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2020-07-07 12:24:16 PM  
I started making my own, which I suppose most people would see as the alcoholic's version of COVID-related hobbies.  Making sourdough bread of course being the non-alcoholic equivalent.

Some of it had to do with wanting to pursue a hobby I've always been interested in but never took the time to explore and some of it had to do with the god-awful quality of beer readily available in my neighborhood.  Soundview in the Bronx is a world apart from the beer Mecca I had become accustomed to living in the Gowanus neighborhood in Brooklyn, where every corner store seemed to cater to beer snobbery and there was a grocer that had half of its floor space dedicated to beer with shelf space for every continent and country on the planet, it was incredible.

The upside is I have actually been drinking a lot less because I have learned that I need to display patience before the beer actually properly conditions.  And with a 3-gallon fermenter, I'm not able to produce the amount of beer that would make my liver burst into flames.

I've got a Stout, Belgian Tripel, and American Ale conditioning right now.  It has been enjoyable and one of the few good things that has come out of being forced to be a shut-in.
 
2020-07-07 3:03:16 PM  
I managed to not drink all last week which was the longest I've gone without a drink since I was 17.  Then I promptly drank about 10 beers on Saturday and I still have a headache.
 
2020-07-07 3:07:06 PM  
I had a 12-er of Spaten last friday. It is the way

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2020-07-07 3:09:36 PM  
I just find things high in tannins give me pretty bad hangovers in my old age and I don't care for the clear liquors so I switched to session beers.

/also sick of IPA's but that isn't related to the hangovers.
 
2020-07-07 3:10:29 PM  
Yeah. I've been drinking WAY more beer since lockdown started. The gym's been closed, naturally. I've just resigned myself to this being a fat season of my life. I'm just now starting to get my habits back on track.
 
2020-07-07 3:17:19 PM  
Interesting choice of photo... White Claw... it's the new Zima/Smirnoff Ice... either way, not beer.
 
2020-07-07 3:18:06 PM  
I picked up this yesterday. I'm surprised at the amount of flavor it has.  It's good.
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I'm really loving the Bell's Light Hearted Ale in this same category, but I'm not seeing it right now in stores.
 
2020-07-07 3:19:33 PM  

tuxq: Interesting choice of photo... White Claw... it's the new Zima/Smirnoff Ice... either way, not beer.


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2020-07-07 3:19:56 PM  
i am drinking far less, about 40oz a week.  i used to drop back 64oz three days a week.

hiccup.
 
2020-07-07 3:20:36 PM  

tuxq: Interesting choice of photo... White Claw... it's the new Zima/Smirnoff Ice... either way, not beer.


When you're drinking Claws... there ain't no laws!

brap: I started making my own


I've been experimenting with melomels (fruit meads) and acerglyns (maple syrup meads) since the lock down began. I'd never made "short mead" before, short meaning, 8%-ish or less ABV, so ready from start to finish in about 6 weeks. Normally mead takes 3 months just to ferment and 6-12 to age before its ready (like wine).

I also started dabbling with carbonating for the first time. Lots of fun! Hope you're enjoying it!
 
2020-07-07 3:22:01 PM  

brap: I started making my own, which I suppose most people would see as the alcoholic's version of COVID-related hobbies.  Making sourdough bread of course being the non-alcoholic equivalent.
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I've got a Stout, Belgian Tripel, and American Ale conditioning right now.  It has been enjoyable and one of the few good things that has come out of being forced to be a shut-in.


Congrats on your new hobby! I've been brewing for about 25 years now. Back in December and January I brewed 4 lagers for summer. Of course that made them ready for drinking after quarantine started.So I've been trapped here with 4 lagers on tap. The horror!
 
2020-07-07 3:22:41 PM  
I'm doing my part!
 
2020-07-07 3:23:22 PM  
ALL, subby?
Nope.
I drink, just not beer

/not a snob
//wine in a box, baby
///or a decent mead
 
2020-07-07 3:23:38 PM  
Staying sober is the best way!

/ two and half years of sobriety.
 
2020-07-07 3:28:03 PM  
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2020-07-07 3:29:27 PM  

FlyingBacon: Staying sober is the best way!


the best for you, sure.  congrats.
 
2020-07-07 3:29:40 PM  
I'm keeping the subpremium vodka companies in business.
 
2020-07-07 3:32:01 PM  
It means Drew is rich.
 
2020-07-07 3:35:23 PM  
I read that article to find out what it means to science only to find out the article has nothing to do with science. I want my 3 minutes back subby.
 
