Home Brew Your Own Beer, Oh Yeah!!!

It ain’t that hard to brew your own beer. You just need patience, creativity, and of course, I love for beer!  It is not as hard as some people make it sound.  It is actually a lot of fun to create and make great tasting beer that you can drink and be proud of and share with your friends and family. WHo knows, you might be the next Sam Adams!

Home Brew kits are available online at even at the local liquor store!

When you are going to brew your own beer at home, you are going to need the following:

You will have to have a malt extract, water, and brewers yeast.  The malt extracts can be liquid and they are usually in the form of syrup.  Dry extracts can be stored longer than the liquid form.  You can find that there are many different extracts to choose from.  You may find that it is easier to order these things online so that you can get your brewing started faster. Many companies have everything you need “in a box” just to wet your appetite for home brew.

If you think about it, beer is like 99% water! How much easier could it be?  It is best to use spring water even though some people get good results with tap water as well.  I use a reverse osmosis filter for my home brew, this way I have the purest, cleanest medium for my precious brew!

Yeast is another big part of making beer.  Yeast is what ferments the malts and the sugars into the alcohol.  This is what will release the carbon dioxide.

You will see that there are many different ways to make beer.  The only way to do it is to find the recipe that you like best.  You will see that there are certain ones that take longer than others and ones that will take no time at all. Figure out which one sounds better to you and then you will have a better idea of the entire process of making great beer.

It is important to be careful and sanitary, you don’t want to make yourself or family sick right?  You need to make sure that all the equipment that you use is sterile.  This is very important because you do not want to take any chances on the beer becoming tainted and someone getting sick from your invention. How bad would it suck if your careful home brew gave everyone the sh*ts?

Making your own beer is a great way to tap into your inner artist.  It is something that you will only get better at over time and all of your pals and buddies will enjoy the fact that you can make them good tasting beer.

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Reviews Of Sam Adams Beers

I really don’t like a lot of “hoppy” type beers. In fact, besides Australia’s own Fosters Beer, the only strong brew I enjoy is Samuel Adams. So I thought I’d find some reviews from around the net and compile them here for your enjoyment as I feel there are several beer lovers who drink this brew more than I and they are more qualified to give straightforward opinions.

Matt Allyn Reviews Some of Sam’s Adventurous Flavors here.

I don’t usually buy beer in anything larger than a 6-pack (in the name of variety, of course), but a Sam Adams Variety Pack ended up in my shopping cart and I found myself with three beers I’ve never tried before. Continue reading this story here.

Here’s another from the author of Eminent Domain:

As you can probably tell from the last few beers I have reviewed, I purchased a rather large Sam Adams sampler pack (okay, it was a case). Many breweries (Sam Adams included) have sampler packs and cases to promote their seasonals. They are usually reasonably priced, often come with a free glass, and give you an easy way to try a few new beers. The last beer in my sampler pack is Sam Adams Boston Lager. This is the flagship beer of the Sam Adams brewery. If you are in a restaurant, this is probably the variety that they stock.

Continue reading this story here.

Beer Craft talks about the Summer Ale from Sam:

Sam is one of my favorite brewers. They generally serve-up a refined, simple product with great results. Since it is coming on summer I decided to try their seasonal.

And, I was not disappointed – as this beer is just about perfect for the hot and balmy season.

Continue reading this story here.

The Brew Lounge talks about the Winter Brew here:

So I was on my way to Florida last Monday and I stopped at Olde Philadelphia Tavern – Concourse A East of Philadelphia International Airport. They had some good beer on tap besides the standard fare. I don’t have my notes right now, but, I know Guiness, Sam Adams Lager, and Sam Adam Winter lager were on tap.

How To Prevent a Hangover

When I was 21-years-old and in good shape, I could drink all night and wake up the next day as good as new. But now, nearly 20 years later, a couple beers will put me in bed with a headache and the chills the next day. I have even considered quitting alcohol all together! (Oh No!!!)

So I have come up with a few ways to prevent the hangover while still enjoying my beer.

Potassium and Bananas to Cure a Hangover

Bananas are a popular folk remedy for curing hangovers, and they work wonders.

Heavy drinking depletes the body of potassium. This draining of potassium is one of the reasons you feel so bad when you have a hangover. Bananas are high in potassium and help to replace the potassium you’ve lost.

Bananas are also easy on your stomach, meaning you can digest them even when you ar full of beer or other libation.

Drinking Water To Prevent a Hangover

Another way to prevent a hangover is to drink lots of water prior to going to bed when you have been drinking. The biggest reason your hangover is accompanied by a splitting headache is because you are dehydrated.

Think about how often your take a piss while you are drinking. But instead of replenishing your body with water, you replace the lost fluids with more alcohol.

