Archive for July, 2010

The End of History

Posted in Beer and Wine with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Aaron

BrewDog, the Scottish Brewery who has twice already made the “worlds strongest beer” has now done it again. This time though, the bottles are wrapped in dead animals. Marketing gimmick or is it just a decomposable cosy? The End of History is 55% alcohol and cost about £500. Is this even still beer? At this point, what is the technical difference between beer and  liquor? Well, … beer and wine are  made from fermented grains, hops and water. Liquor is basically fermented things that have then been distilled. (PS. Distillation is very illegal in the United States without a permit or license)

I know that Tactical Nuclear Penguin (BrewDog’s first “world’s most alcoholic beer”) achieved its glory by freezing the beer to remove water to make it more alcoholic. Remember taking your parents vodka that was in the freezer, drinking it and adding water so they wouldn’t notice? Then it froze and they caught you … Well, water and alcohol have different freezing points. Alcohol freezes at a much lower temperature than water does. It freezes at -114 °C. Water freezes at 0°C. This means you can bring the temperature down to say, -50°C’ish and presto! Take out all the ice and you are left with nothing but some slightly watery alcohol.

Now I don’t think I would be able to easily replicate this experiment in my home but that is the basic science behind it. So the moral of the story is that next time you are in Scotland and have £500 to spare, perhaps you should (attempt to) enjoy some cold “beer” wrapped in a dead animal.

USPS

Posted in Movies, Travel with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2010 by Aaron

This is just a momentary thought about how awesome the Postal Service is. They deliver things to me from all over the world, almost all the time. 6 days a week for a reasonable about of money. I don’t need Kevin Costner to point out just how great they are. I can figure it out for myself.