2020-07-07 3:36:04 PM  
The fact that we are all drinking more beer means something to science the beer industry

Just because there are numbers doesn't mean it is science, Subby.
 
2020-07-07 3:54:41 PM  
2020 is an IPA
 
2020-07-07 3:55:32 PM  
Damn it, America.....we can do better:

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/Understandable that the Czechs are #1.
//They make the best pilsners in the world.
 
2020-07-07 4:02:03 PM  

Gyrfalcon: It means Drew is rich.


or at least very, very drunk.
 
2020-07-07 4:03:25 PM  

The_Sponge: Damn it, America.....we can do better:

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/Understandable that the Czechs are #1.
//They make the best pilsners in the world.


Weird. Belgium is last on that chart? They make the best beers and you would too after a history of being wedged between Germany and France.
 
2020-07-07 4:06:09 PM  
What ever.
Natty Daddy is where it is. 10$ for 15. 8.0 alcohol.
What more could you want.
WTF
 
2020-07-07 4:14:30 PM  

gameshowhost: 2020 is an IPA



2020 is a "juicy" IPA.

Make IPAs bitter again!
 
2020-07-07 4:21:05 PM  

ComaToast: The_Sponge: Damn it, America.....we can do better:

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/Understandable that the Czechs are #1.
//They make the best pilsners in the world.

Weird. Belgium is last on that chart? They make the best beers and you would too after a history of being wedged between Germany and France.


It depends on the style of beer...IMHO, the Belgians don't make the best pilsners, but they kick ass at making other beers.

One factor might be the higher ABV% with many Belgian ales.

/Incredible import selection at my favorite beer shop.
 
2020-07-07 4:21:53 PM  

Ecliptic: tuxq: Interesting choice of photo... White Claw... it's the new Zima/Smirnoff Ice... either way, not beer.

When you're drinking Claws... there ain't no laws!

brap: I started making my own

I've been experimenting with melomels (fruit meads) and acerglyns (maple syrup meads) since the lock down began. I'd never made "short mead" before, short meaning, 8%-ish or less ABV, so ready from start to finish in about 6 weeks. Normally mead takes 3 months just to ferment and 6-12 to age before its ready (like wine).

I also started dabbling with carbonating for the first time. Lots of fun! Hope you're enjoying it!


I've been brewing beer and wine all my adult life and I turn 69 tomorrow. It's fun and easy and cheap. A terrific side-hobby that ALL my friends can enjoy. BTW, with maple syrup mead, add corn sugar to get a powerful brew, then let it sit for a year. It takes planning with a long view and it's so worth it. Glad you're having fun! Carry on.
 
2020-07-07 4:25:32 PM  

uncleacid: I'm keeping the subpremium vodka companies in business.


You, me, and the guy across the street from me who sneaks out of his apartment at 9:15 every morning for an airplane bottle from the corner store.

Just get a big one and hide it in the garage, for god's sake.
 
2020-07-07 4:26:02 PM  

FlyingBacon: Staying sober is the best way!

/ two and half years of sobriety.


Good for you! Stay strong.
 
2020-07-07 4:26:19 PM  
I like IPAs, and I want them to taste like I'm being face-farked by a Christmas tree, but it's just such a hassle to go to the liquor store and then drink it.
 
2020-07-07 4:31:48 PM  
I can see the reason why... let's see, Bud buys all or a percentage of microbreweries, then has them change the recipes, then CRANKS UP THE PRICES to twice what their swill is, can't imagine why people are not buying the microbrews....

Datum: Goose Island in Chicago was great. Then Bud bought 20% of them, they suddenly no longer made the Hexnut Brown that I adored; first time I went to the brewery, taken by a friend in '94, they filled a couple of empty 2L soda bottles.

Now? I can get Dundee Honey Brown for $9.99 12-pack... and *all* the microbews are $10 and up PER SIX PACK.
 
2020-07-07 4:50:10 PM  

The_Sponge: gameshowhost: 2020 is an IPA


2020 is a "juicy" IPA.

Make IPAs bitter again!


hear, hear! grapefruit the things!
 
2020-07-07 4:57:11 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I picked up this yesterday. I'm surprised at the amount of flavor it has.  It's good.
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I'm really loving the Bell's Light Hearted Ale in this same category, but I'm not seeing it right now in stores.


I didn't even realize this existed! Two hearted continues to hold up in a crowded ipa market while other old school ones don't stand up anymore. So light hearted sounds fun.

