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CHRISTO­PHER SIDWA, MUR­DOCH BOOKS, H/B, $45

Cuisine - - CONTENTS -

What we’re watch­ing, read­ing and cook­ing from now

As an en­thu­si­as­tic sup­porter of the craft-beer move­ment, I’ve long liked the idea of try­ing brew­ing for my­self. In fact, I think I would al­ready have tried were it not that a ready sup­ply of ale un­der the stairs com­bined with a to­tal lack of self-con­trol seems like a one-way ticket to re­hab. But, if I de­velop an iron will, this very com­pre­hen­sive ‘how-to’ book, by the founder of NSW’S Batch Brew­ing Co, will be the one I want to guide me through the var­i­ous stages to be­com­ing a brew­mas­ter. It runs through dif­fer­ent styles of beer, the stages of the brew­ing process, the in­gre­di­ents you’ll use, the equip­ment you’ll need and, cru­cially, ex­actly what you need to do. Clear step-by-step in­struc­tions com­bine with pho­tos to re­as­sure the be­gin­ner that they’re do­ing it right. But the ethos is that brew­ing your own beer is fun, so the text is in­ter­spersed with lit­tle gems. “Care­fully, so you don’t burn your face or hands, waft that beau­ti­ful-smelling steam to­ward your nose and breathe it in...pause and take a mo­ment, be­cause life doesn’t get much bet­ter than this.”

So, if you pic­ture your­self im­press­ing your mates by crack­ing the top off a home-brewed pale ale at your sum­mer ses­sions, get this book and get brew­ing. TRACY WHIT­MEY

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