Reasons Why Alcohol Should be Served at Work

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Employees are prohibited from drinking alcoholic beverages during working hours. The general assumption is that, when intoxicated by alcohol, people are more likely to be less productive and may create chaos at the workplace.

Now is the right time to take away all the prejudgments about drinking at work. Read on as we give you a rundown of some of the most amazing reasons why alcohol should be served at work, and how it could bring about a lot of positive effects.

No more absences

Serving beer at work may actually be seen as an incentive for reporting to work. Who would want to stay at home if you have free-flowing beer at the office?

Employees wouldn’t care for vacations anymore

Who needs a vacation if you can relax and enjoy your favorite beverage while at work? Given this scenario, being in the office will no longer be as stressful as it used to be. If you are feeling stressed, you can take a 15-minute alcohol break.

Working late will never be an issue

If you are one of those guys who hang out with their colleagues after office hours for a bottle of beer or two, serving alcohol at work would be a nice change. Now, you won’t feel bad for staying late at the office. With a beer in hand, we bet you’d be more than willing to stay in the office and get everything done.

It encourages car pooling

After a night of drinking, you might not be able drive home on your own. That being said, car pooling would be your best option. This is an added bonus as you don’t have to bring your car everyday to work; thus, allowing you to save money on gas.

Voice out opinions

Being intoxicated, it gives us the courage to say what we think, instead of what the other person is expecting us to say. As a result, everyone at work would be transparent; thus, leading to a more honest communication at the work floor.

Tips to Make Brewing Day a Success

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Brewing day has come and it is important that everything goes according to plan. One simple mistake and you may end up producing a bad batch.

Brewing involves a long process. In fact, preparation usually starts on the day before. In an attempt to help you prepare for this most awaited day, we have developed a list of things that you should prepare in order to make your brewing day a success. Here are some of the tasks that you should do in preparation for brewing day. Follow the tips below, produce better beer and a shorter brew day.

Prepare ice

It is important to quickly chill the wort after boiling. So, if you are after perfection, you’ll have to cool the beer as quickly as possible. So, before you start brewing, make sure that you have enough ice on hand.

Check ingredients

Before you start, check that you have all the ingredients. This might be quite obvious, but some people tend to forget this one important step. Finding out that you forgot to buy the bittering hops after you’ve got 20 liters of wort on the boil could be quite frustrating. Also, make sure that you have lots of sanitiser.

Draw water

If the water in your area is heavily chlorinated, it would be best to prepare your brew water in advance so as to allow the chlorine to evaporate. This way, you can be sure that you’ll be producing cleaner beer and without chlorine flavor.

First-time brewers may not notice the difference, but every little aspect could affect the quality of the beer.

Check equipment

Check if your equipment is ready for use. This is especially true if it has been a while since you brewed. Check to see if the equipment is clean and if anything is broken. Also, inspect fragile items like the hydrometers and glass thermometers as they can easily break without you knowing.

If you have been careful during your last brewing session and have cleaned the apparatus before storing it, then it should be fine.

Common Mistakes Home Brewers Make

Beer brewing is a great hobby that involves endless learning and growth possibilities. With every batch, we guarantee that you’ll learn a lesson or two. We also believe that committing mistakes is one of the best ways of learning.

In this article, we’ll give you a rundown of some of the most common mistakes home brewers make. If you are just starting out or have produced a few bad batches in the past, then this is for you. Read on, learn how to solve these problems and be on your way to producing great tasting beer.

Lack of proper sanitation

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This is probably one of the biggest mistakes most brewers make. While purchasing an introductory kit is recommended, it does come with a big flaw. The cleanser that comes with these kits is not enough to clean the equipment. You’ll have to use household dishwashing soap along with boiling water to clean it. After which, you can use the kit’s cleanser. Sanitizing may be tedious, but please keep in mind that an immaculate brew barrel will help you produce better tasting beer.

Taking shortcuts

This is the part where most brewers have trouble with. Brewing is a long process and may take the better part of the day. So, you have to make sure that you allot enough time so you won’t be tempted to take any shortcuts.

