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The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible: Makin' Beer, Wine, Liquers and Moonshine Whiskey
     

The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible: Makin' Beer, Wine, Liquers and Moonshine Whiskey

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by Leon W. Kania
 

How to make beer, wine, liqueurs, cider 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

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How to make beer, wine, liqueurs, cider 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780967452401
Publisher:
Happy Mountain Publications
Publication date:
10/28/2016
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
184,886
Product dimensions:
7.02(w) x 10.02(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet 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.

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The Alaskan Bootlegger's Bible: Makin' Beer, Wine, Liquers and Moonshine Whiskey 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this book is the best there is for anyone making their own home made wine and most especially for beginners as I was a few years ago. This is a common sense book, practical, easy to read and understand and will make the average Joe look like a Pro in wine making........ Since I bought this book for help in basics and recipes I have made the following kinds of wine since July of last year: Yellow plum, beet, grape, peach, sandhill plum, elderberry, carrot, red tomato, apple, persimmon, jalapeno, pear and cranberry. All of my produce comes from right here on the farm with the exception of the persimmon ( I get those from a neighbor's tree a mile away) and the cranberry that my wife purchased on closeout at Sam's for 48 cents per pound! I made a 5 gallon batch of the cranberry, turned out excellent. My wife is amazed I have not had a bad batch of wine and for a novice quite frankly I'm proud of that. I have right at 80 gallon produced this year. By the way I did buy an hydrometer........have yet to use it! :>) I tell everyone I talk to about this book, it is the best I have seen anywhere bar none. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. Needless to say I have made a lot of friends much happier! The author Mr. Kania writes with authority and practicality. He gives you a history of wine making and has a unique fun way of telling it. Thanks to this book! Roy Brown, Abilene, Kansas
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing, all over the place.  Makes a lot of assumptions about what you should already know about the process.  There are better books out there on this topic.
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norah1 More than 1 year ago
This book exemplifies the American Spirit that is so lacking in most of our modern society.....I'm going to keep my experiments to Cider, but now I know how to make other stuff if the need ever arises!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I cannot believe what I'm reading! I thought I would probably get a dry, technical analysis of a prosess. But this is precious. Put's me in mind of our dear founding 'fathers'. Got my independence streak going. Hey, and it arrived Independence weekend! I've fallen out of my chair three times already. (I don't care if I ever get around to brewing a bottle of beer, but he's got the spirit!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I believe this book is the best there is for anyone making their own home made wine and most especially for beginners as I was a few years ago. This is a common sense book, practical, easy to read and understand and will make the average Joe look like a Pro in wine making........ Since I bought this book for help in basics and recipes I have made the following kinds of wine since July of last year: Yellow plum, beet, grape, peach, sandhill plum, elderberry, carrot, red tomato, apple, persimmon, jalapeno, pear and cranberry. All of my produce comes from right here on the farm with the exception of the persimmon ( I get those from a neighbor's tree a mile away) and the cranberry that my wife purchased on closeout at Sam's for 48 cents per pound! I made a 5 gallon batch of the cranberry, turned out excellent. My wife is amazed I have not had a bad batch of wine and for a novice quite frankly I'm proud of that. I have right at 80 gallon produced this year. By the way I did buy an hydrometer........have yet to use it! :>) I tell everyone I talk to about this book, it is the best I have seen anywhere bar none. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT. Needless to say I have made a lot of friends much happier! The author Mr. Kania writes with authority and practicality. He gives you a history of wine making and has a unique fun way of telling it. Thanks to this book! Roy Brown, Abilene, Kansas
Guest More than 1 year ago
I found this book to be very informative and a pleasure to read. It is well organized and covers many principals of distillation. There is also a section on how to make your own liquers and cordials. I've made several of the recipes,and have been proud to serve the products to my friends. I have several distillation publications, BUT this one is a must have!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Kania has a knowledge of the arts of brewing as vast as his sense of humor. This book is not only a great resource for the pro/am brewer or distiller, but it's a damn good read as well.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After weeks of gathering bits and pieces of info I stumbled across this book. If you have any interest in brewing and / or distilling, you HAVE to read this. I'll never be caught withought a copy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is informative, entertaining, and it is full of down to earth 'low tech ' ideas. A must for any homebrew collection !!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book will take pride of place in your collection. Leon will enlighten you in all the sensible aspects of home brewing theory and practice and relays his great sense of humour. He has an excellent no-nonsense, easy to follow writing style and demonstrates the fact that he has been involved in the noble hobby of homebrewing for the better part of a lifetime. His vast experience is complemented superbly with witty and informative narrative. He covers an extensive range of historical, theoretical and practical aspects and the construction of some very effective home brewing tools, for example cappers, scales and airlocks etc etc. He also presents a large assortment of recipe's including some exotic and unusual ones. 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. This is a truly excellent book which you must have and which you will cherish.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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