Conan the Revbarien

Conan O’Brien is in town and ate at Pizza Orgasmica and sampled the beers and loved them All. Go Rev!

Conan moonwalked into the kitchen whilst rattling away on a cellphone call. Ooh I’m very important, watch me talk on my phone. And moonwalk! Gavin & Conan were later seen walking into the n Cafe in the Casstro. So n they’re out.

Revman the Conbarian

Photo of Bill Clinton on the wall of the Jasmine Tea House. Clinton’s photo is everywhere, because he eats everywhere, eventually. In this case, takeout, and he still managed the photo op with the chef. Restaurant LuLu.

The new blue bins make it very difficult to scrounge for bottles. If you live in a town with open blue recycling bins, save your bottles now for brewing later. Collecting is part of the overall Reduce Reuse Recycle program. Glass is an energy-intensive industry and with the rising cost of energy the cost of raw glass increases. Drink & recycle or recycle and then drink. It’s all the same in the new global outlook.

Published in: on April 24, 2007 at 4:23 am  Leave a Comment  

Water vs. Beer

In a number of carefully controlled trials, scientists have demonstrated that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we will have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli (E. coli), the bacteria found in feces. E. coli can cause illnesses ranging from the simple to the serious.

What you read here is true – every day we drink just less than a quart of water, we are consuming 2.2 pounds of Poop per year! Ten years of that, and you’ve ingested 22 pounds o’ crap! But, better yet, & however, there is hope – there is no risk of bacterial illness from drinking BEER because the brewing process consists of boiling, filtering, fermenting, and sterilizing that E. coli right out of our mugs, glasses and bottles.

*RemembeR*
Water = Poop
Beer = Health

Therefore, it’s better to drink beer and maybe talk stupid once in a while (if you’re prone to it), than to drink water and always be full of shit.

To your health.

A public service announcement from Kuzzn Mike.

Make beer, not war.

Published in: on April 22, 2007 at 2:30 am  Comments (3)  

Eve’s Plum

The first rule of brewing is “turn off your goddamn cellphone.” Cell phones are an amazing invention, and if you go to the fields of Vietnam you will see farmers in rural areas off dirt roads guiding their oxen tilling the soil and chatting on their phones. No power lines, no municipal water supply, maybe no indoor plumbing. No natural gas hookups into their stoves, but they have cell phones! That is an amazing thing no matter which angle you choose to view it from.

Now, in our society we have a seemingly insatiable need to possess and use the “latest technology,” no matter what that means and anyone who doesn’t completely embrace it is considered a luddite or backwards, old-fashioned is probably the politest general term used. Right now the cellphone is, contrary to the marketing, causing everyone to become disconnected. Disconnected from each other obviously. We see groups of two, three, even four people walking down the sidewalk and every one of them has a cellphone up to their ear.

The main thing that technology disconnects us from is nature. Automotive technology allows us to become spectators of nature instead of experiencing it firsthand, we can see it while listening to the stereophonic technology embedded in our dashboards. Modern medical technology tries to convince us that we are smarter than nature, and furthering us to believe we exist separately from nature. We are part of nature whether we want to believe it or not. This basic knowledge has helped guide culture and tradition and rituals for thousands of years.

When talking on the telephone, the main sense used is hearing, sight becomes secondary, and smell is dead last, touch is not even a consideration. Taste? No. Giving attention to a phone conversation means you are not participating in the immediate situation around you, the birds, the clouds, the smell of spring now in the air. Every moment we are alive is an absolute miracle and that is worth remembering, especially during difficult times. It’s really all gravy after that. Enjoy that gravy.

Published in: on April 19, 2007 at 5:47 am  Leave a Comment  

My Life With Backpack

I am 9 years old and my school has discontinued the use of lockers on school grounds. I walk through a metal detector when entering the school and the sight of police officers in my school is common. I try to be a good student and study and pay attention in class and because of this I carry all my books back and forth from home to school on a daily basis.

Is it really good for my body, which is not fully formed, to be bearing the weight of a backpack? My muscles are not anywhere near fully formed and my bones are still growing, and my classmates refuse to listen when I explain how to properly adjust their backpacks to be more comfortable.

Some of my classmates carry laptops in addition to their books. Will we be backpacking adults or will this be over when I get out of school? Women still have elastic bands around their shoulders and rib cages, and I wonder what that does to the body over the long-term. From what I can see the men carry briefcases, does this eventually make them lopsided?

– printed with parental permission

Published in: on April 18, 2007 at 1:56 am  Leave a Comment  

One Dollar One Vote

No one has mentioned this in a while so it is worth a current reconsideration. The concept of One Dollar = One Vote. Every penny you spend is endorsing something and reinforcing something.

Examine every single purchase and attempt to do some research, which is not always easy even in this age of information overload. Does your one dollar stay in your local economy or does it get transferred to some faceless corporate office somewhere? It’s actually quite fun and a major geography lesson to attempt to trace things.

Look at the tags on your clothing when you get dressed and notice that your clothing has traveled more than you have! How far did your food travel to get to your table? There are entire websites devoted to that one. If you add sugar to your coffee while in Hawaii sitting next to the cane fields, you may be surprised to hear that the raw cane was shipped to the mainland and processed into the individual packet, then shipped back. One vote.

