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If you’ve spent any time on a brewing forum, you’ve probably noticed advanced brewers advising nervous first timers to “RDWHAHB,” paraphrasing homebrewing icon Charlie Papazian’s famous phrase “Relax, Don't Worry, Have A Home Brew.” It’s no surprise then that his book also promotes a low stress introduction to homebrewing, while still teaching you everything you need to know to brew beer at home from start to finish. 
Popularly referred to as “The Bible of Homebrewing” for its useful info and the great recipes. Originally written in the 1970s, this 4th Edition features updated recipes, charts and more. The Complete Joy Of Homebrewing is the all-time best selling book on brewing at home. The point of view might be a little dated, but the content is a wealth of homebrewing information.
This completely revised and updated edition includes:
  • An expanded and updated homebrew recipe chart: How to brew 53 traditional beers
  • A Beer Styles chart with easy-to-understand descriptions of key flavor and aroma characters, along with technical style data to help you craft your own recipes
  • A list of more than 75 beer types describing strength, hop aroma, bitterness, flavor, color, sweetness, and alcohol percentage
  • Expanded charts on 68 hop varieties, descriptions, and uses
  • Brand new recipes
  • Beer kit tips
  • Key information about using and understanding hops
  • Five secrets to fermentation
  • And much more
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this book was my introduction to home brewing 28 years ago and I am buying this to start my son on his journey.
Alan C on Jun 28, 2018
this book was my introduction to home brewing 28 years ago and I am buying this to start my son on his journey.
Alan C on Jun 28, 2018
It's the bible of beer
David L on Mar 16, 2018
It's the bible of beer
David L on Mar 16, 2018

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Very basic, not as helpful as How to Brew
While the original classic, and helpful for the very basics, this book left me with many questions when I first started brewing years ago. I later got How to Brew and felt it covered all the same important points and then more, and more clearly.
May 5, 2015
A must for every starting brewer...
Learning to brew almost 20 years ago, I didn't have much to choose from in the way of reading material. Charlie was there with this book and back issues of Zymurgy which I ready 3 and 4 times apiece.
Over the years, I've bought at least a dozen copies of this book and handed it out to people I've taught to brew, in the hopes that it brought them as much good brewing, as it brought me.
Is it perfect? Nah. But then again, Charlie never tried to be...that was his point. Brewing is about enjoying yourself and your friends, and if you take it too seriously, you ruin it.
His writing style has personality. It's not a chemistry book...there are plenty of brewing books that give you that. This is a collection of brewing instruction and recipes, told with a good dose of humor.
It's my opinion that brewing starter kits should contain this from the get-go.
May 5, 2015
Papazian is one of homebrweing's best writers who brings his passion to every word. A spirit of innovation, authenticity, and enthusiasm animates the whole book, which will inspire your to brew. I have been brewing for nine years and this is the book I recommend to everyone for their first look in to brewing.

Be aware that it's not the most technical or complete homebrewing book (for that, John Palmer's "How to Brew"). In my opinion it's still the best for approaching recipe development and getting into the artistic side of the hobby. This book is great for helping you take risks, learning from them and reminding you that when your beer is not what you wanted, it's still beer. Even if you follow the recipes, you quickly learn that even recipes allow room for interpretation and choice on the brewer's part (Many of his recipes call for some thing like "half an ounce of x, y or z hops") and he provides a useful tables for the scheme to produce many classic beer styles. After this book, I recommend looking into Ray Daniel's "Designing Great Beer", which is not introductory, but excellent for intermediate guidance in recipe formulation and Chris White and Jamil Zainisheff's "Yeast", which covers the most important aspect of consistent good brewing, fermentation.
June 19, 2014
Great place to start
Highly recommended as a first read for anyone entering the hobby of homebrewing.
May 31, 2013
Very good starter book
Not quite as good as Palmer's "How to Brew" it never the less is a great starter book. Relaxing to read, it will get you started. The author doesn't just tell you what to do, he explains why you should do it that way. Lots of recipes to try.
May 29, 2013
Relax, Don't worry, Have a home brew
This book is a must have for every home brewer enthusiast. From hops, water, yeast, barley, wheat and many different adjuncts, this book gives a humorous approach to home brewing with the mantra of Relax, don?t worry, have a home-brew?. I personally found the description of how yeast is able to convert sugars into alcohol informative and more importantly, how the different mash temperatures impact the ability of the yeast to convert those sugars into alcohol. Who does not want to easily understand this process and many more complex brewing techniques from DME, Extract to partial mash to all grain brewing? You will find this book is one that you will read over and over again. Plus there are many, many different recipes to use from many different styles. So, Relax, Don?t worry, Have a home brew?, and enjoy this book. Cheers!
May 9, 2013