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Brewing Britain: The quest for the perfect pint

Brewing Britain: The quest for the perfect pint [Kindle Edition]

Andy Hamilton
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"This book is a cracking good read for anyone interested in beer. Andy Hamilton displays his expert knowlege of beer and brewing, with a touch of earthy humour and witty banter, making this book fun as well as informative." (Jim's Beer Kit)

"This fascinating book tells you everything you need to know about the search for a perfect pint, from discovering new beers to learning how to taste them properly and even how to brew your own." (Best of British Magazine)

"A comprehensive guide to some well-known brews alongside the chance to learn from Andy Hamilton’s years of experience." (Falcata Times)

"A handy how-to guide for home brewers, with guides to British beers, beer shops, festivals and more." (The Evening Standard)

"Enjoyable with excellent summaries." (The Guest Ale)

Book Description

Everything you need to know to find, taste or brew your own perfect pint.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1227 KB
  • Print Length: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Transworld Digital (24 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #101,711 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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: 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 27 Nov 2013
I bought this book as a present for my husband but he has not had a chance to read it yet as I decided to read a few pages. Bad move as I soon found myself turning the pages and settling down with a bottle of Thornbridge IPA, one of the authors many recommended beers. This is unlike anything I have read before, I don't normally like books about Beer and leave them for my husband as they are often dry and a little boring. This book was laugh out loud funny in places. It is written with authority on every aspect of beer and brewing from beer tasting, the ingredients, growing your own beer, the history of certain beers, beer festivals and you feel like you are down the pub with the author having a chat over a pint. For someone like me who will never want to starting brewing there was a "drinkers guide to brewing", a work of genius. I even got a chance to put what I found out from this book into practice as found myself sitting next to a self proclaimed beer expert the other day and I found myself correcting him! (sorry Clive). At least now I know which beers to get my husband for Christmas and hopefully I can get him to do all the driving so I can drink them all too!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Previous reviewers were right about giving this book as a present - I was a very chuffed recipient Christmas just gone. Never judge a book by its cover and this one is a bit boring and the paper is slightly cheapo too. But it's everything you could want from a beer book apart from a secret compartment containing the stuff of course. It tells you all you want to know about ingredients, brewing, styles of beer, and where to get it. There's a great deal about making your own home brew in this book including a good number of recipes - and even down to growing your own hops (!) - but in a way in which you can learn a lot even if you have no intention of, and anyway the OH would go ballistic.

Above all Brewing Britain is about drinking and enjoying a great pint whatever your preference and the author gives many detailed, thoughtful and tempting beer recommendations - his "perfect pints" - based on his wistful and gently humorous recollections of a lifetime of sessions round the country. If you only had one beer book this should be it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied customer 15 Nov 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
An excellent read, after not brewing for a number of years it gave me back the brewing bug, would recommend to all
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5.0 out of 5 stars I like this. 5 May 2014
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Lots of information and lots I did not know. The technical details are here as well an easy guide to lead you through the process.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Get your own brewing on track. 22 Jan 2014
By Gareth Wilson - Falcata Times Blog TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Whilst there's a lot of people out there that enjoy wine, it feels to a certain degree that I'm a man out of my time. I love a good pint of bitter which for me has a great nutty flavour, a depth of richness and of course a taste that could accompany any number of meals that works wonderfully well.

SO when I had a chance to learn from a brew master about what hops and yeast to utilise for a cracking pint, I was more than intrigued. After all, I can take what I love from the various different types and tailor it to my taste buds. Add to this a comprehensive guide to some well-known brews out there alongside the chance to learn from years of experience all round has given me a confidence to try creating not only something from scratch rather than a standard brew kit, but will allow me to hopefully take a further step on a journey for my own perfect pint. Thank you Andy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A first rate book about beer 28 Nov 2013
An excellent A-Z no nonsense guide to beers and beer brewing. It also has a handy guide to terminology so the next time you're at a beer tasting and the bloke next to you says, "Is that a mild in your tulip?" then you'll know what he's on about. Home brewers can get very particular about the conditions of barely, types of yeast, temperature, etc. All usefully explained in a practical and informative way and easy to find the info you need for both people like me who are getting their first taste for the subject and seasoned brewers wanting to up their game or beat the nerd of the pub in a blind taste test. Fascinating and I know I'll get a lot of use out of it yet. Cheers!
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