Resources to Help Beginner Homebrewers
Here’s a compilation of popular and highly recommended resources to help beginner homebrewers looking to expand their knowledge of the craft.
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 and is aimed at people getting into the homebrewing hobby.
Jamil Zainasheff: Brewing Classic Styles
If you’re looking for recipe inspiration, this book is for you!
Jamil is an American NHC Ninkasi winner, homebrew geek and owner of Heretic Brewing Co. Brewing Classic Styles contains 80 award-winning recipes (both all grain and extract) which are accurate to style, allowing beginner homebrewers to hone in their techniques without being distracted by recipe development.
The Brewing Network
Continuing the theme of John Palmer and Jamil Zainasheff is the podcast Brew Strong from The Brewing Network. Hosted by Jamil Zainasheff and John Palmer, this podcast focuses on the technical aspects of homebrewing. The early episodes focus more on the essential broader topics, whereas the more recent episodes look at particular topics.
Another podcast by The Brewing Network that is great for beginner homebrewers, is The Session. This podcast is regarded as the original homebrewing information podcast and is particularly responsible for the boom in both the quality and number of homebrewers 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 or 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.
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.
Local Homebrew Stores and Brewing Communities
Your local homebrew store is an excellent resource for new brewers. These stores often host brewing demonstrations too, which is a great opportunity for beginner homebrewers to learn from more experienced brewers.
Following that, use any friends or people that homebrew 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.
We also have a live chat feature and an online Help Centre for you to get online answers to your brewing questions 24/7.
If you’re new to brewing beer, check out Brewing 101: The Ultimate Guide to Brewing Beer at Home.
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