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An early and important publication in the field of beer production - woodcuts. Vienna, 1875

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Katechismus des praktischen Brauwesens. Erster Teil. Behandelnd alle Fragen, welche auf dem Gebiete der Bier-Erzeugung vorkommen. Für Bierbrauer aller Classen sowie auch für Brauereibesitzer - Catechism of practical cooking. Answers to all the questions that arise in the field of beer production. For brewers of all Classes as well as Brewery Owners by Franz Fassbender. Accompanied by woodcut panels of facilities to create beer. Published by Verlag Lehmann & Wentzel, Vienna 1875. German.

The author writes that he was asked by his friends in Vienna as an expert in the field of beer production, in particular in the way it was produced in Vienna, to write a book in which he details all the stages of the production of the drink, starting with growing the barley, the cleaning process, sorting, soaking, grinding, the final crushing and the treatment of the beer in the fermentation facilities. The book is written in a way that everyone can understand in the form of short questions and answers (the meaning of the word "catechism" is an explanation in the form of questions and answers) which even ordinary artisans will be able to read and apply the beer-making instructions written in it - such as: What is the purity level of the water to be used? What are the signs of good barley? How can early fermentation be detected? Is there a need for experienced workers in field, or can novice employees also be trained for this work as well? and so on. The author goes into the details of the beer making process, and his work is considered one of the earliest "cookbooks" ever published in the field of beer.

At the end of the book are advertisements for various beer producers, as well as boards with woodcuts describing the beer production facilities.

VI, [3] - 4-117, [9], + seven woodcut plates. Originally appears with seven plates containing 27 woodcuts of diagrams depicting various parts of beer making machines at the end of the book. In the copy before us, the second plate is partially missing (charts 10-11 are missing), and some of the plates have tears, mainly in the margins. Fragile paper, especially in the plates. Loose original binding with tears in the spine. Moderate condition.

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189. An early and important publication in the field of beer production - woodcuts. Vienna, 1875