Tag Archives: Beer

How to Host a Summer Party

host summer partyParties are, for the most part, a great time.  Standing around with all of your friends and enjoying a drink and some food.  There are a lot of things that you need to be aware of when you are hosting a party.  Certain things that can make or break your party.  You, as a Gentleman, should be aware that your image in their eyes rests on your ability to host.  Don’t worry though, I have the answers that you are looking for.

Today I am going to talk, in depth, about the do’s and don’ts of hosting a summer party.  These should be simple events to host that take some planning and execution.  Remember that all drink recipes that you hear will be posted in the forum.  Also links can be found at the bottom of the page under references.


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How do you throw a great summer party?

  • Summer drinks that you should be a pro a making
  • How much food should you make for how many people
  • Great summer recipes that do not take much to cook
  • What kind of entertainment can you provide for your guests

Resources used to make the show:

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Beer Brewing Basics – Throwback Episode

Beer Brewing BasicsA day that I always look forward to is brewing day.  I say always like I do this all the time and have been for years.  The cruel fact is I just learned how to do this and have only had 2 good turnouts and one bad.  To be honest though, it is not a hard thing to do.  Especially when you start out with the kits.  Remember, this is not an advanced show!  I am certain there are many ways to do this but I have taken the way that gets me started and not spend more than $100 to start learning.  Beer not only breaks down walls and strengthens friendships, it is an essential part of our history.

Brewing beer is really simple to do, as long as you have someone to explain the process and you follow basic sanitation procedures.  Brewing is also relatively cheap to get into because you really only need some basic materials.   So today I am going to have a friendly chit chat about the history of beer and why it is essential in today’s society and about my past brew days!


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What are the steps to brewing beer?

  • Why was beer such a large part in history
  • How my past brew day went
  • Basics of brewing
  • Basic equipment needed to start yourself
  • Some cool equipment you can build to aid your brewing

Resources for you to use for more information or for video explanations:

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Did you miss anything or want to check out the notes for the podcast episode today, look no further than the forum.  Iskilled gentlemen podcast forum post every episode that I do there for you to go back and find links and remember what was said.  While you are there, make sure you sign up to be a member.  Send me your username after signing up so that I can approve you.  That is all it takes to be a member.

Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew

pumpkin spice porterI just finished my pumpkin spice porter beer.  Last night I opened it and it had an the most intoxicating smell.  The smell has a stronger pumpkin smell with the traditional hint of cinnamon.  The taste is even better.  It almost makes you want to get your ugg boots and your yoga pants on.  This is the perfect beer of the fall season.  The only downside is that I only brewed a 5 gallon batch!

As I have always said, if you can cook a box of rice you can brew a batch of beer.  The steps are simple and you will be able to brew your own by watching my YouTube video where I walk through the steps that I took to brew my batch of Pumpkin Spice Porter.


Thank you to Hop Goblin for making this process possible!  Visit their website and purchase your own ingredient kit.

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The Pumpkin Spice Porter Brew video

Yes, this video is pretty long, however it takes your through EVERYTHING you need to know about brewing this beer.  No steps are removed and all explanations are spelled out for you.  While you are watching the video you can pick up your Pumpkin Spice Porter 5 Gallon Extract Kit from HopGoblin.com.  Hurry up though, you need to act fast because it is a seasonal item.

Do you need a more “broken down” view of the brew process?

I took the time to make sure that I made different videos from different parts of the brew process.  Brewing is really easy and a lot of fun to do.  If you are looking for a new hobby or skill, you have found a very rewarding one.  Follow these really easy steps and you can have your own batch of beer.

The beer brewed with this past process was a Red Ale.  This is one of the simpler kinds of beer to brew.  Great for the fall or spring.

 

Your First Beer Brew


your first beer brewBrewing beer is not a hard but it can be intimidating to do.  In partnership with HopGoblin I have put together a basic guide to brewing your first batch of beer.  This guide is meant to break down how easy it is to make beer with the right kit and with the right ingredient kit.  I make sure to add in all of my tips and tricks to make sure that you have a successful brew day.

A lot of the homebrew clubs and forms that are around the internet does a really awesome job of getting over your head.  When I started my first brew I was very nervous about all this math that I needed to do and all of the acronyms that I needed to memorize that I messed it up.  I didnt have videos like this that could have made it so much easier to understand and enjoy.  This is why we came together to bring you this series.

