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There's no taste like home: Beer-making for the complete novice Kindle Edition

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About the Author

Jan Describes himself as an Amateur Paramotorist, beer enthusiast, aspiring best selling author and full time human being. 

He was brought up in both Italy and England and after a somewhat nomadic few years has now settled in Barcelona which he now happily calls home. 

Jan is a very lively and upbeat person who is still unsure which is his favorite pastime: Brewing beer or drinking it, but wants to share his successes with anyone that has ever had an interest of how beer is made.

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  • File Size: 1280 KB
  • Print Length: 126 pages
  • Publication Date: December 16, 2013
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00C2VBQMG
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Jan Describes himself as an Amateur Paramotorist, beer enthusiast, aspiring best selling author and full time human being.

He was brought up in both Italy and England and after a somewhat nomadic few years has now settled in Barcelona which he now happily calls home.


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Well written and informative. This is like having a knowledgeable friend start you out by comming over and helping you with your first batch. The only thing that would be better is if he brought over some sample home brew to "teach" you about. I feel alot more sure about the process. I recieved this free and kind of feel bad about it because I would have paid for this good advice like you pay your friend who comes over to help with your first batch by sharing the brew around.-thanx
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If you have an interest in beer making, and have never made beer before- if you've looked at supplies with confusion trying to figure out what you might need, this is a great introduction booklet.

This starts with the history of beer making, the supplies you'll need and an overview of ingredients in an easy to read conversational tone. This reads very easily in clear language for the most part. There are some definite terms in it that are very English but the basic instructions are in American style volume units with approximate measurements in metric. I think the assumption is that either you're an American reading it, or that you are using an American kit to brew beer.

He explains the pros and cons of various brewing styles concisely and why it's best to start with kits, work up to extracts, then finally trying grain brewing.

If you are a novice, the clear language inspires confidence and you might even be infected with some of the authors excitement and enthusiasm.

It is a booklet, not a full a book. An introduction without getting too complicated or technical. If you are beginning, start with this, then you'll want more in depth books as you get more involved.
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The only thing wrong with this eBook is the regular price of $6.99. If this book were printed, it'd be about 5"X7" and it'd be about 30 pages, generously spaced. The first several pages, a history of beer, seem to be there just as filler just to bulk up the book.

Other reviewers of this item are gushing a little too much; to the point of where I think they're friends/relatives of the author, or maybe the author him(her?)self. With praise such as "This book is a real gem." or "...it's very complete..." It's far from "complete" and it's not really a gem per se. This is a great book for someone that's never brewed that can be scared away by too many unfamiliar terms.

Jan cuts to the chase quickly after the initial several pages on history and offers a refreshing complete step-by-step all-grain brewing process guide, indicating where the starting point would be if you were extract brewing instead and where complete kit brewing would start. Jan very succinctly breaks down the required equipment into groups of must-have, nice-to-have, and bonus-to-have. Also, the equipment (racking cane, mash tun, etc.) are simply and succinctly explained.

It's nice that there's minimal fluff here. I've read a few books that just drone on incessantly, almost condescendingly. This book is very succinct but also very short. $7 is a little pricey for a 10 minute read. This would make a great give-away pamphlet at home-brew supply stores to get folks excited. It'd even be worth a buck or two. However, for an eBook with no publishing or distribution cost, the Amazon regular price of $6.99 just seems a bit high. This book would be sufficient for someone doing kit brewing for the first time. It's insufficient for first-time all-grain brewing, and even kit brewers would likely get second book with much much more info (what is a saison? what's a dubbel? a trippel?) by the time they brew their second or third batch.
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Thankfully I downloaded this book when it was free. If I had spent money I'd be quite angry. Though to it's credit, this book really is for the novice. It goes into the general process of making beer in fairly clear terms. Problem is that it doesn't go in depth enough to actually help you brew beer. If you try to brew using this book only you'll have a lot of questions.
If you're actually looking to brew, look to the book "How to Brew". The first chapter alone covers everything this book does and more clearly as well. Plus the rest of the book will go more in depth if you have a question. Can't recommend this book to any one unless it's free.
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Three 5 star reviews at the same time - what a crock
yeah, I agree!!It takes up to 4 weeks to brew beer. Are we sure that the book is available just on amazon?
Apr 17, 2013 by Samuel Adriaan Gaanderse |  See all 2 posts
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