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The Chemistry of Beer: The Science in the Suds
The Chemistry of Beer: The Science in the Suds
by Roger Barth
Edition: Paperback
Price: £26.95

3.0 out of 5 stars It does go on a bit, 14 Dec 2014
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This is a rather peculiar book. It would be hard to imagine a more comprehensive book on the chemistry of beer, but I can very easily imagine a more readable and easily understood one. The author, Roger Barth, is a university chemistry professor who teaches a course on the chemistry of beer, and it appears that this is essentially his course in book form, heavy on academic details (complete with a quiz at the end of each chapter). Like so many academic authors, professor Barth clearly has a very good grasp of his subject, but is less skilled at writing. He feels the need to pass on absolutely everything that he knows about absolutely every topic touched on by the book, whether this is chemistry-related or instead the history of brewing, prohibition, the temperance movement, the biology of the barley plant or dozens of other tangential subjects. To summarize his approach: if you wish to brew beer from scratch, first you will need to create the universe. I'm sure this book *could* prove useful to brewers, but it's such a hard slog getting through it, I would really only recommend it to advanced chemistry students or *very* committed brewers.


Cole & Mason Electronic Gourmet Precision Grind 21 cm Greenwich Stainless Steel Pepper Mill
Cole & Mason Electronic Gourmet Precision Grind 21 cm Greenwich Stainless Steel Pepper Mill
Offered by KG Homewares
Price: £39.99

4.0 out of 5 stars A good, sturdy electric grinder, 8 Dec 2014
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This is a good, sturdy electric grinder, with a variety of settings which allow you to adjust the size of the grind (although the difference between the smallest and largest settings is not really enough to warrant so many steps in between). A warning: be careful that you click the two halves securely into place after filling, otherwise you will find (as I did) that it falls apart, and you end up with peppercorns everywhere.


DJing For Dummies
DJing For Dummies
by John Steventon
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.54

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thorough primer, 8 Dec 2014
This review is from: DJing For Dummies (Paperback)
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A thorough primer, covering pretty much all aspects of DJing, from equipment requirements through learning to beatmatch, to getting gigs and dealing with the public. It is slightly skewed towards dance music DJing, although that's unsurprising as there are more technical skills required to mix dance music than there are for party DJing, but all the same, party DJs are well catered for here. The author also throws in plenty of interesting and useful anecdotes from his own DJing career. Of course it will take more than just a book to make you a good DJ - you will need a love of, and an ear for, music, plus plenty of practice. But this book will steer you in the right direction and answer any questions you may have along the way.


Fabri-Tac  113 ml Medium Bottle, Clear
Fabri-Tac 113 ml Medium Bottle, Clear
Price: £7.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Worked great, and fast, 26 Nov 2014
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Worked great, and fast, on fabric - creates a strong, quick-drying bond. Have not yet tried it with leather and other heavier materials, but I see not reason why it should not also be great on those.


Pooch and Mutt Calm Relaxed Complete Dry Food
Pooch and Mutt Calm Relaxed Complete Dry Food
Price: £13.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hard to tell whether they work, 26 Nov 2014
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Our (very un-calm) terrier wolfed these down, as she does everything. Can't say that I noticed any calming effects, although given that it was a tiny pack, there probably wasn't enough there to make any noticeable sort of change.


Pinzon - Egyptian Cotton Towel Set (2 bath towels) - Driftwood
Pinzon - Egyptian Cotton Towel Set (2 bath towels) - Driftwood
Price: £17.99

4.0 out of 5 stars Good towels, 26 Nov 2014
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Not quite the thickest, most luxurious, but all the same a very nice set of towels.


Verbatim 52602 LED Candle E14 4.5 Watt 350 lm Light Bulb
Verbatim 52602 LED Candle E14 4.5 Watt 350 lm Light Bulb
Price: £7.99

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Which has got to be a good thing, right, 23 Nov 2014
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It's a lightbulb. And it works. And it uses very little electricity, compared to normal flourescent "energy saving" bulbs, let alone to the old tungsten ones. Which has got to be a good thing, right?


Anxiety Wrap for Size 4(Small), Chest size(42-54cm/16.5-21")
Anxiety Wrap for Size 4(Small), Chest size(42-54cm/16.5-21")
Price: £22.99

0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Seemed to help a little, 16 Nov 2014
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We tried the wrap a few times on our very jumpy Lakeland terrier. The first few times there was no noticeable affect, but eventually it did seem to calm her down a little - not a great deal, but a little.


Tacwise 1038 Hobby 53EL Kit
Tacwise 1038 Hobby 53EL Kit
Price: £31.00

4.0 out of 5 stars Works well. Needs longer cable & better manual., 12 Nov 2014
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This gadget does exactly what you would expect it to do - quickly and easily fires stapes and nails - and is really handy for upholstery, framing and the like.

My only real complaints are that it could do with a longer cable and/or the option to use batteries, and the manual is not particularly clear - par for the course for this type of product, unfortunately, but still not acceptable.


The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining
The Perfect Meal: The Multisensory Science of Food and Dining
by Charles Spence
Edition: Paperback
Price: £22.45

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, if a bit esoteric., 1 Nov 2014
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This is quite an extraordinary book. It is really not aimed at the household cook, although if like me you are an adventurous cook, always looking for something to set your meals apart, then you will certainly find something of interest in here. The real target are, I assume, professional chefs looking to improve their game (particularly those with an interest in "molecular gastronomy"), and probably also academics studying food sciences. The writing itself is rather academic and dry, and in almost every sentence there are bracketed references to primary sources and to other sections of the book (Spence and Piqueras-Fiszman, 2014) which would have been a lot less distracting as end-notes. However, the writing may be dry but the subject matter is far from it: along the way you will learn about all aspects of dining from the names of dishes and shapes of plates to the possibility of food grown in petri dishes and "virtual reality" eating. Far from a cook-book, and a bit high-level for most, but nonetheless this makes for a fascinating read.


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