This is a video series that goes step by step through the brew day and then day by day through the rest of the process.   Once you are finished with this series you can go to the store, buy you equipment and ingredient kit, and work through each video from brew day to the day you open your first brew.

To make your first brew you will need:

How much does brewing beer cost?

Depending on which recipe kit you go with depends on your total cost for your first brew.  However, we need to break down the cost over the total amount of beer that you will get from a 5 gallon kit.  On average you will get 50 beers out of 5 gallons of beer.  (Your equipment kit + Recipe Kit) /50 beers = 3.62 per beer for the expensive kit or 3.08 per beer for the cheapest kit.  Keep in mind that you pay $4.00 per beer at most bars.  From then on your cost for a craft is cheaper than what you can buy at a grocery store.  You can average a cost between $1.02 and $0.48 per craft.

If you can make a meal with the use of a recipe and not burn your house down, kill yourself or your dog you can brew beer!  This video series proves it.  I do not go into any kind of tests involved, I do not mention specific gravity or temperatures needed because you do not need to know this yet.  You are a beginner, enjoy the process of making homebrew.

 

Throwback- Beer Basics

This is a throwback.  It has come to my attention that there are subscribers that have not been exposed to the older podcasts.  While I am in the process of writing my book about Executive Protection for the Family, Wednesday shows will be dedicated to older shows.  If you have a favorite show, please email me or contact me to let me know.  It can be put in the running for a throwback beer basicsshow.

The length of this week has been astronomically long for reasons explained in the podcast today.  It it time to relax beside the pool and enjoy a carbonated piece of history.   That’s right, a cold brew.  Today we will be discussing beer.  But not only beer in the way that it is made or how it is made but the social and physiological side of a brew.  Think it is a boring topic?  Trust me, it has been a blast to make today’s show!

If you are really like beer and wonder which beer you should try next you should try out the new beer review that I have started called Beer Of The Week.

What are the basics of beer?

  • The wreck we had with our RSS feed
  • Our move on August 1 2015
  • Two main types of brew (and the third one)
  • How these brews are brewed
  • History on those brews
  • The official top 10 toasts from SGP

Picture and sources:

  • http://pixabay.com/p-349876/?no_redirect
  • http://www.beerexpert.co.uk/lager.html
  • http://irish.spike-jamie.com/drinking.html
  • http://heavy.com/social/2014/03/best-funny-drinking-toasts-memes/
  • http://www.myfavoriteshot.com/funny-toasts.html

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Starting A Bar With BarPrints

starting a bar with barprintsStarting a business is a little more than just waking up one morning and deciding that you want to be a business owner because you don’t want to go to work.  It takes planning, money, and a lot of decision making to go from zero to a hundred and making money.  Today I bring on a Gentleman that starts business for a living.  More specifically Sam starts Hotels.  During the conversation Sam said that he always loved the aspect of starting the bars in the hotels that he starts.  Sam joins us from Jamaica and talks about the entrepreneur mind and helps scratch that itch that you have had forever that constantly asked yourself “I wonder if I could start my own business?”  There are a few things that you have to do to be able to get a business started and Sam goes over that.  Sam also talks about the bar and how those the bar is ran.  Just like talking to an old friend, Sam is easy to listen to and has a lot of knowledge about the topic.

Where to find Sam from Bar prints

You can find Sam on Instagram where he posts pictures and videos under the name barprints.  You can find his page below by clicking on his logo.

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There were no resources used in the interview today other than Sams experiences.

Remember that on Wednesdays I am not doing new shows.  This time is reserved for writing the Skilled Gentlemen Podcast Book.

Thank you for listening. Please find us onFacebook,iTunes,Twitter,Youtube,Zello and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Sign up for the newsletter to get all updates to the podcast with your email address.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com

Craft Beer Of The Week – ShotGun Betty Hefeweizen Ale

I am starting a craft beer of the week review.  Every week I am going to try a different beer every week.  This can be a review of a different beer even though it is from the same brewery.  The reason why… The same brew masters can come up with different chemistry and create different works of art.

lonerider ShotGun Betty Hefeweizen AleThis week I had ShotGun Betty Hefenweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewery.  Their website can be found at LoneriderBeer.com and their notes about ShotGun Betty can be found here.