If you really want to be sure and prevent your hangover, take in some Gatorade prior to going to sleep as this contains good fluids and potassium at the same time!

B-Vitamins and Your Hangover

B-Vitamins are important in aiding the carbohydrate (alcohol contains tons and tons of carbs) metabolizing process and in dilating blood vessels. B-vitamins will help restore your energy level. You will need to take a high-potency B-complex supplement for this remedy to work (50-75 mg of B-complex twice a day, hopefully once before bed after indulging).

Drinking drains the body of these valuable vitamins. Research shows your system turns to B-vitamins when it is under stress, and sucking down lots of beer, or wine definitely qualifies as stress. Replenishing your body with a B-complex vitamin capsule can help shorten the duration of your hangover.

Other Preventative Measures

American Indians have said that eating raw almonds before imbibing helps prevent intoxication and hangovers.

Evening primrose oil helps prevent hangovers. Take two teaspoons.

Eating peanut butter before drinking is an African remedy and prevention method.

Whatever you do, don’t use pain killers such as Aspirin or Ibuprofen as hangover cures of preventatives. These will stress out your kidneys and liver.

As always, don’t take my advice on these prevention methods without consulting your doctor! That’s right, you may not be healthy enough to drink in the first place. In addition, I do not support underage drinking in any way shape or form!

Full Moon Ale Review, Blue Moon Brewing Company | Big Beer Blog Beer Reviews

Full Moon Ale Review, Blue Moon Brewing Company

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Full Moon Review, Rated 5.75 on my Beer Progression Scale

First off, Merry Christmas to all of you! And with that, if you are looking for a great beer for those holiday parties, Full Moon winter ale is a great choice. As you can see in the video beer review above, Full Moon is a great starting point for all winter type beers, especially because it is available in most places around the United States. Long story short, if you try Full Moon and like it, then you should take that as a reason to try other winter brews from your local area craft brewers. Chances are you will like them too.

Anyway, the Full Moon is calling itself a Abbey Ale, which is defined loosely as: “A powerful monastic style ale with the deep rich color of coffee. Produced in Belgium” source

Now, Beer Advocate says that Full Moon is a Dubbel, which is loosely defined as: “usually, a dark, sweetish abbey-style beer of around 6-7% ABV, following the model of the renowned Westmalle Dubbel trappist beer…” source

Personally guys, I could give a rat’s about the definition. If you find that Full Moon ale is to your liking, then it may be worth trying other “winter brews” or “winter ales” that you see on the shelves of you local liquor store. The idea is to try new things, even if it, like Full Moon, is brewed and bottled by MillerCoors. yep, this is actually a big corporate brew, though I don’t care because the flavor is great! I tend to get that underlying tin taste that I am pretty sure comes from that Rocky Mountain Coors water, but this beer offers great complexity that I really like. I get some maple syrup and semi-sweet chocolate quickly on the front, and a nice, deep multi-grain bread flavor on the finish: very nice. Full Moon also brings a nice, creeping buzz from the 5.6% ABV.

This is a great beer to take to a party, or to curl up with on a super cold winter evening.

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SUMMARY: Full Moon Ale by Blue Moon Brewing is a great winter ale that is very approachable. I like the subtle maple syrup and semi-sweet chocolate notes I get with this one, and the nice bread finish. It goes down well and has a high enough alc content to give you a nice, creeping buz. Full Moon Review

Buy The Food and Beer Cook Book

Why is it that the owners and patrons of fine dining establishments frown upon me drinking beer alongside my $50 steak? Even with the arrival of more sophisticated microbrews and fruit beers, beer remains very much grape’s poor relation, with few top restaurants boasting of their beer list.

Now, however, beer has found its champion in Maxim ‘Beer Chef’ Richard Fox. The Food and Beer Cook Book is an unashamedly unpretentious collection of recipes and informative titbits designed to convince us that beer deserves a place in every kitchen, above and beyond that of the chef’s sauces and dips.

Fox’s love of beer emerges from the start, guiding us energetically through the various types, matching beers to meals and even giving a quick rundown on beer tasting. Throughout, it’s clear that his recipes are as much about celebrating the beverage in all its forms as they are about the food itself.

As Fox himself says, ‘cooking at home is more about the event…than about fancy food’, and that’s reflected in his choice of dishes. Many are established favorites such as the club sandwich, Welsh rarebit and eggs Benedict, while every recipe uses beer either for flavr or to simplify preparation.

Fox assumes that his reader will have all the culinary aptitude of the stereotypical male, keeping recipes simple to the point of brutality and focusing on ingredients and flavors rather than technique. The club sandwich is made with pigeon and onions — ‘top tasting, beer soaking, footie friendly fodder of the highest order’ — while canapés include mini Yorkshire puddings with venison and raspberry beer sauce, with a side order of idiot-proof instructions. Very British and very beer friendly!

