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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
I really get the feeling that the author loves what he does. And loves sharing it too. Inspiring book.
After spending substantial time working on the American craft whiskey movement, one of the things I took away from that was just how many micro-distilleries sprang from the craft brewing and home brewing scene. Time and again and in operations great and small, I have heard about how this distiller was tinkering with beer in his basement for years while working his white collar job, but his real love was whiskey, or shaken hands with a guy who worked in breweries for a dozen years before making the jump to distilling. That connection between beer and whiskey is strongly made by Bell, as he draws a line in both his thinking on the craft distilling movement itself and in his own recipes for whiskey.
It’s the latter that serves as the bread and butter of Alt Whiskeys, with dozens of mashbills, yeast choices and procedures for making some very wild spins on whiskey taking up most of the 200 pages. It reads very much like a cookbook, but for a distillery rather than a kitchen. For that reason, this is a technical work and therefore has only three natural audiences: diehard whiskey nerds; those who are newly entered into or thinking of entering craft whiskey-making; and devoted fans of Corsair Artisan.Read more ›
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This is an amazing book. Well written with a lot of information and wonderfull sugestionPublished 17 months ago by Francois l
Extra distilled whiskey recipes. They are written clear and concise and very easy to use.Published 19 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 21 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 22 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 on July 15, 2014 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