In an entertaining year-long devotion
to the near-religious art of brewing beer, Ian Coutts sets out to
make the perfect keg. This beer didn''t start with a beer-making
kit, which is what most homebrewers use. And it didn''t rely on
pre-roasted industrial malt, which is how commercial brewers do it.
Coutts made his own malt, and he grew his own barley. Hops, too.
Yeast, he went out and captured. And that''s it. With this beer,
the only additives were knowledge and history.
There were plenty of adventures and
misadventures along the way, but Coutts writes about them with
humour and aplomb, proving it is possible to make the perfect keg
of wholly natural beer in one year.