Politics And Beer!!!!


So, I thought I’d give a couple of quotes ……..

  • Give me a woman who loves beer and I will conquer the world. – Kaiser Wilhelm
  • Without question, the greatest invention in the history of mankind is beer. Oh, I grant you the wheel was also a fine invention, but the wheel does not go nearly as well with pizza. – Dave Berry
  • 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
  • God made yeast, as well as dough, and loves fermentation just as dearly as he loves vegetation. – Ralph Waldo Emerson

And, lastly, and most importantly ……

I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The great point is to bring them the real facts, and beer. – Abraham Lincoln

As I am, Abe, as I am.

I thought I’d give the readers an update as to what I’ve been up to since I’ve semi-retired from blogging.

While the picture above isn’t a picture of the ale we’ve brewed, I do have a couple of pints in the freezer, in “Ball” canning jars, as we speak. 

So far, it’s been a smashing success!  My vision is to have our own brewery in a few years.  Why?  Well, there are several reasons (or rationales).  But, the biggest reason is that a while back I saw a need for additional education of my grandchildren.  They need a more “hardened” (if that’s the right word) education.  That is to say, a practical application to things they weren’t really being taught in their school.  My vision goes well beyond just having a brewery.   It’s the whole nine yards!  As of now, we’re (my son-in-law, and daughter) just getting through the process of getting a good beer taste.  I had some last night, first taste, and thought it most excellent!  Tonight, I’m going to taste it again to make sure it wasn’t a fluke or something.  The carbonation period didn’t seem to take as long as it should have, so there’s a concern, but, again, it was most excellent last night.

Essentially, what we’ve done was to buy a “kit” ……. where you buy the grains, hops, extracts ….. etc. and then brew some beer.  Now, we play with it to get the taste, color, aroma to what we think is best.  As we work through that part, we also work to reduce our reliance upon the “kit” products, that is to say, we do it and make it ourselves.  We’re already growing our own hops (two different types).  Our next batch, we’re going to essentially make our own barely extract (the sugars necessary).  …… Later, we’ll malt our own barely.  Eventually, we plan to grow our own barely.  ……. the yeast is a bit of a conundrum for us.  I think it will be trickier to get that right, but, I think we will, it will just have to come later. 

There’s so much to teach and learn throughout the process.  I can’t think of a better educational tool.  The weights and measures, the math, the science, the biology, chemistry, physics!  Wow!  How much is a bushel?  How much area do you need for the required amount of barely and hops?  How many ounces are in a pint?  How does that equate to milliliters?  What makes that grass grow?  Why is it different to what is ideal for the hops?  What do the sugars do?   What’s the process?  What’s the chemical equation for that?  (I don’t know that answer, right now, but, I’m certain some chemistry minded people do know, and there’s always search engines!)  What else can we do with barely?  What about wheat?   …….. then, later, at what speed must one go, for how many miles, to ensure timely delivery to a location?  How much weight does the cargo add to the vehicle?   ……. This stuff is going to keep me young through the maturation of my grandchildren!!!!  ……. well, one hopes.  Worse case scenario, we enjoy a good beer at a much cheaper price than store price of crappy beer. 

For the most part, my son-in-law has done most of the heavy lifting in the project.  But, my daughter and I are the expert tasters! 

Well, that’s for today. 

My next update will be about the fantastic experience of leading a small congregation in singing while playing the guitar!  This is even greater than the above!  It’s been such a great experience!  I’ve never been so humbled and elevated at the same time!  But, that’s for another post. 

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75 Responses to Politics And Beer!!!!

  1. I’ve been making gin. Well, 750 milliliters doesn’t make for much of a brewery, and I start with vodka so I’m using stuff somebody else made. But I do add the juniper berries and spices all by myself. It does make me wonder if mixing gin drinks and vodka drinks isn’t as bad as they say it is.


