Helpful Resources for Beginner Homebrewers

For Beginner Homebrewers

The obvious start is with John Palmers: How to brew. This book is the brewing bible to most home and commercial brewers alike. ‘How to Brew’ is a step by step guide through the physical and theoretical brewing process aimed at people getting into the homebrewing hobby.

For the recipe side Jamil Zainasheff’s ‘Brewing Classic Styles’.  Jamil is an American NHC Ninkasi winner, homebrew geek and owner of Heretic Brewing Co. and this book contains 80 award winning recipes (all grain and extract) which are accurate to style and allow beginners to hone in their brewing techniques without being distracted by recipe development.

Following John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff further is the podcast ‘Brew Strong’ from The Brewing Network. Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer host this podcast, focusing on all the technical aspects of homebrewing. The early episodes focus more on the essential broader topics, whereas the more recent episodes look at particular topics.

The other podcast from The Brewing Network suitable for beginning brewers is ‘The Session’. This podcast is regarded as the original home brewing information podcast and is particularly responsible for the boom in both the quality and number of homebrewer since 2005. The early episodes tackle the essentials of homebrewing from a panel of knowledgeable homebrewers, craft beer aficionados and guest industry professionals that don’t take themselves nor the industry too seriously. Over the years this podcast has moved from technical brewing knowledge to more of a social podcast looking at the American and sometimes international craft beer industry.

Brad Smith also has a home brewing podcast that follows a similar format to ‘The Session’ show starting off tackling the basics of homebrewing then move on to specific topics with guest industry professionals.

There is a multitude of other brewing podcasts out there that range in the personality types of the hosts and the level and direction of knowledge they are trying to pass on.

Video resource, for brewing specific to the Grianfather we recommend our youtube channel and also David Heath’s youtube channel. For more general brewing information there are a plethora of people uploading videos on specifics of homebrewing. However, many of the videos here, are their personal opinion on how something ‘could’ or ‘should’ be done. Look for videos from homebrewing retail or equipment stores, like northernbrewerTV and BrewingTV(also from northern brewer) as these will tend to be what the industry accepts as the correct brewing theory or technique.

Your local homebrew store is also an excellent resource for new brewers. These stores will often have how to homebrew demonstrations, following that use any friends or people you know that brew to help get the basics. These people can also be used to taste your beers and get feedback for any significant defects that may arise.

Finally, websites. Grainfather offers a couple of recourse, the brew book parts one and two and also a live chat feature for your brewing questions. Craftbeer.com and homebrewersassociation.com have resources and tutorials for homebrewing your first or next batch of beer.

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