Recommended Homebrewing Books

Recommended Homebrewing Books

Knowledge is power, especially when it comes to brewing good beers at home. We recommend every homebrewer should improve thier understanding of the joys of homebrewing by visiting forums, watching YouTube and of course reading. This is a list of just some of our favourite homebrewing books, all of which we have read cover to cover. Sadly sourcing these books at a viable cost for you guys is rather difficult here in the Philippines. So we've included some links to the books on Amazon as we've already leant out our copies too many times.

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How To Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Great Beer Every Time 

by John J. Palmer  (June 2017)
If you are looking to start homebrewing, then this book should be your first purchase. John Palmer is one of the most recognisable names in home brewing and is a complete authority on the subject. The first edition was released back in 1995 and is available for free on his website From the novice brewer to experienced veterans, How to Brew is a treasure trove of valuable and easy to understand information. Covering every topic from recipe creation to serving the beer itself, How To Brew is full of intricate details made simple. Regularly updated to include updated information on technique and styles, this book truly deserves a spot on anyone's "Best Books on Beer" list. The most recent edition debuted in 2017.
You can find it on Amazon here.

The Complete Beer Course: Boot Camp for Beer Geeks: From Novice to Expert in Twelve Tasting Classes 
by Joshua M. Bernstein (Sept 2013)

Are you just getting into the world of craft beer and have no idea where to start when seeking information on your new favourite hobby? Then Joshua M. Bernstein's book The Complete Beer Course is a must for the bookshelf. Featuring twelve different 'courses', you are taken on a journey through how beer is made, various beer styles and the techniques and history behind them. The final course closes with vital information on pairing with food and cellaring that expensive whale you got air shipped in. This informative, easy to read and witty book will have you come out at the end with a wealth of knowledge. The knowledge will help you appreciate and understand your next craft beer even more.
You can find it on Amazon here. 

The New IPA: Scientific Guide to Hop Aroma and Flavor Paperback
by Scott Janish (May 2019)

This one is 100% for the brewing nerds amongst us. A hot topic among brewers, both professional and home, is the most prominent 'new' style on the market – the hoppy, hazy and juicy IPA. Initially considered a fad back when palate destroying 100 IBU IPAs were still the rage, hazy IPAs have taken the craft beer world by force. In this book, Scott Janish takes us through many brewery experiments and scientific studies throughout the last few years regarding hops. Making the science understandable for the everyday brewer, like myself, when you finish this book, you'll have a greater understanding of juicy, hazy IPAs. Then when you put the practices into effect, your next NEIPA should be a next level brew. Even if you're not a brewer and only a craft beer fan, The New IPA is still a recommended read. Understanding why these beers taste the way they do can only help you discover your new favourite.
You can find it on Amazon here.


Brewing Eclectic IPA: Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale
Paperback by Dick Cantwell (May 2018)

Another book on IPA? Trust me, you can never have too many books on one of the most diverse and discussed styles of beers in the world. While the previously mentioned "The New IPA" generally focussed on the hop aspect of brewing IPAs, Dick Cantwell's informative book concentrates on other additional ingredients. Brewing Eclectic IPA's tagline is Pushing the Boundaries of India Pale Ale, and the contents certainly live up to this. Going in-depth behind the scenes, Cantwell gives details and recipes on adding such things as coffee, tea, cocoa, fruits, wood, spices and more. Full of helpful tips and information, the average brewer could quickly produce a unique beer for their next offering after perusing through this book.
You can find it on Amazon here.

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