Synopses & Reviews
Now hereand#8217;s a volume you can really drink to!and#160; Somethingand#8217;s brewing in these pages, and itand#8217;s moonshineand#151;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 moonshiningand#8217;s past: travel from its beginnings as a pioneer staple to the dark days of prohibition, from quickly produced urban rotgut to todayand#8217;s 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: theyand#8217;re all here, along with dozens of page-turning quotes, song lyrics, and vintage photographs and illustrations.
and#147;Making whisky or brandy is not the least bit difficult. Making something youand#8217;d want to drinkand#133;well, that may take some practice.and#8221;and#160;and#160; and#151;Matthew B. Rowley
"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.)
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.
Make the jump to all-grain brewing, where you're in control of the beer-making process! Homebrew Beyond the Basics explains it all, so every decisionand#8212;from the grains to the water chemistryand#8212;is yours. Then explore whatever calls to you: try whirlpool hopping, capture wild yeast, learn to keg, and much more. Unique recipes complete the package.
Make your next beer your best beer! Start with a photo-intensive guide to all-grain brewing, or skip ahead to advanced mashing techniques and malt selection. Then explore whatever calls to you: take a crash course in water chemistry, try whirlpool hopping, brew a fruit beer, capture wild yeast, make your first Berliner Weisse, or kick the bottles and start kegging. Unique recipes cover everything from traditional parti-gyle stouts to a style-bending American wild ale.
About the Author
Mike Karnowski is the Head Brewer of specialty beers at Green Man Brewery in Asheville, NC. He has brewed at home and professionally for about 25 years, and previously owned a homebrew supply store in New Orleans. Mike is a Beer Judge Certification Program certified beer judge and has judged homebrew competitions for more than two decades.