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Beer, beer, beer, tiddly beer, beer, beer

A long time ago, way back in history

When all there was to drink was nothing but cups o'tea

Along came a man by the name of Charlie Mopps

And he made a wonderful drink and he made it out of hops.

 

He must have been an admiral, a sultan, or a king

And to his praises we shall always sing

Look what he has done for us, he's filled us up with cheer

The Lord bless Charlie Mopps, the man who invented beer, beer, beer, tiddly beer, beer beer.

 

The Drunkin' Rat, The Achin Drum, the trowess pub as well,

One thing you can be shure of, it's Charlie's beer they sell

So all ye lads and lasses at eleven o'clock ye stop

For five short seconds remember Charlie Mopps

one, two,three,four,five,hey!

 

He must have been an admiral, a sultan, or a king

And to his praises we shall always sing

Ah, look what he has done for us, he's filled us up with cheer

The Lord bless Charlie Mopps, the man who invented beer, beer, beer, tiddly beer, beer beer.

 

A barrel of malt, a bushel of hops, you stir it 'round with a stick

the kind of lubrication to make your engine tick

40 pints a wollap a day will keep away the quacks

its only four pence hay-penny and one and six in tax

one,two,three,four,five,hey!

 

He must have been an admiral, a sultan, or a king

And to his praises we shall always sing

Ah, look what he has done for us, he's filled us up with cheer

The Lord bless Charlie Mopps, the man who invented beer, beer, beer, tiddly beer, beer beer tiddily beer beer beer.

the Lord bless Charlie Mopps!Hey!

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very nice, but i love to sing this a good many times whilst throwing back the brew of the gods

 

There is a song that I love to sing

And I'll Sing it now for you

My friends, it is no mystery

It's of the fine brown brew

I have yet to meet the ale

For which I didn't care

And there's no pub in all the land

Where you won't find me there

 

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

Lift your glasses in the air

And give a hearty cheer

When the barrel is empty

We'll surely shed a tear

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

 

Seven days without a beer

Does surely make one week

It's pleasure in the company

Of a frosted mug I seek

I've travelled clear across the world

You know that I've been cursed

But the Devil doesn't know where a man will go

When he's dying of the thirst

 

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

Lift your glasses in the air

And give a hearty cheer

When the barrel is empty

We'll surely shed a tear

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

 

Mr. Killian would be proud

If he heard the old one say

"Another time 'round with the Irish Red

And the Devil, let him pay!"

Sometimes she's a happy wench

Or a beautiful maiden fair

But there's nothing else on this green earth

To which she can compare

 

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

Lift your glasses in the air

And give a hearty cheer

When the barrel is empty

We'll surely shed a tear

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

 

Now, there is but one dream I have

And of this, I will relate

It's not of riches, fame or power

For these are not my fate

Sure it's clear that I love my beer

And of this there is no doubt

And when I turn the kitchen tap

I wish she's come flowing out!

 

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

Lift your glasses in the air

And give a hearty cheer

When the barrel is empty

We'll surely shed a tear

Hats off to beer, me boys

Hats off to beer

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Yeah, but it's not really a party until someone starts singing

By the time this one rolls around, you know it's well past time to STOP forging, 'cause it's not gonna be good...

 

Note: not safe for work or those easily offended. ;)

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Yeah, but it's not really a party until someone starts singing
By the time this one rolls around, you know it's well past time to STOP forging, 'cause it's not gonna be good...

 

Note: not safe for work or those easily offended. ;)

 

HAHAHA that song reminds me of this old irate guy in a bar in Knoxville that i went to for my birthday on Saturday. He was so drunk from drinking (good beer mind you) that he went to take another sip and missed his mouth by about 10 feet and threw it over his shoulder and poured it on a waitress, then proceeding to call her a thieving whore and wondering why it was not ok to lick his beer from her chest....ah cheers!

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Let me reiterate,

 

 

 

BEER=BARF

 

Just admit is stinks, tastes nasty, and is horrible:P.

Agreed! I'll take a glass of Canadian whiskey or some moonshine over that nasty stuff any day!

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Ick! Canadian whisky is pretty nasty, from my experience. I'll take a nice glass of 12 year or older scotch any day, but beer is better for the every day forging operations.

 

Alan, that's a fine, gentle song (mind you've I've had a few New Castles this evening)

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Ick! Canadian whisky is pretty nasty, from my experience. I'll take a nice glass of 12 year or older scotch any day, but beer is better for the every day forging operations.

