The other day I got my hands on Ashton Lewis’s The Home Brewer’s Answer Book.
This excellent resource has been compiled from 11 years answering the questions column in Brew Your Own magazine. A real brick of a book, it comprehensively covers the full cycle of brewing over its 400+ pages. The features that I think make it a great resource:
- It’s accessible enough for beginners, yet is unashamed to go right into the meat of the chemistry of what is going on, does not shy away from the intricacies. Not a coffee-table book.
- It’s American by origin, yet metric units are fully catered for.
- Like BYO mag, it’s aimed square at all-grain, rather than fixating on extracts.
- It’s incredibly cheap (US$15).
I’ve been at it for an evening and a morning and already knocked off 150 pages. Highly recommended for filling in all those knowledge gaps. So much of brew-knowledge (especially internet forums) is all entirely conjecture and anecdotal evidence – it’s nice to actually get some information from someone who has studied the science behind the process and actually knows what they’re talking about.