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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Eden Project Books (1 Sep 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905811705
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905811700
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,038 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andy Hamilton is one of those rare authors who will live a subject rather than just write about it. At the time of writing, (2014) this has meant that Andy has brewed award winning beer commercially, lived off nothing but wild food, lived a near self sufficient life, brewed hundreds of bottles of country wine, taught himself beer tasting having imbibed thousands of beers and lived with no telecommunications or power. He is nothing if he isn't dedicated.

Like most authors Andy has lead a chequered and interesting life. He grew up in Northampton the town famed for its wayward clown. He left school early to pursue a career in appallingly bad jobs. Jumping from pushing trolleys, to putting lasagne sheets on ready meals (all day), to stapling (all day) eventually becoming a mash potato man in a food factory and then stepping up again to the dizzying heights of "operative in charge of cardboard box making" for a clothing warehouse.

Andy finally left his salubrious career in Northampton to return to education. He studied a social science access course in Nottingham. He then moved to Bath where he received a psychology degree.

Whilst studying for his degree and working part time in a psychiatric hospital, Andy co-created a website on self sufficient living with his brother Dave: www.selfsufficientish.com. It quickly gained a huge following and it success led Andy and Dave on to write the much-coveted and critically acclaimed book, The Self Sufficientish Bible.

Andy continued to brew and forage and later released Booze for Free, a book that has been one of the best selling homebrew books in the UK since its release. Then all of Andy's dreams came true as he managed to convince his publisher that he wanted to drink beer for year. The result, Brewing Britain, delves into almost every aspect of UK beer and it has won many awards.

Andy now lives in Bristol and he appears on TV and Radio in the UK and abroad and is very fond of his life and family.

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"Some guys have all the luck. Andy Hamilton has 'road tested' over 100 DIY drinks - many of them pleasantly alcoholic- to be made from the plants of the garden, hedge, field and wood, and has brought the results to the pages of his Booze for Free. The result is a home imbiber's delight, full of lore, sense, entertainment, humour, botany, history and tongue-tantalizing recipes. Hamilton has that wholly underrated, but absolutely essential skill in a practical matters, of writing with pure clarity and absolute readability. His recipes won't let you down. You may fall down after sampling some of the stronger brews, but that's another matter" (John Lewis-Stempel, author of THE WILD LIFE: A YEAR LIVING ON WILD FOOD)

"For those who give a damn about the planet but still want to enjoy a beautifully crafted pint of the finest, Booze for Free is absolutely compulsory reading. Sláinte Andy" (Mark Boyle, author of THE MONEYLESS MAN)

"Wow... it's brilliant! So many mouthwateringly delicious ideas and recipes!... But this is so much more than a 'recipe' book. Packed with fascinating and useful information about the world of foraging, not to mention a good pinch of humour, it makes me want to abandon life as I know it" (Brigit Strawbridge, star of ‘It’s Not Easy Being Green’)

"Booze for Free is a book-of-the year contender... a book which I'll be reading again and again (trying out recipes and techniques as I go along), and you'd have to be drunk not to want to do the same!" (www.realepicurean.com)

"Andy's book reveals the treasure trove in our hedgerows, fields and woodlands" (Kate Humble)

Book Description

The definitive guide to home brewing hedgerow and garden wines, sherries and liqueurs, beers,

ales and porters, ciders, and also cordials, teas and other soft drinks.


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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Gordon on 5 Sep 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is a really comprehensive book, with so many different kinds of drinks, from cordials to wines to beers, to spirits infused with a variety of different flavours. I always thought that home brewing your own drinks was a long laborious process but I now know that I can have beer in a fortnight (about the time it takes to plan a party) and horseradish vodka in a few days.

As well as all the recipes, the information on equipment etc. and the brilliant glossary (almost a book in its own right) I've really enjoyed reading the narration of this book, which is a lovely, at times humorous, prose, as the author talks of the history behind different plants and drinks, and reminisces on his own home brewing experiences.

I highly recommend this book; I think a lot of people are going to have some great experiences because of it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Ogborne on 2 July 2012
Format: Hardcover
"But by the fifth consecutive beer sometimes its not easy to care whether you've even got your trousers on".

That line made me cry with laughter because its soo true and was the reason why I purchased in the book in the first place.

I had heard it was good and was fed up of drinking the tap-drivel from pubs and go it alone and make my own.

Having no previous knowledge and using second had equipment from Grampies cellar, I'm actually amazed with Andy's guidance from the book, I've made some really nice tasking ale.

Andy suggests foraging and covers this in a sub chapter, to be honest, I cheated and used almost all supermarket bought products. If I can do this and make ales that actually taste nice, I bet you can too.

Frankly my hopes were not high & vomit bags were to hand at tasting time. The simple hop beer went really well, it was quite tasty & enjoyable. Oh and the Bay & Rosemary Ale was actually quite nice. I was a bit concerned at the bay leaves, they can be really powerful, but Andy was right with just 20 leaves, although it got better as time went on or how drunk I got from it *hic*

Well worth the read, especially if you're going to actually follow the recipes and make some of your own, if I can now brw my own, I'm sure you can too, even without cheating like I did.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2011
Format: Hardcover
As a far of real ale and keeping traditions alive, I was more than curious about this title by Andy Hamilton, where it claimed you can get booze for free. What this title does in fact is give you a good all round grounding in the various options that you have available whether you want to make some wine, a beer or even cordials or tea's to help refresh your palette.

All of the options are explained in an easy to follow manner, takes the time to explain the terminology and also provides the reader with easy to follow recipes that will allow them to get to know what they like so that they can develop their own range at home. Obviously I haven't brewed anything up yet due to the time delay for the stock to mature, but I have made some of the cordials of which I have to say that the Dandelion and Burdock is my favourite as it has a fresher taste than the shop bought ones and to be honest, if you want it fizzy I'd say to make it with either soda water or even sparkling mineral, really refreshing and apparently healthy for your liver.

All in I have had a lot of pleasure reading this book and I'll have a lot more making a number of the products within. My only real disappointment is that I couldn't' find a recipe for mead which is one of the oldest drinks around.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joyce Kinnear on 7 May 2013
Format: Hardcover
Nice and easy book to read and to follow. Well researched. Well written. Well worth the purchase. Would certainly recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By z harbottle on 24 Nov 2012
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i bought this book for my husband and he loves it. It details everything you need to know and buy along with a lot of humour. would recommend this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wodgey on 22 Dec 2013
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Always looking for slightly different presents for my 'Have a Go' Father. He has been making beer for ages, this seemed a little different. Still to try all the recipies but the 1st few have been good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By nicky on 6 April 2013
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I have made a couple fo the recipes so far and the elderberry champagne is wonderful, still waiting for the wines I've made to mature.....Very comprehensive book full of good tips and unusual recipes
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 24 Jun 2013
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Really informative and opened up my horizons to the vast amount of drinks I could make. Have already made elderflower cordial, very tasty. Going to make it as a wine next...
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