Thank you for a great quality book and
after having read it over the last few days I have decided to
make it the first reference source
I turn to in my brewing library for recipes and trouble shooting.
I began brewing as a hobby 20 years ago and even the lousy recipes
I have used have brought family and many friends together often
and needless to say, supply could not meet the demand after a
while. I quit brewing and found out who my friends are. (Just
kidding.) It has been several years since I brewed anything and
about a month ago decided that Schmidts beer doesn't cut it anymore.
I'm no big drinker as a matter of fact my nick name for a while
was "2 Beer Billy." I do enjoy a couple of good brews
on occasion and have found the best is available but you got
to make it yourself. I found the distillation section interesting
reading and very informative. I ran a batch still and a 2 column
reflux still to recover solvents (acetone, ethyl alcohol) while
employed at a major gunpowder plant and was glad you are responsible
to pass on the hazards of distillation to your readers. Overall
it is a fine book, best I have found and a couple of brewing
buddies of mine may order after seeing my copy.
Bill-January 25, 2001
The book that you
sent yesterday was, indeed, in my post office box today. I hope you received my check just as quickly. I took
a quick browse through the book before wrapping it up. It is
wonderful! While the book is a gift for my husband, I can't wait
to try some of the wines and liquers. I have some currants in
the freezer that will serve nicely for some of the recipes. Your
directions are straight forward and easy to follow.
I liked your fish story at the very beginning of the book ("about
the author" page). I was also happy to see the modified
keg with the tap. We have one just like it, although our spigot
is a different style. The descriptions of the stills are intriguing.
The whiskey recipe calling for horse manure caught my eye immediately,
and I laughed out loud when I read it. I really enjoy your writing
I'm sure my husband (and I) will put your book to good use, and
I look forward to reading it. I will be sure to pass along the
ordering instructions for your book to those who enjoy the concoctions
Peggy- Sterling, Alaska -November 14, 2000
Alaskan Bootleggers Bible Is GA-A-REAT!!
If you have ever thought about homebrewing,
or do it now, this is the book for you! Mr. Kania shows his true
mastery of the subject. He gives simple, precise instructions
on setting up your own home-brewery or winery with lots of simple
and rudimentry homemade equipment for the beginner on a budget.
This guy is the dang McGuyver of homebrewing and winemaking and
he shows you how to be one too!! The book also doesn't just bore
you with good information, instructions and drawings. It's full
of intresting and comical facts about alcohol through the ages
like,"Horse Turd Whiskey" and a jury that was indicted
for drinking the evidence in a moonshine trial. The book even
has an intresting section on home distillation (illegal in the
U.S. but not all countries). J. S. - Calhoun, GA