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How To Brew (3rd Ed.) is now available from Brewers Publications. Click below to find a shop near you. If they don't currently carry it, they can order it from a distributer.

How to Brew Videos

The Home Brewing Recipe Calculator. Click the graphic for a description and tutorial.

Errata page for 3rd Edition

How To Brew by John Palmer

Welcome to How to Brew - the definitive book on making quality beers at home. Whether you want simple, sure-fire instructions for making your first beer, or you're a seasoned home brewer working with all-grain, this book has something for you. How to Brew covers the full range of brewing possibilities - accurately, clearly, and simply. After years of research and refinement, I am happy to present this comprehensive home brewing book to readers online, in its entirety.

How to Brew (1st Edition) is free. You are free to enter, read it in its entirety, and print pages for your personal use.

You might also enjoy the How to Brew Extract and All Grain Videos that I recently produced with Brad Smith from BeerSmith.

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