 

Alan, that's a fine, gentle song (mind you've I've had a few New Castles this evening)

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Ick! Canadian whisky is pretty nasty, from my experience. I'll take a nice glass of 12 year or older scotch any day, but beer is better for the every day forging operations.

 

I agree with that. And I'm Canadian! :lol: Canadian Club is a piece of crap.

What's all y'all's favourite beer? Mine would have to be Bavaria. A tad too much hops for my taste, but you can't beat the feeling of beer foam on your whiskers. Such a frothy beer. True love.

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Agreed! I'll take a glass of Canadian whiskey or some moonshine over that nasty stuff any day!

 

Moonshine yes, but if it is commercial whiskey give me a good sour mash. Not much on blended whiskeys.

 

Gary

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I found a bar in St. Louis that has a wonderful Irish stout. Don't ask me to remember the name because I liked it a little too much. Got a little shlker.

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Jim Austen decided to home-brew some beer; since he likes to do things right and isn’t afraid of a little infrastructure he did not start out with a couple five-gallon pails like everyone else I know who has done it. He got some expert advice and a few large stainless vessels and now has 40 gallons of flawless ale – on his first run! B)^_^

The fermenter

brew1.jpg

 

Sterilized and pressurizing

brew4.JPG

 

Ahh, the sweet taste of success!

brew5a.jpg

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Wow. That's a big run.

 

I used to homebrew a lot. I just couldn't consume all the beer I brewed (and that was just with a 15 gallon brew kettle and conical fermenter).

 

That's an impressive setup. It looks as if he's doing a mini-microbrew setup with zero oxygen exposure after yeast pitch, yeah?

 

Was this an all grain batch, or did he start with malt extract?

 

I hope that Jim has a LOT of friends.

 

As a hobby, I decided bladesmithing was better for me than brewing. You can only have so much beer before you run out of keg space. I've never run out of room for my knives/swords.

 

--Dave

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I agree with that. And I'm Canadian! :lol: Canadian Club is a piece of crap.

What's all y'all's favourite beer? Mine would have to be Bavaria. A tad too much hops for my taste, but you can't beat the feeling of beer foam on your whiskers. Such a frothy beer. True love.

Bavaria? You poor guy! If you go for dutch beers, get anything but Bavaria, that's the worst thing produced in this country. Get f.e. grolsch instead.

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Grolsch is certainly better than Heinekin!

 

Oh man, I can't wait for Oktoberfest season now (the appearance of Oktoberfest brews here means Summer is nearly over, right now it's 100 degrees with a heat index of 110. I don't want to do anything BUT drink beer! Must be time for Summerfest.)

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bavarian beer?? bah!!! if your drinking old country beers checks do it best...but before a beer i'll take a wee dram of bushmill's neat in the winter...on the rocks with a splash of spring in the summer... if i'ma feeling girlie-man in the summer gin and tonic with 3 or 4 slices of lime.......the sad thing around these parts now is that you really cant find any good corn or rye shine...seems as if most makers have gone to making sugar "shine" and what they try to pass off as brandy, is fruit in the jar with suger shine poured over it(not real brandy).... who knows, like everything else mabbe their making it in china now...

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If it's decent unaged corn likker you're after, I've discovered the best legal variety: Virginia Lightning. Made not far from you, Pete! The guy who makes it growns his own corn and runs it off in a ca. 1932 copper pot still, double run. He has to cut it back to 100 proof to stay legal, but I'll be darned if it doesn't taste like the real thing! It is of course missing that special sweetness that only comes from evading the law, unfortunately, but it'll do the job right enough. Cheap, too! Around $14.95 at a VA ABC store, $17.50 in TN.

 

Unlike the other pretend 'shines, it really is made in small batches by one guy just like the real stuff. The others (Georgia Moon, Cat Daddy, and one other one supposedly out of NC) are made by Brown & Forman in a big industrial distillery in Bardstown, KY.

 

The same guy also makes a version that's lightly aged in charred white oak to give it color. It's called Copper Fox, but I haven't been able to find it around here. He says most of that production goes to Japan.

 

I don't recommend forging while drinking it, but for an after-forge refreshing beverage it's pretty tasty!

 

By the way, I have a little bit of genuine Irish rye poteen, smuggled back by a buddy of mine. His wife's uncle in Donegal made it. MMMMMMMmmmmmmmm....... B)

Edited by Alan Longmire

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most def alan...NO WHISKEY whilst a forging..no no no there enough fire in the whiskey,that ya dont need a forge going at the sametime... and that poteen sounds tears from angels to me laddie!!!