Here is what I thought.  Personally I am not a huge fan of canned beers.  I do feel like there is a small “off” taste that the can gives the beer and glass really does a lot to preserve the taste of the beer.  I also feel like the can looses its temperature faster than glass so the beer needs to be drank faster.  Not really sure of the science that could go along with this, just something that I think about.

The Nose

When I popped the top of the can I did get a great pressure release with a nose that smelled of hops, nuts, and a hint of fruit.  The smell is not overpowering like some beers that you can smell from another room.  The nose lasts throughout the entire beer and not trail off during the middle.

The Pour

Most will agree that the pour sets the taste of the beer.  Think of it this way, if you pour and have a small head you will have a lower carbonation beer with a higher alcohol content leading to a heaver beer or one that would be enjoyed in the autumn or winter.  The larger the head will give you a higher carbonation taste with a lower alcohol content leading to a lighter beer or one that would be enjoyed in the spring or summer.  This pour gave a medium head which lead to a beer that made me feel like it was going to be great in the spring.

The Taste

ShotGun Betty has a mixture of tastes.  When you start out you get a rush of complex flavor ranging of malt and hops but not what you would expect from a normal beer.  The taste that sets this beer separate from all other beers is the dry finish.  One one the more exotic beer tastes that I have experienced.  Usually the description of “dry finish” is reserved for dry wines but somehow they have incorporated this aspect into their beer.  Being that it is a Hefenweizen brew it’s sugars are derived from wheat and barley.  You can definitely tell the difference between this Hefenweizen ale and other ales.

The Look

The look of this Hefenweizen Ale is one that is to be desired.  I have always been drawn to the unfiltered beers.  To anyone that brews beer, there is a decision that has to be made.  To filter or not to filter.  You can see in the above picture that this beer has a slight cloud to it.  To some this may be off putting, but to me this means that the taste is more robust.

What is my overall feel of ShotGun Betty?

Overall, I really do like this unique beer and would pass around to my friends or guests on a spring day.  It is light enough to not be a meal by itself but heavy enough to still give you that pause in between the sips.  If you ever have the opportunity to try this beer out, I would encourage you to indulge.

If you have a beer that you would like me to review and post to all of the Skilled Gentlemen Podcast social media outlets and main website, please email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com.  The review will be posted to all forms of social media and a detailed review will be posted consisting of the pour, the smell, the look, and an overall feel.

“May the best day of your past be the worst day of your future”, Cheers!

Bar Tricks

Keg_FontsWhen you go out to the bar with your friends you are not always there to pick up women or to get absolutely hammered.  Normally you are hanging out just having a good time and blowing off some steam after work.  Have you ever noticed there is a lull in the conversation? This is a perfect time to bet someone for a beer!  There are plenty of ways to bet someone but these bar tricks is a perfect way to have fun and get free beer from your friends.

Join me today as we talk about:

  • What you should bring with you to the bar
  • Can bet for more than just phone numbers
  • Warnings of the bar tricks
  • Rescue the quarter bar trick
  • Beer Cuffs
  • Beer bottle and lighter
  • Blowing beer cap inside bottle
  • Toothpick balance fork trick

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Beer Basics

beer-349876_640The length of this week has been astronomically long for reasons explained in the podcast today.  It it time to relax beside the pool and enjoy a carbonated piece of history.   That’s right, a cold beer.  Today we will be discussing beer.  But not only beer in the way that it is made or how it is made but the social and physiological side of beer.  Think it is a boring topic?  Trust me, it has been a blast to make today’s show!

Join me today as I talk about:

  • The wreck we had with our RSS feed
  • Our move on August 1 2015
  • Two main types of beer (and the third one)
  • How these beers are brewed
  • History on those beer
  • The official top 10 toasts from SGP

Picture and sources:

  • http://pixabay.com/p-349876/?no_redirect
  • http://www.beerexpert.co.uk/lager.html
  • http://irish.spike-jamie.com/drinking.html
  • http://heavy.com/social/2014/03/best-funny-drinking-toasts-memes/
  • http://www.myfavoriteshot.com/funny-toasts.html

 

Thank you for listening. Please find us on Facebook, iTunes, Twitter, Youtube, and Pinterest and follow or subscribe to keep up with us.  The wheels are always turning over here in the office.  Any comments, complaints, concerns, or questions please either comment below or email me at skilledgentlemen@gmail.com