    • suyts says:

      Heh! Well, in all honesty, there’s some genetic quark in our family which doesn’t allow for much distilled alcohol drinking. Typically, for us, much stupidity ensues after consumption of very much distilled alcohol. I blame in on the Napoleon complex. Darn few of us ever get over 5’8″. I’m one of the taller ones at 5’7″. After a few shots of whatever, we get to thinking the big people are picking on us. Then we just get mad. Then we …… well, if one of us does drink such stuff, it’s always best to do it at home, alone. But, even then, it’s not good. Beer, that’s the stuff!

  2. Latitude says:

    LOL…I knew you were having a great time!

    • suyts says:

      Moving and shaking! ….. Oh!!!! BTW!!!! I don’t know if you recall or not, but I once wrote a post about fish/hydrophonics or whatnot. You recommended Tilapia. The kids, (my daughter and son-in-law) are going to give them a whirl this summer. I remembered, they remembered (they read the blog), and then they saw something else which reinforced what you said, ….. well, it’s fantastic learning and watching/helping others learn, all the while seeing demonstrable improvement from the learning!

      The longer I live, the more I know, it’s the journey. It’s not where you start or end, it’s how you got there! And, who knows, Lat, you may have just put them on a great journey!

      • Latitude says:

        LOL….more great news!! Tell them to search, there’s a ton of backyard growers down here, it’s really a thing that’s caught on…and it’s fun! They can get the fish on Aquabid.com if they can’t find them local.

        • suyts says:

          Will relay the message! But, I think they’ve already found a seller. ……. now here’s a question …… will catfish bite on them?

        • Latitude says:

          not necessarily….if the catfish are big enough, they will just swallow them whole


        • Latitude says:

          stick with the talapia until they learn water chemistry…..how their system works,,, etc

          Talapia are a lot more forgiving…catfish come with their own set of problems, skin disease, etc

        • Latitude says:

          check your well water…..pH, hardness, etc you need to be able to do a lot of water changes in the learning process

        • suyts says:

          LOL!!! I was asking if they made good bait!!!! We have a river nearby with some monsters in it.

          And, yes, they are already learning about the water and the chemistry! As you say, it’s a learning process ……. Did you know goldfish love basil? LOL!!! They were trying to grow basil on top of a fish tank with goldfish. Did pretty well until the roots grew. The goldfish ate them until there wasn’t any! Didn’t seem to hurt the goldfish, though. ……

        • Latitude says:

          LOL….yep, they will eat anything plant

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      Let me know if you actually get to large scale production, and need some concepts for a label. Might be a cool way to pay back all the energy you’ve put in to our benefit here. Unless of course, that graphic development work could also be an addition to the grandkids expanding their educational horizons.

      • suyts says:

        Well, Leftin, I will let you know, thanks!!! While graphic development could be a great addition to the education of the grandkids, I would most certainly have to seek out people such as you to assist. I do anticipate the necessity for a label in some point in time in the future. I’m simply hopeless in such an arena. I can tell you what we want it to connotate. I can tell you what is pleasing. I’ve no clue as to how to get from A to B in that regard.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          I would suggest, as this progresses, begin gathering some examples of labels you like…what you think is pleasing. Buy a bottle, even just take a quick photo of it in a store…or research the many books, online images. It wouldn’t have to be at all close to telling the story you want your label to tell, that could be developed later. Think first of composition & layout of the elements, fonts, colors, that seem most interesting to you.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          And have the kids assist in that of course. 🙂

  3. DirkH says:

    And, you and the kids collect valuable experience for switching to other cash crops.
    ” I can’t think of a better educational tool. ”

    As a kid I was given some Feuerbohnen by my granddad
    which grow a few meters tall, have large red flowers and red-black patterned seeds. So I had my own little garden with these and other plants and could turn a few beans into a lot of beans through my own capabilities. Maybe that turned me into an evil capitalist. Big fun.

  4. Latitude says:

    oh…..so it wasn’t Hillary’s fault after all

    Barack Obama says David Cameron allowed Libya to become a ‘s*** show’


    • DirkH says:

      “Mr Obama went on: “We actually executed this plan as well as I could have expected: We got a UN mandate, we built a coalition, it cost us $1bn – which, when it comes to military operations, is very cheap. We averted large-scale civilian casualties, we prevented what almost surely would have been a prolonged and bloody civil conflict. And despite all that, Libya is a mess.””

