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(Slate)   What will revolutionize the American economy? Tax cuts? Another stimulus? Soak the rich? Nope. The savior of the economy is obvious: homebrewing. No, really   (hive.slate.com) divider line 152
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2012-09-19 09:19:11 AM  
The point is, ladies and gentleman, that homebrewing, for lack of a better word, is good. Homebrewing is right, homebrewing works. Homebrewing clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Homebrewing, in all of its forms; homebrewing for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. And homebrewing, you mark my words, will not only save on beer runs, but that other malfunctioning corporation called the USA. Thank you very much.
 
2012-09-19 10:17:46 AM  
Legalize and tax pot would also have been accepted.
 
2012-09-19 10:18:12 AM  
I am ecstatic to be doing my part! Just bottled a pale ale yesterday and started my yeast for this weekend's Belgian DIPA. Got several batches in secondary and have a lot of brewing to do so that I'll have lots of variety for the holidays.

Homebrew is awesome and really easy to get started.
 
2012-09-19 10:18:13 AM  
Successful home brewing may attract beer ninjas.

/homebrewer
//looking to make mead from my bees this winter
 
2012-09-19 10:18:39 AM  

Yakk: Legalize and tax pot would also have been accepted.


The lightbulb industry approves.
 
2012-09-19 10:19:23 AM  
Homebrewing ... no.

Home growing ... YES!
 
2012-09-19 10:19:25 AM  
The money these people don't spend on beer made in the US will probably be spent on televisions made in China.

/keep on winning USA
 
2012-09-19 10:19:38 AM  

sulco: /homebrewer
//looking to make mead from my bees this winter


I'm really jealous. I'd love to be able to keep a colony of bees to make mead.
 
2012-09-19 10:20:27 AM  
I want to make homebrewing into business brewing, so maybe.
 
2012-09-19 10:20:48 AM  
There was a time when homemade whiskey was one of most common currencies in the USA
 
2012-09-19 10:22:05 AM  
Well, the party's over. The Rape-ublican party leadership will surely push to ban homebrewing now.
 
2012-09-19 10:24:59 AM  
I've been wanting to try... I only know how to do mead at home. Speaking of which... it's about to get cold; time for some fermented honey!
 
2012-09-19 10:25:46 AM  
Just Harvested a pound fo EKG and a puond and a half of nugget last week. Have a test batch of Common Ale in primary downstairs to check how potent they are.

Just doing my part. And will continue to all winter.
 
2012-09-19 10:27:04 AM  
And also nearly impossible thanks to UEFI.
 
2012-09-19 10:27:12 AM  
www.nobelprize.org
"You're welcome."
 
2012-09-19 10:28:02 AM  
Here's what will REALLY revolutionize the American economy - a nuclear attack! Yep, the powers that be have it all planned out.

1. Have al-CIA-duh arrange the murder of an Ambassador over an extremely questionable movie. Arrange "riots."
2. Have China threaten war with Japan over a couple of rocks in the sea.
3. Have Israel make threats against Iran - just generally make things chaotic worldwide.
4. Russia jumps into the mix. Make sure there are many Russian troops over here already.
5. America gets nuked, in several major cities (e. g., San Diego, New York City, Dallas). Not Denver - illuminutties have a new HQ there.
6. Utter chaos and trauma ensue, allowing the illuminutties to remake America politically, to suit their own tastes.
7. Profit.

Your best bet at this point, and at any point, is to turn to God for help. Ask HIm to guide you as to what to do. Clean up your act, help your neighbor, do the right thing. "In the end, only kindness matters."
 
2012-09-19 10:28:18 AM  
You stupid farking people have all signed up to Brawndo so what's so crazy about this?
 
2012-09-19 10:28:22 AM  

Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: sulco: /homebrewer
//looking to make mead from my bees this winter

I'm really jealous. I'd love to be able to keep a colony of bees to make mead.


My cousin keeps bees, so I get all the fresh honey I want, though of course he gets a bottle of the finished product.
 
2012-09-19 10:28:51 AM  
I'm not sure if the benefits of homebrew design are going to offset the costs. The more powerful and accessible 3D printers become, the easier it's going to be to pirate nearly anything. I don't think some guy's Etsy page is going to shore up the revenues lost by me and a million others printing out 90% of our goods (besides food, clothing, and other non-printable items).

