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The Joy of Home Wine Making Paperback – June 1, 1996
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Having been brought up through the ranks, as it were, on Berry's "First Steps..." and having never found it insufficient as an instructional and recipe reference, it is almost painful to admit that someone has bettered the master. But Terry Garey clearly has.
"The Joy..." is thoughtfully divided into three sections -- beginning, intermedient and advanced winemaking. Garey presents the basics, expands upon them, and then he expands some more. Not only is his presentation progressive, it is solidly educational. Best of all, the recipes are largely fresh, varied and inviting!
"The Joy..." is much more than a primer for making wine at home. The beginner invariably expects an identifiable relationship between the color, flavor and bouquet of the raw ingredients and the finished wine. While such a relationship exists, it is not the one that beginning winemakers expect. Garey goes where few have attempted to go before. He wants you to know what you will get, and that requires more than simply adjusting your expectations.
To accomplish this, Garey explains the principles and, to some degree, the chemistry that underlies the processes at work when wine is being made.Read more ›
The book is written with the beginner in mind (myself included), with a great sense of humor and includes really good tips and many recipes to choose from. I only wish that I made more than one gallon of the Rasberry Wine, however. I feel more adventurous and willing to experiment now that my first batch turned out after nearly 6 months. In short, I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to start wine making as an enjoyable hobby without breaking the bank.
Not written as a dry text, but full of her amusing experiences making many of the recipies in the book.
A great place to start, but once you get going, you may want to refer to other books that go into additional detail about yeast selection, using yeast starters and champagne production
Why take a risk and spend an afternoon boiling up 25 pounds of sliced carrots? Because everything else I've made has turned out fantastic.
She pooh-poohs strawberry wine, but it turned out great- it tastes like a chardonnay with hints of strawberry. Maybe not what you would expect in a strawberry wine, but a pleasant surprise if you take it on its own terms.
I have dozens of bottles down in my basement that I've made from recipes out of this book, and all o them have turned out fantastic.
This book would serve as a good introduction for any new brewer, but has enough unique recipes for the more experienced home brewer.
I docked it one star for some inconsistencies that bothered me as a more experienced brewer, but they are such that the the newbie won't even notice them and the more experienced will automatically correct for them.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It is a very nice book for beginners such as myself. There are a lot of really interesting recipes, and I am currently trying a couple of them.Published 4 days ago by JM
This is a great book for beginners with very little knowledge of wine making. It's very descriptive and has easy to understand directions.Published 5 days ago by Ashly B
This book is one of my favorite wine making books, and it rivals C.J.J. Berry in my collection.Published 11 days ago by david allain
Great for beginners. Enjoy the writing style. Would recommend this book to my friends.Published 2 months ago by Jo Williams
If you are a wine maker who uses strictly grapes this book offers you the absolute bare minimum. Rich in knowledge in making fruit wines etc but for the wine maker looking for... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Oakville Guy
This is a very entertaining, fascinating book with wine recipes using everything from grape juice to turnips. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Laurie
As a wine maker for a year or so, there is so much conflicting information out there, that you won't know what to do, or even to try. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ILoveMyDog
Pleasant to read. I wish the pictures were a little better because I am a true novice.Published 7 months ago by michelle bracht