Regulars are All Day, Easy Jack, Everyday Hero, and Daytime. There is a tasty one from Firestone that I am forgetting the name of too. Session IPAs are a great trend as a hop lover.
 
2020-07-07 5:15:04 PM  
I am partial to Alaskan Amber. Its brewed like the alt beer in Germany. Where I drank many Schinderhannes (sp?) Alts, and bitburgers....and even more resling wines then you could shake a stick at.
 
2020-07-07 5:21:29 PM  

gameshowhost: The_Sponge: gameshowhost: 2020 is an IPA


2020 is a "juicy" IPA.

Make IPAs bitter again!

hear, hear! grapefruit the things!



*Fist Bump*

I realize that some people like them, but it gets old when they are the only IPAs on tap at my beer shop.
 
2020-07-07 5:36:27 PM  

waxbeans: What ever.
Natty Daddy is where it is. 10$ for 15. 8.0 alcohol.
What more could you want.
WTF


Formed bowel movements?
 
2020-07-07 5:49:25 PM  
Beer.  Pfft.

I'll stick with my vodak, whiskey, and tequila thanks.

/Why go halfway and get full?
 
2020-07-07 5:51:46 PM  

The_Sponge: Damn it, America.....we can do better:

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/Understandable that the Czechs are #1.
//They make the best pilsners in the world.


I'm doing my part!
(Averaging a handle every 4-5 days the last few months)
 
2020-07-07 6:23:20 PM  

stevecore: waxbeans: What ever.
Natty Daddy is where it is. 10$ for 15. 8.0 alcohol.
What more could you want.
WTF

Formed bowel movements?


Does constipation count?
Drink enough and you too can be plugged up.
And I mean drinking in general. Not ND specifically.
 
2020-07-07 6:26:57 PM  

The_Sponge: gameshowhost: The_Sponge: gameshowhost: 2020 is an IPA


2020 is a "juicy" IPA.

Make IPAs bitter again!

hear, hear! grapefruit the things!


*Fist Bump*

I realize that some people like them, but it gets old when they are the only IPAs on tap at my beer shop.


now i'm a thirsty mofo
 
2020-07-07 6:27:55 PM  
Am I the only one on here that doesn't  drink?
 
2020-07-07 6:33:58 PM  

cookiedough: Am I the only one on here that doesn't  drink?


Could be.

On the other hand, I'm not interested in getting drunk.
 
2020-07-07 6:59:42 PM  

cookiedough: Am I the only one on here that doesn't  drink?


are you trying to be the only white man at  BLM meeting?
 
2020-07-07 7:11:35 PM  

cookiedough: Am I the only one on here that doesn't  drink?


Kentucky Fried Movie - Lost drunken men
Youtube 8JGjTT9IhTU
 
2020-07-07 7:23:37 PM  

The_Sponge: Damn it, America.....we can do better:

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/Understandable that the Czechs are #1.
//They make the best pilsners in the world.


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In terms of alcohol consumption (of all types) per year, we are even more sadly outgunned.
 
2020-07-07 7:23:42 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I managed to not drink all last week which was the longest I've gone without a drink since I was 17.  Then I promptly drank about 10 beers on Saturday and I still have a headache.


the ethanol in beer is full of congeners, impurities,etc.  if you want a "clean" poison like pure ethanol and nothing else, drink vodka with minimal sugar in a mixed drink.  vodka and water would be ideal but tastes like vomit.

and don't get bottom shelf vodka.  get a decent brand/quality.
 
2020-07-07 7:24:47 PM  

Rapmaster2000: I managed to not drink all last week which was the longest I've gone without a drink since I was 17.  Then I promptly drank about 10 beers on Saturday and I still have a headache.


a decent Gin also has 'clean' ethanol.
 
2020-07-07 7:28:34 PM  

DittoToo: I just find things high in tannins give me pretty bad hangovers in my old age and I don't care for the clear liquors so I switched to session beers.

/also sick of IPA's but that isn't related to the hangovers.


to me, Gin and tonic is perfect, but the tonic water is full of sugar, which is bad to mix with ethanol headache/hangover wise.

Gin, as well as vodka, has "clean" ethanol without the congeners, impurities, etc.

the cleanest ethanol with minimal headaches,etc, is a good quality vodka and water.  but that tastes like ass.
 
2020-07-07 7:48:19 PM  
If dying from Covid doesn't do it. A liver transplant shortage will.
 
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