Excellent wealth of knowledge for someone with experience in making spirits. It does go into extensive details about what happens from a mechanical and chemical view. Very happy with the book as someone with a thirst for information on a topic ripe with misinformation. For someone new to distilling this book would be very overwhelming. I would recommend spending time on reputable distillation websites to get familiar with basic terms and practices. Even better would be to purchase recognized literature on making beer or wine as the foundation of processes are basically identical.