Lack of patience

Yeast needs time to do its job. If you take it out too early or move on to the 2nd stage too quickly, you may end up producing bad tasting beer. Worse, the carbonation and yeast may build up in the bottle and pop the tops. To avoid this, we suggest keeping the beer in the fridge for about 2 weeks so as to avoid the beers to carbonate.

Using bad water

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When brewing, you should never use tap water. There may be a whole mess of things floating in the water and it can’t be seen by the naked eye.

Using the cleanest and freshest water will greatly improve the quality of your beer. If you can afford it, we suggest using bottled water. If not, boil the water in order to kill all the microorganisms. Allow the water to cool down before you move forward.

 

Homebrewing: Gadgets to Make Brewing Easier

When it comes to brewing, ingenuity saves a lot of time and money. Homebrew gadgets are available in different shapes and sizes. Most of these gadgets may not be necessary, but a lot of brewers prefer to have them on hand as they make the brewing process a whole lot easier.

In an attempt to make the brewing process easier, we made a list of the most common homebrew gadgets that have helped brewers in their operation. Read on and see if these gadgets would benefit you too.

Wort chiller

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Most beginning brewers think that if they have enough patience, they don’t need to invest on a wort chiller. However, leaving the wort overnight and allowing it to cool down on its own mostly leads to contamination.

In order to minimize the risk of bacterial contamination, it would be best to use a wort chiller and chill the beer as quickly as possible.

Hydrometer

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If you want to know how strong your beer is, a hydrometer will allow you to calculate this. This tool can help you hone and perfect the craft while allowing you to make beer with exacting accuracy.

Racking cane

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Most first-time brewers start brewing on bare bones system for a few months and eventually decide to invest on this tool. A racking cane is very useful as it allows liquid to be siphoned while filtering out undesirable solids from the fermentation vessel; thus, allowing you to save a lot of time.

Hop filter

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If you’re like most brewers, you prefer to put a lot of loose leaf hops into the beer as it boils. By doing so, you may have a hard time straining the beer as you put it in the carboy. A hop filter can help you with this.

By using a hop filter, you can be sure that the beer will be clear and beautiful. However, you first have to remove the big chunks with the use of a strainer.

 

Drinking Beer Makes You Smarter

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According to a study that was conducted by a group of researchers from the University of Illinois, drinking beer can make you smarter. After getting their subjects drunk, cognitive psychologist Jennifer Wiley and her team came to this realization. Interesting, right?

Proponents of the said study tested the creative problem-solving skills of their drunken participants and compared it to their performance before getting intoxicated.

To reach this surprising conclusion, they have devised a bar game and invited 40 men to participate in the said activity. Each man was given 3 words and was asked to come up with a 4th word, making sure that the new word fits the pattern.

For example, the three words are: cottage, blue and mozzarella. The word cheese goes with the given words.

Wiley reported on the Federation of Associations in Behavioral and Brain Sciences’ site that participants who have a blood alcohol level of 0.07 were better at creative-solving tasks compared to their sober counterparts. As a matter of fact, the drunken ones were able to solve 40% more problems. However, they are worse at working memory tasks.

Additionally, drinkers were able to finish their problems within 12 seconds; while non-drinkers took 15.5 seconds. This is because alcohol helps people access their remote ideas – ideas that are developed through association.

As the researchers asked the participants to think of a word that goes with the words cottage, blue and mozzarella, they’ll be accessing their remote ideas to come up with the word cheese.

Contrary to the belief that alcohol muddies the mind and hinders analytical thinking, it actually makes you smarter. We’re not surprised why raving drunks like Charles Bukowski, John Cheever and Ernest Hemingway were able to write their books.

Sometimes, it’s good to be distracted. And sometimes, the really creative stuff comes out while enjoying a bottle of beer.