If it gets to the point where you can print out a car, people are going to print out cars from specs on TPB, and it would destroy the auto industry.
 
2012-09-19 10:29:45 AM  
Distilling untaxed whiskey and growing hemp built this country.

People, back to your rooty tootin' roots.

Whiskey will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no whiskey.
 
2012-09-19 10:30:52 AM  
You guys do realize the article doesn't mention beer at all right?

/brewing a weizenbock next week. Drinking a saison that is the best light beer I've ever made.
 
2012-09-19 10:32:32 AM  
I don't understand why these aren't used more in the US. They're all the rage in UK home brewing--have been for years. CO2 fitting available too.

www.home-brew-online.co.uk

542 of them sold by this one seller on UK eBay. Maybe ales are a better choice for these things considering lager temperatures and such for other brews.
 
2012-09-19 10:34:29 AM  
BTW: Ever wonder why a foreign-born, America-hating man was inserted into the presidency? So he would have no compunction about sitting idly by while we're destroyed.
 
2012-09-19 10:34:40 AM  

ChimpMitten: [www.nobelprize.org image 162x227]
"You're welcome."



People always forget his greatest legacy.
 
2012-09-19 10:35:01 AM  
What would revolutionize the economy would be if all these poor people would stop waking up in the morning saying "yeah, I still want to be poor today."
 
2012-09-19 10:35:10 AM  

Yakk: Legalize and tax pot would also have been accepted.


Flavor beer with pot rather than hops. Then bar patrons will get the munchies, and the economy is saved! 

You don't even need to change the label.
farm3.static.flickr.com
 
2012-09-19 10:35:26 AM  

ChimpMitten: [www.nobelprize.org image 162x227]
"You're welcome."


for the lasting effect he has had on the quality of life in america, truly the greatest president of all time.
 
2012-09-19 10:35:38 AM  

Communist_Manifesto: You guys do realize the article doesn't mention beer at all right?

/brewing a weizenbock next week. Drinking a saison that is the best light beer I've ever made.


Hush you! This is Fark, of course we didn't RTFA. I'd be mad but you're brewing beer so cheers!
 
2012-09-19 10:36:20 AM  
If the Fedex gods be in my favor, I'll be starting up this year's pumpkin ale tonight.

Also, 3d printers are awesome and I really want one. I figured I'd mention that because that's what the article's actually about.
 
2012-09-19 10:37:32 AM  

thurstonxhowell: If the Fedex gods be in my favor, I'll be starting up this year's pumpkin ale tonight.

Also, 3d printers are awesome and I really want one. I figured I'd mention that because that's what the article's actually about.


3d printing hops...amen.
 
2012-09-19 10:39:11 AM  

Boudica's War Tampon: I don't understand why these aren't used more in the US. They're all the rage in UK home brewing--have been for years. CO2 fitting available too.

[www.home-brew-online.co.uk image 350x350]

542 of them sold by this one seller on UK eBay. Maybe ales are a better choice for these things considering lager temperatures and such for other brews.


Is that just a fermenter? We've had those things too - you can get a complete kit from lots of places even the (cheap) Mr. Beer in retail stores.

Mr. Beer kits are kind of the "gateway" homebrew kit. I had one, now I use more traditional carboys but keep the Mr. Beer plastic fermenter for secondary fermenting/bottling in a pinch when making a small batch for an experiment.
 
2012-09-19 10:39:53 AM  

Boudica's War Tampon: Well, the party's over. The Rape-ublican party leadership will surely push to ban homebrewing now.


No, the Democrats will push to ban homebrewing under carefully orchestrated political pressure from the Republicans (Fox Nutwork going, "Where are the Democrats on homebrewing?", etc.) that paint them as weak on values. The liberals will howl because this goes against everything they stand for, but the DNC will insist they must do this to appeal to "moderate" voters. Meanwhile the Tea Party will use this as proof that the Democrats are all about big government.

