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Wanna make hooch? Equipped with this book, you can definitely get your moonshining craft started right. Rowley presents the basics of distillation in a concise, fun-to-read manner. Plus, Moonshine! includes a fantastic bibliography for further firewater-making adventures.
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Now heres a volume you can really drink to!  Somethings brewing in these pages, and its moonshine—a word that evokes fascination, curiosity, and a warm sense of nostalgia. Never before has there been such a richly illustrated, thorough, and entertaining celebration of the history of making fine distilled spirits. Take a trip through moonshinings past: travel from its beginnings as a pioneer staple to the dark days of prohibition, from quickly produced urban rotgut to todays carefully handcrafted artisanal libations. Get in on the fun with how-to instructions that take into account all legal regulations and requirements before covering ingredients, building a still, basic distilling techniques, and dozens of recipes, all adapted for the beginner. Whiskies, brandies, grappa, schnapps: theyre all here, along with dozens of page-turning quotes, song lyrics, and vintage photographs and illustrations.

“Making whisky or brandy is not the least bit difficult. Making something youd want to drink…well, that may take some practice.”   —Matthew B. Rowley

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"Food historian Rowley wants readers of this home-distillation guide to know something about alcohol and the law: 'Without inspection and proper approvals, you are not permitted to make any amount for personal use. Not one drop.' That said, Rowley provides clear and well-illustrated instructions for building a still, preparing a mash and distilling alcohol right in your own backyard. It's a complicated process, requiring a fire extinguisher, the skills of a good metalsmith and plenty of patience. For those without the time or skill, however, Rowley includes plenty of appealing recipes for cordials and cocktails that don't require homemade spirits. Fish House Punch, rumored to have left George Washington with a 'crippling hangover,' is a powerful mix of bourbon, peach brandy, Benedictine and dark rum. Simpler, and similarly all-American, is Cherry Bounce, made with bourbon, honey and a gallon of sweet and sour cherries. But Rowley's mother provides perhaps the best recipe, an easy maceration of fruit and sugar that tastes great over ice cream or on its own. Rounded out with trivia, tall tales and a brief history of bootlegging, a list of home brewing resources and a few warnings for drinkers ('Even for accomplished boozers, moonshine can make off with your dignity before you understand what's happening'), this may be the last book one will ever need on the art of in-house hooch." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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Travel from moonshine's beginnings as a pioneer staple to the dark days of prohibition, from quickly produced urban rot gut to today's carefully handcrafted artisanal libations. How-to instructions include all legal regulations and requirements, distilling techniques, and dozens of recipes for whiskies, brandies, grappa, schnapps, and more.

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Now here's a book you can raise a drink to. Written with humor and panache, you can learn the history and social surroundings of home made liquor. And you can even make some yourself- if you have the gumption!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781579906481
Subtitle:
Recipes * Tall Tales * Drinking Songs * Historical Stuff * Knee-Slappers * How to Make It * How to Drink It * Pleasin' the Law * Recoverin' the Next Day
Author:
Rowley, Matthew B
Author:
Rowley, Matt
Author:
Rowley, Matthew B.
Publisher:
Lark Crafts
Subject:
History
Subject:
Whiskey
Subject:
Distilling, Illicit
Subject:
Beverages - Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Wine & Spirits
Subject:
Liquors
Subject:
Cooking and Food-Wines of the World
Subject:
LITERATURE - LIT BIOG/CRIT TRD PB
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20070501
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
all in color
Pages:
176
Dimensions:
9 x 8 in

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"Staff Pick" by ,

Wanna make hooch? Equipped with this book, you can definitely get your moonshining craft started right. Rowley presents the basics of distillation in a concise, fun-to-read manner. Plus, Moonshine! includes a fantastic bibliography for further firewater-making adventures.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Food historian Rowley wants readers of this home-distillation guide to know something about alcohol and the law: 'Without inspection and proper approvals, you are not permitted to make any amount for personal use. Not one drop.' That said, Rowley provides clear and well-illustrated instructions for building a still, preparing a mash and distilling alcohol right in your own backyard. It's a complicated process, requiring a fire extinguisher, the skills of a good metalsmith and plenty of patience. For those without the time or skill, however, Rowley includes plenty of appealing recipes for cordials and cocktails that don't require homemade spirits. Fish House Punch, rumored to have left George Washington with a 'crippling hangover,' is a powerful mix of bourbon, peach brandy, Benedictine and dark rum. Simpler, and similarly all-American, is Cherry Bounce, made with bourbon, honey and a gallon of sweet and sour cherries. But Rowley's mother provides perhaps the best recipe, an easy maceration of fruit and sugar that tastes great over ice cream or on its own. Rounded out with trivia, tall tales and a brief history of bootlegging, a list of home brewing resources and a few warnings for drinkers ('Even for accomplished boozers, moonshine can make off with your dignity before you understand what's happening'), this may be the last book one will ever need on the art of in-house hooch." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , Travel from moonshine's beginnings as a pioneer staple to the dark days of prohibition, from quickly produced urban rot gut to today's carefully handcrafted artisanal libations. How-to instructions include all legal regulations and requirements, distilling techniques, and dozens of recipes for whiskies, brandies, grappa, schnapps, and more.
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