The writer Ian Coutts discusses his new book, The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best-Ever Pint of Beer (Greystone, 2014), with Joseph Planta.
|The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best-Ever Pint of Beer by Ian Coutts (Greystone, 2014).
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Text of introduction by Joseph Planta:
I am Planta: On the Line, in Vancouver, at TheCommentary.ca.
Ian Coutts has written several books include Brew North: How Canadians Made Beer and Beer Made Canada. He’s written a new book, The Perfect Keg: Sowing, Scything, Malting and Brewing My Way to the Best-Ever Pint of Beer. He joins me now to talk about the effort he took to make beer from scratch, a 100-mile-diet approach as it were. It’s a compelling read, and even though I don’t drink beer, I found his adventures, and misadventures fun to read. I’ll ask him about all that he did, because he didn’t use one of those beer-making kits which we see a lot of in stores and the sort. He made his own malt, grew his own barley and hops too. It’s a fun book, and one that’s informative. The writing of Ian Coutts has appeared in Canadian Geographic, the Globe and Mail, Quill and Quire, and Toronto Life. The website for more is at www.perfectkeg.wordpress.com . The book is published by Greystone. Please welcome to the Planta: On the Line program, Ian Coutts; Mr. Coutts, good morning.