From the HBD Archive
From: hplabs!polstra!jdp (John Polstra)
Subject: "Brewing Beers Like Those You Buy"
Date: 1990-05-16 16:17:30 GMT

In HBD #418, CRF@PINE.CIRCA.UFL.EDU (Cheryl Feinstein) asked for
opinions about Dave Line's book "Brewing Beers Like Those You Buy".

Cher: wanna buy my copy, cheap? I haven't had much luck with this book.
The problem is that it is an English book, and the recipes call for all
sorts of strange ingredients that just aren't readily available here in
the USA. (E.g., invert sugar, barley syrup, brewers caramel, demerara
sugar, black treacle ...) Also, many of the recipes call for "brown
sugar", which is not the same here as it is in England. I tried making
the recipe for Marston's Pedigree once, substituting ingredients as well
as I could, and the result was highly unsatisfactory. (I lived in
England the summer of 1977, and that was my favorite beer. When I was
there again last Fall though, I was ... underwhelmed. People told me
that it had really gone downhill since the brewery had been acquired by
one of the large breweries.)

This is not to be taken as criticism of Dave Line, who was extremely
knowledgeable about his subject and who was, in my opinion, *the* most
entertaining brewing writer of all time.

- John Polstra jdp@polstra.uucp
Polstra & Co., Inc. practic!polstra!
Seattle, Washington USA ...{uunet,sun,pyramid}!practic!polstra!jdp
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