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I'm really excited about my new book, The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best-Ever Pint of Beer. It's all about my adventures making beer from complete scratch. And adventures they were: crop failure, acrid smoke, snarling hounds, band-aid beer, frozen yeast, and a mercurial barrel maker, to name just a few. Despite all that, in the end what I got was... well, I can't reveal too much about that final, aiming-to-be-perfect keg, but I can tell you that I met some wonderful folks, learned a huge amount about brewing, and gained enormous respect for the people who really know how to do it.
And I'm so happy that the book is already striking a chord with readers. J.B. MacKinnon, author of The 100-Mile Diet, says t
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My kind of local eating starts with a trip to the all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet in Renfrew.


There’s a logic here, really. Buying stuff to plant in the garden means going into Renfrew – our nearest big town, with about 6,000 people. That’s an all-day outing, which means lunch in town. And that means either the chip truck or the Chinese buffet. At $9.75, about double the price of the large fries,...

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