      He missed a few points:
      – we created a propaganda campaign to rile up Western populations (look up the Viagra pils Gaddafhi gave out so his troops could rape more women. Colorful imagination of Brussels HQ PsyOps I guess. It’s one of their fetishes.)
      – we stole Libya’s 144 tons of Gold to satisfy Chavez’ repatriation request (I guess that’s why Chavez had to go)
      – we killed Gaddafhi (or rather one of his body doubles, he being exiled to a remote village in South Libya at some oasis, threatening to return.)

      Oh and the “Arab Spring” “unrest” in Libya was of Western making in the first place, a PNAC color revolution.

      Gadafhi was a little early with his Gold Dinar.

    • Or his fault. You can tell that this man’s story hasn’t changed since: ‘ My friend Tommy took the cookie.’

  5. Latitude says:

    the following public service announcement was brought to you by the republican party….

  6. cdquarles says:

    I don’t like being a downer, but you all being friends … my mom is critically ill and is in the ICU. Pray for us.

    • leftinflagstaff says:

      Sorry to hear that.

    • Latitude says:

      so sorry to hear that cd…
      …of course, I have your Mom and you in my prayers

    • gator69 says:

      I will most definitely pray for your mother, and your family in this trying time. Keep us posted CD.

    • suyts says:

      Prayers sent and more on the way. Stay strong, brother.

    • cdquarles says:

      I have an update. Mom’s doing reasonably well (and for those who fuss about our medical system, how well the system works when things are the worst is a key to quality assessment in my mind, not platitudes and rubber ruler statistics). She’s still on a ventilator, but she’s awake (when they let her be 😉 ) and will need TPN for a while (they put a central line in today) until they figure out what triggered a functional small bowel obstruction along with another stroke. Her liver’s working and it looks like her kidneys are beginning to work. The next milestone, God willing, is the next 48 hours.

  7. DirkH says:

    Emerson’s dead with 71.
    And you know what’s funny, yesterday this song went around in my head for no reason at all and I didn’t even know it was by ELP.

  8. DirkH says:

    Muslim refugees surrounded by giant two-legged talking unbeliever animals in Vancouver hotel.

    • Please tell me this hotel doesn’t have a swimming pool…

      I’m sure it’s not the case , but the hotel ownership alone was providing the entire financial support for these refugees, then we’d at least have a case involving honorable morals.

      • Well, somewhat more honorable.

        • DirkH says:

          The hotel I stayed in for six weeks in Mannheim in AUG 2015 got crammed full of Somalis while I was there. They were biding their time listening to Best Of Phil Collins on their cell phones two stories below in the evening while I was in my room. For reals.

          Authorities in Germany pay up to 50 EUR (55 USD) a day for one including food. They cram 2 or four of them in one room. Great business.

        • leftinflagstaff says:

          If only the authorities were actually paying, instead of stealing. Money and probably jobs from Canadiens. Or Germans in your case.

        • Latitude says:

          Authorities in Germany pay…
          it’s not their money…it’s your money

  9. DirkH says:

    This is going down. The DAX that is.
    Click at the 5 yr chart. After peaking in 2015 it crashed, was resuscitated but not topping the peak, crashed again, is resuscitated by thursday’s ECB QE increase to 80 bn EUR a month,… and currently rallies a few percent… but this is the classical beginning of a 6 to 24 month rout.
    Every recovery is smaller than the last, a series of bear traps.
    As goes the DAX so goes the rest of the EU of course.

  10. I. Lou Minotti says:

    Damn, James! I said recently I’m too busy to post since moving, but you always bring out the poster in me. I say music and beer, or better yet, drumming and beer!

    Mrs. Marie Minotti has me too busy to set up my kit, so I blast my music with great drum riffs in order to force her to finally say, “Louie–set them up.” I will win!

  11. Lars P. says:

    Another water scandal, this time in GB:

    “Severn Trent Water warned as many as 3,700 customers across south Derbyshire and north east Leicestershire not to drink, bathe or even ‘wash their toilets’ with the tap water.

