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2006-05-01 11:34:28 PM  
Not pure enough to erase my memory.
2006-05-01 11:35:15 PM  
Last beer I had: Weihenstephaner Dunkelweizen, from the "world's oldest brewery," predating even the Reinheitsgebot beer purity act of 1516. I'd say it's pure enough.
2006-05-01 11:36:26 PM  
on the occassions that i do drink, it's generally NewCastle. you tell me how pure it is.
2006-05-01 11:38:06 PM  
Very. I don't have any.
2006-05-01 11:38:21 PM  
If she's drinking with me, who cares.

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2006-05-01 11:39:07 PM  
How many kilo's do you need, submitter?
2006-05-01 11:39:33 PM  
I love when they write an article including the chemical names just in order to scare the uninformed. Dihydrogen monoxide is gonna kill us all!
2006-05-01 11:44:56 PM  
Although both are safe food additives, they hardly sound tempting, and beer drinkers would most likely wish to avoid them.

2006-05-01 11:47:13 PM  
Ammonia caramel
Rhoiso-alpha acids
Sulphur dioxide
Propylene glycol alginate

/tastes like old frothingslosher
2006-05-01 11:51:22 PM  
It's always more pure before rather than after.
2006-05-01 11:51:38 PM  
Trying to compare non-German beers to the Reinheitsgebot is ridiculous.

There are a lot of great beers which don't use funky preservatives that would not measure up to the Reinheitsgebot. Think of all of the great Belgian beers, especially the Trappist ales, some of the best beer in the world. The sugar used to make those excellent ales would not be allowed.

German beer is great, I'll grant that. The Germans do what they do very well. But great beer can be more than just water, hops, yeast and malted grain.

I wholly agree that there should be more visibility on what additives and preservatives are used on beer. But don't trot out the Reinheitsgebot as the ultimately benchmark on purity. Let's remember the last time we let the Germans be the arbiters of purity.

/wait, did I just Godwin a beer thread?
2006-05-01 11:54:03 PM  
I, for one, only drink the purest, most obscure beers I can find. I don't like them, but when I tell other people I drink them, it impresses them; especially if they've never heard of them.
2006-05-01 11:55:35 PM  
shivashakti: wait, did I just Godwin a beer thread?

And impressively.
2006-05-01 11:58:31 PM  
godwinned before the liters could get to it
2006-05-01 11:59:39 PM  
Always a good time for this:

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2006-05-02 12:05:01 AM  
beer or ale?
2006-05-02 12:05:06 AM  
camelclub: It's always more pure before rather than after.

If you are referring to urine, I'm gonna have to disagree. Urine is actually fairly clean. In a desperate situation you can drink your own urine 2-3 times before it becomes toxic.
2006-05-02 12:08:22 AM  
I was in Texas for a while. Shiner is not good.
2006-05-02 12:27:16 AM  
I was in Salt Lake City last week and had two of the best beers I've ever tasted...

From the Wasatch Brewing Company in Park City, UT:

Evolutionary Ale and Wasatch Heffeweissen. AWESOME.

Sadly, I couldn't find the Polygamy Porter that they're famous for. :(
2006-05-02 1:00:44 AM  
BGates: I was in Texas for a while. Shiner is not good.

2006-05-02 1:15:34 AM  
I don't know about beer, but the Vodka I drink is one step up from industrial solvent.
2006-05-02 1:21:55 AM  

Come to the Pacific Northwest and yo might agree.
2006-05-02 1:37:49 AM  
Nobody around to piss in the bottle so I'm pretty sure it's pure beer.
2006-05-02 5:24:05 AM  
Does the phrase "German Purity Law" make anyone else nervous?
2006-05-02 5:25:58 AM  
I drank Stella Artois steadily all weekend. I feel rank.
2006-05-02 5:27:34 AM  
I live 2 miles from Bell's. Life is wonderful!


Amy Loglucosidase? Is she hot?
2006-05-02 5:30:28 AM  
yeah shiner is pretty weak, but at least it's "local." St. Arnolds is better in my tummy and seems less mass produced. I wasn't aware that ingredient listing wasn't manditory in the EU... I guess here they can just hide all the funky stuff under "natural and artificial flavors" anyways...
2006-05-02 5:31:46 AM  
Just to let you in on something:

Coors Light- 550 Ingredients
Miller Lite- 900 Ingredients
Bud Light- 1600 Ingredients

Your body is better off drinking a micro beer or german lager. Heck, 2 wheat beers a day is actually good for you. Hacker Pschorr or Franziskaner Hefeweizen FTW!
2006-05-02 5:32:16 AM  
Beer tip: The Scottish "Innis & Gunn"'s oak aged beer is good.

