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today’s holiday/celebration: Maifest


Maifest

The original Maifest in Hermann, Missouri, was a children’s festival founded in 1874. The festival was revived in 1952 as a German ethnic festival for people of all ages. Held the third weekend in May, the festival offers German folklore, songs, music, and food in celebration of the arrival of spring. Black beer, cheese, sausage, crackers, and bratwurst are served, and there are band concerts and musical shows. More… Discuss

this pressed for your enjoyment: BBC – Future – The secret world of… beer BBC has the best android mobile app, among the many tested…worst grade goes to “Google Newsstand!”)


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Guinness, for example, stores its yeast strain in liquid nitrogen vapour – at an undisclosed location.

Gearoid Cahill, a Guinness brewer, says that the firm takes many things into account to make the beer taste consistent. The water used in the production for Guinness is tested for levels of calcium as too much or too little can inhibit the enzymes that turn the malt’s starch into sugars. (Malt is simply cereal grain, which is germinated in water but stopped from further germination by being dried in hot air. The sugars that come out of the malt are what the yeast is able to turn into alcohol, among other substances, during fermentation.)

via BBC – Future – The secret world of… beer.

THE STOUT SCARAB


The Stout Scarab

In the 1930s, aircraft designer William Stout envisioned an automobile that could double as an office on wheels. The resulting Scarab, widely considered the world’s first production minivan, was groundbreaking in its design. Stout eliminated the typical chassis and drive-shaft and placed the engine in the vehicle’s rear. He also gave the Scarab a removable table and movable seating. Still, the vehicle never really caught on, largely due to its hefty price tag. How much did it cost to own one? More… Discuss