How to Brew author John Palmer was born and raised in Midland, Michigan. He is author of the bestseller How to Brew: Everything You Need to Know to Brew Beer Right the First Time and co-author with friend and homebrewer Jamil Zainasheff for Brewing Classic Styles.
John was predominately a C student throughout high school and college with occasional spikes into the B range. Speaking on his success in life in general, he credits three critically important pieces of advice he got from two of his teachers and his father:
1. Things are only boring until you learn something about it. Knowledge makes things interesting. (Dr. Richard Hoy – they were discussing his lack of interest in History at the time)
2. Faith and Virtue are rewarded. (constantly uttered by his P-Chem prof, Dr. Leslie Leifer, probably in reference to improving the classes study habits, but still…)
3. Always say “Thank You”. (Joseph Palmer)
John has always been intrigued by science and the way things work. This passion and a desire to work in the space program led him to Michigan Tech where he graduated with a degree in Metallurgical Engineering in the mid-eighties. A lucky break gave him the opportunity to apply for a metallurgical position at a failure analysis lab in Irvine, California, and he has been living in the LA area ever since. During this time he has helped design, build, and inspect hardware that is currently flying on the International Space Station, worked in research and development of orthodontic appliances, awarded two patents, and written two popular books on the brewing of beer. Currently he is Quality Manager for a heat treating and brazing company that services the aerospace industry. Future writing products will include two more brewing books and some steampunk.
No Where or Now Here – Think about it.