 

Things You Should Consider Before Starting a Brewery

Brewing beer is fun, but owning a brewery involves a tremendous amount of work. With all the excitement surrounding opening a brewery, please keep in mind that there are also a number of things an aspiring brewer should consider to make this dream come true.

Today, we’d like to focus on the business aspect of the brewery and give you 5 points to think over while planning your future brewery.

Plan

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Aside from the traditional business plan, you should also have an actual plan like 3-5 years strategic plan, brewery layout, expansion plan etc.

In the beginning, planning can be as simple as tasting room, production goals and revenue goals. But as time goes by, planning should also mature. Well, we are not capable of predicting the future, but we can always plan.

Capital

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If you are planning to start a brewery, then we are assuming that you have enough money to start a business. We’ve seen a lot of undercapitalized businesses out there and it just doesn’t work.

In order to determine if adequate funds are present, you should have at least 30% on top of your total brewery startup cost. This means that if equipment and build-out cost you $1 million, you should prepare an additional $300,000 to get you through the first few months. This may seem like a huge amount, but you also have to understand that marketing and figure salaries alone may eat up most of it.

Distribution

Self-distribution is a great option as you start your business but you’ll have to pass it off to the professionals eventually. When this time comes, make it a point to have as much opportunities to interact with the people who’ll be taking care of your business. You wouldn’t want to hand off the promotion and transport of your products to a complete stranger, right?

Back office

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We know that you are capable of operating those tanks and valves, but can you balance your checkbooks? When you’re ready, it would be best to hire someone knows the industry. This way, you can be sure that your bookkeeper or CPA can speak your language and is capable of solving problems in your behalf.

Keeping a back office is also beneficial as it will help you keep record of your business. This is important as it will help you determine if your brewery is profitable. Most importantly, it will keep the TTB out of your hair.

How to Make a Beer Box Hat

There is no denying that a huge percentage of the adult population is considered as avid beer drinkers. Though some people prefer to do away from alcoholic beverages, a party will never be as fun and as exciting without our favorite beverage.

For the love of beer, we would like to share with you an amazing accessory that would definitely appeal to every beer lovers out there – the beer box hat. Turning a beer box into a hat requires a certain level of creativity. So, you don’t have to spend a fortune in order to look cool and own your very own beer box hat. Read on as we give you a step-by-step procedure in making the coolest accessory you ever laid eyes on.

Things you’ll need:

3 Beer boxes

Transparent tape

Scissors

Marker

Stapler

Instructions

  1. Unfold the beer boxes and lay them on a flat surface.
  2. Measure your head and draw an oval on one of the boxes, making sure that the circumference is the same size as your head. Cut it out.
  3. Mark a strip the width of your head on the second box. Make sure it’s about 8 inches tall. Add 1 inch so you can make it into a tube.
  4. Wrap the strip into the tube and secure it with a stapler.
  5. Cut 1 inch slits on the top and bottom edges of the tube. Fold the top slits inward and the ones at the bottom, outward.
  6. Place the top of the hat over the 3rd box and trace around it. Draw a bigger circle, measuring at least 6 inches from the first one.
  7. Cut the inner and the outer circle, leaving only a halo shape. Position it carefully on the bottom slits and secure it again with a stapler.
  8. Finally, roll the side of the brim of the hat towards the center.

 

 

6 Things You Should Know About Beer

If you are looking forward to grabbing a bottle of beer to relax after a tiring day at work or whenever you get the excuse, it may help to know a few facts about your favorite beverage just to show off.

Quench your thirst for knowledge with these facts about beer. Take down notes as there will be an exam in the pub this Friday.

  1. History

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The first to brew beer were the ancient Babylonians. They took their beer very seriously. As a matter of fact, you’ll be drowned in it if you brewed a bad batch.

  1. Get wasted

If you drink on an empty stomach, you’ll get drunk faster. This is because the alcohol will be absorbed more quickly.

Your body is only capable of breaking down one drink per hour. If you drink more alcohol than your body can process, then you’ll get drunk.