Studies have been conducted on transactions and in economies where the money circulates locally for a while before heading out of town, the economy is stronger and the standard of living higher. Lamenting the loss of the local Mom & Pop stores has become a national pasttime but the majority voted with their dollars to create this situation. The small locally owned businesses still employ more people in this country than the big multinationals and the job growth has always been higher in the smaller businesses.

This information shows up in the business section of the newspaper several times a year but is greatly overshadowed by the daily news of the giant conglomerates and never discussed as One Dollar One Vote. Support what you believe in and don’t give your money to things you don’t want to support. Please vote often at SF Brewcraft!!

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 3:41 am  Leave a Comment  

kulcha

When I was young, we used to have a saying, “to get some culture.” Well it wasn’t our expression exactly, we were mimicking what was a common phrase used by the adults, and still makes me think of picking apples. Going out and hand selecting “culture apples” for your childrens’ cultural-awareness raising. Very much a better ending to the Adam & Eve story.

It seems mystical to think of influencing your own children in what you believe to be a spiritual direction. Of course that’s not what happens, sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t. You really cannot predict what a child will remember or what you can do in the present moment to have some major positive impact for the life of the child/future adult.

The reality is that everything comes out over time so relax and enjoy the flow and do the best you can and laugh enough and touch enough and feel the warmpth of the sun on your face (for a little Vitamin D). Your daily actions will take care of everything.

One of those daily actions is participating in the culture. Brewing may well be the basis for all agrarian civilization. Imagine our ancestors only stopped being nomadic in order to grow the grains necessary to ferment beverages. It’s time to settle down… and brew something!

Published in: on April 11, 2007 at 2:36 am  Leave a Comment  

Thinking about making wine this fall? Need an experienced partner?

I’m looking for a partner in crime for the upcoming wine season.

Here’s the deal:

I need to work with someone who has a garage, basement, or other cellar type space (somewhat constant temp between 50-60) as I want to make wine this fall but live in a studio (not really condusive to winemaking).

What can I offer you? I’ve been making wine for two years, work at the store helping home winemakers, have an educational background in chemistry, and am about to start studying winemaking at UC Davis this fall. I’m familiar with chemical wine analysis, different winemaking processes, and can provide ALL of the equipment needed from start to finish. I also have relationships with several growers in wine country and can get some really nice grapes el cheapo. I even have a big van we could use to transport the grapes back to your place. I can help guide you through all the steps of primary and secondary fermentation, aging, stabilizing, and bottling. In short, I’ll help take the anxiety out of the process.

So really, all you need is a willingness to make good wine and a space. We’d split the cost of grapes, chemicals, bottles, corks, and a used barrel. So make sure to have a little scratch. I’m looking to do at least one full 60 barrel gallon of red, possibly more….Don’t forget we’ll also be splitting the wine.

If you’re interested I work at the store most Sundays and Mondays or email me at tuckermadey@yahoo.com.

-Tucker

Published in: on April 8, 2007 at 8:09 pm  Leave a Comment  

Seasonal Beverages – Future Brews

Brewing beer is an activity that encourages you to think of the future, because what you are cooking up will not be consumed until some time in the future. Not too far into the future, though. Six weeks to 2 months, 6 months, or maybe even a few years if you have the patience. So what will you be doing then? Who will you share the beer with? What else will be going on?

No matter, do what the ancients did, brew with the seasons in mind. Right now we have entered the Vernal Equinox. Capitalized because it is important. Tonight was the full moon. Brew for the near future, late spring and early summer. A nice pale ale is good all year round, but especially so during the longer days and increasing warmth of the approaching summer. Hefeweizen is a good young beer and so is the Lawnmower Ale. Your bodily increase in metabolism may ensure greater demand and you may notice faster fermentation brought on by the increasing temperatures. Brew it now, drink it soon.

Published in: on April 7, 2007 at 2:01 am  Leave a Comment  

Baby On Board

Congratulations to the City of San Francisco for being the first city in the country to implement a new recycling program in the form of compostable plastic bags made from corn. This is the kind of news that gets San Francisco international exposure.

In the near future, when you shop here, the plastic bag that holds your purchases until you get home can be composted. Or put in the green bin. Very soon this will be normal everywhere and future children will not be able to imagine a plastic bag that was thrown in the garbage can after one use.

Think of the children!

Published in: on April 6, 2007 at 1:28 am  Leave a Comment  

Solar Cooking

Homebrewing attracts a large percentage of people who have a Do It Yourself approach to many aspects of life. This hobby inspires a lot of them to also pursue other activities. Gardening, astronomy, baking, composting. We are still an agrarian civilization and participating in it is pretty well built into our DNA.

Of course, it also occurs where some other activity unfolds towards fermentation. Whatever the entry point, there is no doubt it leads one to become more curious. We have a suggestion for a not so new curiosity. Solar cooking. The cookers are ridiculously easy to make, or consider donating some money to Solar Cooking International, where the price includes a solar cooker for you and cookers for a refugee camp in Kenya. http://www.solarcooking.org

Rising cost of natural gas? Who cares? Get some more cardboard and foil and Elmer’s Glue-all. Forget Elmer’s, let’s make our own glue. What?? Isn’t there a piece of plexiglass out in the garage? After the cooker, let’s go all out and put in a greenhouse room! Yea!

Published in: on April 6, 2007 at 12:42 am  Leave a Comment