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The Alaskan Bootleggers Bible [Paperback]

Leon W. Kania
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Book Description

Jan. 24 2001
How to make beer, wine, liqueurs and moonshine whiskey. The author dusts off over 30 years of experience to tell you how it's done. He not only tells how to make darned near any kind of beer, wine, liqueur and whiskey you can imagine, he also tells you how to make the equipment to do it with.

Ever wondered how a still is made? There are 8 types illustrated in this book and though it's illegal to build or possess a still, the illustrations are so complete, you could easily do it! This book includes plans and operating instructions from underground moonshiner manuals used in Mid East oil fields. Some are built with components found in most home kitchens. From moonshine, homebrew, wine and liqueur recipes, to stills, make your own cappers, kegs, scales and even a malt factory from an old freezer, it's all here!

Easy to read and humorous, this book entertains you with Alaskan tales and bootlegger's lore while you learn to make everything from beer and blossom wines, to horse turd whiskey and bathtub gin. If you could buy only one "make your own" book for the rest of your life, this is it. It's like getting a whole shelf of books for the price of one!

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About the Author

Never nominated for sainthood, the author has spent his life in the most "gawdawful" places with some of the most interesting people imaginable. "Making your own" often meant using local ingredients and improvising your equipment. This thirst induced ingenuity produced some amazing and sometimes hilarious results. The characters, recipes, plans and instructions in this book are real, only the names have been changed to protect the guilty. The war stories are all true and growing daily.

An ex-Green Beret, Leon came to Alaska in 1973. Assigned to the U.S. Army Northern Warfare Training Center at Ft. Greely where he met his wife Scottie. The crew now includes a son, Leon Jr. studying for a degree in Computer Science and an incorrigible little green bird named Jessie who "punctuated" almost every page of the draft book.

The aim of this book is to explain how to make all types of alcoholic beverages in an easy to understand and entertaining manner. It stresses the arts, not the science, steers you toward using wholesome natural ingredients, rather than chemicals and shows you how to make, rather than buy most of your equipment. It has an Alaskan Bush flavor by virtue of many of its tales and recipes, but the "how-to" information is universal and applies anywhere in the world.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I started out helping my Dad make wine from the orchards and farms around my home in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia at least 20 years ago. There were some rudimentary to advanced books that he had that showed us the general idea of how to it, but we never found any one book that covered every aspect of making ANY kind of drink you can imagine. Honestly, if anyone had just one book in their arsenal to make top notch brew of any family be it beer, wine or spirits one should look no further than this text. Not only is it tremendously informative from a no nonsense, hands on, make your own world class brew and brewing/weighing/bottling/distilling etc. etc. tools for a fraction of the commercial cost, but it is also funny as hell. It is well sprinkled with colourful anecdotes, history, and folklore and never ceases to entertain as well as enlighten. If me and Dad would have had this some 20 plus years ago we would have never had to read another book on the subject. Whether you are serious about making better brew than you can buy at any store for any money or you just like a great read, you need this book!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Useful and Funny! June 25 2013
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This book is written by a very knowledgeable man with a wicked sense of humor! What more could you want the title says it all!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anybook Company Dec 28 2012
By Kris
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Shipped as stated in the order! Excellent service! Would recommend this company and the book. Thanks for making my gift List!
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Great book!

Would higly reccomend to anyone wanting to get into distilling, has amazing recipes for wines and mash's and still plans
its got it all

totally worth reading!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Book with a Kick March 23 2004
By A Customer
This was the Compleat Works on home brewing. I was looking for research material that would give me a fair idea on the mechanics of non-commercial distilling for a writing project, and after looking at several books, I chose this one, thinking I would be reading the least objectionable one. When I got it I sat down and read it right through and finished up with a good read and a reasonable knowlege (as in from 0 to 60 in 45 minutes) of the subject. The good read part is amazing, but even better is the information, which is given clearly and succinctly, without any techno-blather. By the time I got to the end of the book, I felt that I not only knew enough to brew my own, but suddenly I had the urge to do it. Thanks, Leon!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alaskan Bootleggers Bible Nov. 14 2003
By A Customer
Great book with easy to follow dircetions and enjoyable reading. Leon has a great wit and style. My friends think the wine I make is as good or better then the suff they pay $10.00 a bottle for, heck I can almost make 5 gallons for that and I know everything that is it and its made with care. Thanks Leon and crew.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Solid Foundation - Super Value April 10 2003
By A Customer
I found this book to be extremely valuable, both in it's content and well - it's value! The author presents the art of making Wine and Beer in a simple yet entertaining package. This is the book to begin your quest for fine spirits. This book is a teriffic "How To" on a budget. Following the Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible I was able to create my first batch of Wine for under $20.00! I have since read numerous other "acclaimed" books on the subject and find myself returning to this book. Bottom it's money well spent for a lifetime of hobbies
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5.0 out of 5 stars this is a great book March 11 2003
By andy
I really enjoyed this book. It was writen in simple, easy to read terms, and had easy to follow instructions. This is the best book I have currently read about home brewing and distilling. It provided me with a helpful insight to brewing and distilling. I am 100% satisfied with it.
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