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Less than 200 years ago, beers, ciders and a myriad collection of country wines were generally brewed at home. Beer, whether it was 'best' or 'small' was drunk by everyone in preference to water. Beer and cider urished, as well as slaked thirst. With just a few utensils you can make your own tax-free beer, cider and country wine. Inside this book you will find recipes ancient and modern, some as simple as dissolving malt extract in sugary water and adding yeast. You can also read the best ways to get really professional results from kits. More than anything you will find really tasty, excellent beers and ciders and home-made wines to quench your thirst for a decade to come. There are recipes for stouts, ales, beers (and the difference between them explained); and for lagers, fruit beers, and ciders of many kinds including rough, orange, scrumpy, perry, natural and yeasted. Also included are the fundamentals of tasty home-made wine-making showing you how to make amazing wine from the contents of your fruit and vegetable garden. Contents: 1. Drinking responsibly; 2. Basics of brewing; 3. That magic touch; 4. Beer - the basics; 5. Beers from the UK; 6. Beers from Belgium; 7. Beers from Europe; 8. Ales; 9. Ales ancient and modern; 10. Ciders peeled to the bone; 11. Apple types and their traditional drinks; 12. Scrumpy; 13. Fine ciders; 14. Apple wine.
Paul Peacock is an expert on plants, gardening, preserving, cooking, self-sufficiency - and brewing. He is the author of many books, including Making Your Own Cheese, Chickens, Ducks and Bees, Patio Produce and - with his wife, Diana - Grandma's Ways for Modern Days. Paul writes for The Daily Mirror as Mr Digwell and appears on BBC Radio 4 Gardener's Question Time.