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Beer and Science (No Comments)


The take home message is that scientists who drink beer publish less.  “Dr. Grim, carried out the research by surveying his fellow Czech ornithologists about their beer drinking habits first in 2002 and then in 2006. He obtained the same results each time. The paper has quickly been making the rounds among biologists, provoking reactions like surprise, nervous titters and irritation — often accompanied by the name of a scientist whose drinking is as impressive as his or her list of publications. Matthew Symonds, an evolutionary biologist at the University of Melbourne who has also studied factors affecting scientific productivity, called the results remarkable. It’s rather devastating to be told we should drink less beer in order to increase our scientific performance,” Dr. Symonds said.” “Though the public may tend to think of scientists as exceedingly sober, scientific schmoozing is often beer-tinged, famous for producing spectacular breakthroughs and productive collaborations, countless papers having begun as scrawls on cocktail napkins. Yet the new study shows no indication that some level of moderate social beer drinking increases scientific productivity.” However, there is still hope “Some scientists suggest that biologists in the Czech Republic could prove to be an anomaly, given that the country has a special relationship to beer, boasting the highest rate of beer consumption on earth.”

So yeah it is their small sample size. Or the fact that they are  working with a population of ornithologists and not a wider disciplined group of scientists. Or that the scientists who published less drank more beer to drown their sorrows. Or that the scientists who published less published into better journals. Or……well………anything that doesnt blame the beer.


Proof (2 Comments)

Scientific proof that beer is better than wine:

Or Something Like That

Maybe I should have said “better for you”?

– Chris

Extreme Beers (No Comments)

Extreme Beers— Link to a NYtimes article about extremely hoppy beers. My favorite quote from the article is this:

 “The hoppiest beer?” Garrett asked. “It’s a fairly idiotic pursuit, like a chef saying, ‘This is the saltiest dish.’ Anyone can toss hops in a pot, but can you make it beautiful?”

Now I have to agree with that statement. I fully admit that I am not a fan of extremely bitter beers (though I am starting to develop a taste). I do, however, appreciate a hoppy beer from the sense that there are many which I sip and think ‘hey someone might really like this’. Sadly, I think some folks really take it overboard and think of hops useage as somesort of a contest– the result are beers which are so bitter they make you pucker and sneer. These are in no way shape or form what I would consider good beer. However, if you have ever had a really hoppy beer which uses them in a balanced manner where the beer has aroma, fresh hoppy flavor, and bitterness (though not extreme) this is like an art form. It is nearly impossible to master, but to those that do kudos.


Hops Shortage (No Comments)

Well, I’m finally feeling the effects of the Hops Shortage. I was working out an order for my next couple of batches of beer, and both of the places that I order from only have Cascade leaf hops. It’s not the worst thing, but I was really hoping for Hallertau, Tetnang, and Fuggle for my next few batches. It looks like I am going to be making a Belgian Strong Ale, a Munich Style Lager, and perhaps a Doppelbock next. Williams Brewing is claiming that they will have several varieies of plugs available next week, so I am going to hold off ordering. I won’t have time to brew this weekend anyway.

You may have noticed that I didn’t mention hop pellets. I really haven’t been happy with the results when I’ve used pellets in the past. I know that most commercial brewers, even microbrewers use them, but I suspect that they have better results because they do a better job of removing stuff from the wort before fermentation.

– Chris

Cocoa Beer (No Comments)

Apparently modern day hot chocolate may have started with cocoa beer

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