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Things You Don’t Know About Beer

Things You Don’t Know About Beer

From the steins of Germany to Japan’s world-class Sapporo, humanity loves its beer. We’ve been making it for millennia — so long ago that we’re not exactly sure which culture came up with it first (or if there was a “first”). The Chinese were brewing the stuff 9,000 years ago out of rice, honey, and fruit, while the barley variety cropped up in the Middle East at least 5,000 years ago. Then we got to the Middle Ages, and that whole “hops” thing really took off.

If you’re a connoisseur yourself, you know your favorite brands and whether you prefer light or dark, but do you know the details of beer’s fascinating history? A beverage this significant can’t have it’s frothy history forgotten. Let’s start with this infographic featured on the Huffington Post:

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    Now you’ve had your history lesson, plus a few extra tidbits about beer’s beneficial properties. There’re a lot more good things about beer that that infographic left unsaid, so here’s another one from TheFutureOfHealthNow.com so you can tell your nagging partner/family member/friend that you’re totally just taking your medicine, man!

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      Maybe you’re only a casual beer drinker, and while these history and health facts are interesting, you want to know more about the innumerable varieties of beer. Don’t worry, the varieties are actually quite numerable! Betty Crocker even made this handy guide so you can explore beers for your own taste without knowing much about their differences. And you thought that company was just good for cakes…

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        Alright, you’ve got your beer(s) of choice, now what do you put them in? Certain glass designs are actually better for specific things like maintaining beer’s temperature or keeping all that delicious foam contained. Or you might just want to try some different glasses for fun, I won’t judge. Your comprehensive guide to beer glasses has arrived, thanks to Central Restaurant Products:

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          Last, but certainly not least, is the all-important question of what food goes best with your beer. You don’t have to be a foodie to know or care about this stuff, it’s practically essential knowledge for any beer-drinker. With this food pairing infographic from TheSavory.com, you’ll always have the best chow to compliment your brew. Bottoms up!

          How to Pair Beer with Food

            Featured photo credit: Four Beers/Phil Dragash via flic.kr

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            Last Updated on March 24, 2021

            8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

            8 Smart Home Gadgets You Need in Your House

            We’ve all done it. We’ve gone out and bought useless gadgets that we don’t really need, just because they seemed really cool at the time. Then, we are stuck with a bunch of junk, and end up tossing it or trying to sell it on Ebay.

            On the other hand, there are some pretty awesome tech inventions that are actually useful. For instance, many of the latest home gadgets do some of your work for you, from adjusting the home thermostat to locking your front door. And, if used as designed, these tools should really help to make your life a lot easier—and that’s not just a claim from some infomercial trying to sell you yet another useless gadget.

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            Take a look at some of the most popular “smart gadgets” on the market:

            1. Smart Door Locks

            A smart lock lets you lock and unlock your doors by using your smartphone, a special key fob, or biometrics. These locks are keyless, and much more difficult for intruders to break into, making your home a lot safer. You can even use a special app to let people into your home if you are not there to greet them.

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            2. Smart Kitchen Tools

            Wouldn’t you just love to have a pot of coffee waiting for you when you get home from work? What about a “smart pan” that tells you exactly when you need to flip that omelet? From meat thermometers to kitchen scales, you’ll find a variety of “smart” gadgets designed to make culinary geeks salivate.

            3. Mini Home Speaker Play:1

            If you love big sound, but hate how much space big speakers take up, and if you want a stereo system that is no bigger than your fist, check out the Play:1 mini speaker. All you have to do is plug it in, connect, and then you can stream without worrying about any interruptions or interface. You can even add onto it, and have different music playing in different rooms.

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            4. Wi-Fi Security Cameras

            These are the latest in home security, and they connect to the Wi-Fi in your home. You can use your mobile devices to monitor what is going on in your home at all times, no matter where you are. Options include motion sensors, two-way audio, and different recording options.

            5. Nest Thermostat

            This is a thermostat that lives with you. It can sense seasonal changes, temperature changes, etc., and it will adjust itself automatically. You will never have to fiddle with a thermostat dial or keypad again, because this one basically does all of the work for you. It can also help you to save as much as 12% on heating bills, and 15% on cooling bills.

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            6. Smart Lighting

            Control your home lighting from your remote device. This is great if you are out and want to make sure that there are some lights on. It is designed to be energy efficient, so it will pay for itself over time because you won’t have to spend so much on your monthly energy bills.

            7. Google Chromecast Ultra

            Whether you love movies, television shows, music, etc., you can stream it all using Google Chromecast Ultra. Stream all of the entertainment you love in up to 4K UHD and HDR, for just $69 monthly.

            8. Canary

            This home security system will automatically contact emergency services when they are needed. This system offers both video and audio surveillance, so there will be evidence if there are any break-ins on your property. You can also use it to check up on what’s happening at home when you are not there, including to make sure the kids are doing their homework.

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