While that's going on (amounting to nothing more than sparks and noise), Big Booze will jump on the homebrew bandwagon by cutting distribution deals with the most reputable, local homebrew brands. Thousands of them. They'll insist they're just using their infrastructure to make the product more available, and for a few years that's exactly what they'll do. Meanwhile they'll lobby the Republicans to go to the FDA, USDA and ATF to re-write whatever regulations are on the books that allow them to legally label their cheap, mass-produced from imported monocrop crap product as "homebrew". In a heartbeat, without a hint of shame and safety away from the eyes of a distracted public, the government will decree "homebrew" to mean whatever the hell the marketers want it to mean -- which is to say, nothing. Then they start buying up the little guys, one by one. They'll overpay for a lot of it; whatever kills their long-term competition. Then, they'll take these freshly bought product lines with their hard-earned reputations and start cutting corners. The price will go down, but the quality will go down faster. A few people will notice, but be powerless to stop it. Then the price wars will start, chasing everything into the gutter. After five years 99.9% of "homebrew" will be stuff like Bud Light sold in a differently labeled bottle with a small markup, and the unwashed masses will rave about how much better it is. The real homebrew market won't go extinct, but will effectively be pushed underground, less accessible than ever.

Um. I think I read the news too much.
 
2012-09-19 10:40:00 AM  
I couldn't help but notice that the actual article is not about beer.

/so dissapoint
 
2012-09-19 10:40:08 AM  

Communist_Manifesto: You guys do realize the article doesn't mention beer at all right?

/brewing a weizenbock next week. Drinking a saison that is the best light beer I've ever made.


This.

/got an ESB in primary
 
2012-09-19 10:41:34 AM  
10 "DID ANYONE ACTUALLY RTFA?!!"
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2012-09-19 10:42:26 AM  

Boudica's War Tampon: thurstonxhowell: If the Fedex gods be in my favor, I'll be starting up this year's pumpkin ale tonight.

Also, 3d printers are awesome and I really want one. I figured I'd mention that because that's what the article's actually about.

3d printing hops...amen.


Why couldn't Jean-Luc Picard say just once "Beer. Splügen Bock. Cold."
 
2012-09-19 10:42:51 AM  

syberpud: Boudica's War Tampon: I don't understand why these aren't used more in the US. They're all the rage in UK home brewing--have been for years. CO2 fitting available too.

[www.home-brew-online.co.uk image 350x350]

542 of them sold by this one seller on UK eBay. Maybe ales are a better choice for these things considering lager temperatures and such for other brews.

Is that just a fermenter? We've had those things too - you can get a complete kit from lots of places even the (cheap) Mr. Beer in retail stores.

Mr. Beer kits are kind of the "gateway" homebrew kit. I had one, now I use more traditional carboys but keep the Mr. Beer plastic fermenter for secondary fermenting/bottling in a pinch when making a small batch for an experiment.


I'm pretty sure it's a secondary fermenter and serving keg. They make lids that take a CO2 cartridge for charging.
 
2012-09-19 10:42:59 AM  

VGA Hole: 10 "DID ANYONE ACTUALLY RTFA?!!"
20 GOTO 10

Ready?
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syntax error
 
2012-09-19 10:43:46 AM  

Lupine Chemist: I want to make homebrewing into business brewing, so maybe.


You and every other homebrewer out there.

With over 2,000 breweries in the U.S. right now and another 1,200 in the planning stages, good luck.
 
2012-09-19 10:44:18 AM  

Communist_Manifesto: You guys do realize the article doesn't mention beer at all right?

/brewing a weizenbock next week. Drinking a saison that is the best light beer I've ever made.


Thank you!!! I thought I was the only one who couldn't understand why people thought this was an article about homebrewing. The reference to homebrewing in TFA is the ''Homebrew Computer Club' which has nothing to do with beer.
 
2012-09-19 10:44:36 AM  

Boudica's War Tampon: I don't understand why these aren't used more in the US. They're all the rage in UK home brewing--have been for years. CO2 fitting available too.

[www.home-brew-online.co.uk image 350x350]

542 of them sold by this one seller on UK eBay. Maybe ales are a better choice for these things considering lager temperatures and such for other brews.


We have our own version(s)

There are a gazillion homebrewers in the US
 
2012-09-19 10:45:33 AM  

dragonchild: Boudica's War Tampon: Well, the party's over. The Rape-ublican party leadership will surely push to ban homebrewing now.

No, the Democrats will push to ban homebrewing under carefully orchestrated political pressure from the Republicans (Fox Nutwork going, "Where are the Democrats on homebrewing?", etc.) that paint them as weak on values. The liberals will howl because this goes against everything they stand for, but the DNC will insist they must do this to appeal to "moderate" voters. Meanwhile the Tea Party will use this as proof that the Democrats are all about big government.

