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The Perfect Keg

Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best Ever Pint of Beer

Regular price $19.95 CAD
  • ISBN: 9781771000086
  • Tags: Food & Drink, Ian Coutts,
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5
  • Published On: 4/25/2014
  • 208 Pages
  • ISBN: 9781771000093
  • Tags: Food & Drink, Ian Coutts,
  • Published On: 24/05/2014
  • 0 Pages

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.

Ian Coutts is the author of several books, including Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada. He lives in Kingston, Ontario, and Merida, Mexico.


"This book will make you laugh, make you cheer, and make you thirsty." -J.B. MacKinnon, author of The Once and Future World and The 100-Mile Diet