As more and more people are making the switch from cigarettes to e-cigarettes, there has been talk about using the technology of e-cig liquid and adding it trace amounts to beer brews. The implications of this are obviously quite complex, as you would be dealing with legislation issues, health issues and ethical issues.
Only a decade or two ago, the thought of an electronic cigarette seemed preposterous, but now vaporizer pens are selling at a ridiculous pace, as more and more people look to avoid the harmful byproducts of combusting tobacco or other smoking materials. So is that far fetched to think that this sort of technology, or at least the spirit of this technology could be translated to the world of brewing?
Well, it’s complicated. Firstly, nicotine is extremely poisonous, especially in the liquid, ingested form. The amount that would need to be used would have to be extremely miniscule to be able to pass health regulations. For the sake of this article, say that all red tape was passed and one of these beers hit the markets. The benefits would be obvious. For all those people who socially smoke or like a cigarette when they’re drinking, this would completely satisfy that urge, as they would be getting the nicotine from the beer itself.
Remember, nicotine on its own is not the killer in cigarettes, it’s all of the harmful byproducts in the cigarettes. Then again, in a sense you would just be exchanging one vice for another.
I’m sure all you brewers have the same problem as me, working long hours trying to perfect your brew, constant sampling and not always having the time to eat as healthy as we should. I’m sure some of you reading this article have the notorious beer gut (if not most of you).
Luckily for us, there are a few easy and effective ways to make sure we’re keeping in top top shape while spending long hours in the brewery and constantly sampling our high calorie creations.
The most important thing, which almost goes without saying is exercise. If you have enough room to set up a brewery, you have enough room to exercise. There is always a bit of down time during the day when brewing, so use this time to do some body-weight workouts. Body-weight workouts use your own body-weight as resistance and so you don’t need any extra equipment, which is perfect since we all have enough equipment in our breweries.
Another effective way to keep fit while brewing is to use meal replacement shakes. Meal replacement shakes are high in protein, fiber, vitamins and minerals and can be used when you don’t have enough time to prepare a nutritious meal. Instead of eating quick, unhealthy foods when you’re short on time, you can quickly whip up a meal replacement shake, like IdealShape, and you get a healthy meal in no time.
The last important thing to remember is to get plenty of sleep. Our metabolisms slow down when we don’t get enough rest and this causes all kinds of problems for us health-wise.
Hopefully these tips will keep you fit in the brewery!
In the world of craft beer brewing, the tendency is to push the limits as far as you can in order to try to get noticed. This results in some very strange techniques and ingredients being used in beer recipes.
Here are some of the strangest ingredients I’ve heard of being used in beer.
3. Gold Dust
I’ve heard of one brewer sprinkling trace amounts of gold dust into his brew. He’s trying to appeal to a very small (and elite) group of beer drinkers by offering such a high end ingredient in the beer. It seems silly to me but I’ve heard his sales are respectable, so who am I to judge?
2. Health Supplements
There is a brewer in the States that is adding workout supplements to his beer in order to appeal to the gym goers who like to have a beer before going to the gym. I know one of his beers includes a nitric oxide supplement called Nitrocut, which boosts your nitric oxide levels prior to working out. Now that’s an idea I can get behind.
1. Bacon Grease
This just seems gross, but one brewer swears by this “secret” ingredient. He claims the unique taste of his brew relies on the addition of bacon grease to his beer. I have had this beer before and while I can’t pick up the flavor of bacon (thankfully), I can’t argue with his technique as it is a good tasting beer.
I’m sure there are plenty more brewmasters out there add some weird ingredients to their brews, but these are the strangest I’ve ever come across.
In my many years of working in breweries and brewing my own beer, I’ve found a few surprising items in the breweries and even in the beer being brewed. It never ceases to amaze me the kinds of things that can show up when beer is being brewed.
3. Prosthetic Arm
I’ll never forget the day I found somebody’s prosthetic arm floating in the vessel where the beer was fermenting. It turns out, one of the guys lost his prosthetic arm and it dropped into the vessel. While he was gone getting someone to help him fish it out, I happened upon it. It was a strange sight to say the least.
2. Skin Lightening Cream
We had an Ethiopian man working with at one brewery, who was using a particular skin lightening treatment called Meladerm, which is a cream that is used to lighten your skin tone. He was applying it and dropped it in the vessel, which we then had to fish out.
One of the older gentlemen that I worked with at one brewery was wearing dentures and they fell out while he was checking inside one of the vessels. I’m not sure how he managed to do this but needless to say, it was a bit of a health and safety issue.
I could go on, but these are three of the strangest things I’ve come across when brewing beer. I’m sure they won’t be the last.