While that's going on (amounting to nothing more than sparks and noise), Big Booze will jump on the homebrew bandwagon by cutting distribution deals with the most reputable, local homebrew brands. Thousands of them. They'll insist they're just using their infrastructure to make the product more available, and for a few years that's exactly what they'll do. Meanwhile they'll lobby the Republicans to go to the FDA, USDA and ATF to re-write whatever regulations are on the books that allow them to legally label their cheap, mass-produced from imported monocrop crap product as "homebrew". In a heartbeat, without a hint of shame and safety away from the eyes of a distracted public, the government will decree "homebrew" to mean whatever the hell the marketers want it to mean -- which is to say, nothing. Then they start buying up the little guys, one by one. They'll overpay for a lot of it; whatever kills their long-term competition. Then, they'll take these freshly bought product lines with their hard-earned reputations and start cutting corners. The price will go down, but the quality will go down faster. A few people will notice, but be powerless to stop it. Then the price wars will start, chasing everything into the gutter. After five years 99.9% of "homebrew" will be stuff like Bud Light sold in a differently labeled bottle with a small markup, and the unwashed masses will rave about how muc ...


All they need is one teenage idiot to die from some contaminated homebrew he made from lighterfluid and antifreeze with a recipe he found online, and they will be off an running.
 
2012-09-19 10:48:47 AM  
You mean revitalizing local businesses that have long been shut out by multinational conglomerates works!!!

YOU DON'T FARKING SAY!?!?!?
 
2012-09-19 10:49:28 AM  

dragonchild: mass-produced from imported monocrop crap product as "homebrew"


I think they'd have a hard time pulling that off. I'm not the most observant sort, but I think I'd notice being moved to China, having my ingredients replaced, and having my 5 gallon batches replaced with industrial scale production.
 
2012-09-19 10:49:37 AM  
Canadian ale bulk aging (i.e., I don't have time to bottle right now because of some grad school/teaching shenanigans). It's going to be delicious come Thanksgiving!

What's a Canadian ale, you ask? Oh, just British 2-row, Belgian crystal malt, American molasses, American hops (cascade & centennial), and Windsor yeast.

/proud to be a homebrewer
 
2012-09-19 10:49:53 AM  

agsfark: Boudica's War Tampon: I don't understand why these aren't used more in the US. They're all the rage in UK home brewing--have been for years. CO2 fitting available too.

[www.home-brew-online.co.uk image 350x350]

542 of them sold by this one seller on UK eBay. Maybe ales are a better choice for these things considering lager temperatures and such for other brews.

We have our own version(s)

There are a gazillion homebrewers in the US


Amen.

I'm in the US. I use a 5 gal bucket but I still use a small Mr. Beer Pilot (its the vertical striped water jug type looking thingee) to make small batches. But that thing in the pic holds 5 gals and can be pressurized. No bottling.

Not castigating the way anyone brews. Just wondering why these things aren't used more, especially for still stuff like cider.
 
2012-09-19 10:49:58 AM  
I raised my kids this way. Now they are off to different parts of the country making darn good money in computers/electronics. My garage and storage locker are now saturated with oscilloscopes, pc etchers, parts, test equipment, ham stuff. Do they help me sort the crap? Hell, they only call twice a week!

//holdin'
//the bag
 
2012-09-19 10:50:43 AM  

big pig peaches: All they need is one teenage idiot to die from some contaminated homebrew he made from lighterfluid and antifreeze with a recipe he found online, and they will be off an running.


What that will do is compel the federal agencies to pass "sweeping reforms" in the name of product safety that raise the cost of entering the business, starting with FDA inspection of the premises that is scheduled with priority given to those with higher operating costs to minimize downtime.
 
2012-09-19 10:50:56 AM  

VGA Hole: 10 "DID ANYONE ACTUALLY RTFA?!!"
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You think people read articles? In the post-Slashdot era?
 
2012-09-19 10:51:41 AM  

thurstonxhowell: I think they'd have a hard time pulling that off. I'm not the most observant sort, but I think I'd notice


They won't need to convince you. They only need to take away your choice in the matter.
 
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