Chris Colby (220.127.116.11)
|Posted on Tuesday, March 19, 2002 - 07:00 pm: ||
I never met George Fix, but he had a big influence on my life. I learned to brew from some graduate student friends who were "everything but the kitchen sink" brewers. We made "beer" from a variety of fermentables. With that experience -- and from what I'd read in the only homebrew book I had -- I thought homebrewing was a fun diversion, but that it was "lightweight," devoid of any serious intellectual content.
Then one day at The Modern Brewer, a homebrew shop in Boston, I saw a book with some molecular diagrams on the cover. It was Fix's "Principles of Brewing Science" (the first edition). I picked up the book (and a green book by someone named Noonan, even though I didn't think I'd be brewing lager beers any time soon) and my opinion of and enthusiam for homebrewing skyrocketed. Without George Fix, I strongly suspect I would have eventually dropped out of homebrewing.
What Fix gave this hobby was invaluable and we sorely need someone to pick up his torch.