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Making Beer

3.45 of 5 stars 3.45  ·  rating details  ·  11 ratings  ·  6 reviews
A former dark-ale champion of Vermont shares his recipes, reveals his secrets, and introduces readers to an entire community of beer connoisseurs, in a comprehensive guide to preparing and bottling first-class porters, stouts, ales, and lagers, at home and on the cheap. Illustrations.
Paperback, 173 pages
Published September 6th 1994 by Alfred A. Knopf (first published April 12th 1984)
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Have you ever wanted to open a time capsule, but you don't know where to dig one up? If so, might I suggest that you read this book?

The single most defining feature of this book is that it was written in the mid-1980s, when both homebrewing and commercial beer were so far from what we have now that the book can be of little use more than a glimpse back in time. Most amusing is the author's assertion towards the end of the book that this "micro-brewing" thing isn't going to go anywhere fast. Uh..
A fun, informative read, which (mostly) confirms my long-held conviction that I (probably) don't really want to expand from extract brewing to all-grain brewing.
This book was loaned to me by my buddy Rick, the one who oversaw my first home-brewing attempt! While this book was a bit dated (1984) and portrayed some questionable tastes (Pilsner Urquell is something to aspire to? blech!) it was an entertaining narrative about the beginnings of a home-brewer. It was, at the same time, informative about various aspects of home brewing, and provided a down-to-earth exploration of a home-brewer’s quest to learn more about starting his own brewery. Altogether it ...more
Nick Klagge
Picked this up in a used bookstore on a whim. Not a bad light read. It's mostly about the experience of being a homebrewer, though it does have a couple of recipes in the back. It was interesting to read since it was written before the American craft beer renaissance. In all, it made me feel somewhat disinclined to try all-grain brewing and definitely disinclined to ever try to start a brewery, but encouraged to continue in my partial-mash forays.
Excellent advice that is deftly interwoven with supportive storytelling about the author's experiences with homebrewing.
bubbles (Albert)
Interesting, but I was expecting more about beer making, and less about culuture of home-brewing.
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