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Do You Know What Causes Drunkenness?

It turns out that this question has interested scientists and philosophers for thousands of years.

For most of human history, people thought that “spirits” inhabited the wine or beer. This is why we call alcoholic drinks “spirits” today.

However Louis Pasteur discovered yeast around the mid 1800’s, and that’s how we learned that actually it was the by-product of yeast cells that put the “spirit” (ethanol) into the drink.

Even so, it wasn’t until relatively recently that scientists learned how ethanol actually causes drunkenness. By understanding this, we have a better idea of how alcohol affects our health and steps we can take to enjoy alcohol with minimal risk.

If you consume alcohol regularly, then it is probably a good idea for you to learn a little bit about how it affects your body. Our article “What Causes Drunkenness” will give you a brief overview.

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April 3, 2008 Posted by | Cocktails, Liquor | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Drunk Man’s Newsletter

I’m happy to announce that we have created a newsletter for the Drunk Mans Guide that will be released every Friday. Each issue will feature the Friday 5 o’clock Cocktail, along with informative sections on mixed drinks, beer, homebrewing, reviews, and of course, our jokes and quotes.

 We will also be having some contests and product giveaways coming up, so make sure you join the newsletter so you can be aware when these things happen!

How do you sign up?

Just visit www.drunkmansguide.com and put your email address in the box on the upper right of almost every page.

January 31, 2008 Posted by | Alcohol Jokes, Alcohol Quotes, Alcohol Reviews, beer, Cocktails, Drinking Games, Homebrewing, Liquor | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a 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

    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

    Homebrewing – Measuring Alcohol Content of Your Beer

    One of the first types of tests that most beginning home brewers measure is the alcohol content of their beer. This is an easy test to do, and it is something many people like to know before they start drinking. I find it is one of the first questions anyone asks before they take their first sip of by brew, “How much alcohol is in this stuff?”

    Before we go into the methods of measuring alcohol, a little explanation is in order. There are no devices that measure the alcohol directly. The best we can really do is infer the amount of alcohol based on other observable data.

    Yeast produces alcohol by metabolizing simple sugars (Dextrose) into two primary by-products: ethanol and carbon dioxide. All the other by-products occur in trace amounts that are irrelevant to our interests here. The carbon dioxide (CO2)is released into the atmosphere, and the alcohol remains.

    Because the CO2 has left the liquid, the beer becomes less dense. The more sugar the yeast metabolize, the higher the amount of CO2 that is released, and consequently the higher the percentage of alcohol.

    In order to determine the alcohol content of your beer, you need to measure the beer before it ferments, and after it ferments. By determining the difference between these two numbers, you can infer the amount of alcohol in the brew.

    There are two ways of doing this measurement. You can measure the density of the beer, or the amount of sugar that is in the solution. We refer to the measurement of the density of the beer as it’s Specific Gravity, and the amount of sugar is expressed in units called Brix.

    Specific Gravity

    The Specific Gravity of water at 60 degrees Fahrenheit is 1.000. Everything else is either more or less dense than water. You use a simple little tool called a Hydrometer to measure the Specific Gravity of a solution. It is essentially just a glass cylinder with a weight on the bottom and lines showing the different gravity points going up the side. Technically, you are supposed to cool the beer sample down to 60 degrees in order to get an accurate reading. However, as long as the beer is around room temperature, your reading will be reasonably accurate. Just keep in mind; a hydrometer reading of boiling liquid will be way off.

    When brewers talk about Specific Gravity they will usually specify either the Original Gravity (OG), or Terminal Gravity (TG). The OG is a measurement of the beer before it ferments, and the TG (also called Final Gravity – FG) is the measurement that is taken after fermentation is complete. The difference between the two tells you how much alcohol is in the brew. As an example, a typical Pale Ale will start off with an OG of around 1.045 and finish off with an TG of around 1.008.

    Calculating the percentage of alcohol is as simple as plugging some numbers into the following equation.

    % Alcohol = ((1.05 x (OG – TG)) / TG) / 0.79

    So, given a few numbers suggested above:

    OG = 1.045
    TG = 1.008

    The equation would look like this:

    .0487 = ((1.05 x (1.045 – 1.008))/1.008) / 0.79

    So, this beer would be about 4.9% alcohol.

    Brix

    Another great way to measure alcohol content is by measuring the sugar level. You measure Brix using a nifty little device called a Refractometer. These things are great because all you need is a drop of wort or beer to take a reading, and you don’t have to cool it off before you take a reading or perform mathematical gymnastics to compensate for temperature variances.

    There are complex formulas to out there on Internet Land if you want to get super duper accurate, but the simple formula is to just take your Brix level and multiply it by four to get a Specific Gravity.

    For our example, let’s assume a Brix reading of 11.25. Therefore we find the Specific Gravity this way:

    4 x 11.25(Brix) = 45

    So, the “45” in this case means 1.045. In brewing language, “45” actually means 1.045 – which is why this little trick works. You can now take this number and plug it into the formula given above to calculate your alcohol level.

    My personal preference is to use the Refractometer instead of the Hydrometer. There is just no way to express the ease of putting a drop of wort on the Refractometer while I’m mashing my grains, or to make sure my gravity is spot on when the wort goes into the fermentor. The alternative of using a Hydrometer is such a pain in the ass that quite frankly I almost never take gravity readings.

    On the downside, Refractometers cost much more than Hydrometers. You will pay about $60 – $120 for a Refractometer versus $12 – $25 for a Hydrometer. If you are considering all-grain brewing, then I would highly suggest a Refractometer.

    You can get more information on Homebrewing in the Homebrew Section of www.DrunkMansGuide.com

    December 19, 2007 Posted by | beer, Homebrewing | , , , , , | 37 Comments