Buckets vs. Carboys Airlocks vs. Blowoffs Transferring the Wort Conducting Your Fermentation Pitching the Yeast Fermentation Location Fermentation Racking Estimating the Alcohol Content

Chapter 10 - Priming, Bottling, and Kegging When to Bottle Bottle Cleaning Fining What Sugar Should I Prime With? Commercial Priming Agents Bottle Filling Storage Kegging

Chapter 11 - Brewing Lager Beer Yeast Differences Additional Time Lower Temperatures Autolysis Lager Yeast Fermentation When to Begin Lagering Aagh!! It Froze!! Should I Add More Yeast? Maintaining Lager Temperature Priming and Bottling of Lager Beer Bottling Brewing American Lager Beer RecipeTypical American Lager

Chapter 12 - Brewing Strong Beers

Chapter 13 - Brewing Fruit Beers

Chapter 14 - Brewing Sour Beers Section IIAll-Grain Brewing

Chapter 15 - Understanding Malted Barley & Adjuncts What is Malting? Maillard Reactions and Flavor Development Malt Types and Usages Base Malts Kilned Malts Caramel Malts Roasted Malts Other Grains and Adjuncts How To Read a Malt Analysis Sheet

Chapter 16 - How the Mash Works An Allegory Defining the Mash The Acid Rest Doughing-In and Beta Glucanase The Protein Rest and Modification Starch Conversion/Saccharification Rest Other Factors for Starch Conversion

Chapter 17 - Residual Alkalinity, Malt Acidity and Mash pH The six concepts Source Water The Usual Suspects Residual Alkalinity is the Cornerstone of Mash pH Water Chemistry + Malt Chemistry = Mash Chemistry Mash pH Sets up the Beer pH

Chapter 18 - Adjusting Water for Style Famous Waters and their Beers The dogma of Virgin Water Adjusting water for Style Sulfate to Chloride Ratio Total Dissolved Solids Adjustment Examples

Chapter 19 - The Methods of Mashing Single Temperature Infusion Multi-Rest Mashing Infusion Calculations Multiple Rest Infusion Example Decoction Mashing Summary

Chapter 20 - What to Expect When You are Extracting Extraction and Maximum Yield Efficiency and Typical Yield Calculating Your Efficiency Water to Grist Ratio and First Runnings Planning Recipe Malt Quantities

Chapter 21 - Getting the Wort Out (Lautering) A Good Crush Means Good Lautering Lautering What is Mashout? What is Recirculation? What is Sparging? Rinsing Versus Draining Water to Grist Ratio and First Runnings Sparging Calculations

Chapter 22 - Your First All-Grain Batch Additional Equipment Suggested Recipe Partial Mash Option Brew In A Bag Option Starting the Mash Conducting the Mash Conducting the Lauter Variations on a Common Theme Section IIIRecipes, Experiment'g, and Troubleshoot'g

Chapter 23 - Some of My Favorite Styles and Recipes Style Descriptions The Ale Styles Wheat Pale Ales English Special Bitter India Pale Ale American Pale Ale American Amber Ale Brown Ales Oud Bruin Porter Stout Barleywine The Lager Styles Pilsner Classic American Pilsner California Common (Steam-type) Bock Vienna Oktoberfest Chapter Summary

Chapter 24 - Developing Your Own Recipes Developing Your Own Recipes Discretion Is the Better Part of Flavor Smash Increasing the Body Changing Flavors Brewing Sugars Toasting Your Own Malt

Chapter 25 - Is My Beer Ruined? Common Problems Common Off-Flavors Section IVAppendices

Appendix A Using Hydrometers Appendix B Beer Color Basis of Color Rating Other Color Factors Estimating Beer Color

Appendix C Beer Clarity What is Haze? Fixing Haze in the Recipe Fixing Haze With Clarifiers

Appendix D Building Wort Chillers Immersion Chillers Counterflow Chillers Plate Chillers

Appendix E Lauter Tun Design For Batch Sparging Choosing A Cooler Rinsing vs. DrainingA Re-Cap False Bottom, Manifold, Or Screen? Siphon Or Bulkhead? Building Copper Pipe Manifolds Building A Stainless Steel Braided Ring Home Mashing Setups

Appendix F Lauter Tun Design for Continuous Sparging Fluid Mechanics Designing Pipe Manifolds Designing Ring Manifolds How To Continuous Sparge Continuous Sparging Procedure

Appendix G Brewing Metallurgy General Information and Cleaning Aluminum Copper Brass Carbon Steel Stainless Steel Galvanic Corrosion Soldering, Brazing, and Welding Toxicity of Metals Aluminum Cadmium Chromium Copper Iron Lead Zinc

Appendix H Metric Conversions References



ISBN: 9781938469350
ISBN-10: 1938469356
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 582
Published: 1st June 2017
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 25.4 x 17.8  x 3.18
Weight (kg): 1.09
Edition Number: 4

Earn 72 Qantas Points
on this Book