I bought this book with my first home brewing kit in 1988, rode back to my college dorm, and with the help of a small electric burner, brewed my first batch of ale. Hours later, in the middle of the night, I awoke to my roommate cursing me up and down as the CO2 snored "blurp, blurp, blurp" from the airlock of the fermenter. Thus began my long journey into beer and brewing. The original kit was purchased at Home Sweet Home brew in Philly, PA. The ale turned out great. Incidentally, my second batch was a stout which I remember giving a sample to one of my friends which resulted in a sourpuss comment "eeww! tastes like Guinness!" as he spit it out.