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Alt Whiskeys: Alternative Whiskey Recipes and Distilling Techniques for the Adventurous Craft Distiller Paperback – January 11, 2012
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I'm not sure who the book is targeted at - People without much experience in distilling & brewing will be completely lost (building a distillery is given ~4 pages of description, distilling process is skipped, grains are a bulleted list of options with a couple given poorly-written descriptions with vague, unactionable advice...) People WITH experience will find not much of value, as the majority of the book is simple homebrew beer recipes set alongside photos of decanters and/or whiskey glasses.
The sections on hop usage and smoke are interesting and give a taste of what I wish the other 85% of the pages were like.
On the other hand, there's more; What I like best about the book is Bell's enthusiasm for his topic. He has grasped the larger picture of American craft distilling - both where it is today, and where it's going. He conveys the excitement of an authentic artisan business created "by real passionate people." Bell urges craft distillers to "broaden whiskey's horizons [and] stay creative, authentic, and addicted to quality." His book will be an important factor in assuring that this is the case.
I have no doubt that Darek Bell's Alt Whiskeys will become an American artisan distillery classic.
~ Isaac Ersoff
President of Spirits
Rogue Ales and Spirits
A decade ago, fewer than a hundred distilleries supplied all of America's domestic legal liquor supply. Today, we can boast four times that number. Well, "boast," perhaps, is not wholly accurate. That growth has entailed missteps and occasional outright failures as this cohort of new distillers -- who may have been hobbyists or working in wholly different fields five years ago -- make the transition to more seasoned professionals.
But make no mistake: the transition is underway.
There's an exuberance common among new distillers, a willingness to try unproven ingredients and techniques. Consider Chip Tate's Rumble made from wildflower honey, turbinado sugar, and figs from Balcones Distilling in Texas or New Holland's Hatter Royale, a barley spirit from Michigan finished with hops. Then there's Darek Bell's triple smoke malt whiskey that blends a bit of chocolate malt with a triple whammy of German-, peat-, and cherry-smoked malts.
Bell is the owner of Corsair Artisan Distillery. He's also a heck of a distiller with the credentials to prove it. He trained at the Seibel Brewing Institute and is a graduate of the Bruichladdich Distilling Academy. His whiskeys have won numerous awards. His book, Alt Whiskeys, hit the shelves this week.
Tapping that fat vein of experimental distilling, Bell subtitled the self-published tome Alternative Whiskey Recipes and Distilling Techniques for the Adventurous Craft Distiller. Alt Whiskeys is a turning point in the literature of American distilling.Read more ›
Looking forward to the next book from the Corsair Library.
I really get the feeling that the author loves what he does. And loves sharing it too. Inspiring book.
I did like the variety of recipes. And there was a number of very interesting ideas about hop and smoke addition.
But I found most recipes and ideads lacking basic details. As in - Use Oats for a recipe, but should this be rolled oats, whole oats, malted oats etc etc???
Nearly no information on taking cuts from heads, hearts and tails. When doing this for recipes from with vastly different mashbills I'd expect to get some heads up on whether there are specifics here to know about.
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This is an amazing book. Well written with a lot of information and wonderfull sugestionPublished 12 months ago by Francois l
Extra distilled whiskey recipes. They are written clear and concise and very easy to use.Published 13 months ago by Karen R. Hogenboom
I did enjoy this book! - the recipes are amazing and I wish i could taste them all. I would have liked more detail of the process in each recipe as some of the 'nitty-gritty' is... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mike L
A very Interesting read, good info, some needs cleaning up a little but worth every cent. Highly recommend this book.Published 17 months ago by A. Leeb-du Toit
Great book on how distilling works, through the lens of Corsair Artisan Distillery. Clear and detailed, though not just a primer on how to - geek-level knowledge is imparted in... Read morePublished 19 months ago by JMRunkle
This book has lots of novel recipes that will keep you thinking and your still working. Lots of imagination went into these recipes.Published on December 25, 2013 by Noah Poritz
This certainly talks about breaking barriers in whiskey recipes.
But it has a list of beer recipes, with as an afterthought, hey, you can distil them as well. Read more