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i prefer fruit juice, myself. i never drink, hating the taste of alcohol, so i always keep a few gallons of fruit juice in the cooler. minute made makes a mean fruit punch, i tell you what. haha

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Oh man I saw that Bavaria stuff in the store yesterday and had never seen it before and remembered someone on here mentioned it so I got some to try it and........ :blink: It was a little more.....stale than I had imagined. :lol:

 

Seriously, I like good old Yeungling better than that. Warsteiner's pretty good too.

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Jim Austen decided to home-brew some beer; since he likes to do things right and isn’t afraid of a little infrastructure he did not start out with a couple five-gallon pails like everyone else I know who has done it. He got some expert advice and a few large stainless vessels and now has 40 gallons of flawless ale – on his first run! B)^_^

 

 

Hail Goibhniu!

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when i know i'm gonna be short on cash and i want some cheap "do stuff better juice" i have a very simple way of making it.

 

get one of those "simply apple" apple juice bottles at the grocery store. i usually get 4-5 at a time (i buy them when they're on sale), but one works. regular, non-organic, chemically pasteurized apple juice will not work. don't try it. stick to organic brands, simply apple is the best.

get some yeast, if you have a home brew shop near you get either a dry white or a sweetish red yeast, i tend to go for red star premier cuvee, but thats because you can use that for just about anything (it is insanely alcohol tolerant). fleishcmans acive dry bread yeast works too, just doesnt taste as good/get the alcohol content as high.

get some honey or brown sugar. doesnt much matter which.

find whatever spices you like to put in mulled cider. can't usually go wrong with cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg. remember, less is more. seriously.

you will also need a baloon and a sewing needle.

 

drink a pint of your apple juice. enjoy it. or make someone else drink it if you're morally opposed to non-alcoholic beverages. or put it in another container and do what you're doing to this one to it. regardless, get the apple juice down to the bottom of the neck or you'll have a nasty sticky mess on your hands.

 

dump the rest of the juice into a pot and bring it to a boil, then immediately turn off the heat (don't take it off heat). stir in honey or brown sugar, whichever you're using. i usually use between .5-1 lbs honey, or 3 scoops brown sugar. dissolve completely.

let it cool to just above room temp, pour it back in the bottle you had it in. the quicker you can cool it, the better. if you're going to let it cool naturally, just make sure to cover it so it doesnt get germs in it (or you'll have apple-vinegar).

 

when its in the bottle, add ONE QUARTER PACKET AT MOST of yeast, cap it, shake the heck out of it. go wash out that baloon really really good with hot water. poke a hole in the top with the sewing needle.

 

take the cap off the bottle with the juice in it, put the baloon on it, put it somewhere dark and about 65-70 degrees. leave it alone for two weeks. no, really. leave it alone. no you dont need to taste it LEAVE IT ALOOOONE.

 

after two weeks, take the baloon off, pour the now cider into something clean, taking care not to disturb the narsty lookin brown stuff in the bottom of the bottle. there'll probably be about an inch of sediment (called leas) and cider in the bottom you cant get without dumping it in, so just dump that out. wash the bottle out well with scalding hot water, let the bottle cool to room temp, carefully pour the cider back in the bottle. add any spices you want now. i usually use about 3/4" of cinnamon stick, 2 cracked allspice berries, 4-5 cloves and a thin (think the stuff they serve with sushi) slice of very fresh ginger during the winter (no ginger if you used brown sugar, its a weird combo) and during the summer i just leave it au natural. put the balloon back on.

 

leave it alone for two to three more weeks until the balloon completely deflates. pour it off the leas again, wash the bottle, return it to the bottle, and let it stand for a few days until its reasonably clear. its safe to drink now, but you may wish to let it sit for a few weeks/months to mellow out a bit. it tastes like candy but the alcohol content is about 2x that of regular beer (unless you used a crazy specialist yeast and went overboard on the honey, then all bets are off). between the yeast and the apples its probably acidic enough to strip paint, so go easy on it if you get heartburn like me.

 

i usually serve the spiced winter brew hot, sometimes cut 50/50 with regular apple cider (as opposed to hard cider), during the summer i serve it chilled over ice, or cool mixed with a little lemon flavored seltzer.

 

enjoy, and if you have any questions/problems, send me a message.

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Hail Goibhniu!

 

pronounced gahwnuh.

 

i'd really like to give whoever taught my people to "spell" a swift sledge to the danglies.

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Believe it or not gents, but after my boss took me to the local watering hole last week and paid for everything, I don't want to have anything to do with beer for a little while longer. Never had a hangover like that...ever. Oh beer tastes so good going down, but not so much the next morning going the other way.:(

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