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4.0 out of 5 stars A good book but beware, 12 Nov. 2004
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This review is from: Homebrewing for Dummies (Paperback)
This is an exellent introduction to beer making. Everything is covered form beginner to advanced levels. I have made some most excellent beer at the intermediate level (using malt extract) without even bothering with beginner level recipies. Marty Natchel writes with clarity and humour.
A couple of points to think about though.
Why are all the recipies only given in ounces, pounds, cups, (what is that all about?) pints and gallons. Surely a half competent publisher would have produced the recipies in SI units as well, if for no other reason than to help sell the book in every other country in the world other than the US (there's quite a lot of people out there who aren't American).
The other thing is that I've been happily converting a gallon to 4.5 liters. Then it struck me that American pints are different to British pints, so are American gallons different as well? It turns out that they are, an American Gallon is only worth about 80% of a British (Imperial) gallon (I thought that Americans always think big?). Even with my miscalculations I still haven't had any major disasters, but it goes to show that some small adjustments to include SI measurements would greatly enhance the book.
I've done a fair bit of microbiology in my time and I'm a bit of a pedant, so I get annoyed with people using the word 'bacterias'. This is a tautology, bacteria is the plural. One bacterium, two bacteria, it just sounds (and looks) stupid to say/write 'bacterias'. I must say that I have only found this instance once and on other occasions the word bacteria is used correctly, so, to be fair, maybe it's just a typing error.
On the whole a well written and lucid book, much better than other '...for Dummies' books I've got. Highly recomended. Enjoy your first homebrew, and enjoy this book, I have.
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