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Homebrewing Tips – Secondary Fermentation

Secondary Fermentor - Glass CarboyOne fact about Homebrewers is that they love to make life more complicated than it needs to be. I know, I’m a homebrewer; and I’m as guilty as anyone on this account. For this reason I really try to separate the necessary from the unnecessary – especially when I’m teaching a beginner how to brew.As I lurk around a few of the homebrewing forums out on the Internets, one topic that often comes up is the issue of secondary fermentation.

Experienced homebrewers often like to scare beginners with horror stories of all the nasty things that will happen to their beer if they don’t use a secondary. My opinion is that this step is unnecessary for most beginners, and is more likely to cause infections for inexperienced brewers.

That said, they can be very useful under certain circumstances.

If you have questions about secondaries, we have created a page on DrunkMansGuide.com that details more than you probably care to know about conditioning and secondary fermentation. You can get to the article here: “Do You Need To Use A Secondary Fermentor?”

Today’s Featured Mixed Drink Recipes:

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January 9, 2008 Posted by | beer, Homebrewing | , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Drunk Man’s Guide Presidential Race Drinking Game

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For those of you who have been binging it and are out of the loop, it’s time to pick another President. Normally the thought of a year’s worth of political bickering and negative campaign ads would be enough to drive a man to drinking.

But we’re drunks, and we know how to have fun! That’s why we cooked up the Drunk Man’s Guide Presidential Race Drinking Game.

With this game if your candidate wins, you’re already in the celebratory mood. If someone else wins, then you’re too drunk to feel your teeth anyway, so fuck it.

Play the Drunk Man’s Guide Presidential Race Drinking Game today!

Drink Choices for Today:

January 8, 2008 Posted by | Alcohol Jokes, beer, Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Helpful Hints – How to Hide Something from Yourself

There are times when it is beneficial to forget where you put something. No, I’m not talking about your car keys when you’ve had a few too many at a friend’s house. I’m talking about serious things that could be used against you in a court of law, or the secret government plans you stole off a dead Russian, or a really good bottle of Scotch.

You need to hide these things because, let’s face it, you can’t trust you!

Up until now it has been impossible to actually forget where you put the thing because, try as you might, the more you try to forget where you put it, the more you think about where it is.

Fortunately, we at DMG Labs have developed a perfect method of hiding something from yourself. In the interest of science, we have included detailed instructions here: How To Hide Something From Yourself.

Choice Drinks For Today:

  • Winter Tropic
  • Coconut Grove
  • Orthoniatis
  • The Drink
  • Dimple Cocktail
  • January 8, 2008 Posted by | Alcohol Jokes, Liquor | , , | Leave a comment

    Friday 5 o’clock Cocktail – Drunk Monkey

    Today marks the end of the first work week in 2008. Why not have a Drunk Monkey?

    How to make a Drunk Monkey

    Ingredients:
    1 1/2 oz Cranberry Juice
    1 1/2 oz Pineapple Juice
    1 oz Triple Sec
    1 oz Melon Liqueur
    1 oz Banana Liqueur

    Directions:
    Stir Ingredients together in a Highball Glass and serve.

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    January 4, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , | Leave a comment

    Beer Review – Samuel Smith Lager

    Samuel Smith Pure Brewed LagerI have to admit that I’m a big Samuel Smith fan. In fact, I’m such a big fan that I have the following rule of thumb when judging beer: if you need to know what a particular style of beer is supposed to taste like, just taste the Samuel Smith version and you’ll know.

    So, when I decided to do a review of their Lager, I was already a little prejudiced, and my standards were probably set artificially high.

    A little history on the brew.

    The Samuel Smith Brewery was founded in 1852 in Tadcaster England, and it utilizes a rare fermentation technique that is almost completely extinct called the Yorkshire Square system. Essentially, the system uses square (usually limestone) fermentors that have a deck on top that captures the yeast in the head of the foamy krausen.

    These yeast cells are extremely active and would be the best if you were trying to isolate the strongest cells for future batches. The yeasty foam is then kept on the deck until the next batch of beer is pumped onto the deck. The beer then drains back into the fermentor through the deck.

    This system both aerates and inoculates the new batch with the yeast cells from the previous batch. The cycle repeats itself over and over, and in this way Samuel Smith has been working with the same strains of yeast since the early 20th century.

    The Yorkshire Square System is expensive, difficult to do consistently, and impossible to scale up to megabrew levels. It also produces some fantastic beer. Which brings us to the Samuel Smith Pure Brewed Lager.

    This beer is one of the “pure” beers that Sam Smith makes. Although it is English, it is made in the German tradition of Rheinheitsgebot whereby the only ingredients allowed into the brew are barley, hops, yeast and water.

    But this is definitely an English Lager. When you pour a Sam Smith Lager, you will notice that it isn’t the same as a Czech or German style Pilsner. This is a little heavier on the malt, a little toastier, and a little lighter on the hops – as if you took a normal Lager, and gave it more body, and malt character.

    If you are an Ale-lover, then this is a great Lager. If you don’t like Ale, then this English style of Lager will probably taste too thick. I won’t geek out on you and start talking about the beer’s “nose” or anything like that. I will say that it is damn good, and exactly what I have come to expect from this incredible brewery.

    It is so good, in fact, that I would encourage you to be careful not to drink this Lager next to a MegaBrewed beer. Your Sam Smith’s superiority will just make the other beer jealous.

    P.S. Also try their Oatmeal Stout – it’s the best I’ve ever had.

    You can get more information on beer, homebrewing, and mixed drink recipes at www.drunkmansguide.com.

    January 3, 2008 Posted by | Alcohol Reviews, beer | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

    Top Ten Beer Quotes:

    These are all pretty good ones that I’ve collected from various spots on the Internet.

    1. “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.”
      — Benjamin Franklin
    2. “You can’t be a real country unless you have a beer and an airline; It helps if you have some kind of a football team, or some nuclear weapons, but at the very least you need a beer.”
      — Frank Zappa
    3. “If God had intended us to drink beer, He would have given us stomachs.”
      — David Daye
    4. “Work is the curse of the drinking class.”
      — Oscar Wilde
    5. “When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading.”
      — Henny Youngman
    6. “I would kill everyone in this room for a drop of sweet beer.”
      — Homer Simpson
    7. “Not all chemicals are bad. Without chemicals such as hydrogen and oxygen, for example, there would be no way to make water, a vital ingredient in beer.”
      — Dave Barry
    8. “An intelligent man is sometimes forced to be drunk to spend time with his fools.”
      — Ernest Hemmingway
    9. “24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence?”
      — Stephen Wright
    10. “I feel sorry for people who don’t drink. When they wake up in the morning, that’s as good as they’re going to feel all day.”
      — Frank Sinatra

    You can get more information about alcohol, mixed drinks, and beer at www.drunkmansguide.com

    January 2, 2008 Posted by | Alcohol Quotes, beer | , , , , , , | 1 Comment