11 Predictions for 2011

A little cliché, but why not: 1. It’s going to be the year of homemade soda. People are raving about it: “You add the soda mix flavor you want, which you measure out in the cap.  I use less than a full cap because I prefer my soda not so sweet- that is the best part- YOU control the amount of flavor and carbonation!” I couldn’t make this stuff up. Lots of people are eager to put one of these soda makers on their kitchen counter, right next to the coffee maker. And then eventually they’ll realize it’s just expensive soda that takes a long time to make and requires you to stock CO2 cartridges in your kitchen. 2. We’re going to find out how Ted

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Polygamy and Alcohol?

Who said academic papers can’t be off-beat and interesting? Here’s the abstract from a new paper titled “Women or Wine, Monogamy and Alcohol”: “Intriguingly, across the world the main social groups which practice polygyny do not consume alcohol. We investigate whether there is a correlation between alcohol consumption and polygynous/monogamous arrangements, both over time and across cultures. Historically, we find a correlation between the shift from polygyny to monogamy and the growth of alcohol consumption. Cross-culturally we also find that monogamous societies consume more alcohol than polygynous societies in the preindustrial world. We provide a series of possible explanations to explain the positive correlation between monogamy and alcohol consumption over time and across societies.” Via Marginal Revolution. Read the full paper here.

Top 7 Albums of 2010

All of my favorite bloggers are posting their year end lists, so on day three of this site, I figured I’d post my own. I’ll be honest. My original plan was to put together a full top 10 list, but I just couldn’t come up with 10 albums from this past year that I’m actually excited about. But I really enjoyed these seven (in no particular order): 1. Acrade Fire – The Suburbs 2. LCD Sound System – This is Happening 3. The Black Keys – Brothers 4. Broken Bells (Self Titled) 5. Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy 6. Monsters of Folk (Self Titled) 7. Ok Go – Of the Blue Colour of the Sky The best music video

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Homebrew Review: Magellan’s Black Cherry Stout

It’s a complete coincidence, but I’m happy to say that my first homebrew review is of a beer that came out particularly well. It also happens to be the first recipe I ever brewed. Back in 2006 after being inspired by a Sam Adams brewery tour, a good friend and I decided the whole “brewing thing” didn’t seem all that hard, and we went out and picked up a homebrew kit. Given that we knew absolutely nothing about the process, the store manager suggested we try out one of the pre-packaged recipe kits. The most interesting one on the shelf was a black cherry stout, so we went with it. The kit was a pretty simple extract based recipe, and we

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Relax. Don’t Worry. Have a Homebrew.

I’ve been homebrewing beer for about five years now, and plan to use this blog to discuss techniques, recipes, and of course the beer itself. There’s lots to talk about, but to start, I’ll share my homebrew recipe log. It’s a listing of (just about) every beer I’ve made since I began brewing back in 2006. The early brews are mostly extract recipes, and the more recent ones are all-grain. One thing I’ve neglected to do is write up reviews of each brew. I hope to change that with this blog, but for the time being, feel free to email me with any questions about a recipe. If you’re just getting started with brewing and are looking for a good

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Let’s Get This Started.

Welcome to my blog. I’ve decided to start writing about things I see, think, and do, and thought I’d share my thoughts with anyone interested in reading them. I’m excited to see where this goes, but expect it will be heavily influenced by beer, music, markets, photography, and traveling. Thanks for dropping by, I hope you enjoy.