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Radical Brewing (Book Review)

Monday, November 18th, 2019

Radical Brewing by Randy Mosher

The full title of this book is Radical Brewing: Recipes, Tales & World-Altering Meditations in a Glass by Randy Mosher. That’s quite a mouthful of both title and subject if you’re looking for some reasonably heavy reading on the subject of your favourite pastime – making and consuming beer. This book starts on a very basic level discussing the nature of beer and it’s history, but rapidly progresses into and beyond where you might be comfortable as a brewer. The short review of this one would be that you should buy it, put it on your office shelf and refer to it often. It’s full of good information about … beer.

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Altbier (Book Review)

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019

Cover of Altbier: History, Brewing, Techniques, Recipes by Horst D. Dornbusch

Lagering in my basement is 25 litres of Dusseldorf Altbier – to be precise it’s an Enderlein’s Alt from pages 105-106 of Altbier: History, Brewing Techniques, Recipes by Horst D. Dornbusch (1998). Herbert Enderlein was “technical editor of the book and also the brewmaster at Brauerei Ferdinand Schumacher, the oldest altbier brewery in Dusseldorf”. That brewery opened in 1838. Needless to say I’m looking forward to my second attempt at making one of these lovely German ales fermented at low temperature and lagered for two months. There is a reason another book on this subject has not appeared since 1998 and that is simply that this one covers everything you really need to know.

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Pirate Latitudes (Book Review)

Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton

It’s been years since I read a pirate novel or anything resembling an olden days seafaring yarn. Not too long ago I sat down and read Pirate Latitudes by Michael Crichton (mainly because his books always have a good pay-off at the end for the reader) and found a bit of a gem for the historic reader of my younger years. This novel is the story of Captain Edward Hunter, a privateer for the English Crown in the very early years of Port Royal. The thing that really made the book, though… Crichton’s pay-off at the very end. If you don’t want spoilers then don’t read any further. OK, you’ve been warned. This novel came from the book authored and published by Charles Hunter in 1666 Life Among the Privateers of the Carribean Sea. The last pages of Michael Crichton’s novel reveals the fates of major players and privateers in Port Royal and their story that led to a missing treasure still unfound to this day.

The simple fact at the time of the reading was that I thought this was just a swashbuckling adventure novel with elements that were too tall to be true tales. And, of course, given that it’s taken from Hunter’s own account of events there is no mistaking that he painted his life as a privateer (or pirate) with a more noble and honourable brush. And how do you criticise the version of a man who was the only survivor of a fight? In such times when a ship came to port they could easily say the battle was not to their advantage, they never picked the fight, and that all members of the other ship were lost to the sea. Drowned, or murdered? Who would know?

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My name is Steven Clark (aka nortypig) and I live in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a photographer making pictures with film. A web developer for money. A business consultant for fun. A journalist on paper. Dreams of owning the World. Idea champion. Paradox. Life partner to Megan.

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