Friday, January 29, 2010
We were looking for the next beer to experience and write up on BeerDakari when Beef came across this box set for $15! Grabbing one box each, we excitedly exited the shop and chatted about the amount of money we'd saved as well as when would be a good time to start this beer journey.
We decided that since we had 2 boxes (containing: 1x La Trappe Blond (6.5%), 1x La Trappe Dubbel (7%), 1x La Trappe Tripel (8%), 1x La Trappe Quadrupel (10%) and 1x La Trappe tasting glass), we should enjoy one box and then use the second box to take some more detailed notes about what we were tasting and our thoughts. This one is going to be interesting so stay tuned!
One other thing that could be in the pipe line is a blog entry on shopping for beer. What you might look for in a kit beer, what equipment you might need for basic brews and where is a good place to start for supplies.
We look forward to bringing you more entries over the coming weeks.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Monday, January 18, 2010
Draught beer's environmental impact can be 68% lower than bottled beer due to packaging differences. Home brewing can reduce the environmental impact of beer via less packaging and transportation.
A life cycle study of one beer brand, including grain production, brewing, bottling, distribution and waste management, shows that the CO2 emissions from a 6-pack of micro-brew beer is about 3 kilograms (6.6 pounds). The loss of natural habitat potential from the 6-pack of micro-brew beer is estimated to be 2.5 square meters (26 square feet).
Downstream emissions from distribution, retail, storage and disposal of waste can be over 45% of a bottled micro-brew beer's CO2 emissions.
Where legal, the use of a refillable jug, reusable bottle or other reusable containers to transport draught beer from a store or a bar, rather than buying pre-bottled beer, can reduce the environmental impact of beer consumption.
On one hand, by always looking for new beers to try, imported bottled beer would create alot of CO2 emissions. However, with the homebrewing I would hope that this is negated with the resuse of materials, and lack of packaging and transportation. I guess it is one of those things people don't think about. Where did this beer/wine/spirit come from, and what has had to happen to get it into my hand and down my gullet? we can look at many things in the world this way, and got me to try out a carbon calculation (www.climatefriendly.com). Between car, flights and electricity, I produce about 5 tonnes of CO2 a year, which I am happy to say is the global average for an individual, much less than the 28 tonnes supposedly used by each individual in developed nations. while it doesn't cater for everything i do, is a decent guide to get us thinking about how much we use. luckily i am able to ride my bike around alot and I also make greenpower contributions.
Anyway, just thought i would like to share that with whoever reads this, and myself when i come back to read this blog in the future.
As for my lack of communication on this blog in recent weeks, in the lead up to Australia Day, I have decided I will be tasting many beers that my friends gave to me for my birthday last month that I haven't had a chance to try yet, and putting them up here. the first one will be later today, probably while watching australia beat pakistan in the cricket.
Cheers to more beers,
PS: Seeing this post has now had over 100 views and is the most viewed post on this blog, I have focused on this topic again to update my position on it in another post. I would appreciate your thoughts on this obviously interesting topic from those reading this.
Sunday, January 17, 2010
Saturday, January 2, 2010
Now, a change of pace. back in the 80's this beer was everywhere at the cricket and an aussie staple. in recent decades with brewery take overs, this beer has been relegated to near extinction status, but on a lucky endeavour into a bottlo in Shoal Bay, a case of this beer was found and bought for our new years celebrations. I am very proud to have been able to find and consume this as in my whole life i had only tasted it once before on a footy trip in country NSW. and my word did it go down a treat. No, it didn't taste great with the yeasty afterburn and watery taste, but as i have said previously, nostalgia can have such an impact on drinking, and why people go back to the same beer, over and over again. my stomach is still getting over this beer (or was it just i had 15 on NYE?). we found it was alright as the first beer, and when it was really cold or sort of warm. if you had just had a couple of beers before this one it was quite difficult to drink, and if it was cool it did not go down too well either. still, in comparison with other mainstream beers, we found this one not to be as bad.