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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    I'm gonna have to agree with one of the io9 comments, which said this had far more to do with the demographics that the breweries tend to market towards, rather than tell us anything like "liberals like hoppy beers" or "libertarians like low-ABV beers," which to me would have been a bit more interesting. With only about three exceptions, though, all the beers on that list were American-style light lagers, which from a brewing perspective makes them, if not the exact same beer (we could argue about that) but all very, very closely related.

    As for conservatives preferring Sam Adams, what of those who aren't crazy about the Boston Lager (like me) but who love their seasonal beers (like me)? Where do the majority of us fall on the spectrum?
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    Firstly, to the people who never touch the stuff, I'm sorry if you're feeling alienated. For what it is, I never really touch hard liquor (especially whiskey) and get that you may feel left out. Sorry.

    First the Obama beer. American homebrewers, you can buy ingredient kits from Brooklyn Homebrew's shop for both the White House Honey Ale and the White House Honey Porter (honey, yeast, gypsum and priming sugar not included). I really really envy you. Also gives you a chance to look in to locally produced honey! When I pick up the odd bit of information I'll most likely be putting it up on the Thirsty Wench facebook page (sorry for the plug).

    So now the io9 article.

    all the beers on that list were American-style light lagers, which from a brewing perspective makes them, if not the exact same beer (we could argue about that) but all very, very closely related.

    Not to mention they're mostly owned by the same company as well. I don't know. I'm going to look more in to it, but I'm always suspicious of surveys like this and wonder why they didn't seem to put in to account craft beers as well as seems to focus on the BREWERY as opposed to a specific beer from said brewery (As Alan said regarding Sam Adams).
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    have you seen Beer Wars? it gives a pretty insightful account of the American beery industry. a lot of the "craft" beers in the stores are owned by the same company. Leffe, for example, is now owned by Busch/coors/Miller (whichever one, i can't remember anymore) and so is Rolling Rock. Up here in Canada, our old standby, Keith's, (Maritimer here) is now owned by Busch, and here in Quebec, Unibroue (Makers of fine fare 'Maudite' & 'La Fin du Monde') is now owned by Sapporo. Luckily, it's easy to find smaller brewery beer in corner stores (deps, as they're called) here in Montreal, if only Quebec-centric. the really good Ontario (Beau's! Winter Beard!) and Maritime (Garrison!) beers are near impossible to find on this side of the "border". at least Ile de la Madeleine's beers are available in the city, although it can be a challenge (and pricey!) to find them sometimes.
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
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    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    Pop locking belly dance fusion
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    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    Graphic images of a "celestial burial"
    You'll have to click through to see them because I choose to be kind to the faint of heart.
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    Wow. They do a HELL of a good job on the corpse.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2012
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012
    Yesterday, a comic.

    (warning, a little bit depressing...)
    • CommentTimeSep 29th 2012 edited
    @dispophoto I don't think Rolling Rock is really considered a craft beer. It's a sub brand of a beer conglomerate. If a bar had only a line up of things like Rolling Rock, Sam Adams Boston Lager, Blue Moon, Red Stripe, Pabst and Dos Eques, I'd say they had no craft beers at all.

    Regarding the political beer spectrum chart, James Fallows, a journalist for the Atlantic who focuses on China and on Aviation, and a knowledgable beer enthusiast, had some good observations.

    The key observation being:

    not to be too catty or snooty about it, but how exactly does anyone tell most of these other beers apart?
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    Everything you ever wanted to know about growing weed. Entertaining even if you don't grow or smoke.

    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2012
    @-Greasemonkey- Jorge is the Master! His growers bible is an indispensable text.
    I've not looked into much aeroponics myself, preferring an organic soil based approach.
    Have you seen anything about plasma lighting used alongside traditional HPS? I've been hearing great things about a product made by Gavita.
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    I think I peed a little.

    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2012 edited
    @Nelzbub - Yeah, Jorge is The Man. He knows his stuff, and he knows how to present it.

    I don't know much about plasma lights other than that they're very expensive (around $1000 to set up a 250W system). Right now I'm considering developing a custom grow cabinet business while I'm in Canada, building cabinets directly to people's size and space requirements. For that type of operation (1 to 6 plants, depending on cabinet size) I prefer a 250W MH for vegging and a 400W HPS for flowering, both running off a switchable ballast. It's easy on the electrical power (even with the added wattage for fans and pumps), and perfect for the small grower who just wants a decent smoke.

    I'm interested in the new LED grow lights, too. They're extremely compact, they don't need a ballast, they don't get hot, and they use hardly any power.

    There's a nice review of lighting types here
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2012

    the power of the Internets!
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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeSep 30th 2012
    Gangnam Style, without the music :