The Food and Beer Cook Book includes suggestions for both formal and informal occasions, ranging from a romantic dinner for two (beer is always romantice!) to supplies for TV marathons. Ladies horrified by the idea of confronting one of Fox’s creations at their next candlelit rendezvous can take comfort in dishes such as fruit salad with strawberry beer crème fraiche, and inside-out hot dogs with BBQ sauce look likely to keep plainer appetites topped up.

As you’ve probably guessed, this isn’t a book for the aspiring Gordon Ramsay. But if you’re looking to sound cool and sophisticated while still downing your Coors Lt, this just may be the one for you!

A Case For Mexican Beers

corona-extra-bottleCorona, also known as Corona Extra, is the top selling imported beer in the United States and in Mexico. It’s commonly known for its fancy serving technique using a lime or a lemon as well as a bit of salt. Corona is described as an American Lager, yet originates from Mexico. Even though many view it as a Lager, many swear that it’s a Pilsner type beer.

Corona is a typical Lager that pours with a pale yellow color and is very clear with a medium white colored head. When pouring a Corona, it seems to have an overabundance of carbonation. At first glance when you check out the bottle of a Corona Extra, you think the beer is going to be a mess. The top of the bottle is pretty with its white background and its bold lettering and its attractive fancy crest, but when you take a look at the bottom of the label, it’s full of a large unattractive mixture of fonts and text sizes in different languages.

Corona Extra is 4.6% alcohol by volume and isn’t one of the beers you want to choose to drink a lot of to get drunk, because it’s not very cheap, but not overpriced either. This beer needs to be served ice cold as well, to get the perfect taste and aroma. There is almost no type of aroma of the beer except for a hint of grain and hops. Otherwise, it smells very bland.

The taste is very simple and very beer-like. It’s only when you add the lime and the salt that you can taste the hops and get a real kick out of the beer’s real taste. Corona doesn’t have much of an aftertaste, but when it does have an aftertaste; it’s a mix of corn and hops.

Because of the watery and lack of taste without the lime and salt, it’s very easy to drink up a few rounds of this brew without even noticing that your drinking beer. However, Corona does have a weird way of giving that crisp refreshing, “ah” type relaxing result. I personally think it’s the lack of flavor that gives that idea because if you are out in the hot sun or just finished up the evening jog, Corona becomes more of a thirst quencher than a sit and relax beer.

There seems to be a distinct difference between the Corona in a bottle and Corona in a can. The Corona canned is less likely to be enjoyed and taken the time to add the salt and the lemon, and tends to take on a more watery flavor. If you want to do it right, you need to grab the Corona Extra in a bottle, pop off the cap, slice a lime and run it around the edges of the bottle cap, sprinkle the top with some salt, add that lime into the bottle, and drink!

Top 10 Guitar Riffs

Where can you find the Top Ten sites for Guitar Solos, all in one place?

We’ve just published our independent research of over three hundred guitar web sites, and within this, the Top 10 sites for Guitar Solos.

Here’s a quick summary of the Top positions, but to get the full picture, simply visit Guitar Solos.

The Number 1 Site For Guitar SolosFree Licks. This one is totally free with some really good content on both Guitar Solos and complete songs. Our only criticism of this particular site is that the video files are too large, and therefore download can be very slow at times.

The Free Licks site came in with a score of seventy three out of a total of one hundred. The only negative of this site is all the advertisements on the pages. These are a bit annoying and distracting, when trying to go through the lessons.

The Number 2 Site For Guitar SolosGuitar Master Class. This is a really great site for learning many different licks, riffs and styles. I’d say the site content is more aimed at Intermediate and Advanced Guitarists rather than Beginner guitarists.

The guitar lessons are good quality, with plenty to choose from. If you want to really get into your Guitar Riffs and Guitar Solos, then this is definitely worth checking out, particularly as there are quite a few free lessons.

The Number 3 Site For Guitar Solos.Dolphin Street. This site offers a broad range of free content, including solo styles, playing techniques, and licks. The content is recently updated so there’s always plenty to check out.

When you first look at this site it not that clear just home much content and lessons there are here, so have a dig around, and you’ll actually find there’s plenty of great content.

Beyond these Top 3 sites, there’s plenty of others worthy of a look, including; Video Guitar Lessons, Play Guitar Solos, Access Rock, Mad Guitar Licks, My Guitar Solo, Guitar Methods,and Jazz Guitar.

To read about these and get direct links to all the sites just visit Guitar Solos

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This is an ongoing project and will be constantly updated to bring guitarists everywhere the best resource possible. So, if there’s a guitar site that you know and like, and which you think should be in one of our top 10 categories, but is not there, then put your suggestion forward.