Doc Lager has been home brewing since 2003. I first became interested after finding a copy of the book The New Brewer’s Handbook by Patrick Baker in a box of free books outside of a local bookshop in Evanston, IL. I read it cover to cover (which didn’t take that long) and decided this was something I was interested in trying.
When I moved from Chicago to Milwaukee, I discovered a home brewing store just down the street from my house. After convincing my wife what a great hobby it would be, she agreed that I could get a starter kit.
Amongst the few basic pieces of equipment that came with the kit was another book, likely familiar to any current home brewer: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing by Charlie Papazian. Charlie clarified, expounded, and updated the information I had read in The New Brewer’s Handbook and also provided a mantra for the home brewer:
Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew.
From there I added a few more books to my library including John Palmer’s fantastic How to Brew, and Gregory J. Noonan’s excellent book New Brewing Lager Beer.
Both of those books provided excellent resources for understanding the biochemistry involved with the brewing process. They also provide practical suggestions about how to tweak those processes to get the beer you want. After all, experimentation is more than half the fun of home brewing!
In addition to the books above, I also recommend checking out the Classic Beer Styles Series from Brewers Publications. These are especially helpful if there is a specific style of beer that you want to learn more about.
In addition I’ll post periodic articles and How-Tos covering topics that have helped me out in brewing. I’m also happy to hear from you about things that have helped you out in your home brewing adventures! I hope you enjoy what you find here!
Relax. Don’t worry. Have a homebrew!
Last updated: May 23, 2014 at 16:01 pm