From the HBD Archive
Subject: Green Bottles, Miller's book
Date: 1989-03-13 21:03:52 GMT

I just returned from a trip around Europe for two weeks, touching down in
England, France, and Switzerland. Upon my return, I waded through several
accumulated HB Dig's, discovering the green bottle discussion that wouldn't
go away.

During my trip in France, I was forced to drink French beer at a ski resort
since that's all there was (gag!). The green death even lives in Europe!
On the plane and trains, I finished up reading Miller's book "The Complete
Handbook of Home Brewing." He gives a fairly detailed discussion of the
mechanism for light-spoilage in beer, which, being an optical physicist,
I can appreciate.

Miller regards Papazain's book in the bibliography as the most comprehensive
book on home brewing. I think Miller is being too modest. After reading
both books, there's no question in my mind that Miller's book is the better
of the two in terms of the depth of discussion, completeness, and readability.
It even has an index. May I applaud Miller for having written something
really, really good, and recommend this book to all who have a desire to
fundamentally understand the art (and science) of home brewing.


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