  1. Antiseptic

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Ethanol, the intoxicant in beer is actually considered as a powerful antiseptic. The optimal blood alcohol content that is required to kill germs is 60%.

  1. Choose the right glass

The type of glass you drink from affects the taste of your beer. The shape of the glass affects how much your hands warm up the drink. This is important as the beer’s flavor is affected by its temperature. A glass with handle, on the other hand, will keep the beer cooler since it protects the beer from the heat of your hands.

  1. Health benefits

Researchers at the University of Western Ontario revealed that micronutrients like polyphenols, which is present in beer, is beneficial as it can prevent the development of heart diseases. However, drinking 3 bottles of beer a day may reverse these cardiovascular benefits.

  1. Bittering agent

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Hops, an ingredient that makes beer bitter, belong to the Cannabaceae family. That being said, hops are considered as a close cousin of marijuana.

 

Beer Belly Is A Myth

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A lot people, especially women, are concerned about drinking too much beer thinking it would give them a beer belly. Beer drinkers now have a reason to celebrate as beer belly is now considered as a myth.

Charles Bamforth, a professor at the University of California Davis has confirmed that there is no scientific evidence that suggests that drinking beer would result to weight gain.

“All alcoholic beverages are composed of the same caloric ingredients. There is nothing special about beer calories that would cause it to head straight to the belly”, the author says.

Bamforth also pointed out that alcohol is the main source of calories in any alcoholic beverage. Beer contains lesser calories as compared to wines, spirits or even orange juice. Meaning, the drinker has to consume a larger amount of beer in order to get the same amount of alcohol. But the myth may be based from the notion that beer drinkers consume more calories.

True enough, most people consume beer in huge quantities as compared with wine or other liquor, which translates to more caloric intake. Bamforth also suggests that the drinker’s lifestyle may also contribute to the weight gain. Most drinkers tend to pair their beers with a burger or sausage; thus, explaining the weight gain.

Beer definitely contains calories and excessive drinking may put a few pounds on the drinker. That being said, consuming beer in excess means consuming excessive calories; thus, resulting to beer belly.

If taken in moderation, beer can be advantageous to one’s health. Just like wine, beer can provide us with a lot of essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it can also help prevent a number of diseases like diabetes, osteoporosis and heart problems. Excessive beer intake, on the other hand, can increase the risk for alcoholic liver disease.

 

 

 

 

Health Benefits of Drinking Beer

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For years, wine drinkers have been enjoying their drink without guilt thinking that this beverage brings about some health benefits. Recent studies revealed that beer is actually advantageous to our health, especially if taken in moderation. Heavy drinking, on the other, can increase the risk of heart problems, cancer and liver damage. Considering the amount of calories, it can also make you fat.

In honor of our favorite beverage, we have decided to give you a list of the surprising health benefits that you can get from this awesome drink.

Prevention of heart disease

Beer helps reduce the risk of heart diseases. Studies revealed that beer improves the heart condition of a drinker by making the blood less viscous; thus, reducing the risk of blood clotting. Aside from this, drinking a glass or two can increase the HDL (the good cholesterol) level that prevents the arteries from getting clogged.

Beer is also packed with beta-glucans, a type of soluble fiber that reduces the level of cholesterol; thereby, reducing the risk of heart problems that are associated with a high level of cholesterol like heart attack or heart failure.

Stronger bones

Consuming a large amount of beer may lead to weakened bones. However, when taken in moderation, it can help make your bones stronger. Beer contains a high level of silicon, an element that is crucial in the development of strong bones.

Reduces the risk of kidney problems

According to studies, beer reduces the risk of developing kidney stones as compared to other alcoholic beverages. This is because of its high water content and its diuretic properties. Additionally, it has a compound that slows down the release of calcium in the bones, which is usually the culprit in the formation of kidney stones.

Improves mental health

If taken in moderation, beer is believed to improve a person’s mental health. According to studies, moderate consumption of beer helps improve concentration, memory and reasoning ability.  Experts revealed that is also helps reduce the risk of developing Alzheimers.