Flowery first impression, smooth beer, oak notes a la whiskey.
2006-05-02 5:34:05 AM  
Not pure enough. There's always way too much beer in my alcohol.
2006-05-02 5:36:00 AM  
i hope i don't find out newcastle is full of preservatives, i can brew a very close brown ale and i don't use any.
2006-05-02 5:41:29 AM  
At this moment, I'm drinking Steel Reserve, so the faux beer-snobs can make fun of me.

But then again, a little over a month ago, I was drinking at the Augustiner brewery in Munich, just in time for Strong Beer Season.

Thus, I too can be both 1) low rent and 2) a braggart.
2006-05-02 5:42:13 AM  
I am....
2006-05-02 5:42:31 AM  
binnster gets it.
2006-05-02 5:44:22 AM  
Does the phrase "German Purity Law" make anyone else nervous?

Brain: But Germany invaded Poland in 1939!

German Tour Guide: We were invited. Punch was served.
2006-05-02 5:52:51 AM  

Why is a drug that is a pure toxin our only legal intoxicant? And why would anyone choose beer over other liquors for getting drunk? I enjoy a cold beer every once in a while, but there are more efficient ways of obtaining drunkeness. And all the people my age drinking light beer to get drunk disgust me. That sh*t tastes like slimy water going down. Almost like brown water mixed with saliva.

I'd much rather take benzodiazepines to get a GABA stupor. Honestly Id rather take GHB, which also induces a profound euphoria but otherwise feels exactly like alochol without the hangover or brain damage. (Alcohol is the only drug I know of that damages every tissue in the body). Any of these in pill form would be easier to regulate does-wise than alcohol. Personally I would prefer opiates the most in social circumstances but I can't recommend those because of their addictive potential. Anyways my last thing:

"Our national drug is alcohol. We tend to regard the use of any other drug with special horror."
-William S. Burroughs
2006-05-02 6:06:39 AM  
Great, another Fark beer thread.
2006-05-02 6:11:08 AM  
I'd tap that keg

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Did I just really say that?
2006-05-02 6:15:12 AM  
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/Rock on
2006-05-02 6:19:32 AM  
Pyramid Hefe Wiezen!
2006-05-02 6:23:38 AM  
Farking close to water!
2006-05-02 6:28:06 AM  
I'd say my beer is fairly pure being as it's homebrew. I have a Scottish Wee Heavy on tap and a batck of Maple Porter right behind it.

What to make for summer...? I'm thinking an IPA or a Hefeweizen.
2006-05-02 6:34:31 AM  
There's something unsettlingly Hitlerian about that headline.
2006-05-02 6:37:31 AM  
It all comes from the same horse.

/doesn't it?
//That's what my dad told me
2006-05-02 6:40:01 AM  
As a homebrewer I've used dried algea to make beer clearer. It doesn't stabalize the head of foam, adding corn sugar does that. Also fish gut rather ground up dried fish swim bladder is used in beer to make it clearer.
2006-05-02 7:05:26 AM  
beer beer beer beerbeerbeerbeebbeerbberrbbebeeerbbeerbeerbe


wow i amdrnk\

nnot off of beer, though
2006-05-02 7:13:08 AM  
Beer is pre-digested rotten stuff. Talking of "purity" seems a little like a misnomer.

/weisbier is good, someone said? Yay!
2006-05-02 7:20:59 AM  
Mass marketed beers are cool only in that they are a product of fancy engineering.

A lot like WONDER BREAD, it is impossible to duplicate at home.

That being said:



/that is all
2006-05-02 7:21:04 AM  
Brew it yourself. It's not difficult. My home brew is better than any off the shelf beer. ( but some local brew masters have me beat.)

See for yourself:
2006-05-02 7:23:17 AM  

Just to let you in on something:
Coors Light- 550 Ingredients
Miller Lite- 900 Ingredients
Bud Light- 1600 Ingredients

Where did you get these figures?
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