New Book (Fun Fact)

New Book:

I was at The Oak Barrel the other day while buying supplies, and I walked over to the book shelf. After gazing at all the different “how-to-brew” books, one caught my eye. It was a book about making hot sauce, inventively named (you guessed it): Hot Sauce! I was amazed to realize that I could possibly use the same supplies I used here and make smaller (most likely 1 gallon or less) batches of hot sauce at home. I was thoroughly impressed as I read the preface in the store. I bought the book and I have started to read it.

Fun Fact:

Something I noticed as I read the first passage was a little fact:

Chiles are a good source of potassium, as well as being dense in vitamins A, B, C and E; flavonoids; and iron, magnesium, niacin, riboflavin, and thiamin. Green chiles have twice the vitamin C found in the equivalent weight of oranges, and red chiles are a better source than carrots of vitamin A, which is essential to protecting skin and strengthening eyesight. Indeed, Spanish sailors took chiles on voyages in the sixteenth century to ward off scurvy, and they ate two roasted peppers for dessert each day in the hope of improving their vision. (Thompson, 9)

Wow! That’s amazing. I never knew my lack of palate as a kid meant I had to eat more bites of veggies at dinner? Bummer… Hahaha. But still this book has a wealth of wisdom, I get the feeling I might have to start a mini-section for hot sauces on here. (Who knows)

 

Thanks for reading-

SAS

Homebrewing in the USA

“You can brew your own beer?” & “I thought that was illegal…” Are statements I seem to be running into a lot as I talk to my friends and family about my project. I wanted to address the history of homebrewing beer in the United States and as such address these questions. Charlie Papazian sums it up in his book: The Complete Joy of Homebrewing: Fully Revised and Updated 3rd Edition.

Homebrewing beer is not a criminal activity. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin were all homebrewers. In November 1978, a bill passed by Congress repealed federal restrictions on the homebrewing of beer. In February 1979, President Carter signed the bill into law. What is the law, and why was it ever illegal in the first place? It all dates back to that “Noble Experiment”–Prohibition. …Now it is legal. By federal law, an adult twenty-one years or older is permitted to brew “not more than one hundred gallons of beer in a year.” (Papazian, 1-2)

I’ve been reading his book while working on this project and I was reminded of it when asked those questions. so there you have it, my (super short) spiel on Homebrew History for those of you reading this in America.