I can't move forward with this Brew Blog without a shout-out to the man, Charlie Papazian (pictured). Before I even thought about brewing my own beer, I had seen his book around - "The Complete Joy of Homebrewing" (Amazon Link) - a friend of mine in Law School had a copy and my brother-in-law had one too. In fact, it was my brother-in-law that leant me his copy when I was just getting started. That book was later eaten by my dog, an upsetting day. I need to get a replacement soon, as I just don't feel right not having that book around.