The Beerth of July – A Comic Dare by Joel Watson

Some of you may know that I occasionally issue comic dares to my friend Joel, based on dumb things that make us laugh.

Over the holiday weekend, this happened on Twitter with our friend Josh:

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Joel accepted the challenge, and produced the following bit of mirth, for our enjoyment.

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4 thoughts on “The Beerth of July – A Comic Dare by Joel Watson”

  1. That’s funny!

    I’d be interested in trying one of your homebrew experiments – mainly because I haven’t been able to drink domestic beer for the last 30 years. My problem was caused by spending a year in Germany and getting spoiled by the beer they serve there! The commercial beers here in the US now taste like bad-flavored water.

    My favorite German beer was a hearty, dark beer that could be stored and served at room temperature – and was so nutritious it was practically a meal in itself! They sold it in dark-brown bottles with white flip-top caps that could be re-sealed. Sorry that I don’t remember it’s name.

    1. Talk to your local U-Brew; they ought to be able to advise you on the types of beers that you’d probably enjoy. Also depending on where you are, you may have a small local craft brewery around; they usually sell more flavourful stuff. Me, I like my beer dark, thick, and not too hoppy, so nice thick stouts, mainly. You may have had a bock or a doppel-bock, very strong, very dark beers. Very yummy.

      Home-brewing is ridiculously easy if you do it from kits, and even starting up can be done really cheaply. The trick is to avoid the expensive glass carbuoys. Whatever you end up with, whatever you do, buy a container that is (1) food-grade and (2) you can fit your whole arm into. This is very important for cleaning. Honestly, the very best carbouys we got from our favourite Indian restaurant: it’s the 5-gallon blue pickle-barrel container for the mango chutney. Food-grade, light-impermeable (sunlight kills yeasties so you don’t want a clear container), has handles–and the entire top unscrews for superb cleaning access. Just needed to drill a hole in the top to tale a perforated cork and we were done! Plus they had them sitting empty in the alley awaiting pickup and though they looked at us a bit oddly they let us have them for free, so perfect all round, lol.

      –You’ll need some hose from your brew supply shop, and a rubber cork with a hole in it to fit into the top of your carbuoy to make an air lock. You can buy a lock, but for the first couple days when froth is being prodigiously produced, just put the end of the hose in a clean jar or can of water and empty as needed. Heck, you can keep using it from there if you like.

      We always recommended Coopers as a pretty much idiot-proof brand if you get a kit (John Bull is also good but check the expiry dates for the yeasts; Coopers just doesn’t seem to die ever); for a decent brew, instead of one kit and the appropriate amount of sugar, use two kits and no sugar. Mix and match for extra fun. Super easy.

      This is a great book about the subject, highly recommend it:

      http://www.amazon.ca/The-Complete-Homebrewing-Third-Edition/dp/0060531053

      Have fun!

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