The Library
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Here's my library of books I use when brewing.  They range through the
various types of brew, from beer to mead to wine to cider.  As
mentioned before, if one of them strikes your fancy, and you want to
support my brewing habit, please click from here to buy it from  Thanks!
The Complete Joy of Homebrewing 3rd Edition:  The first book I
got, in its latest edition.  This is a great book for the beginner, in my
opinion.  Some of Papazian's advice should be taken with a grain of
salt, but it's all good to start with.  Many people swear by the
recipes, too--I haven't (yet) tried any, myself, but they look solid.
The Beer Style Series:  I've got most of the series now; I'm
saving my pennies for the rest.  They're invaluable resources
on each individual type of beer.  Written by experts on the
various styles, they cover the history, ingredients, and
methods, as well as talking about commercial examples of the
styles.  And, of course, they give several recipes in varying
sizes (5-gallon, 15-gallon, and 1-barrel, typically).
Clonebrews:  If you have a commercial favorite brew, and want to reproduce
it, this book is the place to start.  It's got 150 "clone" recipes for various
beers from around the world, including at least a few of my favorites!  
Reports indicate that the overall accuracy of the recipes vary, but this is at
least a good jumping-off point.  I've got a minor issue with the way the
recipes are formulated, but it's not a show-stopper.  Extract-with-grains
recipes are given, as well as how to modify for mini-mash and full-grain; all of
the brews use the same technique, however, so you'll probably want to
"tweak" from there.  Overall, a useful book.
The Homebrewer's Companion:  A companion volume to the above.  This
takes the information given in
The Complete Joy and builds upon it, going
into more detail of water chemistry, mash chemistry, yeast biology, and
more advanced brewing.  Also contains a number of recipes and helpful
tables.  My copy serves as a handy reference, and is well-used as such,
although it has become somewhat overshadowed by a few other books
Noonan's New Brewing Lager Beer.  This is a must-read for the
beer-science geek.  It goes into excruciating detail about many of the
chemical processes involved in brewing.  As the name implies, the
discussion focuses on lagers, but most of the principles can be applied to
ales as well.  A word of warning, though--there's a fair amount of very
technical stuff inside!
Schramm's Compleat Meadmaker.  The "bible" for maziers.  I don't
know of another place to find so much good mead information in one
place.  Not as many recipes as one might like, perhaps, but the
information within is complete enough to allow you to easily extrapolate
from the recipes given.  A definite "must-read" for anyone interested in
making mead!
Favorites and More Favorites:  Good books for spurring
ideas, mostly.  Somewhat older, so the recipes seem to be
mainly for extract or partial-mash.  Not bad, but I honestly
haven't referred to them in a while.
Brewing Classic Styles:  ZOMG!  If you have a notion as to what
you're doing, and really want to refine your brewing, this book is full
of some of the best recipes to use in the process I've ever come
across.  I've made a handful of these (or slight modifications thereto),
and they're incredible!  Two of the giants of the homebrewing world,
together in one great book.  Outstanding.  (I like this one, if you
haven't gathered by now...)