    But the water company refused to disclose the exact levels of chlorine in the water or how the problem started

  12. Latitude says:

    Love the news….
    Trump rally cancelled…because of MoveOn riot…..Trump’s numbers jump up

    Cruz’s Dad caught talking in tongues….somehow we’re supposed to respect the muslim religion….but not one of ours with a long history

    and on……..

  13. Latitude says:

    BACKFIRE!!!….never look down the barrel to see if it’s loaded

  14. Lars P. says:


    “About 300 Hertz IT employees, most located in Oklahoma City, are being impacted [by] a decision to expand its outsourcing to IBM.”

    “IBM India Private Limited, a IBM subsidiary, has filed paper for H-1B visa workers for Hertz Technology offices.”

    • Latitude says:

      so how’s that global trade thing working?……

    • suyts says:

      Honestly, not so good for us American IT workers.

      It’s fascinating. A good IT worker essentially works himself out of a job. He automates and educates the people who need his expertise. Then honchos see him sitting around not doing very much …… replaces him with lesser skilled workers/lower paid H-1Bs who only study the automated system put in place, keep it running. Honcho feels good about himself because he saved a few dollars on “non-value adding” workers. Later, wonders why his company can’t keep pace with competitors because he has no IT innovation. …… Doesn’t matter to the honcho that he can’t understand the foreign IT workers, he didn’t understand what the American IT workers were telling him.

      On a whole, American business and manufacturing is regressing because of this.

      • >>
        A good IT worker essentially works himself out of a job.

        Yup. My boss thought I was lazy, because I automated everything that I could automate. I guess he was right–I didn’t like doing everything by hand when machines could do it better and faster.

        I knew some Perl (a very strange language), but when I asked to go to an advanced Perl class I was told nobody uses it anymore. As the group’s ClearCase admin, I knew about 90% of the automated stuff was in Perl. But what do I know?


        • DirkH says:

          Running ClearCase and not having a Perl guru at hand is a recipe for disaster.

        • We had a contractor design some of the ClearCase Perl scripts for check-in/check-out, and they made everything work better. I just modified them as things changed over time–at least I could do that. That was a C++ shop at the time. They later converted to Java.

          I was drafted to a new group, and the contractors there ran the coding side of the shop. The new group needed a ClearCase admin, and I was the obvious choice. The new group was a little different, because they were using ClearCase for document archiving. At least I knew the basics. My replacement didn’t seem to have a clue, however.


      • Lars P. says:

        Correct, recipe for disaster.
        I’ve seen the same – brainless outsourcing – done in other big companies. Changes which were done in 1-2 days with local resources were done in 40 workdays by outsourced companies where one had to prepare 80 pages of documentation – how the change should be done.
        The respective managers were looking only at the price per workday in their comparison.
        H-1B tries to address the remote location issue. The result is you get temporary cheap resources but you create medium and long term problems. Forcing your local workforce market down…

  15. Latitude says:

    The one candidate that doesn’t stand a chance in hell of ever getting elected for anything again….
    ….gives his opinion


  16. DirkH says:

    Guy who tried to attack Trump on stage and stopped by Secret Service is serial activist, Sanders supporter, appeared in ISIS propaganda videos.

  17. Lars P. says:

    Further cultural enrichment through “new children” who murder and rob and get away with it for being underage…
    One is “14” year old refugee, the other one is identity protected.

    • DirkH says:

      Terrible news – but I want to thank you for bringing up news from Skandinavia. This does not get reported in German MSM – and the German blogs are more than busy collecting police reports from Germany itself.
      Best collector here is currently

  18. Latitude says:

    Gov. Mike Huckabee Verified account

    Trump says the chaos in Chicago was a planned attack. But Hillary insists it was a spontaneous reaction to an internet video.

    • >>
      But Hillary insists it was a spontaneous reaction to an internet video.

      Very funny as long as you ignore the fact that Hillary is a liar, a criminal, and very scary.


  19. Lars P. says:

    Some news from Greece – in german:
    NGO’s organizing migrants to go over alternate routes over the greek-macedonian border, about 700 hundred have been gathered by the Macedonian army and sent back.

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