This book was written by Zymurgy Bob
Making Fine Spirits
Making Fine Spirits: using simple, easy-to-use gear
by Zymurgy Bob
I was very happy to have the opportunity to review this book. From its size and appearance, one would be forgiven for initially thinking of it as “ just another moonshining guide.” The truth, however, is that the book is a clever compilation of anecdotes, scientific formulas and step-by-step instructions for everything from manufacturing equipment through fermentation to distilling and aging spirits.
The book begins with the basics of distillation, it then moves on to low cost (under USD $30) distillation equipment options and then proceeds with a very hands-on, step-by-step guide to fermenting and distilling an initial batch, including pragmatic instructions on how to make the cuts (separating the “heads” and “ tails”).
As you continue to read through the book, you are guided by the author through additional alternatives for low cost stills, this time in the 5-gallon range. The rest of the book is devoted to exploring and explaining different wash recipes, followed by a brief over view of aging and aging alternatives.
The book closes with an over view of essential laboratory and production tools/measuring devices and their proper use.
While it is true that none of the information presented in the book is new, what I really enjoyed about it was the engagingly simple approach taken by the author to demystify alcohol production. Once you’ve picked it up, the book is very hard to put down.
I recommend Making Fine Spirits as a good introduction to the spirits industry for those interested in pursuing a career in it, either as employees or as owners.
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-Review of this book by Margaret Ayala
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