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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hushion House; Reprint edition (June 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0967452406
  • ISBN-13: 978-0967452401
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 25 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #28,944 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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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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A bible or reference for the home brewer, winemaker or moonshiner. With Leon Kania's direction you can go from a wanna-be to an artful expert in far less time than reading hard to follow technical manuals provided by your local brewing supply house (and lot's of information that is not availble anywhere regarding moonshine). With Kania's book it's all combined: wine, beer, liquor. The material (and there is a load of it) is presented in easy to understand everyday language that a complete novice can follow. Anecdotes from conversations with old moonshiners give this book a flavor of truth and down home common sense. Leon provides material lists and stresses the important items needed to SAFELY brew or distill and drives home the legal ramifications you face if you choose to ignore his warnings regarding distilling sprits. There are also instruction on how to malt your own grains safely and inexpensively. I was impressed by the years of knowledge presented in a fun manner. Leon even touches on the lost art of Jacking (distilling without a still, also illegal in the US). After looking for the proper book, finding "The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible" reading it and putting it to work for me I am comfortable saying that Leon Kania is saving a lost art form by publishing and distributing this book. With the help of "The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible" I proceeded step by step, referencing the material as I went and came out with an end product that I can be proud of. Thanks Leon
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If you're looking for a book that's easy to follow and not loaded with technical gobbledygook, I highly recommend this book to you. This book has simple, easy to understand instructions on brewing just about anything you can imagine. There's even a chapter on distilling, which I found very interesting and informative. Since Mr. Kania cautions distilling is illegal to put into practice, I intend to take his advice and refrain, but it was, nonetheless, quite interesting, especially the different types of stills.
I must say I really enjoyed the humor interspersed throughout the book as well. Not only is it a great instructional book, it's just plain enjoyable reading.
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Everyone should have this book in their collection. Your copy will take pride of place on your bookshelf just like mine has. In it the author not only enlightens you in all the sensible aspects of home brewing theory and practice but he also relays a great sense of humour. He has an excellent no-nonsense, easy to follow writing style. Leon clearly demonstrates the fact that he has been involved in the noble hobby of homebrewing for the better part of a lifetime. His vast experience shines through with his witty and informative narrative. He covers an extensive range of historical, theoretical and practical aspects and the construction of simple and yet very effective home brewing tools, for example cappers, scales and airlocks etc etc. Some topics such as distillation are of course presented purely - as the author warns - for information purposes only as they are illegal in certain parts of the world. Interested? Want to know more? Then buy the book, you definitely won't be disappointed.
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Just finished Leon Kania's book on home brewing, wine making and distilling. The subtle humor and the history of alcohol use and production makes for an enjoyable read whether you intend to brew or not. Along with the feeling of living in remote Alaska and fending for yourself under difficult conditions, it brings us back to the times when ordering a pizza meant going to the kitchen and kneading some pizza dough, while the kids made the sauce and grated the cheese. As one, who never lets the sun set on a day when I have not tasted the "Devil's Brew", I give Mr. Kania kudos on a great story and manual. I can see many more smoke trails rising over America as this book reaches the masses. Robert J. Emmert, Radio Talk Show Host, Fort Myers, Florida
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If you have ever thought about homebrewing, or do it now, this is the book for you! Mr. Kania shows his true mastery of the subject. He gives simple, precise instructions on setting up your own home-brewery or winery with lots of simple and rudimentry homemade equipment for the beginner on a budget. This guy is the dang McGuyver of homebrewing and winemaking and he shows you how to be one too!! The book also doesn't just bore you with good information, instructions and drawings. It's full of intresting and comical facts about alcohol through the ages like, 'Horse Tird Whiskey' and a jury that was indicted for drinking the evedence in a moonshine trial. The book even has an intresting section on home distillation (illegal in the U.S. but not all countries).
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