This short book is the finest how-to manual for home brewers. First, it provides a succinctly readable introduction to get novices safely through their first few batches. Then, it goes on to present the best available introductions to intermediate and advanced brewing.
BQB does not attempt to be an encyclopedia. Rather, it presents a clear procedural guideline for someone to follow in order to succeed. The book includes recipes to help newcomers avoid potential problems, but the intent is to teach the reader about the various brewing ingredients, and how they work together, so brewers will be inspired and enabled to create successful recipes on their own.
No other home brewing textbook is written by an author with Byron Burch's extraordinary set of qualifications:
First, as a national champion home brewer (1986) and meadmaker (1992 and 1994) his expertise is obvious.
Second, since 1972, he has worked in the brewing and winemaking supply trade, creating a highly successful business, despite its being located in a town of only modest size. Along the way, he has taught countless new brewers, which gives him an exceptional grasp of what they want and need to know, what questions they have, and how much information they can absorb at one time.
Third, having a master's degree in English, he is able to pass along his brewing expertise in a disciplined, clear, and effective manner that benefits would-be home brewers.
Brewing Quality Beers is the book you should study if you want your home brewing venture to become an engrossing hobby.
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I wrote Brewing Quality Beers to help get homebrewers started in the hobby the right way. I make my living selling homebrewing supplies and equipment in Santa Rosa, California. Shops like ours all over North America need a clear, well written, guidebook so potential customers can get the necessary information. If new brewers get confused, they don't succeed, and we lose repeat business.
Over 250,000 books have been sold, most by recommendations from homebrew supply shops in the U.S. and Canada.From the Back Cover:
"Now you can learn the secrets of succesful home brewing from America's foremost teacher of the craft!
Discover a kaleidoscope of beer styles, ranging from golden lagers and pale ales, to rich porters, barley wines, and imperial stouts, all of which you can brew in your own home.
Brewing Quality Beers, the second edition, is a text on brewing from the personal notebook of the 1986 National Homebrewer of the year!
This expanded, second edition includes detailed instructions for kegging draft beer at home, step by step mashing procedures for all-grain brewing. Water treatment and hop bittering tables for the most common beer styles and a section of all-grain recipes for advanced brewers are included as well."
"Brewing Quality Beers is a GREAT book! The information, organization ant style are all aces. Incredibly concise and complete." Greg Noonan, author of Brewing Lager Beer
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