Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Cant Dance... Too Windy to stack BBs

Well Hi There!
If you're reading this, You're either a hard core follower or just happened to stumble across it.
I am sad that BeerPorn didn't fly like a kite! The idea was spectacular! The institution was spotless. The bloggers... Overworked and under motivated.

I will still occasionally post here because I believe in what this site stands for, but I am re-focusing my attention to www.BigKahunaBrew.com

I hope you will all follow me there and I hope that the bloggers here at BeerPorn will kick back in some day and make this thing the bad ass blog it should have been!

Cheers!

~Big Kahuna

Monday, September 26, 2011

We are tech nerds

With beer guys seemingly sharing all of yhe same interests and hobies, I feel it necessary to share my airpad experience with you all!
I am a low grade tech nerd. Not a code monkey or programing genious, but rather a consumer with a semi limited tech budget and unlimited gadgetitis. Every dollar I spend on electronics is a dollar I don't spend on travel and beer.
I recently putchased an AirPad from X10. Touted as the best (and only)  android tablet under $200.
Well.... one of 2 claims is correct!
My first complaint: the service sucked! I have been an X10 fan for nearly 10 years, but this was stupid! I was ready to report them to paypal by the time this gadget showed up!
And gadget it is! Fun? Yeah. Durable? We'll see. Useful? Not really!
I am using it to type this report, and it seems to be working, but I am also thumb typing which is a bit slow.
The battery life is nill! It is dead in 7 hours standby with wifi on. I expect a considerable reduction from that while surfing the web! One or two hours maybe!
That isn't aweful, but by the time you download the Netflix app and find a movie you wont have enough battery to watch it!
The apps are just like what you get on Droid phones so there were no surprizes there. Well... almost.
SOME of the apps you use on a Droid phone are prrtty reliant on location data and internet. If you are like me, you don't really think about this stuff until it doesn't work. And with the Airpad... they don't work!
The twitter is fun on the air pad because the screen is so much bigger than a phone. But again, this requires wifi, so do not expect to tweet your day away unless you have a wall outlet handy!
Did I mention that you cannot order a car charger or extra wall charger? You are on your own to find one that will work.
I don't much care for the build quality either? The plastic feels thin and poorly made. Like a child's toy rather than a $200 piece of electronics.
Whatever you do, dont expect quick startup either. A full 2 minute wait fron the time you turn it on should be expected.
I am pretty unexcited by the droid platform for a 7" tablet, altho I love... LOVE my droid x phone.
In the intrest of full disclosure, I should mention that I am a full on fan of my iPad in the cockpit of an airplane!  Other than that it is simply a handy way to surf part of the web (no flash) and read blogs. Without the in-flight capabilities of the iPad, i would have to call it an $800 trinket!
Overall, I am not disappointed in the airpad, other than battery life, but certainly am not impressed.
If I were in the market today, I would wait for the $250 gizmo from Amazon!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Charleston Beer Exchange News

