How to Brew Fourth Edition with John Palmer – BeerSmith Podcast #148

by Brad Smith on May 15, 2017 · 0 comments

John Palmer joins me to discuss the release of the fourth edition of his best selling homebrew book “How to Brew” as well as recent trends in beer brewing.

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Topics in This Week’s Episode (45:48)

  • Today my guest is John Palmer and we discuss his new release of the fourth edition of his book “How to Brew” (Amazon affiliate link). John also offers an early copy of his book on his web site at
  • John starts by sharing the story of how he came to write “How to Brew” online on his web site, then self-published it and eventually signed with Brewer’s Publications.
  • We discuss his new edition of the top selling home brew book in the world “How to Brew” which includes some 200 pages of new material as well as major revisions to the existing content.
  • John shares his thoughts on Brew-in-a-bag, which has become a mainstream all grain brewing method.
  • We talk about his new chapter on fermentation and maturation.
  • John shares his thoughts on the chapter on fruit/spiced beers as well as which fruits he thinks work best in beer.
  • We talk about a chapter he added on sour beers including kettle souring and the popularity of sour beers now.
  • John shares some of the things he learned writing the “Water” book with Colin Kamisky as well as what he’s added to the new edition regarding mash pH, adjusting water and the sulfite/chloride ratio.
  • We discuss the large number of tables and calculations that were updated and simplified.
  • John talks about the significant leaps made in brewing equipment the last few years including conicals, stainless brewing equipment, electric systems and more.
  • He shares his thoughts on the expanded appendix as well as his closing thoughts after finishing the fourth edition of How to Brew.


Thanks to John Palmer for appearing on the show and also to you for listening!

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