- The Complete Joys of Homebrewing by Charles Papazian: This is considered the Bible of Homebrewing by many.
- How To Brew by John J. Palmer: Another guide to the hobby with detailed instructions and reference tables.
Both books have been very beneficial to me. I'm constantly highlighting key points, marking pages with post-it notes, and referencing each as I brew. They're intended to be read in stages as you advance in the hobby, so I'm sure they'll be referenced by me for quite some time. Papazian's guide is more general and discusses over all concepts. While Palmer's book is too, he also provides specific examples that I found more geared towards beginners.