(PRWEB) May 08, 2012
Absinthe, the fabled and once forbidden green colored, highly alcoholic beverage often referred to as "The Green Fair", is now once again legally available in many well stocked liquor stores across the United States, Canada, and Europe. With interest in absinthe growing exponentially since the dawn of easy access of information on the once taboo subject via the Internet comes groups of individuals for whom being able to purchase their favorite beverage is simply not enough. Home brew enthusiasts are now taking up the challenge of making real absinthe at home.
Absinthe, while sometimes expensive to purchase, can be made at home quite easily with the right knowledge and materials by those who know what they are doing. Legally, making absinthe at home can be somewhat of a minefield as the required licenses can be tricky to obtain. Nevertheless, this has not stopped a large body of home brewers from brewing their favorite beverage at home regardless of the legal technicalities. While some go through the somewhat bureaucratic nightmare of obtaining the proper licenses for home distillation, most enthusiasts do not usually bother with the legalities involved for their small scale, personal at-home brewed absinthe. For many of these brewers, making home brew absinthe is often viewed as an act of civil disobedience for an unjust law imposed by their government and they see no harm in making their favorite beverage at home.
Another minefield for the potential absinthe home brewer to cross is the staggering amount of misleading information on the subject that needs to be waded through. What is and is not really absinthe, and how to make the real thing is not always so straightforward. Although real absinthe requires distillation, the Internet is littered with web are sites encouraging people to soak absinthe in vodka and filter without distillation. Likewise, there are numerous web sites selling essence kits where various herbal concoctions are added to base alcohol. Absinthe purists do not consider either type of product to be true absinthe.
On the heels of the interest in home brewing absinthe comes a new eBook, “How To Make Absinthe At Home” (http://www.make-absinthe.com) that promises to show the potential enthusiast how to make absinthe at home. Unlike fake vodka-soak absinthe, the author guides a would-be enthusiast through all the steps necessary of making the mysterious alcoholic beverage in the traditional artisan way it was made a century ago, discusses the legalities of absinthe, and litters the book with numerous illustrations and photographs. Written by a claimed skilled absinthe home brewer, this eBook also includes detailed information and links for some of the harder-to-find ingredients and utensils. "Make Absinthe at Home" promises to show the reader not just how to make absinthe, but the author also claims that by following his techniques, a potential enthusiast can make absinthe of quality that can meet or beat the best commercial products. Because of the quasi-gray area legalities of home brewing, the author writes the eBook from an informational point of view, yet he also writes it in a way that could easily be followed by just about any potential absinthe brewer. Regardless of whether or not the techniques for making real absinthe are followed, the eBook appears to be valuable for it's explanations of how real absinthe is made and this should benefit purchasers of commercial absinthe products.