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Have you read The Unbearable Nonsense of Craft Beer - A Rant in Nine Acts by Alan and Max yet? It's out on Kindle as well as Lulu.

Maureen Ogle said this about the book: "... immensely readable, sometimes slightly surreal rumination on beer in general and craft beer in particular. Funny, witty, but most important: Smart. The beer geeks will likely get all cranky about it, but Alan and Max are the masters of cranky..."

Ron Pattinson said: "I'm in a rather odd situation. Because I appear in the book. A fictional version of me. It's a weird feeling."


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Ed -

pH please. It specifically refers to the chemical symbol for hydrogen and I feel a stabbing pain when people type it incorrectly.

Alan -

Whoops! Fixed.

Evan Rail -

This looks like another good title from Brewers Publications, though I'm wondering if it might be too "dry," no pun intended, for most readers. FOR THE LOVE OF HOPS had a lot to keep us interested: hop origin stories, Stan's own travels and research, etc. YEAST had less in terms of narrative, but there were still plenty of practical details (even trivia), about fermenters and fermentation, in order to appeal to its audience.

In terms of approach, WATER sounds like a far more technical text, is that right?

Alan -

You raise an interesting point by implication. This book does in fact indicate there is no room for all the technical information which does indicate it is more complex procedurally. There was an interview Hill Farmstead in Vt. I linked to it here. When the brewer talks about "critical checkpoints" I am pretty sure he is not talking about the newest hop, the sort of barrel or how much pumpkin to throw in. One of my favourite craft brewers here in Ont is a B.Sc. and I think it shows. If there is a next thing I hope it is excellence over adulteration or faddishness.

Nitch -

Norther Brewer's Brewing tv did a, (like the book) rather dry but informative interview
with John Palmer. Pretty advancing reading, like you said, but good to have the shelf to impress the geek friends.