Hello all you fine beer people! We hope you all had a wonderful Holiday Weekend full of good food, good beer and good people! New Growler Sizes! Here at The Beer Exchange we like to keep things fresh, exciting and, above all, offer our customers a variety of choices. Thus we're absolutely thrilled to announce that we now have 2 new options for growler fills! From now on, in addition to the normal 64oz growlers that we all know and love, you'll have the option to buy and fill 32oz and 128oz growlers as well! See a picture of them here. So now we have a growler option for every potential drinking situation! Whether you are having a quiet evening, meeting friends or headed to a big party there is a perfect size growler for you! Get on down here to see them and fill one up! Thirsty Dog Bourbon Barrel-Aged Siberian Night for Rare Beer Tuesday (9/6) For our first Rare Beer Tuesday event with our new growler filling options we're going with Bourbon Barrel-Aged Siberian Night Imperial Stout from Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. out of Akron, Ohio. This is an extremely rare and sought-after, draft-only beer and this is one of the first tappings (if not the first) in SC! To create this gem, Thirsty Dog took their 100 point rated, 9.7% ABV Siberian Night Imperial Stout and aged it fine Bourbon barrels to impart even more amazing flavor into this super-star beer! Notes of vanilla, oak and Bourbon abound over a perfectly elegant and velvety smooth, roasty imperial stout. So come on down and get it in your choice of three growler sizes! New Arrivals/Back In Stock (bottles & cans) Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien 2010 Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien Grand Cru Double Wooded/Rhum Barrel Brockhouse Draupnir Estrella Damm Daura Farsons Lacto Milk Stout Gale's Conquest Ale Masterbrew t Smisje BBBourgondier Urthel Saisonniere Aecht Schlenkerla Helles Alvinne Balthazar Alvinne Melchior Alvinne Podge Stout Ayinger Oktober Fest Paulaner Wiesn Bier 1L Can/Mug Set Highland Clawhammer Octoberfest De Glazen Toren Saison D'Erpe Mere Ettaler Curator Doppelbock Grado Plato Chocarrubica Hacker-Pschorr Oktoberfest Harpoon Octoberfest Harveys Elizabethan Ale Montegioco Demon Hunter Sierra Nevada Tumbler Smuttynose Big A IPA Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale Thomas Creek Class Five IPA Unibroue La Fin du Monde Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale Please follow us on facebook and Twitter for real time CBX updates! You can always see what's live on our growler station by visiting TheCharlestonBeerExchange.com and clicking the "News/Growlers" tab. To see our current bottle inventory, please click the "Inventory/Shipping" tab! Cheers! The Charleston Beer Exchange 14 Exchange Street Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-5446

Sunday, February 6, 2011

Vinegar, The final frontier… at least for alcohol.


Just when you think you’ve done it all, something new pops up.

I’ve made beer… Lots and lots of beer. Some great, some terrible, but most somewhere in the middle.

I’ve made wine. Country wine from fresh fruits and vegetables, kit wine of grapes and bags of who knows what and I’ve made mead. Honey and water in every conceivable combination, with fruits and spices and flowers and even a batch with what amounted to lawn clippings.

With limited success, I’ve made clean beer, I’ve made funky beer, I’ve made sour beer and I’ve made Belgian beer. I consider myself an expert at nothing. But an adventurer none the less, and willing to try nearly anything that’s not illegal… and a few things that are. (Homemade whiskey is another post altogether).

So what to do once you’ve converted every known sugar source into alcohol? How about turning that alcohol into vinegar?

Apple cider seems like the obvious choice. It’s widely available, and really nice on salads and vegetables. Malt vinegar is a tried and true favorite, fish and chips and all. But how to make one MINE. Something you can’t get anywhere else.

Well, I began with some research on the interwebz… and promptly ignored about 90% of what I learned. Forget building up a starter mother, pitch it and see what happens.

So far, I’ve only used “Bragg” organic apple cider vinegar as a starter culture. It’s available at big grocery stores and on Amazon and at vitamin retailers. It’s good vinegar weather you’re making a salad or a batch of your own, so no big risk in shelling out $5 for a bottle.

The first batch I started was in a glass jug. I used about 1/3 gallon of Ed Worts Apfelwein (If you are unfamiliar, visit homebrewtalk.com and search for it) and a shot glass of Bragg’s vinegar.

By the time I’d started that little experiment, I’d ordered a 1 gallon oak barrel for the next batch. I can’t think of anything more unique than oaked apple cider vinegar!

But that wasn’t enough. I love salad dressing with a vinegar and fruit character, so why not peach wine vinegar?

I quickly modified the Apfelwein recipe to use White Grape Peach juice, and once fermented out, I’m pitching another shot glass of Bragg’s into it.

None of the batches are done, and I have no idea what I’ve created. All I know is that I’m very excited about trying all of my new concoctions, and I’ve found a new way to take my brewing another step further down the road.

Perhaps these batches will all fail, and I’ll have to go buy a “Mother” from “The Brew Hut” in town, or maybe they will be OK. The fact is, I won’t know for several weeks. But isn’t that the fun of brewing in the first place?

Expand your knowledge, explore new things. Build your skill set and make yourself happy!